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    Clearaudio Absolute Phono and Phono Inside

    Here's an interesting idea... an active headshell to partially amplify the signal long before the phono stage

    http://clearaudio.de/en/products/ele...lute_phono.php
    http://www.ultrahighendreview.com/cl...e-phono-stages
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    Yamaha did this in the late 70's and early 80's, so interesting, but something done before, and not the first as claimed

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    Would anyone be surprised if that's eventually done within the cartridge?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ack View Post
    Would anyone be surprised if that's eventually done within the cartridge?
    If we're looking at a 1v output I'm pretty sure it could be done today, power supply being external of course. No idea how a shrunken gain stage would stack up against one without any size and weight constraints. Never say never.
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    Think tiny battery, micro electronics, 3-5dB gain, enough to overcome loses. And trade some of the cartridge's shell to balance off the extra weight.
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    Absolute Phono headshell has been out a few years now.Anyone have first hand experience?

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