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    Quote Originally Posted by CageyH View Post
    Those are output transformers used in the line output circuitry of EMT CD players.

    What you need are transformers designed for microphones (moving coil or ribbon) or specifically moving-coil cartridges. However as whatever it is you have works well for you, I wouldn't worry about it.
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    Apparently they date from the early 70's, They sound fine to me, but they are just not what I was expecting to see.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry View Post
    I use a pair of Haufe T-7883 step up transformers. They are designed for a source impedance of 40Ohm and have a step-up ratio of 10:1, so are perfect to use with the Denon 103.
    Hi - do you have a photo of these?

    And from where did you get them?

    (Thanks).

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    Quote Originally Posted by jusbe View Post
    Hi - do you have a photo of these?

    And from where did you get them?

    (Thanks).
    You can purchase these directly from Haufe, but you need to bank wire them the money.
    Current equipment: Cornscalas - Quicksilver Horn Monos - Technics 1210 M5G with Zu Denon 103R cartride and Haufe SUT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CageyH View Post
    Having not found the answer by using a search, I am wondering what a good choice of SUT would be for my Techne Audio modified DL-103 with a boron cantilever and Shibata stylus?

    It would also need to work with an AT33PTG/II.
    I don't want to spend loads on the SUT, but I want something that offers good value for money, and obviously performs very well.
    Resurrecting an old thread here but a definite vote for the Rothwell Headspace.

    Mine arrived this morning and itís already proved to be a great piece of kit. Fantastic service from Andrew and next day delivery.

    Iíve owned numerous DL-103/103Rís in various incarnations and while theyíve been ďOKĒ Iíve always felt I was not allowing them to show their real potential with the various SUTís Iíve tried.

    My current DL-103R is a Paradox Pulse 103R direct from Paradox after they ran it in for 50 hours. With my Denon AU-S1 or Art Audio SUTís. It sounded a tad flat and ďuninterestingĒ.

    Enter the Headspace!
    Setup with a loading of 140R the Paradox Pulse just sings like never before. Itís very sensitive to loading as either 100R or 250R either sound a tad thin or flat respectively. Itís incredibly musical and enjoyable - all the aspects I was expecting. Itís also very quiet through my Croft 25RS/7 monos.
    It doesnít have the refinement or absolute resolution of my Denon DL-S1/AU-S1 combo but at less than a quarter of the price itís a stunning combination.
    Moreover, with multiple loading/gains available it will also partner my Goldbug Brier. At some point I'll have to see how it fares with the DL-S1






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    That Rothwell Head Space is an excellent and reasonably priced step-up.

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    Great stuff, Stephen. In my experience, Andrew's products are always very well-designed and offer high SPPV, so enjoy!

    Also, as you'll now be aware, it's handy having access to both a quality head amp *and* SUT, as musically, they do things differently, but equally enjoyably. What you need to try now (unless I've missed it) is using either in conjunction with a top-notch valve MM stage...

    That's when you'll *really* hear what's on your records!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    What you need to try now (unless I've missed it) is using either in conjunction with a top-notch valve MM stage...

    That's when you'll *really* hear what's on your records!

    Marco.
    Hi Marco
    I think the phono stage in the Croft 25RS is pretty well respected (Iím using a pair of triple mica NOS Telefunken ECC801S to boot).
    I have toyed with the idea of a TRON convergence but after the new Jelco arm and Headspace Iíd best take a breath
    Steve



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    Thanks for the positive review and the positive comments from Dave and Marco - much appreciated

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    Quote Originally Posted by worrasf View Post
    Hi Marco
    I think the phono stage in the Croft 25RS is pretty well respected (I’m using a pair of triple mica NOS Telefunken ECC801S to boot).
    I have toyed with the idea of a TRON convergence but after the new Jelco arm and Headspace I’d best take a breath
    Steve
    Ah, okies... I wasn't sure what your preamp was, valve or SS. That should be very nice then

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