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In Reply to: RE: Preamp break-in posted by dbphd on July 11, 2017 at 02:00:09
As other have said, it may get better with age and only the phono stage would be an input that would need additional break in as far as inputs. But if neither isn't amazing out of the box, why bother?
I'd love to try one out and wish I could afford it.
What do you think? Have you had it in your system?
I don't expect delivery for at least several weeks. I'm using a K-5xeMP I bought used that I think sounds pretty damn good. Users and reviewers claim the KX-5 Twenty sounds substantially better. I don't think Ayre implies the sound of the new preamp will be bad, just that it will take a few hundred hours to reach its sonic potential given the nature of the materials used in its construction. In addition to the C-5xeMP, sources will an Oppo 205 that passes DirecTV, Fire TV, and Apple TV, and a Sony HAP-Z1ES. Watching TV can put on a lot of hours and the Sony can play in repeat mode.
The preamp has no phono stage. In another setup I use a Parasound JC 3 phono stage with a JC 2 BP preamp and JC 1 monoblocks for vinyl.
IF it does Not have a phono !
Then a 40$ Passdiy.com B1 buffer kit ..WILL.. outperform it.
Without any doubt whatsoever.
Audio game requires 'some' situational awareness my friend.
bare, your posts have been nonsensical and unhelpful. What's the problem?
I concur w/ airtime. Yes, several hundred hours are required for break-in/burn-in. I fully support this theory. Bring a fan of Conrad Johnson and that company's teflon caps/parts, I can testify that 500 hours, is the bare minimum.
For every device someone has some other giant killer THEY think is way better.
Freedom of choice.
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