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Old 30th August 2004, 02:10 PM   #1
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Default Difference between BrianGT basic and premium?

Hi forum.

Is there a major difference in sound between the two? Has there been any AB testing?

I'm tempted to get a couple of premiums and a basic to see but was after a wee bit of feedback first.

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Old 30th August 2004, 02:17 PM   #2
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There is a difference, but it will also depend on your system and your perception.
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That's a perfectly understandable yet cruel answer

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Old 30th August 2004, 02:28 PM   #4
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The premium kit offers more refinements, but depending on your demand and application, a basic kit might be a satisfying performer as well.
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Could you explain in little more detail ? I am not yet able to get a clear understanding of what type of difference there really is.

In what type of demand and application will the user experience what type of difference ?
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It will depend on the revealing properties of your system and your perception. I hear quite substantial difference, but others might not.

The sound of premium kit is more refined, more open and more hi-end. OTOH, many people who use basic kit, praise the quality of the amp.

Maybe other people can voice their opinion, as I'm quite interested myself.
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The premium kit is more reassuringly expensive, so it will sound better to some people.
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Old 5th September 2004, 01:42 AM   #8
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If there are differences at all between the good components in the basic kit and the rather expensive components used in the premium kit, they will be vanishingly small. It is not like the components in the basic kit are substandard at all.

A lot of this reverence for expensive capacitors, resistors, and interconnects is just a religion some subscribe to here.

Most of the time, I doubt that it makes that much of a difference.
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Old 6th September 2004, 04:36 AM   #9
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All food tastes the same(if you have a zinc deficency),
all women kiss the same(if you're a eunuch),
VHS and Beta look the same(to Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder),
and all amplifers sound the same(to the deaf old men at Stereo Review).

WHO?

Tell the deaf/dumb/blind kid to go play pinball.
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Old 6th September 2004, 05:43 AM   #10
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Yeah, right. That's how the religion goes. If you don't agree with them, you're deaf.

I don't agree that all amps sound the same, BTW.

I also don't agree with many here that CD's sound better than vinyl. There are some ways that they do (no pops and clicks) but some ways they don't (relaxed naturalness of vinyl is way superior, though gradually diminishing as digital audios continues to get better).

You may be able to hear very slight differences with these expensive components. Or may you may not. Chance are the differences will be vanishingly small because the good-quality components in the basic kit work fine.

These same guys put a freakin' solid-state amp on expensive pointy isolation studs better suited for putting speakers on carpet when cheap rubber feet would be plenty adequate (and may actually work better, since they actually damp the vibrations), out of some paranoid fear that something in a SOLID STATE amp is microphonic.

There is often no science behind it. If something like that worked on a turntable, they try it on an amp. Since it costs more, it must sound better.

(Yes, I know that some ceramic caps can be microphonic. Tubes can be microphonic to an even greater degree. But are transistors or the electrolytic / foil caps they used in the kit microphonic ? .... probably not or you would be hearing problems with this all of the time in commerical equipment and you just don't.
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