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In Reply to: RE: I've been using ARC hybrids posted by E-Stat on February 19, 2017 at 05:37:38
If I were to choose to obsess over one thing about my ARC pre, it would be the single triode tube in the phono section that stays lit up and aging no matter the input source I am using. Be it the tuner, CD, or tapes, the phono tube is always hotted up. And these days, the tuner is my most frequent input.
I would think that it could be possible to have a switch to control this action, though I haven't ever see a preamp have it.
The other thing I have gotten over, is ARCs recent and current pricing structure. ARC is no longer "in the picture" at all in my world. I'll be happy with what I have until I croak.
That is a good idea. If someone did that, would probably make sense to provide a phono standby switch. In addition to the tube warming up to start conducting, I have noticed with tube equipment, 20 minutes or so the sound continues to improve.
there are two 6H30s in the phono section of the SP20, but hasn't that always been the case with single box, full function preamps?
I'm pretty sure a 1981 all tube SP6C that predated the SP9 MKIII kept the three phono stage tubes on regardless of the input selector position. No biggie.
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