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    Thanks for the quote, Andrew.

    No... It's not. Lol. Mine is made by boffins with a budget bigger than when Mr. Sausage McDoogle said to his wife, "if you can find a bigger sausage than mine you can clear off and start your own sausage factory"



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    Quote Originally Posted by The Black Adder View Post
    Thanks for the quote, Andrew.

    No... It's not. Lol. Mine is made by boffins with a budget bigger than when Mr. Sausage McDoogle said to his wife, "if you can find a bigger sausage than mine you can clear off and start your own sausage factory"



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    It certainly is. It's bonkers regarding build quality and sound.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arkless Electronics View Post
    I presume the XLR's are not balanced?
    I wondered about that but the pot looks long enough to be a four-ganged jobby, so maybe it is balanced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RothwellAudio View Post
    I wondered about that but the pot looks long enough to be a four-ganged jobby, so maybe it is balanced.
    Now had a look at ebay listing and apparently it is balanced for XLR's!

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    Quote Originally Posted by walpurgis View Post
    That was the point. And it sounds good!
    Yes no worries and my posts are never really to have a go or one upmanship. Its always good to see products as a cost reference point. I am interested and am on a starter journey with a passive pre. A switch and a pot...a stepped attenuator and who knows where it ends with contactless utopia. At my level Im just happy with a good sound and simple signal path with good components

    I may be missing out on a bargain but am prepared to pay some more. The XLRs are interesting and have made me think.

    Dont worry I get you and I see the cost saving. Maybe I have some irrational bias against cheap Chinese products in the hi fi industry. I have a Chinese brand phone which works well and I know the Chinese can produce some excellent products.

    Little Bear as a name though?.... Come on!
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    I've had a good few passives including stepped attenuator types and apart from my TVC unit this seems as good sounding as any.
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    Little Bear make/market some good, cheap, high value gear - I have a little phonostage of their's - something like 35 new - and it's really pretty darn good!

    Not sure what is odd about the name Little Bear - but then I'm sweet and innocent like that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by walpurgis View Post
    I've had a good few passives including stepped attenuator types and apart from my TVC unit this seems as good sounding as any.
    Other than reliability and channel matching issues indeed I would expect this to sound very similar to a 1K passive. A passive pre is a passive pre and there's nowt to get wrong.... I would expect all passive pre's to sound very similar regardless of price. Not identical mind... more money generally does get you some greater transparency, mainly by going from a standard vol control to a stepped attenuator, but it will be slight.

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