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    I'll keep my eye open for a EU voltage one. Just makes life easier

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    Aye, but Airlink sell nice step down transformers. I use one with mine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ali Tait View Post
    Aye, but Airlink sell nice step down transformers. I use one with mine.
    Hmmm, I'll give that some thought. More cost!!!!!

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    LOL aye.
    “Music has always been a matter of energy to me, a question of fuel. Sentimental people call it inspiration, but what they really mean is fuel. I have always needed fuel. I am a serious consumer. On some nights I still believe that a car with the gas needle on empty can run about fifty more miles if you have the right music very loud on the radio”

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    Interesting stuff and good write-up, Oliver! If you remember, I described the essential sound of SUTs and head amps on another thread, which now mirrors your own experience with them

    And I've yet to hear any standalone MC phono stage not outperformed by a quality valve MM stage and head amp (or SUT) - or the MC input of a MM/MC phono stage not proved as inferior to the MM input, used in conjunction with a quality head amp (or SUT).

    For whatever reason, it always just seems to sound better! Looking forward to seeing the pics

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    This is one of the finest phono stages I've ever heard: http://www.enjoythemusic.com/magazin...nic_h_1201.htm

    You'll see that it has built-in adjustable SUTs, optimally positioned exactly where they're needed, in order to keep the signal path as short as possible, and of course interconnect cables are no longer necessary, which is the main thing that hampers the sound of SUTs, as the added capacitance markedly alters their sound.

    That's one of the things that can make SUTs sound 'soft' and lacking in dynamics, compared with good head amps, and why if you're going to use an SUT, the shortest possible interconnects should be use to hook it up, which will also minimise hum, as there's less cable present to act as an aerial.

    However, hardwired into the circuit as Allnic have done, the restriction imposed by interconnects is eliminated, and the sound transformed for the better! Used like that, SUTs can rival what head amps do best, in terms of 'balls' and dynamics, whilst still possessing that beguiling, 'liquid-like' midrange and timbral subtlety, synonymous with quality SUTs.

    As ever in hi-fi, it's all a question of implementation

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    That looks rather stunning! Allnic make a few phonostages. Hmmm

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigman80 View Post
    That looks rather stunning!
    Trust me, it is! A friend of mine has one, and it pretty much redefines what's possible from a phono stage, and subsequently vinyl replay

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    Trust me, it is! A friend of mine has one, and it pretty much redefines what's possible from a phono stage, and subsequently vinyl replay

    Marco.
    Couple for sale at £2k. I don't suppose that's bad in terms of redefining the possibilities of vinyl Replay!

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    The bigger ones do that, but even their 'entry level' stuff gives a flavour of that magic. Sorry to throw another 'spanner in the works', as it were! Choices, choices...

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