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Yup, long time lyrita phono user. What do you want to know?
How's your experience of the Phono stage been in terms of 'transient response'. I find it to be sluggish in terms of attack and a little soft in higher frequency extension, in comparison to my SS unit. I was just wondering if this is a feature common to tube phonos in general, since I have not heard any other pure tube unit, or is it peculiar to the Lyrita. The popular Projects are hybrids.
The track was Smoke on the Water and my phono in comparison captured the BAM BAM BAM of the heavy intro power chords far better. Now consider the guitarist's intent in that song playing power chords that way instead of regular chords, you'll find a video online also where he plays the difference and explains the sound he was going after. So one side you have definite 'hi-fi' plus, the other side you have musical intent being captured. Me I want musical intent. So basically I've stopped trying to hear for hi-fi stuff and just listen for does this capture the band's/performer's musical intent.
I have always been confused between going for musical setup or a neutral one
What is "neutral" in a music setup? It either sounds as the real thing, or it doesn't. If it doesn't, it ain't playing music!
I love a copy of Ilayaraja hits (recorded from tape to ACD). I turn the music on in the night and go to sleep listening to songs (gear: Philips powerhouse and a Philips speaker without a model number; source : PC's RCA output). It is a collection of soothing melodies. I used this CD for my first audition. Mukeshji (Music Ranch) played the CD on his CDP (Denon I think) and used Tannoy Mercury speakers. The CD was horrible to listen too. Too Shrill. The player was neutral, showing out the poor quality of the recording.
If a device could make this CD sound as close to musical as the original songs, should we welcome it? It is a choice but, a huge dilemma is involved.
The principal during audition has driven the point. Ignorance was truly a bliss.Your current system was like your best friend at school. The system during audition was like the principal. There are no Swiss in music reproduction.
Now LPs get you as close to the original sound as possible. Many CDs/digital music these days are abused with too much digital tinkering for FM/IPOD/Spotify etc, etc. There is still hope though.
Whether you go TT/tubes route or digital/SS route, the rabbit hole is deep. How deep it goes, well get adventurous and find out
We on the forum will cheer you, guide you and sometimes get critical about each other, rarely with you.
The above is very true (for MMs).
Many poor sounding cartridges and/or phono stages are often because sufficient care is not taken to match the capacitance loading in the phono preamp.
Equally important is impedance matching for both MM and MC. It's a good idea to not blindly trust the recommended impedance load value. For example some MM cartridges sound better at 33 kohms, while some sound best at 62kohms, and not at the recommended 47K.