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    Found reviews saying X-LP was harsh and bright after finding it harsh and bright myself. Apparently addressed in mk2 X-LPS.
    Ortofon T5 step-up transformers in the MM input of the X-LP are far more palatable than it's own MC. Less detail but doesn't sound piercy.

    The rest of the signal chain hasn't changed. Was fine before the X-LP.
    Sounds a bit pants to my ears.
    The only way round is through the bend...

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    Vincento Vincento
    Last edited by Audiovista; 4th October 2013 at 17:05.
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    Yes the mkII was a marked improvement, I had one.

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    I nearly bought a mk2 but it went above my snipe. Then this other one came in cheap. Didn't even realise they were different models or check reviews. A shot is the dark. Sexy box see.
    More fool me...
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    How much is the Cambridge Audio MM stage now? It gets good reviews.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TIU View Post
    How much is the Cambridge Audio MM stage now? It gets good reviews.
    I found the CA dull and uninspiring but the Arkless modified CA which can be found on PinkFish is reckoned to be something very special. MC only mind you after modification.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Audiovista View Post
    Hi Batty,
    davym recommended checking out the Bugle2. What you reckon?
    Would be nice to have MM and MC but maybe I should try MM and Xformer it...
    At the price of the bugle2, you could buy 2 kits for $270 and build one at 40dB gain and one at 60dB leaving the 40dB at 47kohms for MM and selecting your input matching to suit on the MC.
    I have changed a few resistors as 60dB was too much, now running at 54dB, I also swapped the o/p IC to a couple of OPA627s on a brown dog adaptor and it's more dynamic and has more highs and lows (so it can't be bose ).
    Last edited by Batty; 10th October 2013 at 06:17.
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    Can't be BOSE? hahaha
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chops54 View Post
    I found the CA dull and uninspiring but the Arkless modified CA which can be found on PinkFish is reckoned to be something very special. MC only mind you after modification.
    It is supplied as MC OR MM and can be converted either way by cutting or re-soldering a couple of wire links on the pcb. For an Extra 25 a switch can be fitted on the rear panel to allow instant selection of MC/MM.... and yes it is "something very special".... but I would say that wouldn't I!?
    There is a long thread over on pfm with loads of user reviews for those wanting a less biased appraisal

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    Talking Musical Fidelity X-LP

    Quote Originally Posted by Audiovista View Post
    Found reviews saying X-LP was harsh and bright after finding it harsh and bright myself. Apparently addressed in mk2 X-LPS.
    Ortofon T5 step-up transformers in the MM input of the X-LP are far more palatable than it's own MC. Less detail but doesn't sound piercy.

    The rest of the signal chain hasn't changed. Was fine before the X-LP.
    Sounds a bit pants to my ears.
    Brightside revisited:
    My X-LP (mk1) has been used for occasional MM duties on the TV's Linn Classic system. Last week I put a Dynavector 17D2 Karat Diamond through it via 401/Hr100MCS. Thought yuck, that dyno is bright and pretty orrible through the revealing Linn Komponent 104's 2k tweeter array.

    Last night I swapped out X-LP for a Tim dP EAR 864 valve preamp into Linn Classic system.
    Sudden triumph of fidelity. Big, lush and delicious sounding!

    My conclusion: That particular X-LP is chuff at MC duties. Can't speak for anyone else's unit but mine seems good for MM only.

    eBaaaaaaaaay
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