+ Reply to Thread
Page 1 of 7 123 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 66

Thread: Firebottle PS1 (MM/MC) P.S name subject to change !

  1. #1
    Join Date: Nov 2015

    Location: Wolverhampton

    Posts: 3,716
    I'm Oliver.

    Default Firebottle PS1 (MM/MC) P.S name subject to change !

    Imagine my surprise when Alan tells me hes found a unit in asia that he believed could be the entry level Phono Stage to his range.

    I thought he'd lost his mind. So after almost four hours of testing and more testing I can confirm he actually has NOT lost his mind.

    So the unit, now named the FB-OTP, starts out as a cheap and cheerful unit and Alan promptly rips out about 50% of the gubbins and replaces it with pure magic.

    Here are a couple of pictures







    CD for scale.

    Heres the review.

    We tried it with 4 amplifiers today. All of them apart from one was from Alans own collection of Firebottle amps

    First up we tried it with the FB27



    Straight away the vocals light up the room. The parting of Sarah Jarosz's lips as she start to draw breath for the first words is audible. Im shocked. As the bass kicks in it is nice and deep with excellent extension. The midrange is sweet with such clarity. I am surprised. The highs are very fluid and transparent.

    I stop the LP and ask Alan what hes done. He laughs. We try a few more songs and its all the same. Excellent.

    So we try it with the Firebottle dM1 (Dual Mono)



    We start with the same songs and guess what. It better than it was just. Everything is crisper, deeper. There is fluidity and the delivery is smoother. Vocals​ are airy and light but there's a punch to it. Very impressive. It's transparent with amazing clarity. Its pure.

    Now the bass. Wow, its extension is longer and smoother and the decay seems to take an age. Its so good. Plenty of attack too.

    Next

    The Monoblocks.



    Again the improvements keep coming. I dont need to spell it out. So I wont. All I'll say is ��

    Now I know what youre thinking, "it should get better as the amplification gets better" and yes it should but thats the best bit,

    The phono stage NEVER became the weak link in the chain, in fact, it was right at home in the TOTL Monos as it was with the FB27. It just never sounded anything less than wonderful.

    Im serious, ive heard a few Phono stages and I can say this is by far the best ive heard in the sub £250 category.

    Now the price should surprise you as much as the sound will.

    £200. MM/MC switchable. Which is stonkingly good value for money. This FB-OTP is a major piece of kit. The value for money on offer here is rare to find. The FB-OTP is 15% of the price you'd pay for the Vivant but it's performance is very close. Only lacking the ultimate space, and dynamics of the Vivant. Tonally, they are nearly identical.

    So the usual test of "would I buy one" applies and the answer ????

    Yes. Yes I would and I have. Lol. I have bought the very first unit and as always with Alan, any future upgrades are available for a low cost or sometimes no cost !

    Would i recommend it, for sure and without hesitation.

    I am happy to try this against any phono stage in this bracket and post my findings. If you're interested, PM me.

    Alan tells me there are plans to offer a phono stage with built in passive Preamp with multiple RCA inputs.

    Price TBC.

    I have opted for a second box to put the passive preamp in. Unfortunately, the box cannot be bought separately to match the size of the FB-OTP. BUMMER ! anyway a slightly smaller unit will shortly be made using a Black aluminium chassis, High quality copper wire, RCAs, Alps Blue potentiometer and aluminium control knobs. Pics and a review will be added at a later date.

    The price of this is TBC

    If youre thinking of a new phono stage, give this a go. Oh, have a tissue ready to wipe the dribble off your chin from having your jaw on the floor. ��

    AVAILABLE NOW !

    *****UPDATE**** 23/03/17

    Alan has decided to add Loading capability in the form of loading plugs. Alan can supply any loading plugs necessary (nominal amount of £££'s) or you can of course make your own.

    This low cost/high performer has just got better!!!



    Oliver



    Sent from my EVA-L09 using Tapatalk
    Last edited by Bigman80; 23-03-2017 at 17:54.
    Technics SP10 MK2 > Phonomac AT-1010 tonearm > ZYX R50 Bloom cartridge > Jolida JD9 MKII > Firebottle Monoblocks > Creek OBH-11SE Headphone Amp > IXOS Speaker Cables > Pioneer CS-77A Speakers

  2. #2
    Join Date: Apr 2012

    Location: Southall, West London

    Posts: 29,984
    I'm Geoff.

    Default

    All sounds very interesting.



    This is a good idea:

    Quote Originally Posted by Bigman80 View Post
    Alan tells me there are plans to offer a phono stage with built in passive Preamp with multiple RCA inputs.
    Mr. Tact!

    Main system: MMs/ADCs/Low output MC's/One rare Japanese SUT/One scarce British phono stage/various tonearms/hefty Japanese DD TT and hefty Japanese BD TT and small British BD TT. 4 CD players/2 jitter buster/2 DACs/Valve buffer. TVC stepped attenuator or valve pre-amp or solid state pre-amp. Current dumping power-amp or either of two Class A SS power-amp or Class A EL34 valve monos or big Japanese (part Class A) integrated. Big dual concentric speakers/Smaller dual concentric speakers/Two way British compacts and full range speakers, amongst others. And too much more to list!

  3. #3
    Join Date: Mar 2008

    Location: Dunfermline, Scotland, UK

    Posts: 12,309
    I'm inthescottishmafia.

    Default

    Like the No/Off switch! :-)
    There are times when you canít do the sensible thing, when you canít act like a responsible adult at all; you just have to do whatever insane thing comes into your head. When bad people do it they end up murderers, when good people do it they end up heroes, and when the rest of us do it we end up looking like total idiots. But whenís that ever stopped us?

  4. #4
    Join Date: Nov 2015

    Location: Wolverhampton

    Posts: 3,716
    I'm Oliver.

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Ali Tait View Post
    Like the No/Off switch! :-)
    Lol I know. Still, its a part of the fun isnt it.

    Sent from my EVA-L09 using Tapatalk
    Technics SP10 MK2 > Phonomac AT-1010 tonearm > ZYX R50 Bloom cartridge > Jolida JD9 MKII > Firebottle Monoblocks > Creek OBH-11SE Headphone Amp > IXOS Speaker Cables > Pioneer CS-77A Speakers

  5. #5
    Join Date: Nov 2015

    Location: Wolverhampton

    Posts: 3,716
    I'm Oliver.

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by walpurgis View Post
    All sounds very interesting.



    This is a good idea:
    Yes, I like the idea too. Alans going to build me a passive preamp to match the box (my request)

    Sent from my EVA-L09 using Tapatalk
    Technics SP10 MK2 > Phonomac AT-1010 tonearm > ZYX R50 Bloom cartridge > Jolida JD9 MKII > Firebottle Monoblocks > Creek OBH-11SE Headphone Amp > IXOS Speaker Cables > Pioneer CS-77A Speakers

  6. #6
    Join Date: Mar 2017

    Location: Melbourne

    Posts: 51
    I'm Karl.

    Default

    Hi bigman , how does this compare to the firebottle plus?? Alan was in the process of building me one but is having trouble with delays to parts so has offered me the solid state stage instead. Obviously it's cheaper which is a bonus but I'm wondering how it would compare to my GS Gram Amp 2 se and power supply iv just offloaded and wether this would benefit from a seperate power supply?? What was the original donor unit
    Cheers
    Rega hybrid TT (RP6 motor, rb303 arm with cardas rewire, eichmann bullets and xtc underslung counterweight,tizo acrylic platter,groovetracer sub and bearing,tangospinner(clamp,isolation feet and brass double pulley),zebra wood plinth, michael lim bracing) / Soundsmith cartridge / custom designed TT power supply / Firebottle Phono stage / Rega Brio R / Marantz cd6005 / Q Acoustics 3050 / QED reference 40 interconnect /QED signature revelation cable / Atacama Equinox rack

  7. #7
    Join Date: Mar 2016

    Location: West Bromwich

    Posts: 70
    I'm Neil.

    Default

    Heard this the other day, very very good

  8. #8
    Join Date: May 2011

    Location: Glasgow

    Posts: 6,411
    I'm Brian.

    Default

    I was at Alans place a few weeks ago and heard all his gear and it all sounds excellent . I'll have to get myself down there again soon to hear this now
    Regards
    Brian

    Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment . (Rumi )


    Korus Computer Audio music server .
    DAC 3 French DAC
    Amplifier : Rega Brio R
    Speakers : Tannoy 637
    Interconnects : MS Audio / Klotz MC5000 .
    Speaker cables : Chord Epic Twin

  9. #9
    Join Date: Aug 2012

    Location: North

    Posts: 2,508
    I'm Steve.

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by brian2957 View Post
    I was at Alans place a few weeks ago and heard all his gear and it all sounds excellent . I'll have to get myself down there again soon to hear this now
    Love my Firebottle.
    WEBSITE.... www.theprogmeister.com

    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]

  10. #10
    Join Date: Apr 2012

    Location: Southall, West London

    Posts: 29,984
    I'm Geoff.

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by brian2957 View Post
    I was at Alans place a few weeks ago and heard all his gear and it all sounds excellent . I'll have to get myself down there again soon to hear this now
    Wish I was a lot nearer!
    Mr. Tact!

    Main system: MMs/ADCs/Low output MC's/One rare Japanese SUT/One scarce British phono stage/various tonearms/hefty Japanese DD TT and hefty Japanese BD TT and small British BD TT. 4 CD players/2 jitter buster/2 DACs/Valve buffer. TVC stepped attenuator or valve pre-amp or solid state pre-amp. Current dumping power-amp or either of two Class A SS power-amp or Class A EL34 valve monos or big Japanese (part Class A) integrated. Big dual concentric speakers/Smaller dual concentric speakers/Two way British compacts and full range speakers, amongst others. And too much more to list!

+ Reply to Thread
Page 1 of 7 123 ... LastLast



 

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •