|The amplifier design in our SoB-UG is based on our 3U Upgrade driver module. Our goal for that design was quite difficult - to improve the spectral balance and harmonic purity of the original and preserve the musicality into the highest frequencies. The stock Stereo-70 highs are rolled off - pleasant but nonetheless dull to most. Another problem with the stock Stereo-70 is the bass performance - fat and loose that users just accept in exchange for that glorious midrange.
Extending that midrange was no easy task - we evaluated many designs both classic and modern and after many hours of auditioning, settled on our Cascode-SLPI (Cascode - Split Load Phase Inverter). This is an all triode design (unlike other pentode-triode circuits) - that we have refined over the years. It is completely direct coupled so the audio signal never sees a capacitor until the output tubes.
It not only met our goals but dramatically improved the imaging and spectral extension over the original. And the bass - well users need not accept poor bass - using all triodes and supplementing it with a robust power supply provides bass performance equal to the best modern tube amps. Its design includes a careful selection of all components in concert with our circuit topology to provide consistent balance across the entire audible spectrum. The board layout has been designed with instrumentation grounding / signal transmission consideration to minimize distortion and noise and deliver outstanding objective performance.
And, over the years since its introduction our customers have consistently told us that this design delivers the purity and musicality of the stock amp's midrange and extends it across the entire audible spectrum. Another common comment is their surprise with the level of bass performance that can be had from this tiny tube amp.
While we were at it we included separate current resistors for all four output tubes, so that, with our DC Balance option, you can set each tube's current independently (no need to buy dual or quad matched output tubes). We also included an AC Balance option to minimize the system IM Distortion (you will need an IM Distortion analyzer).
The Bias Supply is of course included and has new Bias-Set Potentiometers positioned at the front of the amplifier (as well as an easily accessible Test Point so Bias monitoring is easy and simple. Although you won't need to keep a constant eye on the bias setting, you can if it makes you feel better.
Another problem with the Stereo-70 (and actually all Dynaco power amps) is their use of the 4 section "Quad" electrolytic capacitor (looks like a 1.25" tall cylindrical can). The design of this cap was cost based (not performance) and the result was low reliability (really poorly made) and high effective series resistance ratings (ESR- one reason for the poor bass). To make matters worse, they were operated at or near their max voltage rating (and sometimes exceeded under some line voltage conditions). The bottom line - horrible reliability and poor sonic performance. It is worth noting that these issues are not resolved with even new manufacture replacements - the time to failure clock is simply re-set.
The solution is to take advantage of the dramatic improvement in capacitor design technology since the 1950's and along with solid engineering operating margins provide a capacitor "bank" that not only performs substantially better but dramatically increases system reliability. The power supply on our Sob-UG module include very hi quality capacitors with low ESR and operated with sufficient margin to tolerate any anticipated line voltage
Installation of our SoB-UG system is perfectly straightforward. The PC Board contains everything but the output tubes, input connector, transformers and choke. it mounts in existing holes slightly below chassis to the tubes and power supply caps extend through the original rectangular opening. You simply remove the old board de-solder the connections from the original board, drop in the upgrade board, and reconnect the wires to the same pads. So, within an hour you will be enjoying your ST-70 like never before. Feel free to download our comprehensive instructions to see for yourself just how easy it is. You may purchase the board blank or fully assembled. You may also purchase the board and parts as a kit.
· Blank Board (P/N PWB-S7-SoB-U) @ $165
· Blank Board w/ parts (P/N KIT-S7-SoB-U) @ $260 (w/o Tubes)
· Assembled & Tested Board (P/N ASM-S7-SoB-U) @ $325 (w/o Tubes)
· Hi-Rel Ceramic Output Tube Sockets, Set of 4 (P/N S7-SKT-80-4) @ $24/ set
· Teflon Rewire Kit (4X 10ft Red, Black, Wht, Grn) (P/N TWK) @ $24/ set
· Polypropylene Capacitor Option (OPT-PPC-3U) = Add $21
· Premium Dual RCA Input Assembly (Gold ) - (P/N D-RCA-G) = Add $28
· DC Bal Adjust Option (P/N OPT-S7-SoB-U-DCB) = Add $12
· Driver Tube Option - (P/N OPT-V-3) = Add $48
· Hi-Rel Ceramic 9Pin Miniature Tube Sockets - (P/N OPT-9PC-3) = Add $21/set
· Output Tube Quad Set - (P/N OPT-VO-4) = Add $100
· AC Balance Option (P/N OPT-S7-SoB-U-ACB) = Add $12
· Replacement Power Switch - (P/N SLSW-2P) = Add $7
· Replacement Fuse Holder - (P/N S7-FH) = Add $8