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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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    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.

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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

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    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:
    Cambridge CXC Cd player; Inspire Apollo deck + Roksan Nima arm + AT-33PTG; Pioneer F656 tuner; Logitech Squeezebox Touch. Rpi + also Digione.
    Amplification: WD KEL84+ valve amp; Rega Brio, Quad 3066 (DADA modded). Trichord Dino2 & Dino+ PS; .

    Loudspeakers:
    Living Voice auditorium IBX-R2

    Cables/stands: Chords; Van Dammes 4mm

    Any other hi-fi bits:
    Beresford SEG DAC; Apple's airport express; Apple iMac i5; Senn HD598, 467, 650s. Beresford Bushmaster.
    Linear PSs for Rpi and DAC. Pure mains conditioning.

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