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external phono stage
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Although I am very, very happy with my Sony and built-in phono stage, I have now bought another amplifier without built-in stage for a third system.

Has anyone heard or had experience with the following phono stage;

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Project-Phono-Box-DS-in-Silver-Turntable-phono-stage-pre-amplifier-/290951713345?pt=UK_AudioTVElectronics_HomeAudioHiFi_Turntables&hash=item43be12d241

the switchable impedence is a feature I would want on any external phono stage. Not sure what else there is (affordable) that has this option.

The amp in question is a cyrus 8vs2.

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Hi drummerman, the DS is a

Hi drummerman, the DS is a good little device and appears to get good reviews.
However if I were you I'd keep my eye on a Trichord Dino currnently going with a low bid on a certain well-known auction site.
This will serve you better even though you'll need to mess with dip-switches on the underside.

 

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+1 for the Dino, Drummerman.

+1 for the Dino, Drummerman.

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RE: external phono stage

Thanks.

I saw it. Looks good but I'm sure it wont go for a few pounds Smile

I'm outspent on hifi this month so may have to let this one slip. We'll see.

Didn't steve have one? RP6 ... Dino ... sounds very familiar.

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Worth keeping an eye on I'd

Worth keeping an eye on I'd say. If they now go for £388 new you might be lucky to get it for less than the £219 Project. Smile

 

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RE: external phono stage

I'll do that even though the plan was to get the stage with the next pay packet.

You never know.

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Yes I got a used Dino Mk2 for

Yes I got a used Dino Mk2 for £170 - trashed the Brio R stage, however when I got my Elicit R there was no difference with the Dynavector 10x5 so I decided to move it on - however in hindsight I should of probably just kept it as I know I will try a some Low Output MCs.
I would have no hesitation in getting one again

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I like the fact you could

I like the fact you could tweak the loading etc - giving more/less bass & treble

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If you can stretch to it, the

If you can stretch to it, the one on ebay with separate PSU BIN for £291 might be a better long-term option.

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RE: external phono stage

 

Don't push him dandycobalt - the man will end up starving.  :grin:

 

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RE: Yes I got a used Dino Mk2 for

stevebrock wrote:
Yes I got a used Dino Mk2 for £170 - trashed the Brio R stage, however when I got my Elicit R there was no difference with the Dynavector 10x5 so I decided to move it on - however in hindsight I should of probably just kept it as I know I will try a some Low Output MCs.

 

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RE: Yes I got a used Dino Mk2 for

stevebrock wrote:
Yes I got a used Dino Mk2 for £170 - trashed the Brio R stage, however when I got my Elicit R there was no difference with the Dynavector 10x5 so I decided to move it on - however in hindsight I should of probably just kept it as I know I will try a some Low Output MCs. I would have no hesitation in getting one again

 

Didn't you find the combination harsh? - The Dino looks good, I have to say. Must do some reading

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RE: external phono stage

Alears wrote:

 

Don't push him dandycobalt - the man will end up starving.  :grin:

It's a slippery slope.

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RE: external phono stage

Do have a look at the Graham Slee range before you spend your money.

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RE: external phono stage

ifor wrote:

Do have a look at the Graham Slee range before you spend your money.

Hi Drummerman,

I have the Trichord Dino and think it is a very good phono stage although I haven't compared it to the Rega one. I have also tried the Graham Slee stages, both the Reflex C and the Reflex M with Elevator. Both are extremely good and a step up from the Dino. More detail and realism were the main benefits I felt.

Obviously they are considerably more than the Dino, expecially the combo, so you would expect them to be better but I think for the money, the Dino is great.

HTH

Steve

 

 

 

 

 

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RE: external phono stage

Thank you everyone.

I am in process of may be buying some Kef References so the stage has to take a back step for a month but failing that (or not) I will take all the helpful advise into consideration.

There is probably a limit to what my turntables/cartridges are capable of so around the £200 mark is probably about the limit for the moment. Having said that, a better one will not limit me in the future.

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