In the right context, a TVC can be spectacular. I look forward to hear how it works out.
Well the price was right so it will be a fun experiment at the least. Have you ever tried one Al?
Yes it will be a relatively inexpensive experiment in my system. There are some really expensive TVC’s out there now with the $18,000 base model Bespoke as an example.No, but heard one in another system. Compared to some active preamps there, we heard a spectacular transparency of sound and purity of tone, but with a slight lack of body. But again, I am quite certain that system context matters. It could work really well in your system, or it could not. You'll find out.
Yes it will be a relatively inexpensive experiment in my system. There are some really expensive TVC’s out there now with the $18,000 base model Bespoke as an example.
Aries Cerat uses TVC in all their preamps except the lowest model, which uses a resistor ladder. So, not passive but Stavros considers it the most transparent way to adjust the level of input signal to his active circuits.Well the price was right so it will be a fun experiment at the least. Have you ever tried one Al?
That is a very cool looking preamp.Why not active tvc tube preamp
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I feel very lucky to get a unit like this in great original condition with manual and warrantee card.I would definitely start with the Luxman. A tube buffer would be cool or a bypassed volume tube preamp, but for volume the Luxman may be even more honest than some like. The engineering for part of it is superior to others.
As @KeithR says, horses for courses. Personally the industrial design or lack thereof is an issue for me.The spartan design of Emia components is intentional. I'm not in to audio jewelry myself, so I appreciate the minimalist Emia approach. Though, I will say, Jeffrey Jackson (of Emia) has done amazing design work for his own brand - Experience Music. http://www.jeffreywjackson.com/ His horns and electronic components are stunning for those after good looks (and willing to pay for it).
In terms of marketing, not their strong suit and apparently also not a priority though I think they do show up at CAF most years. Small operation.
Dave now has an OEM for his autoformer. I can't remember the brand name, but the chassis looks like a normal audio component. And the price is quite good IIRC.
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