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Old 28th September 2009, 05:29 PM   #31
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I wasn't much into vinyl myself and I always though that well done digital playback system can equal analog. After listening to this phonostage in a well assembled analog rig (modified Versa Dynamics with ZYX Universe silver) I now simply don't think it's possible: the vinyl is so much better
I agree. It's not even close. Better yet? Tape!
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Old 28th September 2009, 05:31 PM   #32
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mmm. 5 phonostages is just excessive!
Not if you have a mix of 5 different stereo and mono carts and 5 tonearms set up on two TT's...just saying.
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Old 29th September 2009, 12:21 AM   #33
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I have a Zu Denon 103 that I would like to try with it. But I also have a couple of nice MM cartridges.

Just out of curiosity, can I reverse the input/output on my step up transformer so that I can lower the gain of my MM cartridges and make them work with MC phono amps?
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Old 29th September 2009, 12:25 AM   #34
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Nah, well you can only listen to 1 at a time. I've 2 pretty good ones, 2 ok ones so I could use 4 I suppose!!

What I say next might be controversial: but I think its very very hard for a MM cart to meet and beat an MC one. Even the cheaper MC ones seem to have a clarity to them that the MMs just can't surpass. Actually might post a poll on that one!



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Old 29th September 2009, 06:23 AM   #35
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Even the cheaper MC ones seem to have a clarity to them that the MMs just can't surpass.
The Clearaudio Maestro Wood is a very nice cartridge. I'm not going to say it beats a Miyabe or a Koetsu RSP, but it is very balanced and doesn't require an incredible phono stage to sound good. Threadjack over.
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Old 29th September 2009, 06:25 AM   #36
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Just out of curiosity, can I reverse the input/output on my step up transformer so that I can lower the gain of my MM cartridges and make them work with MC phono amps?
Transformers work in both directions. They aren't gender biased and don't discriminate against input voltage and current AFAIK.
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Old 29th September 2009, 07:43 AM   #37
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It is for MC with 75dB gain.
hi, peter

you kit is for MC only?
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I have a nice MM cartridge that has an fairly low output of 1.5 - 2mv. Is that too high for the phono amp? Also, 0 ohm inpedence, does that mean it will match with any cartridge?
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"Most of MC cartridges available in the current market are compatible. Since it is a current amplification device with 0 ohm input impedance, output level is determined by the output amperage of the cartridge (output voltage divided by internal impedance)"
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