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Can you hear a difference between 2 solid state preamps?
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View Poll Results: Can you hear a difference between the two test files
I can hear a difference, but have no ABX result 12 50.00%
I cannot hear a difference and have no ABX result 6 25.00%
I can hear a difference and have an ABX result 4 16.67%
I cannot hear a difference and have an ABX result 2 8.33%
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Old 4th November 2019, 03:48 PM   #1
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Default Can you hear a difference between 2 solid state preamps?

After some time, there is a listening test again. This time, 2 solid state preamps based on opamps and JFET transistors are tested. The test files can be downloaded from

http://pmacura.cz/worldstring.zip

The question is if you can hear the difference between the two files and of course the ABX result would be appreciated, as always, but is not mandatory.

Your comments telling which of the files you prefer by listening will be appreciated as well.

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Nov 8, 2019: for those who might be interested, there are new samples

http://pmacura.cz/claire.zip

Now, it is a contemporary recording issued by a highly regarded record label. To make it not so easy, there are 3 sample recordings now. The same preamps were used in the test as for Sinatra files. Please comment and bring your sound impressions of the new samples.

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On laptop quick listen yes clear differences.
Do you want subjective descriptions yet ?.


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Old 4th November 2019, 04:25 PM   #3
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I can tell a big difference even on my shop KLH’s
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Hi Pavel, yes the difference is easy to spot. In fact, I prefer the second sample more than the first, it sounds less thick if that might be a description.
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On laptop quick listen yes clear differences.
Do you want subjective descriptions yet ?.


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Yes Dan, please. As I said, this time subjective descriptions are welcome. I only will not disclose anything about preamps before the poll is closed.
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Hi Pavel, yes the difference is easy to spot. In fact, I prefer the second sample more than the first, it sounds less thick if that might be a description.
Thank you Nico.
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Yes, the worldstring 1 is way cleaner, better bass, I can’t tell if it’s too bright as my main system is boxed up; my shop system is a little ‘bright’ anyway.

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I can tell a big difference even on my shop KLH’s
Thanks for your impressions.
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All, let's call the "1st sample" the one named worldstring1 and "2nd sample" the one called worldstring2, OK? Interesting how this recording from 1953 makes a difference.
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Did you do any basic measurements on the pre-amps?
From the measurements, would you call either pre-amp 'Accurate' or 'Euphonic'
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