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    as you know I am semi interested in one of these, any sellers PM me?

    what has put me off so far was a repair report on what may have been an earlier version, PCB looks blue rather than your black. I suspect given your comments on tone controls you may have seen it but for anyone interested it is below - it has a probable circuit diagram too

    http://www.g4cnh.com/public/A_Look_A...Sheng_728A.pdf

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    Interesting. I certainly loved my old Xiang Sheng DAC-01A, they do make great value gear.
    I have to confess that the rather quirky nature of the tone controls on your pre rather appeals to me!

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    ... I've now reached the heretical opinion that tone controls are not bad at all and wonder why did the British obsession with minimalism on the 80s become so pervasive?
    I agree. My Marantz integrated amp has tone controls as well, and I do find them useful for some recordings.
    There is a smidgeon of extra clarity to be had in bypass mode, but that can be outweighed by the ability to correct a bright or dull [often old] recording, or to add or remove a bit of bass weight.
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    Totally agree, and the smidgeon of clarity that you can hear when you do quick A/B switches are soon forgotten, and can actually sound a bit more musical anyway!

    Just switched over the Sylvania ECC81s to Mullard CV4024s and I prefer the new sound.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lawrence001 View Post
    Totally agree, and the smidgeon of clarity that you can hear when you do quick A/B switches are soon forgotten, and can actually sound a bit more musical anyway!
    Yup!
    My Marantz amp is the same - with bypass switched off the sound is a little smoother and less explicit, and that can work well with some recordings.
    Jerry

    i. Qobuz internet streaming > Audiobyte Black Dragon DAC > Hegel H90 > MBL 116F speakers
    Cables : Wyreworld Starlight USB, VdH Thunderline interconnect, W&M LS-06 OR Tellurium Q Silver speaker.
    USB signal pampering : Wired4Sound Recovery & Halide Bridge.
    Headphones : PSB M4U 1, Beyerdynamic DT 250, Stax SR3

    ii Internet streaming > Audiolab MDAC > Marantz HD-AMP1 > Infinity Cascade 9 speakers & Jamo SUB200

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lawrence001 View Post

    Just switched over the Sylvania ECC81s to Mullard CV4024s and I prefer the new sound.

    Sent from my POT-LX1 using Tapatalk
    I seriously like those CV Mullards. Enjoy.

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