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Manley Amplifiers
« on: June 02, 2009, 02:44:04 AM »
Anybody here with experience of the Manley Stingray?
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Re: Manley Amplifiers
« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2009, 07:41:44 AM »
Nope, other than reeeeeally liking the look. I also wouldn't mind taking a peep under the hood or at the schematics...
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Re: Manley Amplifiers
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2009, 09:48:22 AM »
Got one in for repair?  ???
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Re: Manley Amplifiers
« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2009, 09:35:26 PM »
No.
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Re: Manley Amplifiers
« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2009, 11:27:36 AM »
Here's a picture



Under the 'hood



12AT7 input tube and 6414 driver. I would guess the 12AT7 does duty as a voltage amp/phase splitter and the 6414 is a differentialamp/driver.
I don't see current sources on the pcb, so the phase splitter could be one of a few different options.
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Re: Manley Amplifiers
« Reply #5 on: June 03, 2009, 12:07:39 PM »
Well Ampdog... view the Manley site - it is pretty self-explanatory. They sure are flamboyant!

http://www.manleylabs.com/containerpages/stingray99.html
http://www.manleylabs.com/galleria/factory.html
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Re: Manley Amplifiers
« Reply #6 on: June 03, 2009, 04:02:05 PM »
Very, very cool site.
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Re: Manley Amplifiers
« Reply #7 on: June 03, 2009, 06:54:40 PM »
Much as I like valve amps, this one does nothing for me. Looks like Eloff street intersection during rush hour from the top view, although the under-chassis view is impressive. Guess if ever I got one of these, I would mount it upside down...


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Re: Manley Amplifiers
« Reply #8 on: June 03, 2009, 09:19:40 PM »
Now Ampdog, don't keep us in suspense ;) Do you intend getting one, or do you want the Halle's to look like this ;)

Okay, my two cents, I think its downright ugly :( If I think of a valve amp, I think of chrome covers for the transformers and the surface areas also chrome with the tubes glowing and reflecting on the chrome surfaces. Okat it will probably be quite a job to keep the surfaces gleaming, but well we can dream ;)

I understand the reason for building cages to protect the tubes, but its a beautiful sight to see the tubes glowing at night especially when its cold outside, must be Voortekker in me as I also enjoy the glow of hot braaivleis coals at night, but it does not sound as good. And NO, I still like my "Digital" pre-amp and monoblocs ;D
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Re: Manley Amplifiers
« Reply #9 on: June 03, 2009, 09:41:41 PM »
Abe, I'm touched.  ::)


Never knew you were so full on sentiment...  ;D


But I agree with every word you say!


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Re: Manley Amplifiers
« Reply #10 on: June 03, 2009, 10:05:38 PM »
Abe, I'm touched.  ::)


Never knew you were so full on sentiment...  ;D

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Re: Manley Amplifiers
« Reply #11 on: June 04, 2009, 06:37:49 AM »
Sure they might not appeal to all on the aesthetics front, but let's not forget they have delivered what is probably the best phonostage yet.
It would be interesting to hear a Steelhead in a shootout with a Whisper though.
Two different price tags yes, but the fact remains the Steelhead is an exceptional product from this company,whether we like the look or not.
Someone said flamboyant, I don't understand that comment, boisterous yes, that is where I see Manley.

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Re: Manley Amplifiers
« Reply #12 on: June 04, 2009, 09:44:00 AM »
Someone said flamboyant, I don't understand that comment, boisterous yes, that is where I see Manley.

What is wrong with "flamboyant"? I used the word as a compliment. I have great respect for EveAnna and the company because they have the guts to be "flamboyant". The meaning of "boisterous" is not that far off from "flamboyant". What it comes down to is plain right guts and whit and untainted believe in what they do. They do not sneer at other companies, they do not sell voo-doo to poor sods. I like their style.
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Re: Manley Amplifiers
« Reply #13 on: June 04, 2009, 11:59:02 AM »
I have one! My 3rd.... long story

Have schematics also and have looked under the hood.

Have also recently had a revived email discussion about the master bias circuit and problem with having a limited range of bias adjustment having a unit with serial number under MSTX8??.

Ampdog? wanting to buy ?

The Stingray II is out - larger power supply caps/reservoir + ipod dock/motorized remote control - same power

Comparing the Stingray EL84 to a KT88 ASL AQ1001DT. One will soon discover what negative feedback sounds like... The ASL sounds much too warm and after a few minutes one will run to hook uo the Stingray.




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Re: Manley Amplifiers
« Reply #14 on: June 04, 2009, 12:01:22 PM »
ghostinthemachine, what was wrong with the one you had in for repair ?