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

I don't think that Todd is hearing things hidden from the rest of us as I too have suffered from radio pickup via an active high gain phono stage.

It was via the phono stage buit into my ATC SCA2 preamp which was handling the output from a Lyra Clavis DC. During the summer months as soon as it got to sundown I would hear an Italian radio station. The solution was to add a small amount of capacitance to the cartridge loading. Being an MC this didn't affect the FR at all but provided a cure to the breakthrough.

I also now have a preference for SUTs and these days use an EAR preamp with inbuilt phonostage ( 868PL) where MC gain is via SUTs ( not the same ones as in the 834 but the 88P). Even though the preamp's MM stage provides sufficient gain to use my Lyra Skala or modified Denon 103R without the additional SUTs I nevertheless much prefer to engage them. There Just seems to be a bit of magic with an MC/SUT combination.

I note your use of a Bob's Devices SUT with your EAR which is something I would like to try. However the only way I can do that from the UK is to buy one and self import it. Maybe if I find some spare cash and sufficient curiosity. However these days vinyl is taking a bit of a back seat to streaming Qobuz. No doubt the shine will wear off of that eventually.

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