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Old 1st December 2013, 10:01 AM   #1
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Hi all,

I have two tonearms on my turntable; each has a MM cartridge. I'm using a tube pre-amplifier, a Counterpoint SA-5.1 and soon I'll add a tube pre pre-amplifier SA-2 to my rack. For those who are not familiar with Counterpoints, SA-2 amplifies the MC level to MM level with tubes. After it arrives I want to change one of the tonearms to MC. I already have two sets of rca for phono usage, so you get the point. I want to add a switch to my SA-5.1 which controls the two phono inputs: One directly from a MM cartridge, the other from the SA-2. Cable swapping is really tiresome and most of the time I simply ignore it for months.

What do you people suggest for this plan? Too much signal degradation? Which switches are suitable for this process?

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Firat.
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Old 3rd December 2013, 12:07 PM   #2
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Hi,

I'm searching and nearly decided on a Seiden 2-pole&6way rotary switch. I'll mount this to the closest point available to the phono input RCAs. Any negative opinion about adding a switch to the phono line?

The curse of a diy'er is always adding more to the initial plans. What about buying a 4-pole&6way rotary selector and adding the line-level inputs to this switch? In theory this plan have several benefits:

- Removing current cheapo rotary switch for the line stage,
- Removing "Line Level - Phono" toggle switch
- Shortening the line-level input cables, since this switch is much more closer to input RCAs.

Any input will greatly appreciated.

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Old 11th December 2013, 08:46 AM   #3
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So, let me ask this way: A Toggle or Rotary switch? Or it doesn't matter?
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