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Vincent PHO-8 phono pre amp.......first impressions.

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I took delivery of my new Vincent PHO-8 phono pre amp two days ago now, and while I could 'cut to the chase' and say I just came out of the lounge laughing maniacally with joy at how good 'Crush' off Grace Jones 'Inside Story' LP sounded, well, that would be getting way ahead of myself! :D Let me settle a bit. First thing I noticed was a higher output, ie: to achieve the same volume as before I didn't need the amp volume up near as high (eg: 15dB instead of 8dB on the reverse scale, I like it loud!) which was nice........ . . . . . . .Oh what the hell, this little gem is a cracker! :party:love To say it has taken my analogue system to another level is an understatement. I have tested this beauty with all three of my cartridges (see below), and the improvement is obvious and amazing. Tonight it is my best cart, the Grace F8C's turn and I am beyond happy with what I am hearing. I was previously running a QED Discsaver phono, which I thought lived up to what one review described as "intriguingly musical". It's fine performance did belie it's somewhat low quality appearance. The Vincent on the other hand looks the goods and performs superbly. Refinement of overall sound, more open, airy, increased instrument separation, acoustic guitars and other stringed instruments are astounding, fuller bodied bass, cleaner more defined mid's and high's, IMHO this is an astounding phono stage and a bargain at the price ($359 w/free shipping at AudioTrends atm...I am not affiliated!) NB: It does need some burn in time, for awhile I was thinking 'what the', but once it sweetens up, you will know it! Astounding! I highly recommended for those looking at this price point and above!  :thumb:  post-154342-0-39315800-1461154108_thumb.post-154342-0-26192400-1461154163_thumb.  Apologies for that ridiculously large top pic. :P

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I piced up a lightly used PHO8 last week...and i have to agree with you... nicer than my emotiva at a decent price i paid :)

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Has anyone compared the Vincent PHO-8 to the Rega Fono? Sounds like there could be some good fun in this price bracket.

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Anyone compared it with the MF X-LPS

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Nice review, thanks. Would love to give this a run and also it's big brother the 700

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The amount of times I keep putting this into my cart and then removing has done my head in.... That's a great price, I am so tempted, wish finances were a little more abundant atm

Thanks for the review

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Nice review, thanks. Would love to give this a run and also it's big brother the 700

Yes, the PHO-700 looks lovely with it's valve 'window', but I suspect at twice the price, it may not represent the bargain that the PHO-8 is. Still, I'm sure it's brilliant and worth owning as well. :thumb:

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Has anyone compared the Vincent PHO-8 to the Rega Fono? Sounds like there could be some good fun in this price bracket.

 

 

I compares favourably with the Rega Fono Mini, I don't know the standard Fono, but I suspect the PHO-8 would be better plus it has MC capability as well.

 

It is well built and uses full sized components, not computer grade surface mount, and OPA37, OPA134 chips.

 

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Yep, good little budget Phono pre. Set one up in a mate's system and he's very happy with it.

 

Like nearly all Vincent components I've heard, outstanding performance to price ratio.

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Just a quick update on the Vincent pho-8 regarding 'warm up/ burn in'. The first time I turned it on, I left it on for two days to ensure it burned in. It was sounding sweet, so the next night I turned it off. The next day the music sounded less sweet :unsure:, like it did when I first used it, until about two hours later when it hit the sweet spot again. I have left it on 24/7 ever since. The manual does say in the 'Burn in/Warm up' section, "Higher and homogeneous sound quality is achieved while keeping the device switched on." I now realise they meant perpetually........not just during first time operation, result being......it still sounds sweet! :P

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Thread update.......... It's nearly a year later and I am still in love with the PHO-8........BUT, yes there is a but and I thought I'd fill you all in on my experience. IT BROKE:(!! I was noticing the left channel was fading/dropping out occasionally and on checking, found the L input on the Vincent was a bit faulty and 'wiggling' the plug a little bit returned it to full sound/output. Unfortunately this was always short term and it continued to 'drop out'. I checked the invoice and found I had about two weeks left on the warranty:P, contacted Audiotrends who told me to send it to Filatronics in Melbourne for checking and repair. To cut a long story short, after consulting with Vincent they replaced the RCA inputs under warranty, returned it and it is functioning perfectly and sounding beautiful again:party. Interestingly, they wrote on their summary that the RCA inputs had failed due to 'wear'.....well, that 'wear' involved initially fitting the leads and letting them and the unit sit undisturbed for nearly a year! Hardly 'wear and tear' but I suppose they needed to come up with something. Anyway, all is now well, I am happy and I have no urge to change from the Vincent.:thumb:

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Happy endings are always good to hear Steve, especialy when it concerns something a few of us have and are happy with them

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Mine was a dogy PSU power connector between psu and pp.

 

Local tech made me a new cable and up and running again

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I bought one of these a while ago and used it for a short time until I upgraded to an amp with an excellent phono stage. It always sounded really nice once it was warmed up so I just left it on most of the time. One of the white LEDs would fail after a while seemingly not affecting the sound at ll. I probably should have sent it back but I never got around to it. It just makes me think that perhaps the build quality is slightly dodgy.

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3 minutes ago, Chigurh said:

I probably should have sent it back but I never got around to it. It just makes me think that perhaps the build quality is slightly dodgy.

 

The strong impression I am getting from this thread is that the PHO-8 is a decent performer but not exactly the last word in reliability or build quality

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39 minutes ago, Chigurh said:

I bought one of these a while ago and used it for a short time until I upgraded to an amp with an excellent phono stage. It always sounded really nice once it was warmed up so I just left it on most of the time. One of the white LEDs would fail after a while seemingly not affecting the sound at ll. I probably should have sent it back but I never got around to it. It just makes me think that perhaps the build quality is slightly dodgy.

I leave mine on 24/7 and it always sounds sweet. The manual basically instructs this but the translation makes it less than clear.

33 minutes ago, rantan said:

 

The strong impression I am getting from this thread is that the PHO-8 is a decent performer but not exactly the last word in reliability or build quality

I hope not but it seems we've all (except Grumpy) had some form of issue, albeit minor, so maybe:unsure:. Fingers crossed. While it sounds this great, I'm prepared to be patient and optimistic.:D

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