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    Please post pictures of your phono stages. For all to enjoy.




    two new entries to listen and enjoy after I sold my Pass XP-25 and XP-20.

    Accuphase C-37 and Esoteric E-03







    Last edited by Metamatic; 11-28-2016, 02:52 PM.

  • #2
    Nice! Which tables are connected to each? I know you have a Pioneer Exclusive, but can't recall the other.
    Dynavector DV20x2L MC cartridge - Genesis G7.1f speakers - Marantz Reference PM-KI-Pearl Int. Amp. - Oracle Audio Paris MkV turntable - Various Morrow & Valab/King cables

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    • #3
      Hey Johnny. Playing mix n match atm. Got 2 Exclusive tables and TW acustik table. Cheers

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      • #4
        Mine is a Trulife Argo from Greece. SUT to tubed MM. 12AX7/12AU7 with EZ81 rectifiers. All transformers are made in house, all point to point wiring.

        Last picture shows how big it is (~45lbs) compared to a Schiit Ragnarok speaker/headphone amp and TASCAM DA-3000 in my rack.

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        Kronos Pro/SCPS + Zyx Omega Premium -> Trulife Argo -> Schiit Ragnarok -> Event Opal Monitors

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        • Gusf
          Gusf commented
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          Being of Norse blood, I love the front end lights!

        • pcosta
          pcosta commented
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          I'm envious. Very nice.

      • #5
        Chris,
        is that the phono stage / company that kronos' Louis D is partnering with to develop a new phono stage? I recall some talk about that at the montreal show in the spring.

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        • #6
          Originally posted by Tunes View Post
          Chris,
          is that the phono stage / company that kronos' Louis D is partnering with to develop a new phono stage? I recall some talk about that at the montreal show in the spring.
          Yes. This one was the prototype and is the exact phono stage Louis was using this year in Montreal. (funny, in a weird twist of fate I now own a Kronos Sparta, Zyx Omega Premium and this phono stage which comprised the analog front end Kronos used at the Montreal show so if you were there you have effectively heard my setup!)

          The Kronos branded ones will have the power/signal portions in separate boxes. I've seen the boards at the Kronos factory in Montreal but I have not seen the final casework. Louis is very very good with design so I expect it will be excellent.
          Kronos Pro/SCPS + Zyx Omega Premium -> Trulife Argo -> Schiit Ragnarok -> Event Opal Monitors

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          • Tunes
            Tunes commented
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            Sweet! I heard it at the show. Along with the nagra and joseph, and a serious mass of tangled kubala sosna loom, it sounded incredible. Looking forward to what Louis settles on.

        • #7
          Hagerman Trumpet, sitting next to my DIY speed controller

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          • Sgood@verizon.net
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            Always been intrigued by hagtech. Is it neutral or does it have a sonic character?

          • Bobm
            Bobm commented
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            Sorry, hadn't seen your comment before. The Trumpet is very neutral but has a great bloom depending on the tubes you swap into it.

        • #8
          Mine is slightly vintage. ARC Ref Phono with the collection of SUT's I have for various different carts I have.

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          • #9
            Originally posted by Metamatic View Post
            Please post pictures of your phono stages. For all to enjoy.




            two new entries to listen and enjoy after I sold my Pass XP-25 and XP-20.

            Accuphase C-37 and Esoteric E-03



            I have the E-03 and am considering the C-37. Have any thoughts on how they compare?

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            • #10
              Aesthetix Io Signature with Volume Controls and 2 Power Supplies- The Auxiliary input has been modified to accept my second phono input. Image borrowed from the interweb.


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              Last edited by kcin; 08-29-2017, 08:29 AM.
              Front end: Aesthetix Io Eclipse with 2 Power Supplies and Volume controls
              Brinkmann Balance & RonT Tube Power supply with Kuzma 4-point ,FR64S, Brinkmann 12.1 , .Koetsu Jade Platinum,Koetsu Rosewood Signature Platinum, Lyra Atlas, Lyra Etna SL Goldfinger Statement, KLAUDIO RCM, HRSM3X
              Amps: Wyetech Topaz, Futterman H3 Quad II,Citation II, Marantz 8b, 5 ,2
              Pre-Amps:Marantz 7, Marantz Model 1 Consolette Pair
              Speakers: Quad ESL 57, Beveridge Model 3 DD amps, REL S/2 x 2
              Otari 5050BXII, DeHavilland 222

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              • Per Sundell
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                A friend of mine runs the same phonoamp. It´s easily the best one I´ve ever heard. The IO left the Simaudio Moon 810LP/820S sounding gray and lifeless.

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                So you're the guy who knows where all the good 12AX7s are buried. :-)

            • #11
              Finaly found a picture of it. ASR Mini Basis mkIII.
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              • MylesBAstor
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                Ken here uses the ASR too.

              • Per Sundell
                Per Sundell commented
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                They make amazing phonostages and amps! This is the simplest model and it still stands head shoulders above other phonoamps at its price (about 15000 SEK or about $2000).

            • #12
              Arrived yesterday. I gave on the (frustrating) notion of bringing in alternatives for a listen and went where I knew I'd end up. Now for a bit of cap run-in . . .

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              stock photo courtesy ARC

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              • JCOConnell
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                with that phono stage, youll probably scrap the cd player anyway

              • MylesBAstor
                MylesBAstor commented
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                Gonna use one of those break-in discs?

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                I've thought about it but haven't made up my mind - it would be my first time with such. Traditionally I bore the break-in au natural and with courage. :-). I've read around 200-300 hours it goes south for a while, returning with great wonderfulness at 400 hours and then a glide path through 600. I'll feel that I know the thing better if I go with it, rather than asking a robot to work it out. We'll see...

            • #13
              Vendetta SCP-2D (pic is of 2T)
              Main:VPI TNT V, SME V, Koetsu Urushi, Vendetta SCP2-D, Conrad Johnson Premier 14, Conrad Johnson Premier 11a, Wilson Maxx 2, Inouye power conditioner, Moon 280D DAC

              #2 Sota Cosmos, SME V, Lyra Clavis, Bryston BP17, Conrad Johnson Premier 15 phono, Classe DR3 VHC, Martin Logan CLS, Hegel HD12 DAC

              #3 Classe DR-7, Classe DR3 VHC bridged monos + PSE V monos (bass), Classe DAC1 DAC, Vandersteen 4A

              #4 (AV) Marantz AV 7702 Mk2, Rowland 5, Wilson Maxx 2, Vandersteen VSM-1 (x4), Hsu VTF-15H Mk 2 (x2)

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              • Socrates
                Socrates commented
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                Ha, Nice photo--taken by Moi of Moi's!

                Soc

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              Magico S5, Pass Labs XA160.8, Audio Research Ref40 Anniversary, Audio Research Ref 2 Phono, dCS Rossini DAC, dCS Rossini Clock, Synology NAS, Transparent Ref XL cables, Shunyata Sigma Digital power cord, Acoustic Solid One Turntable with Acoustic Solid tonearm and Triplanar Mk. VII, Transfiguration Phoenix, Vandenhul MC1, Benz Gulwing SLR

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                http://www.theaudiobeat.com/equipmen...ce_phono_2.htm

                I wonder if ARC will still upgrade the RP2 to the 2SE?

              • MylesBAstor
                MylesBAstor commented
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                One that I would love to hear in my system.

              • geceon
                geceon commented
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                I don't think they upgrade to SE version but even they do I wouldn't. I have already tried the SE version at home and didn't enjoy as much as I did Ref 2 . SE version is more dynamic at the highs which I am not after. Ref 2 has old fashioned ARC sound and perfect fit to my Ref 40 Anniversary. SE version may sound better in a different system but that wasn't my case.

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              Here's my current phono stage: ModWright PH-150 Reference tube phono. For the past year, I've been using this with my Dynavector XX2-MKII moving coil cartridge. Excellent build quality and much ease of adjustment via front panel controls.

              Not shown in this photo is the ModWright power supply for this unit, which is attached with umbilical and placed several feet away from the phono stage.
              Lyra Kleos SL, Dynavector XX-2MKII, VPI JMW 10.5i, VPI Aries, VPI SDS, ModWright PH-150 Reference Phono, Sony HAP-Z1ES server, McIntosh MR80, McIntosh C2300, McIntosh MC352, Vandersteen 5A, PS Audio P10, Bright Star Audio Rack of Gibraltar. Cables: Shunyata Cobra Ztron IC, PS Audio Statement AC, Synergistic Research AC, Harmonic Tech Silver Phono, Cable Research Labs Silver IC, Audioquest Gibraltar bi-wire.

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              • Goheelz
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                RoadDawgWest I've never been totally sure what "noise floor" in audio means or how it is perceived, to be honest. But this ModWright phono stage is very quiet with the Dynavector low output MC that I'm using. No noise issues whatsoever, so far as these ears are able to tell.

              • RoadDawgWest
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                @Goheelz
                Your response answers my question.
                I've experienced phono stages that exhibited noise with low output MC cartridges at normal listening levels, noticeable in quiet passages of classical music. When playing music at normal listening levels and then lifting the cartridge from the record you could hear noise from the phono stage. Typically from lower gain phono stages, and tube designs. All equipment make noise, and some equipment have better performance than others. The PH-150 appears to have plenty of gain.

              • Goheelz
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                RoadDawgWest Plenty of gain with the PH-150 and absolutely no noise issues, as you've gleaned from my earlier reply. Come to think of it, I haven't had noise issues as all since I put in dedicated AC lines (before acquiring the PH-150).
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