Like many of our products, the Mogwai evolved from our earlier designs, borrowing from the Bigger Ben and Classic Wonder, while embracing the form factor of the Kenzie. The Mogwai offers more than an entry point for tube amps, but a hybrid product, meant for both headphone and loudspeaker use.
Our circuit offers the ability to roll a wide variety of tubes inexpensively and bring increased power to headphones without any sacrifice of design choices that conflict with our values.
The Mogwai combines the features of a full-sized two-channel power amplifier and headphone amplifier in a chassis that is suitable for a desktop use.
The Mogwai utilizes single-ended Class A operation with zero feedback to provide the essence of our Classic Wonder sound; strictly old school SET sound, without having to spend hundreds if not thousands of dollars on tubes.
The performance of the Mogwai is made possible with custom wound ultra-high quality output transformers from Transcendar, which provide excellent frequency extension and a flat response.
The Mogwai does not use a voltage divider network, but depends on transformers instead. We chose a 32 ohm tap for headphones to offer a dedicated selection for the widest range of headphones, and an 8-ohm loudspeaker tap to connect the Mogwai to moderately efficient loudspeakers.
The Mogwai displays its transformers prominently on the chassis to frame in the tube compliment, which can vary from a 6L6GC to a KT88.
Volume control is handled by the ALPS volume pot to allow attenuation and simplify the signal path. Zero feedback on the outputs negates the need for a pre-amplifier; an iPhone can drive the Mogwai without issue.
The Mogwai differs from the Kenzie as it aims to provide powerful output while remaining true to classic tube design. As with all ampsandsound products, we strive for a neutral, non-fatiguing sound, and demand that all our products be ultra-quiet in operation. Quiet operation is not just a goal but a guiding principle that shapes all design and implementation choices.
Input tube: 6SL7 or equivalent
Output tubes: 6L6GC, EL34s, KT66, KT77, KT88, 6550s and KT90s
A personal favorite is the Tungsol 6L6GC STR. Warm, strong and tight bass.
Cathode Bias/automatic bias allows for easy tube changes without adjustment.
Compatible with 32ohm-300ohm headphones using the “32ohm” 1/4″ jack.
Headphones driven successfully or tested with the amp include, MrSpeakers Ethers, MrSpeakers Ether Cs, Audeze LCD-2.2F, Audeze LCD-XC, AKG240, AKG701, Sony MDRV6, Sennheiser HD650, Sennheiser HD800, Beyerdynamic T1-32ohm, HIFIMAN HE400i, HIFIMAN HE-400S, HIFIMAN HE-400
The Mogwai is handmade with pride in Southern California with US-sourced parts, including our precision transformers.
Input impedance is 10K ohm with alps pot
Input Sensitivity 2.6V for full power out with input transformers
Power as measured with El34 power tubes and 5U4 rectifier
8ohm power: 2.8Watts RMS @ 1khz
Noise on 32ohm tapp @ 440uV RMS
32ohm power: 3.6Watts RMS @ 1khz
Noise on 32ohm tapp @ 650uV RMS
300ohm power: 4.2atts RMS @ 1khz
Noise on 300ohm tapp @ 1mV RMS
Power as measured with KT88 power tubes and 5AR4 rectifier
8ohm power: 8.2Watts RMS @ 1khz
Noise on 8ohm tapp @ 440uV RMS
32ohm power: 4.6Watts RMS @ 1khz
Noise on 32ohm tapp @ 720uV RMS
300ohm power: 5.2Watts RMS @ 1khz
Noise on 300ohm tapp @ 1.3mV RMS
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