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    Join Date: Nov 2019

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    Default A curious thing has happened--sequel!!

    Many thanks for everyone's' replies to my enquiry about sudden appearance of hum following bi-wiring my Myryad MA120 amp to my Kef Reference Series Model 2 speakers.
    When I was routing the second pair of speaker cables to the amp I accidentally pulled one of the inputs to the phono preamp. The preamp jumped off the rack, hit me on the bridge of the nose and landed, belly up, on the shag pile! I replaced it on the rack and only just managed to stop the blood dripping from the end of my nose onto the pale cream carpet.
    Yesterday I reverted back to single cables to the speakers, replaced the links removed earlier and switched on the amp. To my dismay the hum remained.
    I pondered that the only other change that had happened was the phono preamp's excursion onto the carpet. In desperation I turned off the power supply to the phono stage and the hum disappeared.
    I checked all the connections to the phono preamp, particularly the ground connection, but the hum remained when I turned on the power amp.
    In view of this, I am now looking for a simple, no nonsense, phono preamp. The current one is a HiQ, supplied by Nigel at Chantry Audio when he serviced my Ariston RD11S turntable in 2004.
    Sorry to be long-winded but thought this might amuse some of you. Fortunately, I can laugh about it now.
    Any suggestions or recommendations about a phono preamp would be gratefully received.

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    Budget?
    “Music has always been a matter of energy to me, a question of fuel. Sentimental people call it inspiration, but what they really mean is fuel. I have always needed fuel. I am a serious consumer. On some nights I still believe that a car with the gas needle on empty can run about fifty more miles if you have the right music very loud on the radio”

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    I could take a look at your current phono if you like?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ali Tait View Post
    Budget?
    Good question!! I paid £149.00 for the HiQ in 2004, so would imagine I would have to spend this amount today, pension permitting.
    I would be reluctant to spend more than this, as I only listen to vinyl occasionally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Firebottle View Post
    I could take a look at your current phono if you like?
    My main concern would be would it be cost effective, bearing in mind it is 15 years old? I paid £149.00 in 2004

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    Are you sure it isn't just a question of reconnecting the ground wire from your turntable to the ground post on your phonostage?

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    Quote Originally Posted by YNWaN View Post
    Are you sure it isn't just a question of reconnecting the ground wire from your turntable to the ground post on your phonostage?
    If only it were that simple!!

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    Alternatively, don't forget to try disconnecting said lead because, in some systems, that's the correct option.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tyke View Post
    Good question!! I paid £149.00 for the HiQ in 2004, so would imagine I would have to spend this amount today, pension permitting.
    I would be reluctant to spend more than this, as I only listen to vinyl occasionally.
    Right you ( In a John Cleese voice ) Get out now
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    Quote Originally Posted by tyke View Post
    Good question!! I paid £149.00 for the HiQ in 2004, so would imagine I would have to spend this amount today, pension permitting.
    I would be reluctant to spend more than this, as I only listen to vinyl occasionally.
    This is very good for the money-
    https://www.longdogaudio.com/product...t-phono-stage/
    “Music has always been a matter of energy to me, a question of fuel. Sentimental people call it inspiration, but what they really mean is fuel. I have always needed fuel. I am a serious consumer. On some nights I still believe that a car with the gas needle on empty can run about fifty more miles if you have the right music very loud on the radio”

    Hunter S Thompson

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