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  1. #51
    Join Date: Aug 2016

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    Just been lucky enough to have this phono stage in my possession for a few days,
    Cheers Jez

    Now I'm no expert in this so i won't try to use any fancy lingo/terminology
    Plus my kit is quite modest and i don't have any reference points with phono stages apart from the base unit this is modded from.

    Wow, It's like a blanket has been lifted, everything is bigger, better and ballsier than before. The soundstage is huge and with great depth, vinyl I've been listening to for thirty forty years all sound like the greatest remasters ever(Christ i sound like a giddy)

    To sum up this very short review (sorry shit with words) its been great fun listening to this for a the last few days and my base unit will be off
    To Jez in next couple of weeks for him to work his magic.

    Cheers
    Nick.

  2. #52
    Join Date: Oct 2012

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    Thanks for the write up Nick and I'll wait to hear from you re modding your own unit

    Now then, are there any more AOS members who would like to try this giant slaying phono stage? Don't be shy.... Add your name below...
    Arkless Electronics-Engineered to be better. Tel. 01670 530674 (after 1pm)

    Modded Thorens TD150, Audio Technica AT-1005 MkII, Technics EPC-300MC, Arkless Hybrid MC phono stage, Arkless passive pre, Arkless 50WPC Class A SS power amp, (or) Arkless modded Leak Stereo 20, Modded Kef Reference 105/3's
    ReVox PR99, Studer B62, Ferrograph Series 7, Tandberg TCD440, Hitachi FT-5500MkI, also FT-5500MkII
    Digital: Yamaha CDR-HD1500 (Digital Swiss army knife-CD recorder, player, hard drive, DAC and ADC in one), PC files via 24/96 sound card and SPDIF, modded Philips CD850, modded Philips CD104, modded DPA Little Bit DAC. Sennheiser HD580 cans with Arkless Headphone amp.
    Cables- free interconnects that come with CD players, mains leads from B&Q, dead kettles etc, extension leads from Tesco

  3. #53
    Join Date: Sep 2014

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    im back in the frame now jez please
    My System/ Mordaunt Short Signifer,Celestion Ditton 66,Monitor Audio R952 MD,Pioneer PLC-1700, DD,TT ,,Alphason HR-100S-MCS,,Mission 774,Ortofon 2M BLACK ,Sony 700ES Amp,Sony X555ES CD Player, Nakamichi ca5 pre amp ,Technics sl-pg490 CD

  4. #54
    Join Date: Oct 2012

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamie123 View Post
    im back in the frame now jez please
    OK no problemo... please PM me to remind me of your details and I'll forward them to Nick.
    Arkless Electronics-Engineered to be better. Tel. 01670 530674 (after 1pm)

    Modded Thorens TD150, Audio Technica AT-1005 MkII, Technics EPC-300MC, Arkless Hybrid MC phono stage, Arkless passive pre, Arkless 50WPC Class A SS power amp, (or) Arkless modded Leak Stereo 20, Modded Kef Reference 105/3's
    ReVox PR99, Studer B62, Ferrograph Series 7, Tandberg TCD440, Hitachi FT-5500MkI, also FT-5500MkII
    Digital: Yamaha CDR-HD1500 (Digital Swiss army knife-CD recorder, player, hard drive, DAC and ADC in one), PC files via 24/96 sound card and SPDIF, modded Philips CD850, modded Philips CD104, modded DPA Little Bit DAC. Sennheiser HD580 cans with Arkless Headphone amp.
    Cables- free interconnects that come with CD players, mains leads from B&Q, dead kettles etc, extension leads from Tesco

  5. #55
    Join Date: Sep 2014

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    done
    My System/ Mordaunt Short Signifer,Celestion Ditton 66,Monitor Audio R952 MD,Pioneer PLC-1700, DD,TT ,,Alphason HR-100S-MCS,,Mission 774,Ortofon 2M BLACK ,Sony 700ES Amp,Sony X555ES CD Player, Nakamichi ca5 pre amp ,Technics sl-pg490 CD

  6. #56
    Join Date: Oct 2012

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    I presume "Bonky" no longer wishes to try the demo unit? I had no reply from a PM asking for his address...
    Arkless Electronics-Engineered to be better. Tel. 01670 530674 (after 1pm)

    Modded Thorens TD150, Audio Technica AT-1005 MkII, Technics EPC-300MC, Arkless Hybrid MC phono stage, Arkless passive pre, Arkless 50WPC Class A SS power amp, (or) Arkless modded Leak Stereo 20, Modded Kef Reference 105/3's
    ReVox PR99, Studer B62, Ferrograph Series 7, Tandberg TCD440, Hitachi FT-5500MkI, also FT-5500MkII
    Digital: Yamaha CDR-HD1500 (Digital Swiss army knife-CD recorder, player, hard drive, DAC and ADC in one), PC files via 24/96 sound card and SPDIF, modded Philips CD850, modded Philips CD104, modded DPA Little Bit DAC. Sennheiser HD580 cans with Arkless Headphone amp.
    Cables- free interconnects that come with CD players, mains leads from B&Q, dead kettles etc, extension leads from Tesco

  7. #57
    Join Date: Sep 2014

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    well ive had some time now with the unit and here's my thoughts.
    its good,very good! ive only got the phono satge in my nakamichi pre amp to compare it too and its not a million miles away.it loses out in the top end clarity to the nak which sounds more detailed and smoother,the 640p sounded slighty grainy in this area (to me).
    i also had a lot of hum issues with the 640p.
    im not very good at describing what i hear,so apologies for a brief review, i wanted to take it to my mate ian's who is better at it than me but his deck is out of commission at the moment.

    for those on the look out for a phono stage id recommend this unit for its value for money.
    thanks for the loan jez,its on its way to the next on the list
    My System/ Mordaunt Short Signifer,Celestion Ditton 66,Monitor Audio R952 MD,Pioneer PLC-1700, DD,TT ,,Alphason HR-100S-MCS,,Mission 774,Ortofon 2M BLACK ,Sony 700ES Amp,Sony X555ES CD Player, Nakamichi ca5 pre amp ,Technics sl-pg490 CD

  8. #58
    Join Date: Oct 2012

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamie123 View Post
    well ive had some time now with the unit and here's my thoughts.
    its good,very good! ive only got the phono satge in my nakamichi pre amp to compare it too and its not a million miles away.it loses out in the top end clarity to the nak which sounds more detailed and smoother,the 640p sounded slighty grainy in this area (to me).
    i also had a lot of hum issues with the 640p.
    im not very good at describing what i hear,so apologies for a brief review, i wanted to take it to my mate ian's who is better at it than me but his deck is out of commission at the moment.

    for those on the look out for a phono stage id recommend this unit for its value for money.
    thanks for the loan jez,its on its way to the next on the list
    There should be absolutely zero hum present. It's dead quite. I can only imagine that it's been positioned on another unit with a transformer right below it or some such.... Or maybe an arm earthing issue...
    Other than that well as the phono board in Jamie's Nak is a Nelson Pass Threshold board (the "real thing" rather than built under licence by Nak) and would, if for sale today as a stand alone phono stage, be around 1700, I reckon that's a pretty good review! Cheers Jamie and ta for posting it on
    Arkless Electronics-Engineered to be better. Tel. 01670 530674 (after 1pm)

    Modded Thorens TD150, Audio Technica AT-1005 MkII, Technics EPC-300MC, Arkless Hybrid MC phono stage, Arkless passive pre, Arkless 50WPC Class A SS power amp, (or) Arkless modded Leak Stereo 20, Modded Kef Reference 105/3's
    ReVox PR99, Studer B62, Ferrograph Series 7, Tandberg TCD440, Hitachi FT-5500MkI, also FT-5500MkII
    Digital: Yamaha CDR-HD1500 (Digital Swiss army knife-CD recorder, player, hard drive, DAC and ADC in one), PC files via 24/96 sound card and SPDIF, modded Philips CD850, modded Philips CD104, modded DPA Little Bit DAC. Sennheiser HD580 cans with Arkless Headphone amp.
    Cables- free interconnects that come with CD players, mains leads from B&Q, dead kettles etc, extension leads from Tesco

  9. #59
    Join Date: Oct 2012

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    Would anyone else like to try the best budget phono stage around? Just add your name underneath or PM me
    Arkless Electronics-Engineered to be better. Tel. 01670 530674 (after 1pm)

    Modded Thorens TD150, Audio Technica AT-1005 MkII, Technics EPC-300MC, Arkless Hybrid MC phono stage, Arkless passive pre, Arkless 50WPC Class A SS power amp, (or) Arkless modded Leak Stereo 20, Modded Kef Reference 105/3's
    ReVox PR99, Studer B62, Ferrograph Series 7, Tandberg TCD440, Hitachi FT-5500MkI, also FT-5500MkII
    Digital: Yamaha CDR-HD1500 (Digital Swiss army knife-CD recorder, player, hard drive, DAC and ADC in one), PC files via 24/96 sound card and SPDIF, modded Philips CD850, modded Philips CD104, modded DPA Little Bit DAC. Sennheiser HD580 cans with Arkless Headphone amp.
    Cables- free interconnects that come with CD players, mains leads from B&Q, dead kettles etc, extension leads from Tesco

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arkless Electronics View Post
    There should be absolutely zero hum present. It's dead quite. I can only imagine that it's been positioned on another unit with a transformer right below it or some such.... Or maybe an arm earthing issue...
    Other than that well as the phono board in Jamie's Nak is a Nelson Pass Threshold board (the "real thing" rather than built under licence by Nak) and would, if for sale today as a stand alone phono stage, be around 1700, I reckon that's a pretty good review! Cheers Jamie and ta for posting it on
    Was mine that Nak.. very decent stage it was too.
    Regards,
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