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Old 4th November 2019, 03:49 PM   #4551
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I have had the opportunity to compare the B1 to a number of highly regarded preamps and can say it does less to the signal than any of them. It is so "not" there that I can say it is the end of the line in my search for a front end.
The most important function to me is that it gives me a convenient way to shield the downstream items from any on/off/switching transients.
A top quality volume pot is important.
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Old 5th November 2019, 03:22 PM   #4552
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I suspect , the B1 sounds most like it's attenuator, though I have not tried swapped ng out, reports of sonic impact of the attenuator do exist.
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Old 5th November 2019, 03:33 PM   #4553
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I suspect , the B1 sounds most like it's attenuator, though I have not tried swapped ng out, reports of sonic impact of the attenuator do exist.
I've had good luck with ALPS blue velvet on mine.
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Old 5th November 2019, 03:58 PM   #4554
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I've had good luck with ALPS blue velvet on mine.
Same here. I swapped out the ALPS for a Goldpoint V24 attenuator. No noticeable change in sound quality but theoretically better channel tracking. Not that I had any problems whatsoever with the ALPS.
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Old 5th November 2019, 04:07 PM   #4555
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I have used the Alps Blue and find it first rate. I have also tried a couple Glasshouse stepped and as I noted before a Goldpoint V24 with their SMD resistors. All have been very good with the Alps and the Goldpoint requiring no cleaning ever.
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Old 5th November 2019, 04:53 PM   #4556
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I'm using a TKD. No complaints.
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Old 5th November 2019, 07:40 PM   #4557
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I used the same parts that First Watt used in the commercially available B1, the trusty PEC pots. When I replaced my Parasound pre it was like removing a cotton blanket from in front of the speakers!
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Old 5th November 2019, 08:14 PM   #4558
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I'm using a TKD. No complaints.
Have you compared TKD to Alps Blue or others and have a sense of its sound character?
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Old 6th November 2019, 02:02 PM   #4559
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I did no comparison. Some say it's better. I can't tell you for sure. Others swear by the Lightspeed. now that's interesting.
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Old 6th November 2019, 06:24 PM   #4560
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I preferred the Noble over the Blue Alps
I preferred my LDR over the Noble
I prefer the Muses over the LDR
My system has completely changed since using the Alps, I must try it again to see if I like it more than the Muses
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