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Todd hears things most of us can't ;-)

Digital noise, RF, radio stations, signals from space, ultrasonic echos from flying bats. You name it, Todd can hear it. ;-)

But about SUTs, I actually like the way they sound. To me they seem a little more 'alive' and 'dynamic'. With some phono preamps that handle MC directly, I've actually had better results with the SUT while leaving the phono in MM mode.

This was definitely the case with my EAR 834P. It has it's own internal SUT but it sounds horrible compared to even a modest entry level CineMag SUT. I ran my EAR 834P in MM mode with a Bob's Devices CineMag SUT with much improved sonics.

I had a similar experience with the Musical Surroundings Nova Phonomena battery powered phono. It wasn't that great in MC mode but in MM mode with the SUT it was much better.

One of my favorite tube phono preamps was the Rogue Ares and guess what? It happens to use internal CineMag SUTs when switched to MC mode.

That's not to say all phono preamps benefit from SUTs but some that can't seem to do MC quite right do a lot better in MM mode with an outboard SUT.

My two SUTs. I actually sold the higher-end "Blue" as the entry unit was more than adequate for my needs.


The SUT on the Musical Surroundings Phono which IMHO has a sub-par MC stage. Running it in MM mode with the SUT was a big improvement.


Ditto my EAR 834P which had a horrible set of internal SUTs. The outboard CineMags solved the problem.




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