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He's right, I should have mentioned it. This model, along with the Bent Audio version belowis the best solution to those who want a passive preamplifier, but have an impedance mismatch with their source and power amplifier s. This will solve that problem, and can even give you a few db of gain.
They achieve the impedance matching by the use of high-quality transformers. The resistor passive is still potentially the least harmful to the signal, but it only works in a small minority of systems such as mine.
This isn't strange because they both use the same exact transformer. Both models are nice looking and well built. This model is put together in Canada, while the Music First is made in England. This can be found used for just a few hundred dollars. It had 3 inputs, a tape monitor and both a passive and active output.
Here's Steve's thoughts on his passive designs: They are also reasonably priced, especially when found used at a discount. An Interesting Letter from Thorsten Loesch Here's part of a letter from Thorsten Loesch, who's made several valuable contributions to this website over the years.
Thorsten takes issue with my prior statement of the comparative weaknesses of the two types of passive preamplifiers; those with resistor-based volume controls which are also my preference and their transformer-based equivalents. There's some minor editing, and my bold: In many ways the performance of the TX, a simple "line" transformer, is the same as the TX used as stepup.
I would like to also take some issue with your statement: During the initial development of themany comparisons where made to "true ladder" attenuators, which had only two Vishay Resistors as voltage divider per position. In fact, the attenuators in question included the Audio Synthesis "Passion" passive preamplifier, which uses a single fixed Vishay resistor in the series position, and switches only the shunt resistor.
So no, the resistor is still, and remains, the more harmful solution to attenuating the signal, when compared to a truly high quality attenuator transformer.
You should try a transformer based passive preamp one of these days, you may find that it gives a lot better SSS Shared Sense of Space than resistors And please remember that I emphasized that they "only work in a small minority of systems I realize this contradicts the observations of Martin Colloms, but I don't give Mr.
Colloms any more credibility than I do my readers, despite his experience. Then there's my experience with moving-coil transformers and resistors in the signal path of my own system. I have continually had resistors in and out of the signal path on the output of my preamplifier phono stage for years now.
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