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Phono stages - What are people using?

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4 hours ago, Fenderbassplayer John said:

Linto with Krystal

Ditto. Sounds sublime.

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I'll advocate for a new version of a longtime classic: the EAR PhonoBox by the legendary Tim Paravicini. It's a replacement for the venerated EAR 834P.   Tube based and a special product.  It's not ruthlessly revealing but doesn't smooth over detail either. Gorgeous midrange and a rounded,full, real tube bass.  On my LP 12/Lingo1/Aro/Linn Krystal, playing a lovely Decca Let it Bleed - it is lifelike and magical.  As it is on all chamber music, singer songwriter, 70s rock.  Nothing digital in the chain at all. Signal going through a hybrid Lector integrated amp into JMR Cantabile speakers. I love matching the incisiveness of the Linn Krystal with this tube stage.  A great review here by the Ken Kessler. https://www.hifinews.com/content/ear-phonobox-phono-mmmc-preamplifier

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Lejonklou SINGularity pair with a Kandid, but I don't think it is what you are looking for.  However, I would definitely check out the Lejonklou Entity, it is something quite special.

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Convergent Audio SL1 Sig 5000 series with rolled in NOS 12Au7Siemens and NOS 1963 GE 12AX7 long plates. Makes music with my Kleos.

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Uphorik with Krystal. Had a 25th anniversary Linto for decades.

I'm still hesitating to grab a Urika II, despite the system being Exakted. This step-up would cancel my option to step down to Adikt, once the cash-flow collapses upon retirement. With Corona's unknown impact on business this concern is getting even more substancial now. If companies need to lay-off staff in an economic crises, the old farts like yours truly are probably the first to go. Part of my personal philosophy is, to take decisions in a way that it opens up more options, as it offers more flexibility to adapt to changing circumstances.

Before CoronaLockdown, I planned to see my dealer and do an Adikt vs Krystal comparison - which I never before did, as my Krystal was inheriting its place from an Akiva.

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38 minutes ago, TooManyCatweazles said:

Uphorik with Krystal. Had a 25th anniversary Linto for decades.

I'm still hesitating to grab a Urika II, despite the system being Exakted. This step-up would cancel my option to step down to Adikt, once the cash-flow collapses upon retirement. With Corona's unknown impact on business this concern is getting even more substancial now. If companies need to lay-off staff in an economic crises, the old farts like yours truly are probably the first to go. Part of my personal philosophy is, to take decisions in a way that it opens up more options, as it offers more flexibility to adapt to changing circumstances.

Before CoronaLockdown, I planned to see my dealer and do an Adikt vs Krystal comparison - which I never before did, as my Krystal was inheriting its place from an Akiva.

I feel your pain re : Corona lockdown. I work partly on commission and salary. My commission will be cut by 50 percent this year and on Friday I was told I was to go on unemployment insurance as of this week. One hour later out PM announced a 75 % salary subsidy.  Anyway you slice it my plans for a Kradikal + urika II and free Karousel look distance now. 

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I use an Icon Audio PS3 Mk2 valve rectified and regulated power supply for an Icon Audio PS3 Mk2 phono stage with Jenson capacitors upgrade. I love the sound of my system but I can't say that I've ever tried a different phono stage in it to compare. I use a Dynavector XX2/2

Cheers Ady 

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Super Wammer

I use the one in the AEDSM set to MM for a Goldring 900 with a Jelco stylus.  But that's probably not that useful as its only there just so I can play vinyl should the need arise, rather than because I like to play vinyl :)

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3 hours ago, HDMan72 said:

Linto for Audio Technica AT33PTG/II

Warms my heart. My old friend has found a wonderful new home and has settled in nicely.

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I use a Ryan Sound Lab PS with Krystal and I am very happy with this setup. My records have never sounded so good.

Colin

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On 28/03/2020 at 19:55, mskaye said:

I'll advocate for a new version of a longtime classic: the EAR PhonoBox by the legendary Tim Paravicini. It's a replacement for the venerated EAR 834P.   Tube based and a special product.  It's not ruthlessly revealing but doesn't smooth over detail either. Gorgeous midrange and a rounded,full, real tube bass.  On my LP 12/Lingo1/Aro/Linn Krystal, playing a lovely Decca Let it Bleed - it is lifelike and magical.  As it is on all chamber music, singer songwriter, 70s rock.  Nothing digital in the chain at all. Signal going through a hybrid Lector integrated amp into JMR Cantabile speakers. I love matching the incisiveness of the Linn Krystal with this tube stage.  A great review here by the Ken Kessler. https://www.hifinews.com/content/ear-phonobox-phono-mmmc-preamplifier

nice feedback I'm thorn between this ( 324/834 are special)  and Urika to replace the prefix.

Digital Urika(not familiar with the analogue version ) definitely gives a hint of digital glare, but does suit the leaner , neutral approach the best. But you need a Radikal first.

Two equally seducing ways.

My educated guess, I'll try thePhonoBox first (especially if going directly into active ATC  20s)  and Urika after Karousel/Kore/Ekos being scheduled.

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