Elekit 8600S 300B Tube Amplifier Kit
I’ve been building amplifiers, preamps, speakers, power supplies, cables, and many other audio related components for a number of decades.
I heard so many positive things about the Elekit 300B amp kit that I decided to order one, built it, and decide for myself. For $1,999 for the Lundahl otuput transformer version (plus a few other upgrades (coupling caps, resistors, and volume pot) this amp sounds excellent. However, it sounds more like a 2A3 amplifier since the rectification is solid state rather than tube based. Because of that, I’m not really interested in this amp beyond the first few that I’ve built and instead am focusing on obtaining the best 300B sound quality possible for the lowest price.
The 300B amp with tube rectification and a choke (in my opinion) is one of the best sounding amplifiers I’ve ever heard but serious money needs to be spent to obtain its benefits. The Elekit is good as a DIY project and an introduction to tube amplifiers but is not the best 300B amplifier I’ve ever heard. It is a good amplifier nonetheless and one that I recommend you work with if you want to learn more about building a quality amp and are willing to invest your own time and money to build one.
I’m including a photo selection of my own build showing how I’ve put one of these together (in my own way) and how I’ve carefully packed it for safe shipping. I hope you can learn from my effort. However, do not contact me for support if you decide to build this amp. I don’t have the time or interest in getting involved. The North American distributor and the Elekit forum in AudioCircle would be the place for this kind of support.