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FOR SALE: Angle Audio MC Phonostage with Walwart PSU. Includes an owners manual, which sounds grander than it is at two pages of info on an A4 sheet. PRICE: £12 plus Postage or collection from Portsmouth area. An opportunity to try out one of their products at a bargain price. Purchased from a Wammer four or five years ago and used regularly for about a year before I moved on to something else, so it is just sitting here not being used. New rechargeable battery purchased last year and I get approximately 2 hours listening between charges. Suspect it was an earlier version as it has no proper labelling on the box, only some sticky labels I put on. MC Specification Input level: 0.15mV to 0.5mV Input resistance: 470 ohm Gain: 56dB Output resistance 680 ohm Works well with my AT33EV cartridge.
I've got a Quad 34 with built-in MM phono stage, it was running fine with a HO MC and I should have left it alone I was lent a LO MC and SUT and in honesty, in this system, I preferred the cheap and cheerful 'pick-it' cart over the rather tasty Saec cart. This might be as much to do with compliance, the arm is light and the Saec MC is a heavy lump so the counterweight sits right at the back of the arm. Anyway, the issue/problem. I now need to return the SUT but can't go back to the HO cart as I dropped and broke it, leaving me with a MM phono and MC cart and not a lot of money. Solution 1 Get hold of a quad 34 MC board. I've seen them go on flebay for £20ish but not for a while, the only ones now are £50. How good a stage is the 34 MC? Worth hanging on for? Solution 2 Buy a cheap SUT or head amp? From experience, SUT's can be easy to get right and easy to get wrong, what can I really expect for sub £100? Option 3 Pick up a cheap phono stage with MC like a phonobox se, cambridge etc. With an entry level newr stage outperform a quad 34 board? Option 4 Try and source another sub £100 HO MC? It's only the 2nd system, however I seem to spend more time listening in this room than the main one especially as we come into summer it's the system I'll be using. Swapping phono's, TT's or carts isn't an option, I don't want to disturb the main room. Thanks in advance