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Thread: 2 Questions: Phono preamps and an oldish FM Tuner

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    Join Date: Nov 2010

    Location: Sheffield/Peak District. UK

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    I'm Richard.

    Default 2 Questions: Phono preamps and an oldish FM Tuner

    Hi all,
    1.I'm doing an A/B comparison between two Quad amps (the 306 and 99 - both enriched by RedHillAudio - no connection). I can't tell the difference TBH, both of which sound excellent to my 69yr-old ears. However, when I use my turntable and Cambridge phone amp, to my ears the 306 seems better. Why should this be when all other sources (6) sound the same?

    2. I tried to sell my 'audiophile' Pioneer FM + AM Tuner on X-Bay recently. It didn't sell as I advertised it as faulty. However, I tried it again in my system and, hey-presto, it works! (I suspect a faulty aerial lead). Now it sounded OK for the first few hours but recently it sounds even better. We are well used to the idea of 'burning-in' for NEW components but can oldish ones be restored by just using them? Is there any scientific explanation?

    Thanks,

    Richard/Bonky

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    Join Date: Apr 2012

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    I'm Geoff.

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    Some have suggested that the 306 is the best sounding of the Quad amps. I have one in my 'collection' and it certainly sounds very nice.
    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!

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    Join Date: Nov 2010

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    I'm Richard.

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    Have you had it "DADA'd"?

    It certainly sounds good but why should it sound better from a phono source (cf the others)?

    BW

    R
    Quote Originally Posted by walpurgis View Post
    Some have suggested that the 306 is the best sounding of the Quad amps. I have one in my 'collection' and it certainly sounds very nice.
    My Gear:
    Source component/s:
    Linn Mimik2 Cd player; Inspire Apollo deck + Roksan Nima arm + AT-0C5MC; Pioneer F656 tuner; Cambridge DAB500; Aiwa R650 Cassette Deck. Logitech Squeezebox Touch
    Amplification:
    Sugden A21a; Mini-T (amptasitc). Mission Cyrus 1
    Loudspeakers:
    Living Voice auditorium IBX-R2
    Cables/stands: Chords
    N/A
    Any other hi-fi bits:
    Beresford Caiman + Gato DAC; Apple's airport express; Apple iMac i5; Senn HD598, 467, 650s. Beresford Bushmaster

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