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    Manley labs SteelHead phono stage

    thought maybe open it in a new thread....

    I know its been a while when the Manley "steelhead" was the "HOT STUFF..."
    but i cant stop wondering.... why no one was referring to it this days.. (its lost his charm?, audiophile keep looking for the new Hot stuff and moved on?)
    i remember 8-15 years ago, EVERYONE talked about it and want one.. (maybe Mike-f "fault"?)
    do you think it still can hold it own compering to a 10-30K phono stages of today? sound wise.... (now days his versatile nature seen with a lot of equipment not like it was 15 years ago)

    its no secret that 10-15 years ago HIGH END audio was a lot less expensive... (relativity)
    now days everyone are just get a high $$ price tag and trying to get the most attention
    from the heavy buyers. no matter how good (or less) they are. and sending their equipment for a RAVE REVIEWS... across the web.

    the steelhead still have the looks (for whom in to that industrial looks), versatility, design, etc like the best of today...

    your thoughts?
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    I can only comment as an owner

    It was good

    And flexible

    And configurable

    It had a sort sound to it, I could never get rid of, which annoyed me

    However that was a classical musical lover

    Personally given all the hype back when..a bit disappointed in it

    Not sure if was me or the product

    I should mention the support of Manley is wonderful...
    "An audiophile is only done when they go to the great brick and mortar store in the sky"

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    I know folks who did a shootout including the Steelhead on Zu loudspeakers - a $900 Jasmine unit sounded better apparently. I wasn't there, but know the ears involved.

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