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Parks Audio Puffin DSP Phono Pre

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

  1. tryitfirst

    tryitfirst Active Member

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    UK
  2. captouch

    captouch Forum Resident

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    Bay Area, CA
    Brave man, I don’t dare attempt this myself and I have decent soldering experience.
     
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  3. ragwo

    ragwo Well-Known Member

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    Norway
    @tryitfirst
    Great job and thank you for your feedback on the upgrade.

    I've received a few oscillators from DigiKey and a skillful friend has kindly offered to help me with the modification. Fingers crossed, hopefully we won't kill the Puffin trying to upgrade it.
     
  4. zeppage2

    zeppage2 Forum Resident

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    Oakland, CA
    Shannon has announced he is working on a cartridge hours tracker for next year's update. He works tirelessly improving this gem, and the beauty is most improvements can be acquired through a simple firmware update!
     
  5. Henry Johannensen

    Henry Johannensen Well-Known Member

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    Asbury Park, NJ
    I have a general question for anyone who can answer?
    I was thinking about the above mentioned cartridge tracker, and was wondering if most of you have your puffin plugged into an "always on" power outlet.
    Mine is currently plugged into a switched outlet on a power center.
    Would this not allow me track my cartridge hours?
    Due to loss of the power source.
     
  6. zeppage2

    zeppage2 Forum Resident

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    Oakland, CA
    From his Facebook page: "Several folks have requested a cartridge hours tracker. So I'm working on a simple-to-use stopwatch function for next year's update that only logs time when playing music. Should be a super accurate method to track stylus wear."
    Additionally, a user saves their settings to non-volatile flash memory which, I would assume, is where the hours tracked would be stored.
     
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2020
  7. tryitfirst

    tryitfirst Active Member

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    UK
    An hours logger would be great. It needs two kinds of logbook time: time spent playing music and time spent sitting in the outro groove playing 'glitch...glitch...glitch'. I suspect the wear from these two modes is different, the outro being worse as the angle/contact points don't vary.
     
  8. 500Homeruns

    500Homeruns Peaceful Punk

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    Lehigh Valley, PA
    My old setup was an all analog preamp with an outboard analog phono preamp (Musical Surroundings Nova II). My new NAD M12 (main preamp) turns everything into digital. I am thinking about going with a Puffin since it is already digital.
    Would it be a step back going from the Nova II to a Puffin?
     
  9. tryitfirst

    tryitfirst Active Member

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    UK
    Tryitfirst.
     
  10. 500Homeruns

    500Homeruns Peaceful Punk

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    Lehigh Valley, PA
    Cool! Send me a Puffin :thumbsup:
     
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  11. You can purchase a Puffin via Amazon with a no-questions-asked 30-day return window. I wrote with Shannon Parks about his Puffin months ago, and he recommended that I do so. He told me, “I bet you won’t want to return it.”

    He was right.

    Good luck,

    Bill
     
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  12. BackScratcher

    BackScratcher Forum Resident

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    Boston
    That Musical Surroundings Nova II is a great phono preamp. I'd be impressed if the Puffin sounds anywhere near as good. (Of course the Puffin also adds all those digital features, including click removal.)
     
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  13. The click removal feature (Magic) is incredible. I’ve clicked it on and off dozens and dozens of times while listening on headphones. The clicks and surface noise almost entirely disappear, with no audible difference in music quality. It is truly awesome.
     
  14. tryitfirst

    tryitfirst Active Member

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    UK
    I'll second that. It is very difficult, if not impossible to discern whether the click-removing 'magic' filter is on, and if you have some less than well kept records it makes a very fair fist of removing a lot of the most irritating noise. Generally I keep it off, but for some records it's a godsend.
     
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  15. 500Homeruns

    500Homeruns Peaceful Punk

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    Lehigh Valley, PA
    I think I am going to sell the Nova II and go with the Puffin (Toslink/optical out). I like the idea of being able to adjust and tinker. At least I think I do.:sigh:
     
  16. SteelyNJ

    SteelyNJ Forum Resident

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    New Jersey, USA
    Trust me, you do! The adjustments are generally subtle but meaningful.
     
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  17. captouch

    captouch Forum Resident

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    Bay Area, CA
    Always good to buy, compare, and then decide if you have that option.
     
  18. I just plugged the Puffin into a Fisher 400 today. The solid-state agility, muscle, and DSP flexibility powering through the holographic all-tube receiver is simply the best of both worlds!
     
  19. RemyM

    RemyM Forum Resident

    I'm the proud owner of a Puffin ($550) . Before this i was using a simple Project pre amp. As i'm spending time on the upgrade trail i was wondering how anybody would compare the Puffin to a:

    Lounge LCR III Gold ($720)
    Parasound JC3 Jr ($1500, second hand)
    Croft RIAA ($700)

    What would a big step up from the Puffin be with a budget of around a 1000 bucks.
     

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