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In Reply to: RE: Phono Preamp to replace Bottlehead Seduction posted by mistergroovy on July 28, 2020 at 09:22:17
Have you thought about getting a Step up transformer (also known as a SUT) or a MC head amp that plugs in between your Bottoeneck and your turntable's own IC's?
If not, I'd suggest you look around the internet (Google is your friend) and see what is out there, especially tubes if that matters to you since you have a tubed phono pre.
Just a suggestion and you may well be able to make it all work relatively inexpensively too.
Was that a subconscious slur against the Seduction? :-) I was thinking a step up also, as the Seduction might take a few bucks to beat. I've been very happy with the Lundahl I built from K&K.
Can't do a step up with the soundsmith according to the manufacturer. I would have to change cartridges to keep the seduction.
LOL, I totally didn't even realize I'd done that. :-P
I DID mean Bottlehead. BTW, they are made right here in Paulsbo WA, used to be I want to say, Vashon Island but may be mistaken.
Anyway, I've known about them now for years but have never bought any of their products.
Somehow, the OP heard or was told by Peter Lederman about not being able to use SUTS with their carts, but I don't see how a head amp won't work with a low output MI cart though.
Have you or did you check on the internal resistance of the Sound Smith MI type cartridges? Perhaps they have a high-ish internal resistance which could be a problem if you interpose a SUT between the cartridge and the phono inputs, depending on how high the internal resistance actually is. Also, for some of his models, perhaps Peter was thinking that the phono stage would be overloaded by the signal after being boosted by the average SUT.
later upgraded it with the C4S kit. It was a good phono pre.
I don't use tube gear anymore, so it was sold long ago.
The problem is not that there is evil in the world, the problem is that there is good. Because otherwise, who would care?
I was using step up transformers with the Denon 103R. The Soundsmith can't be used with transformers.
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