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In Reply to: RE: What do hear from your Shindo that's better than your Prem. 3? nt posted by Mick Wolfe on February 16, 2017 at 19:01:19
I asked the question 'cause I'm familiar with the Premier 3. I liked that preamp a lot, and came close to getting one used a few times. Heard it a number of times in a friend's system. Sounded much better than my pv10. So if the Shindo is better - as you can describe - I'm sure I'd like it.
I'm leaning towards getting a 6SN7 based pre and/or Audionote. I think our preferences are similar. I've considered the Shindo too and will try to audition one if I can. Your description of the sound is appealing.
Thanks for the reply.
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Another VERY viable option is sending that Premier 3 to Bill Thalmann and have him upgrade it with better parts bringing it into the 21st Century. I took this path a year and a half back with a PV9a. To say that there was a very significant improvement can not communicate to you the level of improvement in ALL parameters that one can communicate and subsequent engagement factor. The phono stage in this pre-amp is the best I've ever owned including vintage ARC and CAT. The PV 10 can't be discussed in the same vein as these preamps, built to a price point, smaller power supply and overall an opaque presentation, lacking at the frequency extremes however musical overall, certainly very enjoyable, I have a friend with one.
A very nice sounding 6SN7 based pre-amp( line only) that doesn't break the bank is the Tubes4HiFi SP 14. Can be bought fully assembled or built as a kit. There is also a very interesting Don Sach's version of this pre-amp shown on the Tubes4HiFi site as well.
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