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  1. #61
    Join Date: Nov 2015

    Location: Wolverhampton

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    I'm Oliver.

    Default Promised review - Belatedly delivered!

    First of all, I would like to thank Charles for his patience!! This review has been a while in the making.



    My current phono stage (Firebottle OTP MK2) is using NE5532 opamps from TI. We have tried multiple variations of opamps. Burr Brown, Texas Instruments and the other usual suspects. We decided on the NE552 due to its clarity and exceptional tonal ability.

    Swapping in the V5 delivered everything i didnít know i wanted!

    Let me explain,

    Well designed valve phono stages are a thing of beauty. Airy vocals, sweet midrange, smooth and detailed treble and deep, solid bass. Solid state phono stages are usually more immediate and clean sounding, sometimes analytical. Well, imagine now having the best of both worlds, all for the sake of swapping the NE5532 for a pair of V5ís.

    Thatís where i find myself while i listen to the 50th Anniversary SGT. Pepper. I have listened to this album almost continually since i bought it a few weeks back. I thought this was a fantastic recording. Now itís a fantastic performance. With the V5ís, It sounds like a living breathing performance. Every track has realism and emotion. Timbre and depth and best of all, the wind instruments now sound, well, windy! Itís not subtle either. The crescendo of the brass sections are stirring and the vocals, well, they are stunning. Still there in the mix is the grip you get with solid state. The detail retrieval hasnít suffered as far as i can tell and the clarity is also ďas you wereĒ. There is guts and drive to each track.

    So, would i recommend them Ė Yes!!!!

    Are they worth the money Ė lets look into this a bit.

    The range of opamps we tested were all under £15 (over estimate) and there were some good performers. A favorite of ours was the NE5532 which cost around £1.50 a pair.

    The V5ís cost £53 + VAT (£65ish)

    SO, are they X42 better than the NE5532? Well, no, BUT is the investment of £63 a lot for the amount of improvement (IMO) to the sound presentation? Ė NO!

    Hearing is a funny thing. No two people usually agree on what they hear. I love what the V5ís are doing to the music. I highly recommend them.

    Note: Phono stages need alterations to the offset when opamp rolling with discrete opamps. Please be prepared for some adjusting and soldering if you wish to try Discrete opamps in a phono stage.
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  2. #62
    Join Date: Jan 2013

    Location: Durham - UK

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    I'm Ken.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SS-Audio View Post
    Guys,

    In case you haven't noticed, we have released our newest creation: The v6 vivid and classic.

    Let me know if you want to test this new version on your own gear.
    Charles I sent you a PM.
    Ken

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    DIY Technics/ProJect based Turntable + Terminator linear tracker + Ortofon MC20 Supreme / Pro-Ject Phono box & Pre Box RS / KMTech Active X-Over / Nakamichi AVP1 Power / DIY Sealed Three Way Speakers / Stello CDT100 Transport / DAC Magic.

  3. #63
    Join Date: Jan 2015

    Location: Leeds

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    I'm Dave.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SS-Audio View Post
    Guys,

    In case you haven't noticed, we have released our newest creation: The v6 vivid and classic.

    Let me know if you want to test this new version on your own gear.
    I would be very interested to try them in my active crossover. I would need 2 dual devices.
    More info in post #15 (although I have changed my opamp choice and PS since then).

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