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    Join Date: May 2017

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    Hi all
    Received my Denon HA500 yesterday from Phonomac
    It's been extensively upgraded
    Will post my review and pics later as I've no idea how you do it from my phone

    All i will say for now is it's really heavy for a headamp...

    Steve...
    Project 2experience sb dc, Denon HA 500 headamp, Cartidge: At33ptg
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    Quote Originally Posted by STD305M View Post
    Hi all
    Received my Denon HA500 yesterday from Phonomac
    It's been extensively upgraded
    Will post my review and pics later as I've no idea how you do it from my phone

    All i will say for now is it's really heavy for a headamp...

    Steve...
    I had that on loan here, Steve. Very very good unit and meticulously serviced. A smart purchase.
    Analogue: Technics SP10 MK2 > Phonomac AT-1010 MK5 tonearm > Ortofon Kontrapunkt b > Wizard Jfet MC Valve Phonostage (Telefunken & Tesla Valves)
    Digital: NONE
    Amplification: Nelson Pass DCB1 & Monarchy Audio SM-70 Class A Amplifier
    Cables: Fisual S-Flex Speaker Cable & SPOTFIRE IC Cables & NEW SPOTFIRE Tonearm cable
    Speakers: Pioneer CS-77A

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    Not sure the classifieds section is the place to post about it though ...
    Main: Speakers 'RFC' Tannoy Canterburys / custom crossovers; Amp - Radford STA100; Pre EAR 912; Vinyl: Thorens TD124 MkII + Ikeda IT345-CR1 / Ikeda IT-407 tonearms; Cartridges Stereo - Miyajima Madake, Ortofon SPU Royal N, Ikeda 9C III, SAEC/Excel C3; Mono - Miyajimas - Zero 0.7, Premium 1.0, Sonovox MC-4 1.0, Edison '78' 4.0 conical, and 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: Pass Aleph 'Mini'; preamp - Firebottle custom; Vinyl: Garrard 401 with AT1503 tonearm and vintage Ortofon SL-15e with matching Ortofon 2-15k SUT; Phono Stage: Firebottle Plus; Digital - Trichord Genesis III CDP + Arcam rBlink; Schiit Multibit DAC.

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    Hi Oliver

    It's quite a large heavy unit and looks very well built.
    First impressions are what id expected, more detail and a huge soundstage, will be posting a more indepth review with pics as it's just as pretty on the inside too.

    Steve...

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    Project 2experience sb dc, Denon HA 500 headamp, Cartidge: At33ptg
    Rega Brio: 2017
    CD Player: Cyrus cd8se
    Dynaudio Emit M20
    Audioquest Diamondback rca - xt40 speaker cable.

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    Moved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by STD305M View Post
    Hi Oliver

    It's quite a large heavy unit and looks very well built.
    First impressions are what id expected, more detail and a huge soundstage, will be posting a more indepth review with pics as it's just as pretty on the inside too.

    Steve...

    Posted in wrong area
    Happy for post to be moved
    Yes it is, on all counts. I liked it very much but went another direction. A Rothwell MCX SUT. Then went another direction .
    Analogue: Technics SP10 MK2 > Phonomac AT-1010 MK5 tonearm > Ortofon Kontrapunkt b > Wizard Jfet MC Valve Phonostage (Telefunken & Tesla Valves)
    Digital: NONE
    Amplification: Nelson Pass DCB1 & Monarchy Audio SM-70 Class A Amplifier
    Cables: Fisual S-Flex Speaker Cable & SPOTFIRE IC Cables & NEW SPOTFIRE Tonearm cable
    Speakers: Pioneer CS-77A

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    Hi oliver

    I looked at the Rothwell sut but it was a little more than i could afford at the moment

    I'll be having a huge clear out of my second system soon
    Then I'll be able to afford something more exotic and just concentrate on the main system !!!

    Steve...
    Project 2experience sb dc, Denon HA 500 headamp, Cartidge: At33ptg
    Rega Brio: 2017
    CD Player: Cyrus cd8se
    Dynaudio Emit M20
    Audioquest Diamondback rca - xt40 speaker cable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by walpurgis View Post
    Moved.
    Thanks Geoff ; )
    Project 2experience sb dc, Denon HA 500 headamp, Cartidge: At33ptg
    Rega Brio: 2017
    CD Player: Cyrus cd8se
    Dynaudio Emit M20
    Audioquest Diamondback rca - xt40 speaker cable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigman80 View Post
    Yes it is, on all counts. I liked it very much but went another direction. A Rothwell MCX SUT. Then went another direction .
    What you using now Oliver ???
    Project 2experience sb dc, Denon HA 500 headamp, Cartidge: At33ptg
    Rega Brio: 2017
    CD Player: Cyrus cd8se
    Dynaudio Emit M20
    Audioquest Diamondback rca - xt40 speaker cable.

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    Join Date: Nov 2015

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    Quote Originally Posted by STD305M View Post
    What you using now Oliver ???
    A Jfet output fitted by Alan. It basically a built in headamp which removed all the RCA cables and connections etc. It's the same circuit as used in the Vivant without the MM/MC switching option.
    Analogue: Technics SP10 MK2 > Phonomac AT-1010 MK5 tonearm > Ortofon Kontrapunkt b > Wizard Jfet MC Valve Phonostage (Telefunken & Tesla Valves)
    Digital: NONE
    Amplification: Nelson Pass DCB1 & Monarchy Audio SM-70 Class A Amplifier
    Cables: Fisual S-Flex Speaker Cable & SPOTFIRE IC Cables & NEW SPOTFIRE Tonearm cable
    Speakers: Pioneer CS-77A

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