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Old 1st February 2013, 11:43 PM   #1741
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Good incentive to finish my Pearl 2. I am afraid to add up what a Pearl 2 costs - maybe $550-600. Still need to save some money for a good cartridge - cannot DIY one of those. Any suggestions for under $500 phono cartridges suited for a Pearl 2? How would a Dynavector 10x5 work with the Pearl 2?
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I am afraid to add up what a Pearl 2 costs - maybe $550-600.
That's about what I have in mine. It's a very expensive project for DIY.

But it is completely worth it.



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How would a Dynavector 10x5 work with the Pearl 2?
As the Dynavector 10x series has always been incredibly high on the price/performance scale, I'm sure it will be incredible. It's a fantastic cartridge.

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Old 2nd February 2013, 02:08 AM   #1744
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Good incentive to finish my Pearl 2. I am afraid to add up what a Pearl 2 costs - maybe $550-600. Still need to save some money for a good cartridge - cannot DIY one of those. Any suggestions for under $500 phono cartridges suited for a Pearl 2? How would a Dynavector 10x5 work with the Pearl 2?
The Dynavector is a high-output MC.
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Old 2nd February 2013, 02:14 AM   #1745
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The Dynavector is a high-output MC.
Yes it is. Is that a problem in your experience?

I have had fantastic results with HO MC carts with the Pearl 2. (Specifically Ortofon X5-MC and Denon DL-110)
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Old 2nd February 2013, 02:27 AM   #1746
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The Dynavector is a high-output MC.
High-output MC seems to be a good fit with Pearl2. One person on here said he needed a step up transformer with a low-output cartridge (Denon 103) with the Pearl 2. My current rig is a Rega RP1 with a Rega Bias 2.
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Old 2nd February 2013, 05:26 PM   #1747
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The cost of my Pearl II will be somewhere between 400 and 500 euro I think. More than expected at first (and this is without $200 for the original prints as I'm not using them) But if you're going to try to build a high end phono pre, better do it right.
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Old 2nd February 2013, 09:18 PM   #1748
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I bought the boards with matched FETs for $200 from Passdiy.com. The boards are very high quality - Rolls Royce of PCB boards. Also the layout is very logical - easy to follow along with schematic layout.

I got all my resistors soldered today. Taking my time, measuring each resistor, matched the values on both sides - not sure if it makes much difference. All the 1% parts are pretty close anyways.
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I bought the boards with matched FETs for $200 from Passdiy.com. The boards are very high quality - Rolls Royce of PCB boards. Also the layout is very logical - easy to follow along with schematic layout.

I got all my resistors soldered today. Taking my time, measuring each resistor, matched the values on both sides - not sure if it makes much difference. All the 1% parts are pretty close anyways.
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Old 2nd February 2013, 09:49 PM   #1750
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Taking my time, measuring each resistor, matched the values on both sides - not sure if it makes much difference.
I think matching parts as close as possible in the RIAA filters should help imaging. If I were to build mine again, I would spend more time matching those resistors and caps so the left and right frequency responses are as close as possible. IMO it is a very nice sounding phono stage.
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