Has anyone purchased a Butler amp for their MLs? If so, would you like to share your experiences?
Artar1,Artar1 said:Has anyone purchased a Butler amp for their MLs? If so, would you like to share your experiences?
Joe,Zip3kx07 said:Thanks Bearcat.
The tubs are in the output stage of the amps.
The tubes will last partially forever because they are powered at low voltage, because of this Butler Audio solder’s the Tube directly to the board (they are not removable) they are there merely to augment the solid state sold to sound more like a tube amp.
It is interesting, I did not know the tubes were soldered to the board and not removable... I was thinking, if I was to purchase this kind of amp, I would have replaced the tubes with up-graded tubes, I guess, that option is out... Yes, I'd like to hear your review, of your audition next year, as I am not into the hassel of shipping it back, just to audition it...
Congrats,Artar1 said:Well, I took the plunge today, but it was not a Butler. I bought a McIntosh MC 2102. It should arrive by next Thursday, just in time for Christmas. It, by the way, does have balanced inputs as well as unbalanced ones. After I get it hooked up, I will let you all know how it sounds.
My next task is to tube roll the MC 2102. Any suggestions on the 12AX7s and the 12AT7s?
Good choice on the Mac! I hesitated to post regarding the Butler since I must be missing something obvious. IMHO, just having tubes inserted in the middle of solid-state circuit to get the warm tube sound of the amp sounds more like using tube as a glorified tone control device. Not exactly my cup of tea where I like to keep things simple and keep the component count down to the minimum in order to maintain the integrity of the original signal. Just my 2cents.Artar1 said:Well, I took the plunge today, but it was not a Butler. I bought a McIntosh MC 2102.
I too was thinking about getting one of these amps and rolling the tubs until I found out the tubs were not removable. I do understand the reasoning behind it, why spend the extra money adding a socket for the tube when you can solder them, and save a few bucks on manufacturing.
The reason I wish this amp had XLR’s is because I have spent the time, money, and effort in putting together a system for XLR balanced interconnects, and I would like to continue to use them. I am using AudioQuest’s top of the line interconnect the “SKY”, so going out and picking up another set in RCA in a little out of the question. However if I can get a set of AQ RCA interconnects for a trail period something like the King Cobra or Jaguar to test the butler and I decide to keep it I can send my SKY’s back to AudioQuest and for a small fee they will re-terminate them into RCA’s which is a far better option them buying all new.
I am still looking for an amp to replace my Sunfire, but every time I keep going back to the butler. I am really very curious what this thing sounds like? I wish I had a local dealer.
Beautiful, a $12,000 amp.............................I'm jealous.Artar1 said:McIntosh MC 2102.