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Old 11-16-2014, 11:42 PM
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Default Any views on Kondo Audio Note GE-1 Phono Stage and SFz SUT?

Has anyone listened to the GE-1? Comments welcome......
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Old 11-18-2014, 10:16 PM
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OK, if no one has a view on the new GE-1, how about Kondo phono stages generally??? (KSL-M77 etc.)
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The Kondo phono stages are voiced to match their own cartridges and are basically a step up phono stage. I'm not sure I would use them with anything else. What cartridge did you have in mind?

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I am using the GE 1 phono and the Cfz SUT with the ortofon A95 cart and the matching is wonderful.

The Gain could be a tad low at around 34 db and thus you would need a higher gain preamp to compensate when used with a 5mv gain MM cart

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The Kondo phono stages are voiced to match their own cartridges and are basically a step up phono stage. I'm not sure I would use them with anything else. What cartridge did you have in mind?

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Sorry, I have been on vacation the last week and missed your responses. Thanks for the reply. I was planning on MC cartridges with with medium output (.5 mV range). With the GE-1and SFz it would be 68 db gain which should be adequate for something like the Lyra Atlas.

I am not sure what you mean by "voiced to match their own cartridges." I am interested because of the claim these units are exceptionally resolving, transparent and yet bring all of the positives of tubes. Can you elaborate?
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I am using the GE 1 phono and the Cfz SUT with the ortofon A95 cart and the matching is wonderful.

The Gain could be a tad low at around 34 db and thus you would need a higher gain preamp to compensate when used with a 5mv gain MM cart
Thanks for the response, can you contrast the sound to any other tube phono sections you have listened to?
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Thanks for the response, can you contrast the sound to any other tube phono sections you have listened to?
One more time....thanks for any perspective you might have.
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The Kondo phono stages are voiced to match their own cartridges and are basically a step up phono stage. I'm not sure I would use them with anything else. What cartridge did you have in mind?

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Where you referring to the Kondo Sut's only? That would maybe make sense to me but isn't the the GE-1 made to work with other gear??
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I am reviewing these days the GE_1 with his step up, my first feedback is reeeeeally positive. Now I am playing a 0.2mV Koetsu Urushi Vermillion.
In a couple of weeks I will change to a 0.4mV Lyra Skala. I will feedback my final conclusions
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