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Kindly spare your knowledge/experience between the two preamps.
From reading, I am currently leaning on the Monolithic(w/ upgraded power supply)but Wright Sound WPP100C(with its own external power supply)is quite appealing too. Not to mention that tube based phono-pre seems to be the logical choice when playing vinyl to capture the real(subjective) analog sound.
All comments(thoughts/evaluations/contrasting opinions)are greatly appreciated. Thanks!
A million thanks for those who take the time to respond. Your invaluable help/contribution are greatly appreciated!
I bought a Wright after auditioning a Rogue Stealth ss p/s. Don't think the Wright follows a stereotypical 'tube' sound, if that's what you're expecting. It's more neutral and tonally accurate, with tube smoothness and dimensionality IMHO.
The Rogue unit (which I also liked very much, btw) had better dynamics and imaging, and a huge soundstage.
The Wright seemed smoother and more natural, with a great bottom end (no flabby bass here). Got the Wright because I thought it'd be easier to listen to over the long haul. But that's just my decision. Never heard the Monolithic.
Go with the Wright and you won't be disappointed. Prior to acquiring the Wright a year and a half ago I went through numerous solid state and tube phono stages both inexpensive and expensive and was never completely satisfied with the sound. Since acquiring the Wright I have no desire to change although there are probably better phono stages out there if one is prepared to spend big bucks.
I built a variation on the wright phono amp and it was very good. dynamic and warm(great rhythm too). I have never heard a solid state phono sound that good.
I've only had my Monolithic(w/upgraded power supply)for about a week and so far I am really pleased. I am using it with an otherwise all tube system and it sounds great, even though I'm sure it is still breaking in. I also like the flexibility of the user settings which allow changing the cart loading and gain.
There's a WPP100C just come on Audiogon for $690.
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