In the recent posts I already showed the different components of this amplification chain which consists of a D3a LCR phono stage, a 10Y line preamplifier and two 45 mono blocks which can use either another 45 or a 10Y as driver. In this post I will show some photos of the complete system and write a bit about the sound.
When switching to the 10Y or 801A as driver, volume needs to be adjusted lower since these have more gain. With the thoriated tungsten filament triodes in the driver sockets, the amps sound a bit more down to earth, with increased resolution, especially in the treble. The difference is not huge though. Which one to prefer is a tough call, for many records which are a bit on the harsh side, the 45 rounds things a bit more off. As much as I like the double magic with a 45 driving a 45, the thoriated tungsten driver is my favourite. Luckily there is a switch to choose the right driver depending on the mood.