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    Join Date: Apr 2016

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    Default Phono stage suggestions

    As some you may know I bought a Pathos Classic Remix Amp from Grant a few weeks ago, I am now thinking of a change to my Phono stage currently a Primare R32 , there is of course an obvious choice the Pathos in the Groove, which is around the £1500 mark.

    Does anyone have any other suggestions or recommendations around that price mark or ideally cheaper. The Primare R32 is doing a fine job by the way and will be an excellent purchase for someone very soon.
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    Robin

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    Bigbottle BB3 at £1300. Has seen off virtually all other phono stages at multi £K.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Firebottle View Post
    Bigbottle BB3 at £1300. Has seen off virtually all other phono stages at multi £K.
    Thanks Alan, not heard one but know it its well regarded.
    Regards
    Robin

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    Quote Originally Posted by Firebottle View Post
    Bigbottle BB3 at £1300. Has seen off virtually all other phono stages at multi £K.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Firebottle View Post
    Bigbottle BB3 at £1300. Has seen off virtually all other phono stages at multi £K.
    I have an Audio Detail NV-06, with mods and upgraded nuvistors, which is the best I've heard at the price. It costs around the same as the Big Bottle, which I haven't heard but I think you have heard both, the Audio Detail probably at Ian's. So wondering if you could comment on how they compare?
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    Another BB3 owner here. Very happy with it.
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    There seems to be a strong case for BB3, so far
    Regards
    Robin

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    i had a firebottle phono back in day. it was very good. the one you have robin, is very good too tho. i was very pleased for money with my project phono.. not at that pricepoint of course but it was very good at about 500, and allowed digital copying. think gary(gazjam) has a ps audio stage and they also are highly regarded.
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    Quote Originally Posted by struth View Post
    i had a firebottle phono back in day. it was very good. the one you have robin, is very good too tho. i was very pleased for money with my project phono.. not at that pricepoint of course but it was very good at about 500, and allowed digital copying. think gary(gazjam) has a ps audio stage and they also are highly regarded.
    Thanks Grant, Primare R32 is a fine Phono Stage and if it stays I wont be disappointed but now that my amp has sold I have the opportunity to try something new and different, the easy choice would be the Pathos In the Groove. Don’t want something I need to tweak all the time.
    Regards
    Robin

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    Acoustic Solid Wood MPX, Ortofon Quintet Bronze
    Pathos Classic Remix Amp, dac
    Primare R 32 phono stage
    Arcam CDS50 Sacd Network Player
    ART Stiletto 6V3. Loudspeakers

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    Also consider the NJC. Tiz very good.

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