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13 hours ago, muon* said:

only have experience with Red and Bronze myself.

I can see myself eventually upgrading to a Bronze. How do you find it compared to the Red?

Cheers,

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Just now, Rustee said:

I can see myself eventually upgrading to a Bronze. How do you find it compared to the Red?

Cheers,

A completely different level of performance, better in every way you can think of.

 

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As an option, I used a Creek ohh-9se for, well, decades.  They come up really cheap and are really impressive.  Down side is inability to easily play with gain/load options.

Vincent seems to offer a great unit as suggested here.  Another (step up but maybe achievable used) is a Lehmann Black Cube.

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23 hours ago, muon* said:

A completely different level of performance, better in every way you can think of.

 

Thanks, great to know another reasonably cost effective step up in SQ awaits me.

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14 minutes ago, Mat-with-one-t said:

 

Vincent seems to offer a great unit as suggested here.  Another (step up but maybe achievable used) is a Lehmann Black Cube.

Thanks, the Lehmann Black Cube looks good. Don't know much about the technical specs but I see it has more gain than most of the others ( 46db as opposed to 40-ish db for MM). I guess it would play louder hopefully not at the expense of quality.

A quick search and I couldn't find any Ozzy online stores selling them,  this would probably make them hard to come by used.

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I got an se 2 version used.  They certainly come up.  Note there are a lot of versions.  “statement” is the base model.  The “se” is ideal as it comes with a high quality external power source.  It’s quite a thing to play with settings in a phono stage to match your cartridge.  The difference between a few resistor settings can be astounding.  Always worth having that as an option....

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Just want to say a big thanks to all the advice offered. It's given me plenty to think about, models to keep an eye out for and the confidence that I should hear a step up in SQ.

I've decided that I'll stick to a budget of about $500ish give or take, keep any eye in the classifieds for a couple of the models suggested above (was keen on the Valab but missed out) or grab either the Vincent Pho 8 or the GSP Audio Gram Amp 2 SE.

I figured one of these will ( I hope) give me good bang for buck and allow me to update my cart to a Bronze in the nearer future than if I was to spend over 1k on a phono stage. 

Thanks again everyone.

Russ

 

Edit: I should also shout out and thank @aussievintage for reviewing the Jaycar unit. The review was perfect timing, was super cheap, available locally and has performed fabulously for the first year of my vinyl journey. 

Cheers.

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sound sounding plan

 

I've got the GS Gram Amp 2 SE, acquired the PSU1 about 6 months ago, and recently moved up thru the Ortofon 2M range to the Bronze after running a blue stylus in a silver body for about a year and a half

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12 hours ago, wasabijim said:

sound sounding plan

 

I've got the GS Gram Amp 2 SE, acquired the PSU1 about 6 months ago, and recently moved up thru the Ortofon 2M range to the Bronze after running a blue stylus in a silver body for about a year and a half

Thanks, sounds like a very similar path that I am about to embark on.

Did the PSU1 power supply make a notable difference?

How does the Bronze compare to your Blue/Silver combo?

Cheers,

Russ

 

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