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Why is your equipment on the floor?

Waxx

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I think it started with the heavy high power tube and class A amp that need space to keep cool enough (as they dispensate a lot of heat). My small tube amp already weights a 17kg (37.5lbs), and that is just a 35w amp. If you got amps that go a few hundred watts like that it can fast be to heavy for most furniture to hold and persons to lift. And if you go into the extremes like this 1500w tube amp monoblock (custom made by the owner) it becomes so big that it needs wheels to move...

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Amp shown in pic is a 1500w PP tube amp with 807 output tubes designed and build by Paul Axis from Axis Valv-A-Tron, a retro reggae soundsystem out of the UK. It's used to power the subs of his 1960's style soundsystem that is full powered with tube amps. The whole system is designed and build by Paul himself, and he sells smaller versions of this retro style (mostly tube based) stuff he builds. This kind of amps (that he also builds on order for hifi) are just to big and heavy to fit in a rack. The woman next to this amp is his wife (for size reference he said) btw...

But with modern amplifies it's often not that big or heavy or heat dispensiating so it should be in a rack for me. Even my tube amp and class A amps are in a rack, on the bottom shelf, but still in a rack.
 
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PierreV

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Very practical non audiophile reasons. 1. Much easier to mess around with the hardware, switch cables from one amp to the other, switch speakers pairs etc. 2. Easier to dust/clean. 3. Racks are ugly. 4. Closed spaces bad for heat dissipation.
 

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I think it started with the heavy high power tube and class A amp that need space to keep cool enough (as they dispensate a lot of heat). My small tube amp already weights a 17kg (37.5lbs), and that is just a 35w amp. If you got amps that go a few hundred watts like that it can fast be to heavy for most furniture to hold and persons to lift. And if you go into the extremes like this 1500w tube amp monoblock (custom made by the owner) it becomes so big that it needs wheels to move...

26198613_10215667191135178_373993372973220746_o.jpg

Amp shown in pic is a 1500w PP tube amp with 807 output tubes designed and build by Paul Axis from Axis Valv-A-Tron, a retro reggae soundsystem out of the UK. It's used to power the subs of his 1960's style soundsystem that is full powered with tube amps. The whole system is designed and build by Paul himself, and he sells smaller versions of this retro style (mostly tube based) stuff he builds. This kind of amps (that he also builds on order for hifi) are just to big and heavy to fit in a rack. The woman next to this amp is his wife (for size reference he said) btw...

But with modern amplifies it's often not that big or heavy or heat dispensiating so it should be in a rack for me. Even my tube amp and class A amps are in a rack, on the bottom shelf, but still in a rack.
curious how it works i don't have experience with tubes for audio only CB radio where single tube powers boosts the transmission signal .
i see lots of tubes in the box are they multi channel purpose ?
 

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curious how it works i don't have experience with tubes for audio only CB radio where single tube powers boosts the transmission signal .
i see lots of tubes in the box are they multi channel purpose ?
as far as i understood it (i'm no tube expert neighter) these are push pull pairs set in parrallel that feed a massive transformer to the single output plug that goes to the oldskool wardrobe-style reflex bassbin with 4 vintage Fane bassdrivers in the picture below (next to one of his other amps).

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The title to this thread put me to mind (as many things do) of Calvn and Hobbes.

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In case the connection is (too) abstruse: I would posit that the best answer to the question Why is your equipment on the floor? is Gravity.


The Termite
by Ogden Nash


Some primal termite knocked on wood
And tasted it, and found it good!
And that is why your Cousin May
Fell through the parlor floor today

 

phoenixdogfan

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There's some guy who runs a blog with his list of preferred components (runs to single ended triode amps, and ultra efficient speakers). His living room looks like this:

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I know if I spent a couple hundred grand on audio equipment, I definitely would not want my living room looking like that.
 
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