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RE: Magnepan 1.7 high frequency harshness

I agree the attenuator may do the job but I already own the two preamps : one is a passive (TVC) and the other (active) is a tube unit (a Conrad Johnson). While I prefer the passive, my wife prefers by far the "Lushness" of the CJ. Result is : if I use the passive, I have to reduce the volume to a "non acceptable" volume level. She will "tolerate" at least a 7 dB higher volume level with the CJ (I measured it with a SPL).

Conclusion : When I am alone, I put on the passive and when she is at home, we put the CJ "online". Must say I don't mind since I enjoy the CJ me too. It is different. The CJ is relaxing while the passive makes you feel like to "analyse". Both nice, but quite different.

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