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    Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
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  • #2
    Doesn't Jack D have one of these...

    Last edited by Rob; 04-07-2016, 07:51 PM.
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    • Albert Porter
      Albert Porter commented
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      Parts farm :-). Would love to hear it.

  • #3
    It looks stunning. I wonder how it sounds?
    Micro Seiki SX-8000 table with flywheel, SME 3012R arm, SME 312S arm, Lyra Etna SL and Dynavector XV-1S cartridges, ARC Ref 3 phono stage, Otari MX-55 tape deck, Ampex 350 repros, Roon Nucleus Plus server, PS Audio DSJ DAC, ARC Ref 6 pre, ARC Ref 75 amp, JBL 4345 speakers, and Def Tech Ref subs.

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    • #4
      Originally posted by mep View Post
      It looks stunning. I wonder how it sounds?
      It meets Shane's requirements for four phono inputs!
      Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
      Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
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      -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
      -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
      -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
      -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
      -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
      -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
      -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
      -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
      -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
      -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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      • #5
        I feel quite inadequate!
        DIY TT w/ Transrotor mech, Roksan Tabriz Zi, SAE 1000LT
        Vacuum State JLTi phono stage, SAS B11a pre-amp, DIY 2A3 monoblocks
        DIY HD XMOS-based USB->S/PDIF converter, Danish Audio Designs 3-box DAC10
        DIY 3-way folded line speakers, DIY Open Baffles

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        • #6
          It is awesome plus you can also opt for one line input making it a full function preamp. Clean, clear, ballsy but also sweet. Takes the lowest of the low outputs too and has the long missed option of a (defeatable) rumble filter. Downside is the long line one has to wait to get one. Last I heard Jules was backordered quite a bit.

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          • #7
            Originally posted by JackD201 View Post
            It is awesome plus you can also opt for one line input making it a full function preamp. Clean, clear, ballsy but also sweet. Takes the lowest of the low outputs too and has the long missed option of a (defeatable) rumble filter. Downside is the long line one has to wait to get one. Last I heard Jules was backordered quite a bit.
            What's the ball park price for one of these emt phono ?
            Christian
            System Gear

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            • #8
              It has almost everything except parametric equalization. Otherwise it looks perfect.

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              • #9
                Originally posted by rockitman View Post

                What's the ball park price for one of these emt phono ?
                I dropped a note to Jonathan Halpern the importer here just in case no one knows.
                Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
                Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
                ________________________________________

                -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
                -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
                -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
                -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
                -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
                -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
                -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
                -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
                -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
                -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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                • #10

                  Beautiful piece of equipment.

                  Here's more pictures:

                  http://www.hifido.co.jp/KWjpa/G1/E/0...3031-79668-00/
                  Last edited by MikeCh; 04-08-2016, 12:10 AM.
                  Mike
                  Avanti Audio

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                  • #11
                    Originally posted by rockitman View Post

                    What's the ball park price for one of these emt phono ?
                    If I'm not mistaken, it's in about the same range as yours Christian. The Mk1 is priced less, again, AFAIK.

                    Tube complement is 6 x 12ax7. With the 803s I have in there, that brings the price close to or at the DHT price. BTW mine is a Mk1 like the one shown in the back of the yellow Mk2.

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                    • Dr.Ears
                      Dr.Ears commented
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                      Finding and maintaining 6 matched and balanced 12AX7's is not going to be an easy chore. If, you have a system, which uses many vacuum tubes, you might be better off going with a SS phono section. You can reach a point, where you have too many tubes in your system, which causes them to effect each other's sound. I got rid of a CD player with a tubed output because of this problem.

                  • #12
                    Originally posted by JackD201 View Post

                    If I'm not mistaken, it's in about the same range as yours Christian. The Mk1 is priced less, again, AFAIK.

                    Tube complement is 6 x 12ax7. With the 803s I have in there, that brings the price close to or at the DHT price. BTW mine is a Mk1 like the one shown in the back of the yellow Mk2.
                    It looks like the Swiss Army knife of phono stages. Is it your favorite ?
                    Christian
                    System Gear

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                  • #13
                    I don't carry it but at this point in time. Yes it is. I have a lot of carts and a lot of originals from days where the standards were yet to be set. It checks all boxes, sonic and otherwise. The CH is not with me yet and I don't have the rack space for a Lamm Signature. I am a tube head so expect my bias to go this Swiss miss' way but I won't know until I compare. As usual at this level it will likely be two versions of good and preference will dictate. I am pretty sure that if I rotate again to CH then I will use the CH for the simple reason that the electronics are direct coupled and DC might be an issue. That scares me. Anyhow, those are the perks of being a distributor right? LOL.

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                    • david k
                      david k commented
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                      Originally posted by JackD201 View Post
                      I don't have the rack space for a Lamm Signature.
                      There's a way around that. I don't need to sell you on Lamm, the Signature is really special. I'm running 6m power cables between the power supplies and the phono stage, no noise or hum at all with 110db speakers. I have the PS on a separate rack in the back of the room and just move the head unit from tt to tt. You can place the power supplies in a convenient pace too and just the phono stage in in your racks.

                      david

                  • #14
                    This is an absolutely beautiful piece of gear and I am certain that the sound is also quite nice; however, whether it really is the ultimate phonostage is another question. For the last few years I have use the Ypsilon in conjnction with their outboard transformer and other than a hum problem cured when I switched to the Odin 2 phono cable, I have been very happy with it; however, the only other phonostage which I have had in my system for comparison is the solidstate Einstein, so it would be very hard for me to say that the Ypsilon really is the best. It is clearly "one of the best" and meets my needs. I would like to hear others particularly the Doshi an the Vitus and certainly the silver transformer version of the Ypsilon, but I have to think that in many instances the cartridge chosen may make more difference.
                    Rockport Sirius turntable, Lyra Atlas SL cartridge, Audio Note M9 SE Phono stage, Audio Note M10 (Signature) linestage, EMM Labs TX2/DA2 digital, Audio Note Balanced Kegon amps, EMM Labs MTRX amps, Acapella Triolons, Jorma Prime and Odin 2 cables, Stage 3 Kraken power cords, HB Marble Powerslave, Finite Elemente Pagode Reference stands and Cerabases, Halcyonics active isolation bases, HRS Equipment stand, Stillpoints Ultra 6 footers, Furitech cable isolators and plugs, Loricraft and Audiodesk vinyl cleaners, Yamaha CT7000 Tuner.

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                    • #15
                      Originally posted by fcrowder View Post
                      This is an absolutely beautiful piece of gear and I am certain that the sound is also quite nice; however, whether it really is the ultimate phonostage is another question. For the last few years I have use the Ypsilon in conjnction with their outboard transformer and other than a hum problem cured when I switched to the Odin 2 phono cable, I have been very happy with it; however, the only other phonostage which I have had in my system for comparison is the solidstate Einstein, so it would be very hard for me to say that the Ypsilon really is the best. It is clearly "one of the best" and meets my needs. I would like to hear others particularly the Doshi an the Vitus and certainly the silver transformer version of the Ypsilon, but I have to think that in many instances the cartridge chosen may make more difference.
                      Sometimes I think it's the chicken or the egg eg. the phono section vs. the cartridge.

                      Maybe next to digital, no component in the system has improved more than the phono section. Think about it. You might buy speakers, electronics, turntables and cartridges from yesteryear but would you buy a phonostage? None that immediately come to mind.
                      Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
                      Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
                      ________________________________________

                      -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
                      -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
                      -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
                      -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
                      -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
                      -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
                      -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
                      -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
                      -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
                      -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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