Your Pick of Phono Preamps Between $2k and $4k?

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  1. Cliff

    Cliff Magic Carpet Man Thread Starter

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    Fortunately, I don't buy based on resale value. It's just like gambling. Whatever I take with me to Vegas, I expect to lose. It's better that way.
     
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  2. BrokenByAudio

    BrokenByAudio Forum Resident

    Outstanding review! I would note that the reviewer was using the $9 or $10K Lyra Etna and the $9K Ortofon Anna in his listening. If those don't max out your appreciation of what a great phono stage can do I don't know what will.
     
  3. Preston

    Preston Forum Resident

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    +100 I love mine: it is outstanding in every way.
     
  4. Cliff

    Cliff Magic Carpet Man Thread Starter

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    I think I'm going to keep my MS Phonomena II+ for vinyl rips. It's only worth $400-500 anyway. That way I can buy the best damn sounding phono pre even if it's tubed. I'm going to demo the Manley and Rogue for sure. Oh and the even though it's a bit more of a stretch, the Andros 1.2. I'm also going to check into the JC3+ and see if there's a dealer near me. Great suggestions from everyone. Thank you. This is fun stuff!
     
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  5. Dentdog

    Dentdog Active Member

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    The BAT VK P 10 SE with the Supercaps. I suppose there are better, but for what I like it hits the spot. I guess I would characterize it as muscular and deep. Leaves nothing on the table.
     
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  6. toddrhodes

    toddrhodes Forum Resident

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    Just updating my experience with the Chinook so far - it definitely changes character after a few dozen LPs. Rough guess, but I think I'm at about 25-30 hours now, so really not even "there" by some estimates, and it has relaxed and started to open up which, for anyone who says "gear doesn't burn in," IMO that's rubbish. This is a different sound entirely from 30 LPs ago. It's less forward, effortlessly expands the soundstage beyond what my iPhono 2 did, and the way it can pull detail, suppress noise (yes, I do truly feel pops/ticks are far less intrusive on this vs the iFi), and change direction from gentle melody to swelling explosion of sound is remarkable.

    I've got a new power cord on the way for it and my Odyssey amp, will give those a listen over the weekend. Went used on both, of course.

    For the first time in a long time, I actually feel like cabling might reveal differences and, well, it'd be rude not to test that theory.

    I put on the "glaring" album I tried on the first night I had it again last night and it was far less forward and "compressed" sounding this time around. The first time, it felt like the stage collapsed on itself as the music got busy and loud. Not so, last night. It was a tour de force, and no point in the volume control did the system stop just getting bigger, faster, and louder.
     
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  7. Cliff

    Cliff Magic Carpet Man Thread Starter

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    Thanks for the update! And a good one at that! Your last sentence is exactly what I am searching for in a phono stage. Linearity with the volume knob. Well done, @toddrhodes!
     
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  8. Phishman

    Phishman Well-Known Member

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    +1
     
  9. Matt Richardson

    Matt Richardson Well-Known Member

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    Can you tell me where you learned that there is an intended 3rd generation JC3 coming out? I've been on the brink of getting this unit but I'll hold off if there's yet another new version on the horizon.
     
  10. Litejazz53

    Litejazz53 Enjoying Sparkling Crystal Clear Digital

    You know that is a good question, I honestly do not know where I saw that, but I really did! Parasound is very easy to reach, I would just give them a call and ask, might be a good time for the newest and best or to get a better deal on the second generation version like I have.
    EDIT: I think this bugged me as much as it did you, so I called and spoke to Chris at Parasound moments ago. I stand corrected, Chris said nothing is slated to come out to replace the 3+ and nothing is on the drawing boards. You know, I must have been taken in by some false junk on the Internet, which is the only thing I can think of???? Big mystery, but the JC-3+ is it!
     
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  11. Matt Richardson

    Matt Richardson Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the follow-up.
     
  12. Litejazz53

    Litejazz53 Enjoying Sparkling Crystal Clear Digital

    My pleasure, I don't know how I got duped, but it certainly appears I was! Go get you a JC-3+, or wait until I sell mine, turntable, records, cartridge, the whole nine yards.
     
  13. Matt Richardson

    Matt Richardson Well-Known Member

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    My JC3+ just came today via Audio Advisor and all I can say is wow! Previously I thought this New Record Day YouTube reviewer might have been a little overzealous, but after spending all day listening to this unit, I can say he is spot on. The background is dead silent and the sound is pure liquid gold -smooth, articulate, defined, and gorgeous. Well built and heavy too, with no vent holes. Highly recommended for anyone out there considering a phono preamp in the $3K+ range.
     
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