The Suolo Monos came about from a brainstorming session. We were looking to keep the tone of the Kenzie, which is warm, musical, and detailed with the flexibility of the Mogwai SE and its Tonal weight. Additionally, we wanted to showcase our technical prowess, as we consider turret boards to be the highest art.
The Suolo Monos are a two chassis solution, isolating each channel to its own amp. The amps employ a new power transformer with provision for tube rectification from a 6CA4 rectifier.
The power supply is robust and utilized choke regulation.
We opted to use the ubiquitous 5751 or 12AX7 allowing for the widest range of tube rolling options.
Output tube is the 1626 WWII transmitter triode or use the 12B4 triode with an adapter for more increase in power by 40%. The goal of the Suolo mono is to allow for a wide range of NOS tube rolling; old tubes do it better.
The Suolo Mono is one of the sweetest-sounding headphone amplifiers on the market yet brings you closer to the music, going from the 10throw to the orchestra. The 1626 is commonly referred to as the “Poor Man’s 300B”; offering a similar level of warmth, texture, and soundstage depth.
Outputs are ¼” mono jacks for 8ohm, 32ohm, and 300ohm as well as binding posts for use as a 2chanel monoblock amp.
The build quality of the Suolo monos is jewel-like, though you will likely never see the effort which went into its production, turret boards predate PCBs and provide the greatest flexibility while providing a rigid mounting point. Turret boards are used in some of the greatest amplifiers made from Mcintosh and Harmon Kardon, and today ampsandsound made use as well.
Input attenuation/Volume is handled by a 10K mono stepped attenuator for precise channel matching.
The Suolo Monos are SET Single Ended Triode with no feedback. The output is directly coupled to the transformer, no voltage divider network to degrade the sound. The Suolo Monos have more than enough power to drive even the most demanding headphones. We chose 8ohm, 32ohms, and 300ohm output taps to allow use with the most extensive variety of headphones; everything from Grado Labs, HiFiMan, Audeze, MrSpeakers, Sennheiser, and Beyerdynamic.
Cathode Bias/automatic bias allows for easy tube changes without adjustment.
Includes 1 Mono ¼” to Stereo ¼” Y-cable to allow immediate use
Input tube: 5751
Output tubes: 1626 or VT-137
Headphones driven successfully or tested with the amp include:
MrSpeakers Ethers2, MrSpeakers Ether Cs, Audeze LCD-2, LCD2 Closed Audeze LCD-XC, Audeze LCD-X, Audeze LCD-3, AKG240, AKG701, Sony MDRV6, Sennheiser HD650, Sennheiser HD800s, Beyerdynamic T1-600 ohm, HIFIMAN HE400i, HIFIMAN HE-400, HE-400S, Grado Labs SR-60, RS1i
The Suolo is handmade in Southern California with U.S.-sourced parts and custom hand-wound output transformers.
Wood Chassis is available in stock Walnut/Ebony or Black Lacquer.
Input impedance is 10K ohm with alps pot
Input Sensitivity 1V for full power out.
Frequency bandwidth 8hz -1db to 18khz -2db full power
8ohm power: 500mWatts RMS @ 1khz
Noise on 8ohm tapp @ 430uV
32ohm power: 400mWatts RMS @ 1khz
Noise on 32ohm tapp @ 570uV
300ohm power: 400mWatts RMS @ 1khz
Noise on 300ohm tapp @ 640uV