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Thanks a bunch for your reply. I listened to the 2.5b cubed amp (that Gary Dayton demoed in my home) and it was more coherent than my 4b squared amp.
So that is encouraging that you are able to get good results with your .5 preamp where I assume your Bellari MC transformer connects with RCA interconnects into your built in MM phono stage. Is everything quiet or do you notice any hum issues? Do interconnects or power cables change the quality of the sound noticeably.
My Bryston 4B2 / Bryston BP-26 /Thiel CS-3.6 / with Bryston BIT 15 power conditioner and all Analysis Plus XLR interconnects and Analysis Plus spade plug speaker wires is very quiet and powerful. Detail retrieval is quite good and can be almost startling, unfortunately there is that last 5% or so of detail which is lacking somehow which makes it difficult to discern lyrics and also can make following countermelodies and background vocals more fatiguing. They are there in the mix but it takes quite a bit of concentration to fully discern all the interplay details.
It will be fun to see if I can extract more coherent details once I get the phono set up in operation.
I'll have to look up the Pioneer PLX1000 TT by the way. Thanks again, from Bill.
Never heard it but do have the same preamp and mps-2 and the local Bryston dealer raves about their phono stage they even have a tt now hmm what's next a Bryston cartridge. As for me I have the lowly rega mini but you know what i kinda like it a bit hummy but I have a fancy outdoor ground and leave it on all the time My other thought in a phono stage for the 300 price range is that mofi which people seem to love. Also man get the Air Matrix interconnects yessir you will love them.
Thanks for the replies. I’ll most likely order the BP-2MM in the next month. I may have to be the one to write a review, it seems to be just another phono stages in a crowded market. I could buy another phono stage at around this price point but I really want to access the MPS-2 power supply for quietness of the unit.
The Bryston gear is well engineered, built and has a significant following. I use a pair of monoblocks and mini A in a mobile recording rack. Another excellent and hyper quiet SS phono preamp to consider would be the Musical Surroundings Nova II or III. About same $ you are considering.
on the Linn, there was at one time serious Linn dealer in Columbus, they are long gone ( Custom Stereo ) but there will remain a cadre of the devout who know how to setup and maintain the LP12. You are going to need spring adjusting and a belt and have a serious look at cartridge compliance- a specialist who believes in measuring tracking ability highly recommended.
you really are not that far from Detroit!
have fun, I don’t want your ECM, now the Japan pressings... ah