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Further information: Went looking at ET3SE's in classified. One member made a reply with: Precision, metal-film resistors yield low noise performance for greatest clarity. Polypropylene capacitors, used exclusively in the audio circuits and the regulated plate voltage supplies, offer extraordinary temporal accuracy. In fact, the ET3 is built to standards that meet or exceed those of many companies’ “flagship” offerings. Those who wish to take the performance to yet a higher level will be thrilled by the availability of an upgraded “SE” version. The ET3SE boasts CJD Teflon capacitors in critical circuit applications, dozens of upgraded metal foil resistors (including ALL resistors in the stepped attenuator level control), upgraded machined input/output connectors, and even an upgrade AC mains line-cord. That about sums it up perfectly..... Currently living north of Cairns.. Postage from Cairns your add.
Ok, I recently started reading about LDR attenuation and after reading everything I could find online (there's some pretty nasty debate regarding it on some forums) I decided to give one a go. I figured that since I have recently upgraded to an end game level DAC and phono stage that the and LDR based pre could potentially get better performance than my Linear Tube Audio MicroZOTL 3 which is itself a truly excellent active tube pre. I won't go into details of the MZ3 as there's plenty of information out there already. Essentially its a reference level active pre which set me back over $5,800 due to exchange rate, shipping and import fees. I looked at the Stereo Coffee pre initially though couldn't see an easy way to order online and instead came across the DACGEAR LDR Pre Mk2. Feedback on his eBay listings was glowing and some feedback as below: "Both my friend and myself are enjoying the pre very much, you have something very good indeed on your hands. Beautifully built to a VERY HIGH STANDARD, rare to find an even handed and so transparent /neutral preamp, especially at the price you are selling them at. I am waiting as S***** C***** is determined to out do your model having told him about how good your version is. He is sending out a new board with mods. I will make a review of comparison once I have tried that. Thank you for a great product, now all you need is a professional review." Speaking to the seller in Switzerland he was unable to tell me which Stereo Coffee this was compared against though I did find another thread where a user had found an LDR Pre which had beaten the 2019 Stereo Coffee and Chris Daley was in the process of updating the pre to match or better it which has resulted in the 2020 Stereo Coffee Pre. Now which is better I don't know though from everything I'd read it indicated that the DACGEAR is one of the better units out there. After querying the seller I found it uses NSL-32SR2 Light Dependent Resistors, which I believe are the same ones Stereo Coffee uses and better suited to audio use (was reading on DIYAudio). I received it yesterday and not really liking a silver face plate gave it a spray paint, and nicer anodised aluminium volume knob. It's now more to my aesthetic preference. I hooked it up last night and let my system warm up for a half hour (tube sources, tube power amp) before putting anything on. Once I put some music on I was absolutely blown away. The sound is more solid with an incredible sense of pace and rythm I've never noticed in music before. Likewise there's a sense of everything being better integrated, being very natural..... Open sounding as live music tends to be. Imaging is improved and there's far more nuance and detail to everything. Incredibly despite showing poor recordings for what they are, even those sound better. Good recordings on the other hand are simply mind blowing. I don't even have to close my eyes to get the impression of being there. Just spectacular. One thing I nearly got to mention is how much better it sounds at low volume than anything else I've heard. I've always strived for the best possible low volume performance as ordinarily at the volume that things sound great, I get yelled at by my wife to turn things down. Seems with this it now sounds spectacular while being quiet enough. Nice to not get into trouble Thing is, I don't feel I can really review the passive pre..... It's more like it's just letting my source components do their thing, letting music flow through to the power amp in all its glory so it seems more that I'm writing about the sound characteristics of the Abbas Audio gear. Even YouTube video's are improved. Just spectacular. Anyway, just thought I'd post my listening impressions for anyone interested and considering taking the plunge for an LDR pre.
Further information:This is a lovely detailed Pre and has installed 4 x Genalex Gold lion 12AX7 and 4 x GE JAN 12AT7WC valves. I purchased this from another SNA'er approx 2 years ago.It hasn't missed a beat. It has a built in MC/MM switch as well as a hi/low input impedance switch for the phono stage . Also a -10db Attenuation switch at the rear. Its built like a tank and has a mirror finish front face plate.Comes with a very well built alloy remote that controls volume and separate components,standby and mute. The remote has been in a plastic sleeve since Ive owned it. I have the original boxes and manual that came with the pre. I will post but preference to local buyer will apply. Some reviews below to wet the appetite. Cheers craka https://www.tnt-audio.com/ampli/doge8_preamp_e.html https://www.head-fi.org/threads/review-doge-model-8-tube-remote-controlled-stereo-preamplifier-phono-stage.495427/ Photos: PLEASE READ If you are advertising multiple items, you must post one bulk price only, or post seperate ads for each item If you include any reference to pricing whatsoever in this section (excluding RRP), your ad will not be approved If you don't include photographs of the actual item being sold, your ad will not be approved
Item: W4S STP-SE Pre-Amplifier with HT Bypass (Black) Location: Sydney Price: $1100 Item Condition: Used - Excellent Condition see Photos Reason for selling: Upgrade/ NLR Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal (as a friend or +fees), COD Only Extra Info: Purchased this Pre from @scumbag. Has been an excellent addition to my system and was a real keeper - however I have simplified my setup and moved away from separates. Lots of great reviews of this unit online and on the forums. Instead of trying to explain the magic myself, refer to the following from previous listing I purchased from: The unit will come with power lead, remote, manual and double boxed. I also bought a 2nd remote from Deep HZ (brand new & not used). The surface of the original remote had become slightly sticky but completely functional. Both remotes included. Able to ship interstate at buyers expense and risk; rest assured it will be well packed. Links to some reviews and features from the W4S website: http://www.stereotimes.com/amp082912.shtml FEATURES: Input / Output wiring upgraded to Kimber Tcss wire 2nd stage filtering caps (4-22,000uf caps) are upgraded to the Wyred 4 Sound Low ESR "SUPER CAP" designed for power supplies Vacuum Fluorescent Display (VFD) Optical rotary encoder (volume knob) Fully functional remote control 12V DC Trigger input (to automatically activate HT Bypass mode) Two - 12V DC Trigger outputs Home Theater bypass (customizable for any input, also DC Trigger input selected) Balance control Absolute phase control (0°/180°) - an interesting experience - it's amazing how changing the absolute phase effects the sound. Efficient (no heat) Tripple-ripple reduction circuit contains 164,560uF of capacitance Extremely low noise floor Fully balanced input to output Buffered passive/active design Automatically switched in Line Stage (when more volume is needed) Discrete volume control using dale RN55d resistors Unbalanced to Balanced conversion (when RCA input selected and XLR outputs are being used) Idle power consumption = 15w Rugged construction ½” Machined and Anodised front panels 60kohm input impedance 3 sets of gold plated unbalanced (RCA) inputs 2Â sets of gold plated unbalanced (RCA) outputs 2 sets of Neutrik Balanced (XLR) inputs 2 sets of Neutrik Balanced (XLR) outputs Factory Selectable mains 115/230VAC Compact size (17”W x 4”H x 13”D) 22lbs. Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
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