As the year comes to its end, it is time for the traditional Happy new Year post.
It is hard to believe that we are already at the end of the decade and will enter the 2020s tomorrow.
2019 was quite a busy year for me with lot's of new things. I finally got to introduce my own line of Digital to Analog Converters. The first version had its public debut at the High End in Munich and is now accompanied by 2 more variants.
The line up of phono stages also saw a new variant with the development of the SplitPath RIAA, a concept which I had on the back burner for years but finally got around to implement.
And it led to a new full function preamp with line and phono in one chassis (plus external power supply), the D3a preamplifier.
A new tube joined the family of power tubes which I use, the 6KN6, which were featured for the first time in a set of mono amplifiers.
Of course the 46, my favourite of the old production tubes, continued to play a big role.
A set of all silver fully differential monos marks the top end of the line up of 46 amplifiers.
And of course ELROG tube manufacturing played the most important role with Deutsche Elektronenröhren Manufaktur already celebrating its 3rd anniversary this year.
The tube is used as driver tube in single ended ER284 amplifiers.
It features a slotted molybdenum plate.
Which allows the filament to give off more of its light.
So what are the plans for the next decade?
Of course I will continue to serve music lovers with hand built equipment.
I am very happy with the portfolio of electronics as it stands now.
Especially with the latest additions of this year I feel it is quite complete.
Of course new ideas can always pop up, but I plan to reduce the rate at which I built amps a bit and concentrate more on the tube production.
Blog activity was already a bit reduced this year, as there were too many activities going on which prevented me from writing more posts.
The tube of the month series has more than 100 entries now. But it is foreseeable that I will run out of tubes to show. So this series of posts might have to come to an end some time. Unless you want to see certain tube types to be featured and you can provide some samples for photos. I would happily accept suggestions. Loaned tubes will of course be returned after the photos are taken. Drop me an email if you have some interesting tubes which would be worthwhile to show.
At Deutsche Elektronenröhren Manufaktur GmbH we will continue to develop new tubes types.
I plan to present some new developments at next years High End show in Munich.
I'd like to thank all friends, customers, partners, readers of my blog and the staff at Deutsche Elektronenröhren Manufaktur GmbH for a great 2019.
Happy New Year
Frohes neues Jahr