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RE: Classic Magnetics

The stuff from MQ and Plitron, along with some other winders, is quite good. It's the creme de la creme "vintage" stuff that gets the accolades.

A case can be made for the H/K Cit. 2 having the best O/P "iron" ever. Those trafos exhibit both large power handling and phenomenal bandwidth. Plitron offers toroidal models with either of the attributes, but not both at the same time.

The unity coupled stuff Frank McIntosh used is also revered for good reason. Saul Marantz would have nothing to do with anything remotely mediocre.

FWIW, I think some current designs engage in complexity for its own sake.

Eli D.

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