1. No ad-hominem
2. No spamming or shilling
I sent him email offering for him to hear a real phono stage, but he just ignored me.
As as newbie, whilst web-browsing Saturday night (after Usain Bolt had lost his 100m race), I came across details of this bake-off and decided to attend as I'm in the market for a new phono stage. I did not make prior contact with anyone nor did I have any knowledge of background history. Also, I did not make any notes at the bake off, so these are recollections of my emotions and a fallible memory.
Walking into the room, there was a glittering array of desirable hifi - Dave and Nick deserve considerable plaudits for making available the very high standard of equipment which contributed to the favourable impressions of the bake off contestants.
So in listening order:-
1) MFA phonostage - blimey, the more you listened the more it disappeared........
2) Firebottle OTP - good, nothing to criticise, look at the price difference (to the first one) great vfm
3) Phono 1 - very similar to 2), maybe slightly livelier (could just as easily have been down to the music chosen) nothing negative, great vfm
4) Akai receiver - worst so far (sorry Lindsay), kinda wooly - having said that I was really pleased to hear it as I beginning to question my hearing (everything sounding so good).
5) Furutech - better than the Akai but behind 2) and 3), impressively flexible component though.
6) Albarry - wouldn't work (head amp not a phono stage)
7) Phono 2 - first kind of wow moment, drew me in, stopped eating the donut, how much?
8) Phono 2 + extra PS - expected a slight improvement - wrong. Second little kind of wow moment, put the donut down, how much more?
9) Firebottle Tron - very good, but 8) was livelier and more engaging.
10) Firebottle Kin preamp (= Vivant phono stage). Very similar to 9).
11) Longdog JFET - doing that disappearing act again, could listen to this for a looong time, probably the best of 2) to 11)?
and a couple of works in progress (Phono 3 + BB and NWA phono) that were very impressive.
Overall - much, much better than I expected, very high standard, great facilities.
Honourable sidetrack mentions - Dave and Nick's TT and Dom's 401 with NWA MC cart - both sounded superb.
Upshot - all things being considered (price, performance, availability etc, etc, etc) I have ordered a Phono 2 and today joined this forum. Richard asked me to write a review, so here it is.
Bigman has been looking, he's apparently bought a Jolida JD9 rather than the NVA Phono 2
Has he found a private seller that gives a 30 day trial and no-quibble refund?Quarknosis wrote: ↑Sun Aug 20, 2017 2:57 pmBigman has been looking, he's apparently bought a Jolida JD9 rather than the NVA Phono 2
If he bought a Phono 2, Marco & Fireybum would shoot themselves in a suicide pact.
NVA BMU / WTL Versalex / Transfiguration Axia /NVA Phono2 w/ 2nd PSU / GSP Revelation C / Vortexbox Appliance NAS Server / Sonore microRendu USB streamer w/ LPSU / Chord 2Qute USB dac / NVA P90sa / NVA A80MK2 (bass) / NVA A70 MK2 (tweeters) / NVA Cube 1 / NVA TIS MK1 / NVA SSPMK2 / NVA LS6 / NVA AP10H (& 1x additional PS) / Audeze LCD-2
I know nothing about the Jolida, but there is a planned phono stage bake-off being organised for East London, hopefully he will bring it there, but doubtful as I doubt he could take another ego stomp. Only kidding haven't a clue how good the Jolida is, or is it just not as bad as the Fireybum