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  1. #31
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    I'm Pavel.

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    In my opinion, the Saga offers terrific value for money.

    Buying a decent switch and a high-quality attenuator plus casing and connectors would probably cost the same or even more. If you buy Saga, you get a tube buffer stage and a remote control essentially for free.

    If it had an additional fixed-level output for my headphone amp, I’d buy it in a heartbeat.

  2. #32
    Join Date: Nov 2010

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    I'm Richard.

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    I have both.
    Both are excellent.
    I just prefer the Schiit, if only because it has a (cheap) remote, more inputs, and a glowing valve that can be 'rolled' (silly term).

    I will be selling the Tisbury soon...

  3. #33
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonky View Post
    ... a glowing valve that can be 'rolled' (silly term).
    At least valves are round - try rolling a chip!

  4. #34
    Join Date: Feb 2010

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    To Richard - the OP - any particular reason you feel the need to use a passive? Do you have a gain issue in your system?

    I'm not a particular fan of passives myself though I have had marginally better results with a TVC than with resistor-based passives. The philosophy is appealing but I always feel actives in general give you more music, though accept that adding gain in some systems just causes issues, where the power amp is extremely sensitive for example. In such circumstances I tend to prefer a powered no-gain buffer like the Pass B1 though there are loads of other options for this too.
    Main: Speakers 'RFC' Tannoy Canterburys / custom crossovers; Amp - Radford STA100; Pre EAR 912; Vinyl: Thorens TD124 MkII + Ikeda IT345-CR1 / Ortofon 309 Limited tonearms; Cartridges Stereo - Miyajima Madake, Ortofon SPU Royal N + Shure M3D Jico stylus; Mono - Miyajimas - Zero 0.7, Premium 1.0 retipped by Ana Mighty Sound bamboo cantilever, Spirit '78' 3.0 conical from Ana, also vintage GE VRII, Shure M44 strapped for mono with several Expert Stylus conicals for different eras of 78s; Phono stage and SUT from EAR 912; Esoteric Sound Re-Equalizer for equalisation of early mono and 78, switchable in from tape loop; Digital: Audio Note CDT2/II transport, heavily modded AN Kit DAC + Mutec MC3+USB.

    Study: Speakers - Tannoy DC6; Amp: Duncan 'Tuberhunter' 200w class D; preamp - Pass DCB1; Vinyl: Garrard 401 with AT1503 tonearm and vintage SPU-GE; SUTs - Ortofon 2-15k & Bob's Devices; Phono Stage: Schiit Mani; Digital - Trichord Genesis III CDP + Arcam rBlink; Schiit Multibit DAC.

  5. #35
    Join Date: Jan 2008

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    I'm Jerry.

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    The original Tisbury was a standard pot, but later versions used a stepped attenuator.
    Jerry

    Spotify Premium streaming, Laptop / Halide Bridge, Audiolab 8200CD DAC, Schiit Saga passive/active preamp, >>amp de jour<<, MBL 116F.

    Amps:
    Firebottle AIR
    LA Audio A30 el84 integrated
    Wadia 151 PowerDAC
    Trigon TRE 50 Monoendstufen << Currently playing

    Cables:
    Wireworld Starlight USB
    Ixos Ixotica or Wireworld Oasis i/c
    Western Electric 16GA or W&M speaker cables
    Ixos 105 digital co-ax & XO TOSLINK

  6. #36
    Join Date: Jan 2008

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    I'm Jerry.

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    I hadn't heard of the Schiit Saga, and I've been looking for a remote controlled passive pre for a while.
    Thanks for the heads-up.
    Jerry

    Spotify Premium streaming, Laptop / Halide Bridge, Audiolab 8200CD DAC, Schiit Saga passive/active preamp, >>amp de jour<<, MBL 116F.

    Amps:
    Firebottle AIR
    LA Audio A30 el84 integrated
    Wadia 151 PowerDAC
    Trigon TRE 50 Monoendstufen << Currently playing

    Cables:
    Wireworld Starlight USB
    Ixos Ixotica or Wireworld Oasis i/c
    Western Electric 16GA or W&M speaker cables
    Ixos 105 digital co-ax & XO TOSLINK

  7. #37
    Join Date: Jul 2015

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    Quote Originally Posted by montesquieu View Post
    To Richard - the OP - any particular reason you feel the need to use a passive? Do you have a gain issue in your system?

    I'm not a particular fan of passives myself though I have had marginally better results with a TVC than with resistor-based passives. The philosophy is appealing but I always feel actives in general give you more music, though accept that adding gain in some systems just causes issues, where the power amp is extremely sensitive for example. In such circumstances I tend to prefer a powered no-gain buffer like the Pass B1 though there are loads of other options for this too.
    Hi Tom - thanks for the feedback.

    I'm using a Musical Fidelity XA-2 Integrated and passing the pre-amp output to a Cyrus X-Power (my sons old amp). It provided a significant upgrade so I'm thinking that its time for a dedicated Passive to replace it and see if it can provide more the same - more detail, better bass and imaging. Thinking about what you said then I don't think I'll have gain issues or sensitivity issues from what I can see: Lounge Audio LCR MKIII/Ortofon 2M Bronze and Audiolab M-DAC. I'd like to think that combination is fairly neutral but not lean. The Schiit is a good fit to requirements with cost, size, inputs/outputs and remote. Plus it offers the possibility to add my MF X-Can V2 HP amp (and to play with the tube - many people report significant benefits with other tubes).

    best regards, richard

  8. #38
    Join Date: Feb 2010

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    Quote Originally Posted by bbbiker800 View Post
    Hi Tom - thanks for the feedback.

    I'm using a Musical Fidelity XA-2 Integrated and passing the pre-amp output to a Cyrus X-Power (my sons old amp). It provided a significant upgrade so I'm thinking that its time for a dedicated Passive to replace it and see if it can provide more the same - more detail, better bass and imaging. Thinking about what you said then I don't think I'll have gain issues or sensitivity issues from what I can see: Lounge Audio LCR MKIII/Ortofon 2M Bronze and Audiolab M-DAC. I'd like to think that combination is fairly neutral but not lean. The Schiit is a good fit to requirements with cost, size, inputs/outputs and remote. Plus it offers the possibility to add my MF X-Can V2 HP amp (and to play with the tube - many people report significant benefits with other tubes).

    best regards, richard
    If it were me I'd also be looking to explore possible synergies with the matching Cyrus pre ... I like Cyrus gear I still have an ancient Cyrus One integrated kicking around.

    For example this looks like a bit of a bargain and you could run your tube headphone amp off the tape-out https://www.ebay.co.uk/i/22281302792...4961043&crdt=0
    Last edited by montesquieu; 10-02-2018 at 13:26.
    Main: Speakers 'RFC' Tannoy Canterburys / custom crossovers; Amp - Radford STA100; Pre EAR 912; Vinyl: Thorens TD124 MkII + Ikeda IT345-CR1 / Ortofon 309 Limited tonearms; Cartridges Stereo - Miyajima Madake, Ortofon SPU Royal N + Shure M3D Jico stylus; Mono - Miyajimas - Zero 0.7, Premium 1.0 retipped by Ana Mighty Sound bamboo cantilever, Spirit '78' 3.0 conical from Ana, also vintage GE VRII, Shure M44 strapped for mono with several Expert Stylus conicals for different eras of 78s; Phono stage and SUT from EAR 912; Esoteric Sound Re-Equalizer for equalisation of early mono and 78, switchable in from tape loop; Digital: Audio Note CDT2/II transport, heavily modded AN Kit DAC + Mutec MC3+USB.

    Study: Speakers - Tannoy DC6; Amp: Duncan 'Tuberhunter' 200w class D; preamp - Pass DCB1; Vinyl: Garrard 401 with AT1503 tonearm and vintage SPU-GE; SUTs - Ortofon 2-15k & Bob's Devices; Phono Stage: Schiit Mani; Digital - Trichord Genesis III CDP + Arcam rBlink; Schiit Multibit DAC.

  9. #39
    Join Date: May 2010

    Location: Worcestershire, UK

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    I'm Rob.

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    I love my Schiit Saga. Transparent, convenient (remote control), splendid. One of my best Hi-Fi purchases.
    Rob.
    Powered by crossed fingers and clenched buttocks

  10. #40
    Join Date: Jul 2015

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    I'm richard.

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    Hi Reggie - can I ask what u have the Saga partnered with and have tried swapping tubes?

    Best regards Richard

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