Here are some of Thomas Mayer's latest top of the line creations. This is superb craftsmanship and an audiophiles dream, ENJOY:
Coke bottle 6N7G
driven DHT 801A SE Stereo power amplifier with Tango NC-20F
interstage transformers (this
is a two chassis amplifier, the PS chassis is the same size).
Definitely one step above the two chassis 801A stereo amp (with
Lundahl interstage transformers) I raved about lately in my September
there is also a state-of-the-art four-chassis phono / line stage,
which Thomas built to order for an Italian music lover and friend,
lately. You can find some photos (and soon, I'm sure, listening
notes) of this superb project here.
Considering the really poor room acoustics at the show, which was held at a Vienna top hotel - a bummer for all exhibitors as well as us, the potential customers - the sound the € 7.5K Haigner AMADEO basic speakers / Mayer amp combination produced in The Source Audiosysteme room was remarkable and stunning. For me personally, the most musical and realistic sound of the show. 3D-imaging, tonal color, shading, emotion and musical flow were the strong points this system delivered. Here is a photo of the new Haigner speakers and the Mayer tube electronic at the Klangbilder 2009.
My personal conclusion: A superb pair of speakers mated with a superb amp combination and good to excellent source components are the ticket for goose bumps when listening to recorded music. One day, such superb amps will be part of my system built around David Haigner's Gamma horns. Period!
Added Nov. 22nd, 2009:
Here are some more pics of Thomas Mayer's amplifier creations (ready for listening comparisons at this years ETF):
6CB5A stereo power amps in a wooden cabinet and oil caps inside to
the left and a prototype of a metal chassis version to the right.
Both use Tango OPTs
SE 45 stereo amp with Tango Interstage and OPTs plus external power supply
row: Top of the line SE 211 Monos (driven by 801As) with Tango iron,
oil caps and a separate power supply for each channel! Wow! This
is real tube amp magic...
You need an affordable speaker which mates perfectly with your single watt tube amplifier?
is what Thomas uses to develop and eveluate his amps, as he says
with extremely pleasing results. David Haigner's Rho
speakers, time-aligned and tailored especially for single watt triode
Can't wait to listen to all these new amplifier creations together with the Rho, which I really know well at ETF 2009. Will let you know about the results...
2009 was a great event, although unfortunately I missed half of the
festival due to a quite heavy cold. The Thomas Mayer gear was
definitely one of the highlights of ETF 2009!
Added Feb. 6th, 2010:
are some more photos of Thomas Mayer's tube amplifier creations:
From back to front:
That's Thomas' superb cost-no-object Phono / Line preamp combination with separate external power supplies. Phono is based on the rare and expensive EC8020 and in the line stage Thomas uses a 801 SET. I heard this combination at the Vienna "Klangbilder" show last November the first time and its musical performance was stunning and unforgettable
Added April 18th, 2010:
More of the latest Thomas Mayer tube amplification designs (March / April 2010):
Added December 27th, 2010:
Good news for people who look for SE magic powerful enough to drive more power hungry loudspeakers: