EQ1616D Phono Amp

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EQ1616D Phono Amp

Operation Manual 2 & 3

Available April 17, 2020V
Sun Valley SV- -EQ1616D 120/230V version (Point to Point Phono amp Kit)

Price $825
COMBO SV-EQ1616D + SV-PRE1616D $1,575
Made in Japan

UPgrade option:
Gold Lion (B759 X 2 + Brimar X 1) = 145
Gold Lion (B759 X 2 + B749 X 1 + B739 X 1) + ACME 274B = $395.00
Gold Lion (B759 X 2 + B749 X 1 + B739 X 1) + PSAVNE WE 274B = $345.00
EH GOLD 12Ax7 X 2 + EH GOLD 12AU7 X 1 + Neutral Sound 274B = $110.00
EH GOLD 12Ax7 X 2 + EH GOLD 12AU7 X 1 + Psavne HIFI 274B = $140.00
PSAVNE WE274B $245
ACME 274B $265
ELROG 274B $575
LINLAI 274B $ 45
Mundorf Supreme 2.2 X 2 $55 each
VCAP ODAM 2.2 X 2 $80 each

Lundahl MC Transformer will be available Soon... 3 versions with Amorphous core - Standard, OFC, or Silver .

Vacuum tube phono equalizers are one of the most difficult and complex circuits to design. Commonly called a “phono EQ” or “phono stage”- it has the lowest input voltage among all audio equipment (1 mV or less for MC input), and the highest gain (MC input). Technical skill is needed to design a phono equalizer that can multiply the cartridge’s mV output voltage up to 1000 times for a 60dB gain.

The biggest feature of the SV-EQ1616D are the 6 settings available to match the various equalization curves that spans the decades of recorded material. Over the years various equalization curves have been used in the recording process- and this phono equalizer will faithfully reproduce the sound of how the recorded material was meant to be heard. This is a monumental product that supports modern RIAA EQ standard for recordings, as well as USA-SP, EU-SP, old AES, Columbia (old NAB) and London equalization curves.

Enjoy your records to your heart’s content.

Supports 5AR4, 274B equivalent rectifier tubes
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The SV-EQ1616D was giving me expensive, moving-coil–type pleasures, but I was not using a fancy moving- coil cartridge.

With the SV-EQ1616D, each of these combinations generated the most vivid and nuanced analog sound I’ve had in this apartment.

Even if you can’t afford, or don’t want, a $52,000 phono preamplifier, you can still experience massive doses of the extramundane by setting a needle on some black discs. The inexpensive Sunvalley SV-EQ1616D could be part of that experience. But I warn you, if you start using the Sunvalley, it could lead to harder drugs.
For Lundahl STEPUP, please contact Kevin. He will let you know the price.
Here is Kevin's price list. I'm using a pair of his 9226 and am very pleased. At some point I may step up to a pair of his 1933. Think his price is for a single channel so needs to be doubled for just the SUTs. Need the mounting board, etc., as well The silver models have AG listed at the end. Kevin does excellent work and is helpful with info.
Prices – K & K Audio

Who is Kevin?
Kevin Carter. Owner of K&K Audio who is the NA importer of Lundahl SUTs.
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Miles Davis "Someday My Prince Will Come" (Columbia / old NAB curve) 1961

"Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers" (AES curve) 1958

Miles Davis "Kind Of Blue" (Columbia / old NAB curve) 1959

Sonny Rollins: A Night At The "Village Vanguard" (AES Curve) 1957

Playing LP with the proper curve will make a big difference in the strength of the sound to anyone listening, especially the freshness of the mid-high range,

Since the sound quality of the LP differs depending on the label and recording , the SV-EQ1616D cannot only turn on / off the roll-off (high frequency level attenuation
characteristic) of 1 kHz or more, but also can make fine adjustments when the roll-off is ON. Since it is also possible to control the tone, you can enjoy each LP with the
optimum sound quality.
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Sun Valley SV- -EQ1616D 120/230V version (Point to Point Phono amp Kit)

Price $825 KIT Version
Price $1950 ASSEMBLED Version ( Assembled by SunValley Japan with tube set (Gold Lion ECC83/B759 X 2 + Brima ECC82 X 1 + PSAVNE WE 274B) + VCAP ODAM 2.2 X 2 (output Cap)

SV-EQ1616D Mastery Guide

This kit does not come with a vacuum tube set. The following 3 combinations are recommended.

(Plum set)
Gold Lion ECC83/B759 / 12AX7 x 3 + LiNLAI 274B
Standard combination. Natural charm

(Bamboo set)
Gold Lion ECC83 / B759  x 3
WE 274B
Powerful midrange

(Pine set)
Gold Lion ECC83 / 12AX7  x 2
Brimar 12AU7 x 1
Vcap ODAM 2.2uF [2 pieces] x 1
Superb range and harmonics

● phono equalizer that emphasizes sound quality
● 2 input systems that are ideal for using 2 turntables
● Output: 1 system (MONO (L) / STEREO switchable) * MONO: L channel Input → L / R dual output
● Compatible with MM / MC cartridges (MC input: head amplifier) ​​* MM: 47kΩ, MC: 20Ω to 50Ω
● Gain: MM35dB, MC + 22dB
* Gain can be selected according to the output voltage of the cartridge ( When HIGH / LOW) or LOW is selected -4dB (MM) /-2.5dB (MC)
● Vacuum tube: Amplification stage (V1 / V2): 12AX7, 2nd stage (V3): 12AX7, 12AU7, 12AT7 can be selected arbitrarily
* The standard is all 12AX7, and if you want the smooth texture of high frequencies with a high output cartridge, 12AU7 is recommended only for V3
● Rectifier: Standard / diode module, option / various rectifier tubes (5AR4, 274B, 5R4 etc. can be used)
● Turnover frequency adjustment: Switchable
  → Compatible with RIAA, old AES, COLUMBIA / old NAB, LONDON, EU SP board, US SP board
  * Not only turnover frequency but also low frequency characteristics can be changed simultaneously according to each EQ curve.
● High-frequency roll-off adjustment: ON / OFF selection type
* When ON: Continuously variable (corresponding to all EQ curves), When OFF: No attenuation (for SP board)
● Detail assembly guide included
● Assembly difficulty: ★★ ★★ ☆ (for intermediate to advanced)

Size mm (including protrusions): W250 x D225 x H135
Weight: 3.8 kg

Playing Glenn Miller "Moonlight Serenade" from Japan Press with EQ1616D, you can select two curves, European SP or American SP, but the impression is quite different. This LP is overwhelmingly suitable for USA-SP ... . Have fun.

Herb you are right this phono amp has $52,000 phono amp's taste...
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