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About Jessica_k

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    Junior Wammer

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    Tadley Hampsure
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  • Turn Table
    LP12, VP U2, Rev PSU
  • Tone Arm & Cartridge
    Audiomods S6, ART9XA
  • SUT / Phono Stage
    Lundahl 1931/A2D PS1
  • Pre-Amp
    Django passive
  • Power Amp/s
    WAD KaT6550
  • My Speakers
    PMC GB1i/2
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    I am in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. What you done with the muses? i will concur, they sound sublime Jessica.
  2. I would really like to reiterate my comment on cartridges. The question was £150 MM to £550 MC. The £150 MM is mid price, the £550 MC is low end so even if MC is better than MM (another debate) the budget does not allow the MC to show its pace. Spending £500 MM and you are looking at a top end cartridge, to get such a MC and it’s (again debate) superiority you would pay £4K (ish) there are bargains in both category so I am generalising To start getting improvements going to MC from a mid MM expect to pay £800 plus i use a ART9xa (£1300) and a Linn K18 (MM about £200 in the
  3. My view is the price breaks you are mentioning are probably the ones that give the biggest bang for buck assuming you are careful with selection with perhaps one exception the moving coil, a high quality MM cart with a great tip profile in the £3-400 mark would outperform the £550 MC and gives more options with the phono stage Jessica xx
  4. I have 5) The unknown of previous commitments for that week going ahead. Many of us have other places to be, work, holidays etc a lot of which have been moved from the previous year that still may not go ahead this year. I have a holiday that was to be last year that if going ahead will mean I will have to pull out and the holiday will depend on the COVID rules and status of 5 European countries, so not holding my breath even for September/November, who knows!!! Jessica xx
  5. Interesting they only claim -75db signal to noise and is a solid state design using off the shelf current and voltage feedback op amps with relays to select inputs and outputs Jessica xx
  6. Relays may not be the answer either, fine if the selection keeps the relay unpowered, but if powered then the relay gets tired being continuously on and over time the contact weakens. This can be overcome by using latching or SR relays. These keep there position without power, ideal for processor controlled interfaces, note to self add a STM processor, touch screen, and remote, with SR latches to next generation of PS1. Now that would be sexy Jessica xx
  7. Wot he said lol, I have been converted to Puritan for a few years now and I am expected to bring the conditioner and cables to every BO as it gets the best out of anything that it powers. I have recently got a classic+, about £100, and that is even better than the classic, I now use the + to power my PS1 phono stages ( a free one with every purchase) Jessica xx
  8. In the end it comes down to cost benefit. I guess if we are going to gripe, mine is resting on the name. When a company/designer makes it big then sells everything with a name premium regardless of how it sounds and how much it cost to make Jessica
  9. I have no issues in doing this as long as it is done in the correct order. First build the best you can regardless of cost, this is your maximum cost point adding profit etc. Then for the many that could not afford that, look at what the minimum cost point could be and still maintain a darn good commercial product but with reduced options (say MM only, single enclosure, no load switching, down a level or two in components specifically capacitors (PS1 10x over the PS2). These become the start and end points and adding back some of the options gives a graduation or upgrade path. Jessica
  10. Alan has described it, but to say for a triode, FET or any other transistor there limited ways the 3 pins can be wired, using these and combining either hybrid, stacking valves/FET's, and/or using innovative current paths makes the difference between mundane and superb designs. The use of opamps in designs, mostly used in cheap phonos, pre's with phonos and integrated amps limits the designer and the quality is dictated primarily by the IC (I do note that there are some products that use unique designs that get more from the IC than expected) Jessica
  11. The best audio electronics is synergy of design, layout, and quality of parts. Using the old adage you cannot make a purse out of a sows ear. Dressing up a poor design with expensive parts, having a good design and poorly implement its layout, and having a great design, good layout but poor part selection will not get you a good product. Good commercial products can do the first two well but price point usually limits the last with component costs along with all the manufacture to punter costs eating into the build. This is where home modifications can improve the product. And if everything is
  12. Thanks, I will look at Silk, I like their products and if they have "off the shelf" as you say that I could use then I could look at designing a phono using them.
  13. I agree 100% with using LC or even LR for the filter, I would love to design one, but getting the inductors built to the required quality is difficult and very expensive. Jessica
  14. Hi everyone, Starting with the first point, that separate phono stages are a big advancement in the reproduction of vinyl recording, is like saying that pre-amps were a big advancement when broken away from integrated amps. Very few if any would say that an integrated amp is better than separate pre and power. The requirements of a phono stage are unique, extreme gain, very low noise, a bonkers frequency response and demanding input loading. Getting these features away from the pre-amp or integrated allows high quality components and specific (ie not a standard opamp with a feedback filt
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