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    Default WTD: Small active pre with remote

    To go with my new gainclone amp. Agnostic on type but nothing too expensive and no passives please (unless they have a built in buffer).

    Drop off/courier to North London.

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    Search on hold as I've just bought this on eBay which seems to fit the bill nicely and has the added bonus of a quality dac built in

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Audio-GD-...-/293826622275

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    Love my Audio GD Power Amp so if your pre is in the same mould, youíve done well

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    Quote Originally Posted by Weeman1973 View Post
    Love my Audio GD Power Amp so if your pre is in the same mould, youíve done well
    Does it have the same funny balanced inputs? Not sure where those cables can be bought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lawrence001 View Post
    Does it have the same funny balanced inputs? Not sure where those cables can be bought.

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    The Mini XLR ones? Yes it does.

    Iíve not looked being honest, just using the regular RCA inputs

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    Can you not use the normal XLR connectors?
    Barry

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    Yes but these are apparently for a proprietary output stage called ACSS or something I'll get a link.

    Edit here it is:

    http://www.audio-gd.com/audio/ACSS.htm

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    DAC arrived today, it's brilliant! 48 level relay controlled stepped attenuator (x2 steps with high and low gain), dual Wolfson DACs, good PSU and USB input, balanced and unbalanced headphone and preamp outs. Seems to be the NFB 10.32 not the one advertised.

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    Last edited by Lawrence001; 28-11-2020 at 00:51.

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    Have been using the single ended outputs with mixed results until last night. Tried the balanced outs and I can't believe the increase in weight and authority it's brought about. It's transformed the whole system.

    Got a Nad M51 yesterday it's still sat in the box, don't feel any compulsion to try it yet, that's really saying something!

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    Just trying the Nad now, very clean, not as much drive as the Audio Gd but just as good in its own way. (Technically much better I'm sure but then it's not all about that is it?)

    It really is very good actually, just two very different flavours of digital.

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