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    Default Arkless 640P MC/MM phono loan list

    As the demo unit is back here with me and some further rave reviews have been posted here on AOS recently I thought it time to get it doing the rounds again.. so if anyone wishes to try this giant killing phono stage then please add your name below and I'll PM you to arrange it.

    For the benefit of any one not familiar with what exactly it is well it's a Cambridge Audio 640P or 651P (other CA models are not suitable) with most of the innards replaced with my own design. Re-using the casework, sockets, PSU etc keeps the price down.

    Here's a photo to illustrate how little of the original remains

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    NB In practice I don't remove all the parts but just bypass them. it would double the labour to pointlessly do this to every one. Everything no longer used is removed from this example to illustrate that in no way is it just a modified Cambridge Audio
    A few changes to spec have been made since this old photo was taken, including MC/MM being selectable by a switch as standard rather than wire links needing to be cut internally.

    Current price is 225 not including postage and of course you need a donor 640P/651P (which doesn't need to be a working one as nearly all the original parts are removed anyway!)

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    id like to try it please,
    it would have to be in a weeks time though if thats ok?
    My System/ Yamaha NS1000M speakers, Townsend Elite rock 2 turntable,,Alphason HR-100S-MCS tonearm,Decca C4E cartridge ,Sony 700ES Amp,Sony X555ES CD Player, Nakamichi ca5 pre amp ,

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    Yep I'm on the look out for a new MM stage. Can I try please.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jamie123 View Post
    id like to try it please,
    it would have to be in a weeks time though if thats ok?
    I would have thought you were sorted for a phono stage with the Nak CA5 but yep no problem. If anyone wants to try it first during the week you are not available and then post it on to you then better still...

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    Quote Originally Posted by REXTON View Post
    Yep I'm on the look out for a new MM stage. Can I try please.
    I'm not sure it will be to your taste Andrew but yes you can indeed try it. It majors on grip, speed, PRaT, bass tightness, detail, neutrality and transparency.. to an extent that I welcome comparison with anything at any price in all these areas except the absolute level of transparency (which is still bloody marvellous at the price!). The areas in which its low price start to show are in front to back depth, naturalness of timbre on orchestral instruments etc... it's still very good at the price point (or even double) in these areas but it is in these areas that I would expect a 1K plus stage to beat it.

    I'll send it to you first as jamie123 can't try it for a week. Please PM me your details as I have cleaned out inbox since I last sent you anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arkless Electronics View Post
    I would have thought you were sorted for a phono stage with the Nak CA5 but yep no problem. If anyone wants to try it first during the week you are not available and then post it on to you then better still...
    oh ok,well if you think its not as good then i wont bother,the firebottle came very close by the way,not much in it at all.
    My System/ Yamaha NS1000M speakers, Townsend Elite rock 2 turntable,,Alphason HR-100S-MCS tonearm,Decca C4E cartridge ,Sony 700ES Amp,Sony X555ES CD Player, Nakamichi ca5 pre amp ,

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamie123 View Post
    oh ok,well if you think its not as good then i wont bother,the firebottle came very close by the way,not much in it at all.
    I've no idea.... I've not compared them. The CA5 has a Threshold phono stage built in which would be 1k+ if available separately that's all. Please do try it

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    cool! yep ok id love to try it then in that case.
    My System/ Yamaha NS1000M speakers, Townsend Elite rock 2 turntable,,Alphason HR-100S-MCS tonearm,Decca C4E cartridge ,Sony 700ES Amp,Sony X555ES CD Player, Nakamichi ca5 pre amp ,

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamie123 View Post
    cool! yep ok id love to try it then in that case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arkless Electronics View Post
    I've no idea.... I've not compared them. The CA5 has a Threshold phono stage built in which would be 1k+ if available separately that's all. Please do try it
    used to be mine Good pre and great phono. Dunno why I sold it
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