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APPJ mini2013 6J1+6P1 Tube Amplifier

APPJ mini2013 6J1+6P1 Tube Amplifier

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Featuring two 6J1 driver tubes and two 6P1 power tubes, the new mini2013 6J1+6P1 tube amp delivers great noise performance, frequency response, and power output for the price. It’s beautifully built with a solid metal chassis in the color of your choice, and provides enough oomph to drive your favorite bookshelf speakers Read More

Customer Reviews

(25 reviews)
May 27, 2018
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Received the mini2013 two days ago after joining the last drop. It's a great-looking and well-finished unit that was packaged well. The fit and finish is quite good, astoundingly good for the last drop price of $99 shipped.
I have been playing my turntable, driving Klipsch R-15Ms on a desk top in a home office. The unit is astoundingly small and is light, but puts out much more power in my application than I need. 3.5WPC turned all the way up chases me from the room.
It sounds very good. It's perhaps a touch bright still and doesn't have the warmth of tone that my EL34 amp provides, but in my application, at this price it is an amazing unit and even better value. Solid bass, nice midrange, plenty of high frequency extension. I've ordered some Russian power tubes which I'll try at some point, but this is a winner with the provided tubes.
May 28, 2018
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I'm very pleased with the sound coming out of this. It's driving a pair of Klipsch Synergy B3 speakers in my living room just barely too loud before it starts distorting. Giant upgrade from SMSL AD18. I'd say it has a check mark frequency response. Low mids slightly quieter than lows and high mids, highs louder than high mids.
Sep 20, 2018
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Finally have it set up with new tubes: JAN-GE 5654W and Winged "C" (SED) 6P1P from the TubeStore. Not sure if they are better than supplied tubes or not (did not try them), just glad I have an equalizer to pump up the bass a bit. Driving my Paradigm Atoms in my office setup they sound sweet and airy, a nice and major improvement over the Lapai Class -T amp I was using. In my kitchen setup this mini was not up to competing with the APPJ EL34 ($275 massdrop), but this cheap and tiny form factor is a great trade-off vs. its bigger brother. From photo you can see Schiit modi multibit, Loki, and Vali 2, w/Topping mini audio rack, all sitting on an Atom speaker, driven via coax from Linux desktop computer. Overall fine in this application where I hardly have room for a larger amp. Wish the sound were a bit more chunky, but maybe with a powered sub I can further compensate. HI's/midrange are a bit thinner&rolled off, but Nora Jones live sounds great right now.
Follow-up: well the lack of bass finally led me to replace this cute amp with a logical and equally great value step up - sold for $179 by Tubedepot, the 3.5 watt/channel Tubecube 7 (but also made by APPJ, it figures!). With bigger transformers and EL84s it delivers a decent amount of bass and fits the same mini audio rack in my office. I did not try adding a subwoofer to the MINI2013, which might have achieved the same goal. Anyway unless you dont need much bass or have just minimal space I would not recommend this vs. the Tubecube 7, which has been wonderful driving Atoms w/o subwoofer. With more space I would still rather have an APPJ EL34 amp here, but EL84s are great also.
Apr 18, 2018
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Great sounding little amp for a low cost. Creamy warm sound with some punch.
Aug 9, 2018
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I really don't want to like this amp - seriously. I didn't mean to buy it because I have too many amplifiers already and anything that does show up is one less high end amp I can purchase. But it did so I made the best of a bad situation and put it in in the system in my seven year-old son's room. This system consists of a pair of Klipsch KG1 speakers we found in a neighbor's trash which we rebuilt the crossovers (new capacitors and resistors), with an old Amazon Fire tablet as the source via its headphone jack. The speakers are 94 dB/2.83V at 1 m, and had been driven by an old Onkyo receiver. Also used in our comparison is a self-built Elekit TU-8200 amp, with numerous component and upgrades running KT88 tubes pushing Klipsch Heresy III speakers at 99 dB/2.83V at 1m. Between component and tube upgrades I have about $1000 into that amp. Cutting to the chase: the Mini2013 isn't going to replace the TU-8200, it isn't even close. But let's describe what the APPJ does accomplish when paired with the KG1 bookshelves: relatively open soundstage, which as other reviewers have noted is treble heavy. At 3.5 Watts a channel it produces similar power as the TU-8200 but lacks the higher-end amp's bass control. The APPJ produces reasonable bass but at times it seems like the woofer gets away from the amp leading to bloat and sometimes disappearing bass. It isn't neutral, looks better in photos than in real life and the volume pot isn't linear. Four sound quality it exceeds the quality of a $29 Lepai T-chip amp but even with the sensitivity of the speakers it would have a hard time driving me from the room. I wouldn't go less than what other reviewers say: if your speakers are less than 90dB/2.83V at 1m don't even think about this, and even the KG1s I wouldn't put in anything larger than a small bedroom with this amp. For $100 this is a reasonably fun amp to introduce you to the world of tubes. I wouldn't pay more but at the price it is worth having around. Three stars as I'm not sure if anyone - anywhere - has a need for this amp unless you just want a cute tube amp to show off your street credibility to your office mates. You can pay less for equal quality with solid state; or if you pay $100 there are options out there in the SS realm that will perform better than this amp. My son loves showing his friends his tube amp which is "just like what my dad has" and he thinks it is great saying that he has a tube amp in his room, but if I were to invest $100 in an amp for highly sensitive speakers this wouldn't be it.
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Great little amp, runs a pair of Dali Sensor 1 speakers, from a disc player and phone. Clear and loud.
Dec 1, 2018
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My hope was that it would make my eminence asd1001 tweeters sing better than what I had been using in a diy tri-amped system. I stated by hooking the amp directly to my eminence 12lta's. Already impressed! Then I re-connected the system as planned. Goal achieved! I can't believe what an improvement it is making! Plus, mine is dead quite. Also, this was my 1st experience with Massdrop. It was worth the wait to get it for $94. Very happy!
Aug 10, 2018
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Ordered this amp after reading the reviews and to use in my system in the summer months in central Texas. My VTA120 simply gets to hot for summer months, making my AC work twice as hard. The amp totally exceeded my expectations on every level! You will need some very efficient speakers, I have Klipsch La Scalas in my system. They really sing with this unsuspecting amp.
Jul 24, 2018
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Not even tried the stock tubes had some Philips 5654 ready and waiting for the arrival of the amplifier.
Only ran for a few hours so far with some Tannoy S8 speakers which had been sat in the garage for a while, probably not ideal but have a high enough efficiency to be driven by the APPJ mini2013.
A remarkable little product, sounds great and the tube rolling options are not too expensive.
Will be purchasing some smaller speakers to place the amplifier in my study, the Tannoy S8's are really too large for the room size.
Jul 24, 2018
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I am so pleasantly surprised at how great this little amp sounds. Granted I have surrounded it with a lot of support as it is fed by a Schiit Wyrd, Audioquest Jitterbug and Modi2 Multibit, Shunyata power cord and conditioner and Shunyata digital cable from NAD CD player and Sonos Connect. It is driving a pair of Elac UniFi B5s or Paradigm MiniMonitor v6 speakers. This system sounds so good. I highly recommend this little amp.
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