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t3chnobrat 04-07-2019 10:23 AM

PH7 or PH3 phonostage ?
 
I didn't find a mention about the PH-7 or PH-3. I'm considering switching up from an Audio Alchemy PPA-1 using a Soundsmith Zephyr MK III cartridge. Aside from being a difference of SS to tube, would these be a significant upgrade? Hopefully someone will have some experience with either phono stage.

gadawg 04-07-2019 02:06 PM

I had a PH-8 and thought it was extremely detailed and provided a really large sound stage ... I upgraded from a less expensive Heed phono preamp which was very decent for the money. That said I also used a Soundsmith Zephyr with the PH-8 and it was a great match. I'd imagine the PH-7 would also be a great match. I'd say go for it!

George

t3chnobrat 04-07-2019 02:22 PM

Thank you for the reply. How was the lower end?

Still-One 04-07-2019 04:01 PM

I had a ARC PH-8 and moved onto to the Esoteric E-03 and was happy with that decision.

t3chnobrat 04-07-2019 07:09 PM

The E-03 is definitely a pre that I can work up to if one surfaces. The E-03x is a little out of my price range right now.

Still-One 04-07-2019 07:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by t3chnobrat (Post 960405)
The E-03 is definitely a pre that I can work up to if one surfaces. The E-03x is a little out of my price range right now.

Is there a E-03x? I thought the step up was the E-02 with balanced outputs.

t3chnobrat 04-07-2019 07:40 PM

I'm not 100% familiar with the model number progression of the brand, but there's one for sale here:https://www.audioaficionado.org/showthread.php?t=44882

and I thought I saw a post somewhere saying it was the next model.. but I've looked at so many phono stages online this afternoon, I can't find where I read it.

Still-One 04-07-2019 07:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by t3chnobrat (Post 960415)
I'm not 100% familiar with the model number progression of the brand, but there's one for sale here:https://www.audioaficionado.org/showthread.php?t=44882

and I thought I saw a post somewhere saying it was the next model.. but I've looked at so many phono stages online this afternoon, I can't find where I read it.

I think that is the C03x pre-amp. :D

t3chnobrat 04-07-2019 07:48 PM

Yep your right.. I've really been at this too long today. What was it about the ARC that made you trade it out?

Still-One 04-07-2019 11:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by t3chnobrat (Post 960420)
Yep your right.. I've really been at this too long today. What was it about the ARC that made you trade it out?

I felt the PH8 sounded a bit muddy and didn’t give me sufficient gain unless I raised the volume on my pre-amp.


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