"Ruby" XR 300B Reference SET Monoblock Amplifier

Ruby XR 300B Reference SET Monoblock Amplifier Ruby XR 300B Reference SET Monoblock Amplifier Inner Ruby XR 300B Reference SET Monoblock Amplifier Inner Ruby XR 300B Reference SET Monoblock Amplifier Inner

First edition, shown at top left, is sold with Shuguang Treasure "A" 300B-T Tubes with switch for selecting 4 or 8 ohm speakers

Final edition, shown above, changed the output to EML 300B XLS tubes and added 3 new features. Dual bias meters, an hour meter and dual selection switches for selecting 4,8 or 16 ohm output impedance.

It also incorporates a newly designed first gain stage using a 5687 double triode in parallel which lowers the noise level by 3db's. . By using only one quarter of the output voltage gain of this stage further reduces the noise floor by 12 db's. This equates to an astounding overall noise reduction of 15 db's for this voltage amplification first stage.

Our innovative output stage led us to redesign the input stage in the final edition to lower the noise floor for use with super efficient horn speakers. With the Voxativ Ampeggio Signature at 101 db you cannot tell that the amps are even on. We are boldly stating and challenge all that these are the lowest noise SET amplifiers ever manufactured!

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The Ruby 300B monoblocks that we are now building are gold anodized with blue ink filled engraved lettering as shown in the picture above.

They can be built to order with your preferences in anodized top plate colors and engraved ink filled colors. See below for other color options.

You may also choose to get your name engraved on the top plate in the rear that says....

" Hand Crafted for YOUR NAME "

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The Ruby series of products is the culmination of my experience and knowledge gathered over the last 20 years as well as some new insights into circuitry that reduces overall noise levels to unprecedented levels resulting in heightened dynamics to accommodate the ongoing increase in resolution in analog and digital recordings.

Our goal with the Ruby XR monoblocks was to design the best SET amplifier around the most favoured output tube, namely the 300B Western Electric designed, that would be capable of having enough power to drive most speakers from the better high end speaker manufacturers. We also wanted it compatible with all PREMIUM 300B tube manufacturers available now and in the future to enable plug in and play with our self biased automatic circuits.

Our exclusive 300B gain stage circuit design, never before implemented in a tube output stage, has been the most important factor in bringing to fruition the most refined sound ever from a 300B type amplifier. The result is an output stage that has four times the gain of what a single 300B type tube is capable of. This newly developed output circuitry, having no precedent, raises the bar in state of the art development.

The fact that there are quite a variety of new 300B tubes being manufactured today gives the user a varied choice in selection and voicing of his system, including the EML 300B XLS and the KR 300B XLS with a filament current of 1.5 and 1.8 amps [ standard 300B is 1.2 Amps ]

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The Ruby XR 300B monoblocks comes shipped with the Emission Labs EML 300B-XLS.

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TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

RUBY TUBE COMPLEMENT per monoblock

[1] 5687WB Dual Triode JAN NOS Philips USA - VOLTAGE GAIN STAGE - T1
[1] 12B4A Single Triode JAN NOS GE USA - DRIVER STAGE - T2
[2] Svetlana 6D22S high current high voltage 6KV rectifier - - 30 second high voltage ramp up until final bias is obtained. - - - Each 6D22S is preceded by a Solid State Bridge Rectifier rated @ 12,000 Volts 1/2 Amp.
[4] Emission Labs EML 300B-XLS with Gold plated GRID and tube pins

VOLTAGE STAGE

This stage operates in pure class "A1" single ended plate loaded with independent automatic biasing circuitry for each triode . Both triodes are wired in quasi parallel to take advantage of the 3 db noise reduction using this configuration.

We have also reduced the gain of this stage by a factor of four resulting in lowering the noise floor by an additional 12 db's for this stage. This together with innovative proprietary signal cable shielding has resulted in a amplifier with an unprecedented low noise floor.

Total noise reduction of this stage is a phenomenal 15 db's

DRIVER STAGE

This stage also operates in pure class "A1" single ended plate loaded with automatic self-biasing circuitry. This stage operates with high bias current and high voltages needed to drive the four 300B output tubes and do so without driving the 300B grids positive to insure no grid current drive is required. The AC signal is coupled to the 300B grids via 4 independent metalized high voltage, high capacitance Teflon signal capacitors with self healing ability and 1300 Volt DC rating.

300B OUTPUT STAGE

All 4 output tubes also operate in pure class "A1" single ended self-biased isolated circuitry and transformer coupled output.

The 300B gain stage circuitry is exclusive, ground-breaking and unique, being only one of its kind ever to be implemented in a tube output stage.

Simply stated it is a serial - parallel single ended configuration that results in increasing the 300B stage gain by a factor of four, unprecedented and unique.

Two legs of two series connected 300B's are used in parallel by tying the top plates of each leg to drive the primary of the output transformer. The two bottom tubes of each leg is referenced to ground while the top tubes have floating biasing and signal drive.

If either leg of the series connected 300B tubes go out of range the red LED fault light will come on suggesting that these 2 tubes should be replaced. The left two tubes fault light is designated FL and the right series connected tubes is designated FR.

If the FL or RL red LED's come on then it's time to change that pair of 300B tubes

OTHER FEATURES

Dual triple digit LED bias meters read up to 99.9 Volts using a blue readout for constant monitoring.

A LCD hour meter [99,999.9 hours] is now incorporated to keep track of usage, especially important with monitoring the life of output tubes.

The 300B filaments, which also act as the cathode for each triode, require isolated pure 5 volt DC power supplies. Each of the four supplies have a separate 7 volt AC secondary winding connected to a full wave bridge rectifier followed by a 10,000uf filter capacitor and terminated using a solid state 5 volt regulator chip.

The output transformer reacts to this configuration in such a way that it thinks it has only one tube with four times the power rating of one 300B driving it. In other words this stage uses the same ratio of primary to secondary in the output transformer as would be used in an amplifier with only one 300B output tube.

Impedance settings of either 4, 8 or 16 ohms is selectable via two toggle switches located on top rear of each chassis.

GROUND LOOP HUM NOT A PROBLEM: No ground lift switch on all wyetech amplifiers. We employ a special network that does not remove ground safety from the chassis. As a consequence Wyetech MONOBLOCK amps don't suffer from ground loop hum pickup!

POWER SUPPLIES:

Three Toroid power transformers are used in each monoblock with input AC power operation for 115V-120/230-240V 50-60 Hz selected via an internal toggle switch.

Separate DC power supply filtering provide total isolation between the INPUT and OUTPUT stages. This consist of a quadruple-4 (pi) filter for the 500 Volt front end supply and a quintuple-5 (pi) filter for the 1 Kilovolt output stage power supply.

Twin bridge rectifiers rated at 12,000 Volts DC provide the needed voltage and current, that in turn feed the 6D22S [6Kv rating] rectifier tubes that enable the voltage to slowly ramp up due to the 30 second delayed warm up time of the 6D22S.

Custom made polypropylene in oil capacitors with special screw connectors allow easy assembly or removal from Printed Circuit Board

The use of pure LC filter networks with 10 very large polypropylene in oil capacitors, 3 large polypropylene capacitors and six large chokes provide an unparalleled ripple reduction and purity of design unequalled in tube SET amplifiers.

Rectified, filtered and regulated 12 Volt DC provides the power for the input tube filaments of the 1st and 2nd stage. This also contributes to lowering the noise floor.

An Analyst Plus AC Power Oval 10 power cord is supplied with each Ruby monoblock amp

MECHANICAL CONSTRUCTION

Extremely rugged all welded steel chassis with 4 mm aluminum top and bottom plates provide a solid firm structure by design. Think of a picture frame doubled up and back to back with the flat top and bottom pieces flush mounted and bolted with 28 stainless steel dress machine screws. This reduces any possibility of vibration induced aberrations affecting the operation of the amplifier tubes.