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Old 28th August 2012, 07:14 PM   #1
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Default Marchand 3 way XM126 Vacuum Tube Electronic Crossover

I have not gotten around to building this and don't believe it should just sit on a shelf. This is a 3 way version with stepped attenuators.

XM126 Vacuum Tube Electronic Crossover Network 2-way, 3-way or 4-way

Marchand Electronics Inc. Pricelist:

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It is a full kit and is priced at $4100 built, and $2460 in kit form.

All is new and in the boxes as shipped from Marchand.

I am willing to sell at $2000 firm.

There are many reviews of this crossover online. It is considered one of the best.
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Old 29th August 2012, 01:52 PM   #2
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Nice XO; GLWTS
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Old 29th August 2012, 03:16 PM   #3
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buy it
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Old 8th September 2012, 07:24 PM   #4
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Still for sale. Will take any reasonable offers near my asking price.
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Old 2nd October 2012, 03:19 PM   #5
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Still for sale. I've lowered my price to $1800
Marchand has stopped selling kits so this is an extremely generous offer.
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Old 2nd October 2012, 11:25 PM   #6
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the picture you posted shows xlr, is that what you have? reason I ask is I'm looking for something like this and I have been poking around their site.
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Old 3rd October 2012, 04:08 AM   #7
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Oh, sorry, you are correct. I had to use their photo since mine is in kit form and in the boxes still. NO. it is single ended. I would advise you to not consider balanced unless you are planning on running more than 50 feet of rca cable since it provides no benefit for noise reduction otherwise and adds an otherwise unneeded transformer in the signal path. not to mention the hundreds of dollars in wasted expense.
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Old 3rd October 2012, 04:21 AM   #8
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I guess it depends on the gear...my main amps have been reviewed and found to have significantly better signal to noise ratio using xlr.
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Old 3rd October 2012, 04:27 AM   #9
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Arguable for sure. Using a transformer to achieve such balanced lines for short runs of interconnect would result in no net benefit. best option is to listen to single ended first. if there is significant noise you can always invest in the parts to add balanced connections. Phil Marchand can easily provide them and it is then a matter of only drilling a couple of holes. The manual has all the needed instruction on adding them. you can view the entire xm126 manual here:

http://www.marchandelec.com/ftp/xm126man.pdf
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I use the 2 way version (with my own caps for the boards (mostly silver micas)) and am quite fond of it. A very useful toy, mine finds service instead of a digital XO because I have a good LP collection and don't want an A/D converter- once you throw away source resolution you can't get it back, and I've got an excellent vinyl rig with a lot invested into it.
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