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About Bigman80

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    BigBottle Audio
    Experienced Wammer
  • Birthday 10/10/1980

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  • Turn Table
    Technics SP10 MK2
  • Tone Arm & Cartridge
    PMAT1010 & Goldring
  • SUT / Phono Stage
    Bigbottle Phonostage
  • Digital Source 1
    NovaFidelity N15D
  • DAC
    Soekris 1421 R2R DAC
  • Pre-Amp
    Bigbottle AWM-BT2
  • Power Amp/s
    Neurochrome 686
  • My Speakers
    Q Acoustics 500
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    I am in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. Ok, I can see that you aren't understanding what I'm saying. No problem. Sent from my KB2003 using Tapatalk
  2. Yes, but you aren't improving the Recording....you are improving the performance of the equipment. Everything you do to a RAW image afterwards is an addition. Think of it as going from the edited Jpeg to the RAW file. Sent from my KB2003 using Tapatalk
  3. I don't disagree. Sent from my KB2003 using Tapatalk
  4. Dunno, but you get a whole DAC with it for £6k Same price as the MFA Sent from my KB2003 using Tapatalk
  5. No, you will then be removing the limitations of your equipment. The transparency is improved/revealed by improving equipment and removing the things that are preventing transparency. The recording is the recording. It cannot be anything else. Sent from my KB2003 using Tapatalk
  6. By "nothing else changes" I was referring to the physical addition of a single resistor only, nothing else physically is required to change the gain. Sent from my KB2003 using Tapatalk
  7. Anyway, it's my first Saturday off work in about 12 weeks, so I'm off to build some HiFi!
  8. A TVC is a winding of a particular metal wire. Due to the fact that it is a winding, it has levels of capacitance, resistance and inductance. Depending on how much wire is used, the gauge of the wire and the quality of the wire, those capacitance, resistance and inductance number will vary greatly. Also, Impedance varies when you attenuate the signal via a TVC too. That will also have an effect. Therefore, your winding (TVC) will have measurable and audible differences to other windings. The same is true of cables, cartridges, SUTs and TVCs. It is a fact, and I'm afraid it's a fact that doesn't change just because you spent a shit ton of money on one. You may have a better quality winding in your MFA, than one found in say a £30 AliExpress one, but you still have Capacitance, Resistance, Inductance and variable impedance, and that will cause differences in how they perform sonically. They are not immune from these influences, which my "fuzzy photo" clearly enough demonstrated. It's not a case of tarring every TVC with the same brush, it's about understanding them and why they sound different to each other. You cannot escape it, and it will have some effect on what you hear. Hence the veil on the Chord Dave. Also you do realize that by using the Dave straight into the amplifier that you used it's inbuilt volume control?....a silicone chip. You have also stated the MFA was veiled (to a degree) in comparison......to a silicone chip. A £10 digital volume control chip. My original, and somewhat now lost point was that this idea that TVCs are flawless, "signal in, signal out" or "wire with gain" is not correct. It's measurably and evidentially not true. As I have previously stated, I am not running SUTs or TVCs down, and I do understand their appeal from a sonic perspective. Sent from my KB2003 using Tapatalk
  9. Transparency which way? Better transparency with the MFA in, or out? "I am not being fooled, the MFA as near as makes no difference did not impart any sound of its own on the signal. Also I am not fooled because I have owned many TVCs and yes they are different but to my ears the best of them such as the Baby Ref V2" Like the Flash, you have also just confirmed that TVCs sound different, and that is the only point I am interested in making. If they all sound different, they must be having an effect on what you are hearing. Hence they are not just a wire with gain. Regardless of what reason that is, which I have already spoken of. I have had in my possession: Slagle, Lundhal, Tribute, Django, Sowter S&B Plus a couple of noname Chinese ones. Once again, I am not trashing TVCs. I like what they do and have owned and heard many.
  10. I'm not here to argue about it, I was only pointing out that your blanket statement on TVCs vs Active preamps was incorrect, and I stand by what I have said. I can't find any specs/measurements for your preamp.....I'd be happy to measure it and post the results? Sent from my KB2003 using Tapatalk
  11. I apologize, I haven't read the entire thread. I only chimed in to add the bit on TVCs and SUTs. Sent from my KB2003 using Tapatalk
  12. Could also be a better impedance match. It's impossible to really know without employing the knowledge of one of my go to gurus, but like I always say, if you like what you're hearing, it doesn't matter why....just enjoy it. Sent from my KB2003 using Tapatalk
  13. Hahaha, nothing says "I love this hobby" like a probe in dangerous places......that's what I tell the wife anyway. Sent from my KB2003 using Tapatalk
  14. I have a preamp that I can change the gain with. Nothing else changes, except for one resistor being added to the circuit. When I added gain, it created an emphasis on the leading edge and made the bass appear to hit harder. I went from a factor of 2 to 8 and it seemed to change more per addition. I prefer the gain factor of 0, and have stayed there. Gain. It has an effect. Sent from my KB2003 using Tapatalk
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