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Old 22nd November 2003, 02:11 PM   #1
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Very nice looking! It looks as though it was a ton of work. How is the sound?
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What a nightmare! Can't possibly sound half as good as a simple ELMA/Seiden switch. But it glows and may even have remote...
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What a nightmare! Can't possibly sound half as good as a simple ELMA/Seiden switch. But it glows and may even have remote...
Although appealing to some, I could never get used to two buttons for changing volume. There is only one way to implement that control and it's the knob.

The metal work and layout is done very nicely though. And I kind of understand the design choices here. Using knobs would change the visual character of the unit and remote is probably easier to implement this way than with knobs. I've seen similar unit on the Bent Audio board selling for $10K, although it's using knobs

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Very nice looking! It looks as though it was a ton of work. How is the sound?
Thanks. I hope to compare the sound of this TVC with some other 'classic' preamps (S&B TX102-based and Sowter) in the next couple of days so I can evaluate its sound more adequately. Technical specifications are quite satisfactory.

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What a nightmare! Can't possibly sound half as good as a simple ELMA/Seiden switch. But it glows and may even have remote...
Yeah, yeah... I didn't expect to hear a word of praise from you. Nor would I want to. And I bet the only proper way to do it is missionary, right ?

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Although appealing to some, I could never get used to two buttons for changing volume. There is only one way to implement that control and it's the knob.
The metal work and layout is done very nicely though.
Thanks. A rotary encoder was implemented in the beta version

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Thanks. I hope to compare the sound of this TVC with some other 'classic' preamps (S&B TX102-based and Sowter) in the next couple of days so I can evaluate its sound more adequately.
So which ones are you using here?

With regards to my S&Bs, initially I was under the impression that TXs dull the highs or take a bit of sparkle at the top end, but after constant using for several weeks, I either got used to it or they simply burned in. They sound very satisfactory now and frankly I don't see a need for an active preamp. They also work well with GC, which are my main amps now.
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So which ones are you using here?

Hi,

I'm using a somewhat unusual combination of 2 transformers per channel (Sowter 9150 + 9155; 4X10dB + 5X2dB). So far so good.

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