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  1. #11
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    Quote Originally Posted by STD305M View Post
    Id better bring up a bottle of 25 year old malt i opened but didn't like
    All yours mate
    🤤 I'll look forward to that. Top man, cheers Steve

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    thanks for this write up , just love trying pre amps and the dcb1 does sound worth a go . recently had the schiit saga valve passive pre in the system and it was stonking , if i still have it i would love to try it against some of those pre amps . i am now using the schiit freya with the firebottle monos in valve form and it has a big full bloodied , compelling sound . slightly more weighty than the saga . highly recommended at 725 new . i am very impressed with it and it really gels with the f/b monos
    1]bel canto pre 3 vbs, ice power amps /rotel cd/teac ud-ho1 bel canto fm1
    sonos, . tannoy eaton legacy 2]arcam a75 marantz sa8005 jolida modwright dac and RFC impulse ta`us , track audio stands

  3. #13
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    Hi Phil!

    If you fancy it, give Alan a shout and compare against his RVC. He claims my suggestion of replacing the wiring with some of my cable innards has raised its game again and could possibly challenge the DCB1.

    Hes also going to add some takman resistors which could help further.

    I'd suggest you'd probably be impressed.

    I am also happy to bring the DCB1 over if you fancy a listen. After what it did for Alan's system yesterday, I'd be stunned if you didn't want one.
    Quote Originally Posted by hifinutt View Post
    thanks for this write up , just love trying pre amps and the dcb1 does sound worth a go . recently had the schiit saga valve passive pre in the system and it was stonking , if i still have it i would love to try it against some of those pre amps . i am now using the schiit freya with the firebottle monos in valve form and it has a big full bloodied , compelling sound . slightly more weighty than the saga . highly recommended at 725 new . i am very impressed with it and it really gels with the f/b monos
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  4. #14
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    thanks ollie , would love to hear the dcb1 in my system , you would love the RFC taus , they are sensational ....well i think so anyway !!!

    working 6-7 days a week at moment but when things ease off i will do that
    1]bel canto pre 3 vbs, ice power amps /rotel cd/teac ud-ho1 bel canto fm1
    sonos, . tannoy eaton legacy 2]arcam a75 marantz sa8005 jolida modwright dac and RFC impulse ta`us , track audio stands

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    Quote Originally Posted by hifinutt View Post
    thanks ollie , would love to hear the dcb1 in my system , you would love the RFC taus , they are sensational ....well i think so anyway !!!

    working 6-7 days a week at moment but when things ease off i will do that
    No worries, we will sort something out

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    Default Next trial with a valve buffer.

    A valve output board came up at the right time in the classifieds (thanks JohnJo) so I have converted it into a valve buffer.

    It is lashed into a temporary case and wired into the system from the passive outputs of the pre.

    It sounds sensational, a touch more organic than the chip buffer. Need to get a nice case and box it properly.

    Firebottle - for the no bottleneck approach.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Firebottle View Post
    A valve output board came up at the right time in the classifieds (thanks JohnJo) so I have converted it into a valve buffer.

    It is lashed into a temporary case and wired into the system from the passive outputs of the pre.

    It sounds sensational, a touch more organic than the chip buffer. Need to get a nice case and box it properly.

    Great to see this getting used Alan

    Nice fit on the output caps

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigman80 View Post
    No worries, we will sort something out

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    I would also like a go on the dcb1 at some point.
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    Looks like I'm going to be busy

    No worries at all matey, I'll bring it up if want. We can discuss all those unused vinyls you have

    I'll drop you a message with some dates ive got free. See if we can sort something out.
    Quote Originally Posted by Macca View Post
    I would also like a go on the dcb1 at some point.
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    Amplification: Neurochrome Modulus 686
    Speakers: Mordaunt Short Performance 880
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  10. #20
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigman80 View Post

    Here is the ebay listing. I have not taken a picture of Alan's so this will have to do. The new RVC has had a SS buffer added to give it an active output too.

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Volume-Re...QAAOSw6CJbCmL8
    Is that case earthed?

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