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Thread: Phonostage Bake-Off - 08/07/18 - Penkridge *NOW CONFIRMED*

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    It’s too far for me I’m afraid Oliver - sorry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YNWaN View Post
    Itís too far for me Iím afraid Oliver - sorry.
    Fair enough, Mark.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Macca View Post
    I'm thinking it might have been better to use 'speakers that were a bit less 'left field' in design? After what you said about the first few stages I was thinking there might be some system issue.
    Well, I thought much the same when I first got there - the sound was very dry (short on atmosphere and Ďairí) and the whole range was slightly tilted up which rather exaggerated the dry aspect of the sound. To be honest, I wasnít impressed by the sound being produced. However, as the day went on I became acclimatised, or perhaps the sound got better. At the end of the day the speakers can only play that which they are fed and what I do know now about these speakers is that they are incredibly Ďfastí sounding and they certainly allowed the difference in the various stages to be heard clearly. I suppose it is hardly a surprise that budget phonostages feeding over a £100,000.00 of speakers and amps doesnít sound that magical . Putting aside the speakers, I was surprised how well the Garrard 301 and SME 3009 arm did as neither would be on my own list of preferred front end components.

    Sorry for the thread drift Oliver.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YNWaN View Post
    Putting aside the speakers, I was surprised how well the Garrard 301 and SME 3009 arm did as neither would be on my own list of preferred front end components.

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    Yeah I hear you there. But the conditions were the same for all stages and that is the important thing.
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    Yes, absolutely. I would have preferred there to be a higher attainable ceiling level of performance though. Anyway, it’s academic as the differences between the stages was quite evident.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimbo View Post
    Ah I was wondering where I heard it, now I remember Steve. His monoblocks are not bad either!
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    I am John, a new member to AoS.
    I would like to attend this event, and if it is OK bring along a
    Clones Audio PA-1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnG View Post
    I am John, a new member to AoS.
    I would like to attend this event, and if it is OK bring along a
    Clones Audio PA-1.
    Welcome John, thanks for joining and yes, you're more than welcome to attend!
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    Coming along with Quin (Ken Wynn). Looking forwards to it
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    Quote Originally Posted by Floyddroid View Post
    Coming along with Quin (Ken Wynn). Looking forwards to it
    Be great to meet you!
    Analogue: Technics SP10 MK2 > Phonomac AT-1010 tonearm > Ortofon Kontrapunkt b > Wizard Jfet MC Valve Phonostage (Telefunken Valves)
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    Amplification: Slagle AVC Passive Preamp & Firebottle Monoblocks (Telefunken Valves)
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