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    Join Date: Jan 2014

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    Default DC B1 pre-amp with phono stage

    Just finished this pre-amp. Hypnotize DC B1 Jfet buffer with a MM phono stage using the Elliot Sound Products PCB and Burr Brown OPA2134 jfet audio opamps.

    Individual transformers for phono stage and buffer.
    Shunt regulated dual power supply for the phono stage.
    50K stepped attenuator.
    Elma source selector switch.
    Adjustable brightness power indicator led.
    Aluminium case, 3mm thick top and bottom panels.







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    Quote Originally Posted by disarmamant View Post
    Just finished this pre-amp. Hypnotize DC B1 Jfet buffer with a MM phono stage using the Elliot Sound Products PCB and Burr Brown OPA2134 jfet audio opamps.

    Individual transformers for phono stage and buffer.
    Shunt regulated dual power supply for the phono stage.
    50K stepped attenuator.
    Elma source selector switch.
    Adjustable brightness power indicator led.
    Aluminium case, 3mm thick top and bottom panels.






    Doesn't that look tidy!!

    Lovely work.
    Analogue: Technics SP10 MK2 > Phonomac AT-1010 MK6 tonearm > Ortofon Kontrapunkt b > Bigbottle Jfet MC Valve Phonostage
    Digital: Orchard Audio PecanPi with JRiver
    Preamplifier: DCB1 with Khozmo 48 Step Series Attenuator or Neurochrome Differential Preamp
    Amplification: Neurochrome Modulus 686
    Cables: SPOTFIRE Speaker Cable & SPOTFIRE IC Cables & SPOTFIRE Tonearm cable
    Speakers: Mordaunt Short Performance 880

    Price List For SPOTFIRE Cables here:https://bit.ly/2Uxiv3j

    Alternative reading: http://www.audioaddictsforum.com

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    Top class build there. Is that one of them valab stepped attenuators?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pepperamip View Post
    Top class build there. Is that one of them valab stepped attenuators?
    Thanks. Yes it's one of the Valab jobbies.

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    Very nice build , how's it sound?
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    Quote Originally Posted by smangus View Post
    Very nice build , how's it sound?
    Thank you. It sounds really good.

    The phono stage is particularly good, very low noise. I have used Rod Elliotís phono design before and it deserves the positive reports it gets.


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    Great-looking unit! I have one of your earlier builds of the B1 - I believe with the same phono board. Too bad that I haven't been able to make my Benz Micro Gullwing SLR sing with my Partridge 977 SUT - also one of yours, by the way. All the mm-stages that I have used with that combo has sounded off and strangely bland (EAR 802/Croft Riia R/Pass B1). Did you ever build a Pass B4 buffer, by the way?
    DIY Black box one input attenuator / EAR 516 power / Quad ESL 57 (with new bass panels)
    TT: Thorens TD 147 Jubilee/Benz Micro Gullwing SLR/Van den Hul "the Grail" vs Trilogy 907
    Digital: Synology NAS / JRiver on Win 10 PC / Nuforce S192U USB to spdif/ Line Magnetic 502CA DAC

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rosewind View Post
    Great-looking unit! I have one of your earlier builds of the B1 - I believe with the same phono board. Too bad that I haven't been able to make my Benz Micro Gullwing SLR sing with my Partridge 977 SUT - also one of yours, by the way. All the mm-stages that I have used with that combo has sounded off and strangely bland (EAR 802/Croft Riia R/Pass B1). Did you ever build a Pass B4 buffer, by the way?
    You need a good Valve phonostage.
    Analogue: Technics SP10 MK2 > Phonomac AT-1010 MK6 tonearm > Ortofon Kontrapunkt b > Bigbottle Jfet MC Valve Phonostage
    Digital: Orchard Audio PecanPi with JRiver
    Preamplifier: DCB1 with Khozmo 48 Step Series Attenuator or Neurochrome Differential Preamp
    Amplification: Neurochrome Modulus 686
    Cables: SPOTFIRE Speaker Cable & SPOTFIRE IC Cables & SPOTFIRE Tonearm cable
    Speakers: Mordaunt Short Performance 880

    Price List For SPOTFIRE Cables here:https://bit.ly/2Uxiv3j

    Alternative reading: http://www.audioaddictsforum.com

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    Ha! Been there, done that. Not with the EAR 516 and Quad ESL 57s, though.
    EDIT: I wouldn't mind a listen to a line stage version of the Pass B1 "hypnotize", or a Pass B4 buffer, which should be excellent.
    DIY Black box one input attenuator / EAR 516 power / Quad ESL 57 (with new bass panels)
    TT: Thorens TD 147 Jubilee/Benz Micro Gullwing SLR/Van den Hul "the Grail" vs Trilogy 907
    Digital: Synology NAS / JRiver on Win 10 PC / Nuforce S192U USB to spdif/ Line Magnetic 502CA DAC

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rosewind View Post
    Ha! Been there, done that. Not with the EAR 516 and Quad ESL 57s, though.
    EDIT: I wouldn't mind a listen to a line stage version of the Pass B1 "hypnotize", or a Pass B4 buffer, which should be excellent.
    Can't beat a well built DCB1 IMO.
    Analogue: Technics SP10 MK2 > Phonomac AT-1010 MK6 tonearm > Ortofon Kontrapunkt b > Bigbottle Jfet MC Valve Phonostage
    Digital: Orchard Audio PecanPi with JRiver
    Preamplifier: DCB1 with Khozmo 48 Step Series Attenuator or Neurochrome Differential Preamp
    Amplification: Neurochrome Modulus 686
    Cables: SPOTFIRE Speaker Cable & SPOTFIRE IC Cables & SPOTFIRE Tonearm cable
    Speakers: Mordaunt Short Performance 880

    Price List For SPOTFIRE Cables here:https://bit.ly/2Uxiv3j

    Alternative reading: http://www.audioaddictsforum.com

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