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    Hi folks. This is the first post on the Radlett Audio blog, where, from time to time, I will let you know about new and/or interesting products. Might even go into a rant occasionally and have a competition or two.

    Come back soon.

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    Here we have first pics of the new RFC MC1 step up transformer for MC cartridges and very good it is too.





    I took part in the initial listening tests and placed it high on the list of top notch step-ups. Now slightly improved and tweaked, it's definitely one to beat, up to 2K. Paul(RFC) has put a lot of thought, care and time into this design and it shows. Up against some very expensive step-ups, I find the MC1 is clean, transparent and very dynamic - no sign of the wooly bass which defines some x'mers and it is totally hum free.







    Loading can be specified for your chosen MC cartridge. The MC1 can be returned to RFC if you change the cartridge and require a different load.

    The MC1 is a very reasonable 595.

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    +1 with these comments. I had the pleasure of trying this piece of kit out and can say that at 595 its a bargain. It certainly out performed some audiotechnica SUT's that I used in a earlier version of my system costing >1-2K.
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    Come on Dave, where's the Albarry pre-power you've been enjoying this week, the LFD integrated that I suspect few of us know about and THE NEW QUAD STUFF that is still so reasonably priced compared to some boxes out there???????????????????

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    I've had a rush of goodies in the past week but thought it best to space them out. However, this is the Albarry AP11 pre-amp.






    Resplendent in it's iconic red perspex front panel, the AP11 has an excellent MM phono input. Price is 2495 and works very well with all the power-amps I've used over the years.

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    I love the simple clean and symmetric lines of that amp David, very nice indeed. I would have preferred a perhaps subtler approach to the graphics, but that's me. Still love it though
    "People will hear what you tell them to hear" - Thomas Edison

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim View Post
    I love the simple clean and symmetric lines of that amp David, very nice indeed. I would have preferred a perhaps subtler approach to the graphics, but that's me. Still love it though
    I have some black card you can fold over that, almost disapears agaisnt black case

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim View Post
    I love the simple clean and symmetric lines of that amp David, very nice indeed. I would have preferred a perhaps subtler approach to the graphics, but that's me. Still love it though
    Typical British Hi-Fi styling and you should see the size of those knobs !!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hifi_dave View Post
    Typical British Hi-Fi styling and you should see the size of those knobs !!!
    Reminds me a little of a Lavardin, which I also like.



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    I can see the similarity.

    You are very welcome here. You can join the Essex/Suffolk massive with the lads DSJR and Alex.

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