Cayin MT-12N EL84EH Integrated Amplifier

Cayin MT-12N EL84EH Integrated Amplifier

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In the latest version of Cayin’s highly regarded MT-12N amplifier, components take center stage. The biggest stars are four EL84 power tubes from Electro Harmonix—one matched pair per channel—famous for their sweet and musical tone Read More

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LS35a
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Mar 5, 2021
I asked the Cayin importer about this. He said he knew nothing about it and it would not receive any warranty or service work from him. Drop has become just another gray market importer. So much for 'we work with companies to sell products'.
scottlu
351
Feb 28, 2021
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Fayne
1920
Mar 1, 2021
Yeah, should be. Is a Class AB circuit in an ultra-linear configuration.
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Aegis700
13
Mar 1, 2021
Thanks Fayne, I always trust your analysis. I usually try to avoid push pull models because they produce too mane odd order harmonics whereas with a tube amp, the euphony we seek is due to even order harmonics. I wonder if this push pull model (which usually tend to be the higher power tube amps) will have less odd order harmonics. Thanks!
Der_Klaviermann
197
Feb 28, 2021
Is it a MT-12N with an updated front faceplate?
Fayne
1920
Feb 28, 2021
Seems that way, but with the 6P1 changed to 6P14. Other than the socket wiring to accept the EL84/6P14, I'm betting the only difference is the cathode resistor used to bias the tubes. It is typically the only change needed to switch between 6P1/6V6G/6AQ5 and 6P14/EL84 in most lower end circuits.
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Fayne
1920
Feb 27, 2021
Oh yeah. Perfect timing with that $200 credit left over from the HD8xx. I'm a great big ol sucker for Tube amps and have been sitting on a factory sealed box of (50 count) 6P14P-EV (Russian high reliability and vibration tolerant EL84) for just something like this. I really wish they had pictures of the wiring so I could see what level of abomination I was getting into, but hey, Cayin is a pretty good Chinese brand. Plus this sucker (EDIT: possibly) uses point to point wiring, so if anything goes wrong (other than trafo fry) it may be pretty simple to repair. I can absolutely live with shipping at the beginning of April. MINE
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owenhuu
8
Mar 5, 2021
You could probably get one of those impedance adaptors, that allow you to use speaker amp to drive headphones. I had one from HiFiman from years ago...
Fayne
1920
Mar 5, 2021
I've actually been thinking about making one. Voltage dividers are crazy easy, and there are a bunch of reasonably priced low wattage tube amps that'd probably sound pretty awesome over high Ω cans. Edit: Here is an example of how to do it. The site is ugly, but the maths are right. https://diyaudioheaven.wordpress.com/tutorials/power-amp-adapter/
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rumata13
554
Feb 27, 2021
Looks interesting, but I have 2 questions: 1) Why are photos of such bad quality that we can't see what's written on the front panel and back? 2) How is it possible that power output if the same at 8 ohms and 4 ohms?
  • "Output power (RMS) at 4 and 8 ohms: 9W + 9W"
Fayne
1920
Mar 1, 2021
Ugh. I really wanted this one to be point to point. Oh well, I'm still keeping my order. Worst case, I strip their board out and put my own circuit in place.
Fayne
1920
Mar 1, 2021
Keep in mind, all the pictures and everything we're seeing is for the model that comes with 6P1. This model is using EL84/6P14, so internals may be different.
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