1.  Will it help my mid-grade system?  Pioneer SX-205 receiver, Pioneer CD changer, Pioneer direct drive TT, Squeezebox Touch music server, Advent speakers.

2.  Can I get tubes for this from Transcendent, and how much?

3.  Can I find someone to put it together for me here, or am I better off searching locally?  

4.  Where can I read INDEPENDENT reviews (if any) of The Fixer?

Thank you in advance!
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Carson
1.  Yes, I believe so.  I've used it with a SS amp, and it provided a warm tube fullness while fixing my AMT tweeters with 10" woofer.

2. No, tubes are cheap...
the tube depot, the tube store, tubes and more, upscale audio have provide quality service for me.

3.  Email me and I'll send you a complete kit with tubes after I purchase from TS...including burn.  It is a very straight forward build.  It will cost a little more since I'll have to buy and ship everything...I don't mind since I have nCoV time on my hands.

4. It's a brand new product, but we are all independent reviewers.  I have no affiliation with TS products...just a fan.

this is a great community so we can answer your questions if you decide to follow the instructions.

cheers,
carson
dubulup@me.com

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Carson
You would basically turn the 205 into just a power amp...balance, treble, bass all centered.

run the fixer thru the tape monitor and connect all your inputs to the fixer.  Fixer is unity gain (sources remain the line level), so you could max the volume and only use the Pioneer volume.

plenty ways to skin a cat 
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DanInMichigan
Thank you!  I'm not sure what I'm going to do here, but I appreciate your responses.  I'm DanInMichigan, by the way....it won't let me log in.....
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Anonymous
Dan, where are you in Michigan? I built one about 6 weeks ago was a fairly straight forward easy build. Sounds good, obv less gain but tone controls work well. I have not seen any independent reviews of the fixer although it is new and I suspect market is fairly small. 
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DanInMichigan
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Dan, where are you in Michigan? I built one about 6 weeks ago was a fairly straight forward easy build. Sounds good, obv less gain but tone controls work well. I have not seen any independent reviews of the fixer although it is new and I suspect market is fairly small. 


I'm in Waterford, about an hour north of Detroit
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Anonymous
I am in the South Bend Indiana, I build these kits mostly for fun, I like building the kit, If you dont want to build I could build for you for a small fee. Although the build was straight forward
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Anonymous
I don't solder at all.  That's why I'd want someone to build it for me, who knows what they're doing.

I still don't know what I want to do, yet.  I need to get $ together, first of all.  And whether this is what I want to do.  
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Carson
here some of my work
https://tubehifi.websitetoolbox.com/post/under-the-hood-the-fixer-10533384

https://tubehifi.websitetoolbox.com/post/lundahl-dual-mono-kt150-cfa-10117644?pid=1308394137

My email address is in the first relay of this thread

Cheers,
Carson
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DanFromMichigan
Thanks!  Real life has intervened, sorry for taking 18 days to reply.

ANOTHER question (unless this is comparing apples to oranges, and I don't know it)...how does the Fixer compare to, say, Decware's ZBOX?
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Wolfgang
"The ZBOX works by creating a starved voltage condition in the filament of the tube that in turn causes an increase in favorable harmonics and a decrease in objectionable distortion. "
Looks like a tube buffer which  makes use of some basic laws around tubes in order to create certain harmonics which influence the sound. Conseqeuntly the effect can only be  accidental because the rest of every audio system will show a different reaction in connection to these kind of "random" manipulations. If one would build such a thing with the intention to achieve a specific "sound" in a single audio system it might even work (I tried this for while with DHT buffers and manipulated different tube/psu parameters). But it's definitely not a recipe for all kind of situations and for general "sound improvement" with predictable results.

The Fixer is a wideband EQ (let's call it this for the sake of simplicity) which can influence the amplitude of preset frequency bands . It also has a balance control. It's not suitable for serious room correction or influencing  small frequency bands. This would need a parametric EQ where all parameters can be individually adjusted.

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DanFromMichigan
Thanks!  Kind of what I was wondering myself!
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DanFromMichigan
Okay, another Fixer question...my primary interest is to 'fatten' the sound from my Squeezebox Touch music server, and my CD player.  Is this the right device to help do that?
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Anonymous
if your definition of fatten is to boost/reduce bass and treble frequencies to suit your tastes, then yes
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DanInMichigan
It is!  Thank you very much for responding.

I like you guys in this forum a lot, FYI.  I'm glad I found out about the company.  Now i just need to add some $ to the piggy bank and get a Fixer.....
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