Parks Audio Puffin DSP Phono Pre

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by Seafinch, May 5, 2018.

  1. ranch 22b

    ranch 22b Well-Known Member

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    Wow, interesting stuff. I'll have to read up further on DSP.

    Thanks for the explanation, Davey.
     
  2. jimbutsu

    jimbutsu WATCH YÖUR STEPPE

    As someone who owns a Budgie I'm super happy with (and vocally so), I'm trying to think of a reason why I wouldn't want this. Old mono records, 78s, and so on and so on that I can tweak to my heart's delight, and the fussy amp I have where the analog never sounds quite right... This is a great choice for someone who just wants to be able to adjust their stuff to be listenable. I'd bet there's probably some pop and tick functionality that could be plugged in there too.

    That said, it wouldn't replace my Budgie for the main setup, but what I have isn't limited to stereo microgroove records that I'm ok playing with an AT-150...
     
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  3. SirMarc

    SirMarc Forum Resident

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    Seems like a solid idea, but I don't think I want any dsp in my turntable circuit. Kind of defeats the point right?
     
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  4. Strat-Mangler

    Strat-Mangler Personal Survival Daily Record-Breaker

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    DSP has been used for a long time. Remember stuff like Dolby Pro-Logic? That was used via DSP.
     
  5. Strat-Mangler

    Strat-Mangler Personal Survival Daily Record-Breaker

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    Kind of, maybe. For instance, I'm all for the SugarCube from Sweet Vinyl to remove pops and crackle which does convert the signal but image having those two in a chain.

    The signal would be converted from analog to digital, then modified, then converted back to analog, passed onto the SC-1 or 2, then converted to digital, modified, then converted to analog again. lol!
     
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  6. SirMarc

    SirMarc Forum Resident

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    That being said, if he can take this dsp and make my dac sound more like my turntable, I'm all in
     
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  7. SirMarc

    SirMarc Forum Resident

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    Sounds like fun lol
     
  8. Strat-Mangler

    Strat-Mangler Personal Survival Daily Record-Breaker

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    Should throw in a digital EQ too. Then put it through an AVR and choose anything but True Stereo. That'd be 4 A/D and then D/A cycles. Wonder how it'd sound after going through all that. :D
     
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  9. Jelloalien

    Jelloalien Stylus Genie

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    I have a budgie too, and it’s ain't going anywhere anytime soon (it sounds way to good). I'll admit though, I’m def curious to see/hear this thing in action (although for over $500cdn I likely won't be trying it right now).

    I can‘t say I personally love the idea of having a analog based rig and throwing a dsp into the mix. But I do like the MC options for sure
     
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  10. HiFi Guy

    HiFi Guy Forum Resident

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    This is straight from left field. I don't get it, except possibly for a heavy 78 rpm collector.
     
  11. avanti1960

    avanti1960 Forum Resident

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    DSP used for the RIAA equilization circuit may have some sonic advantages over passive circuitry. i would be more concerned about what appears to be a very light power supply and analog delivery section.
     
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  12. Benzion

    Benzion "Cogito, ergo sum" Forum Resident

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    Best of luck to Shannon.

    As to me - I will be hunting for a used Budgie Hybrid, I guess.
     
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  13. vinyldoneright

    vinyldoneright The Vinyl Archivist

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    Glad I grabbed my Hybrid when I did
     
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  14. Kristofa

    Kristofa former member

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    Me too
     
  15. Helom

    Helom Forum member

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    Looks as though the Puffin can also function as a sort of Fozgometer. :shh:
     
  16. Kristofa

    Kristofa former member

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    I certainly look forward to some reviews. It appears that this is some sort of preamp for multiple sources, but there is only one set of RCA inputs?

    So many different options is fun, but I just—successfully—cut out DSP and tone controls from my analog chain. I am wary of placing anything back into that chain.
     
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  17. Sugar Man

    Sugar Man Forum Resident

    True Dat. I have no skin in this game, but if the actual designer brings out a new product and discontinues his well-loved prior phono pre's, I think it's safe to say he thinks the new one sounds better.
     
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  18. Strat-Mangler

    Strat-Mangler Personal Survival Daily Record-Breaker

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    Or they're easier/faster to build and/or the profit margin is higher. There can be other reasons.
     
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  19. avanti1960

    avanti1960 Forum Resident

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    there is a "tube" setting on the box which (I assume) adds some second order harmonic "distortion" that could sound just like tubes- as referenced in this new article about a "blender" device.
    not sure how the Parks device sounds but it could be somewhat revolutionary.

    Katz's Corner Episode 25: Adventures in Distortion
     
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  20. dolsey01

    dolsey01 Forum Resident

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    Lost me at DSP. All analog, all tube, all the time. OK, I have a few JFETs in my system but still.
     
  21. 33na3rd

    33na3rd Forum Resident

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    The sheer amount, and ease of adjustments looks amazing. But I'm still having trouble wrapping my head around having DSP in the analog side of the system, even though I embrace it on the digital side of my system. It will be interesting to read buyer's impressions.

    It would be sweet not to have to mess with loading plugs or micro switches that are almost always hard to get at.
     
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  22. Dennis0675

    Dennis0675 Hyperactive!

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    Nice, I missed that. Doesn't that cost about $200 on its own?

    Also, I just got a lovely personal email from Shannon saying he is waiting on some packing materials and will ship the Puffin on the 14th.
     
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  23. Dennis0675

    Dennis0675 Hyperactive!

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    My VTL phonostage is one of my favorite bit of equipment but I have to remove more than ten screws to open the case to change the loading and gain. For a guy that likes to changes carts, its super annoying.
     
  24. Jimi Floyd

    Jimi Floyd Forum Resident

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    I would reeeeally like to try one
     
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  25. mike catucci

    mike catucci Forum Resident

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    THIS!
     
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