I was surprised how much better it was than my MX119 or direct from my MCD500. I did not tell my wife that I had put it I place and she asked what did you do, things sound so much better.
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Frepec went from C46 to C500T.
One of several things that stand out in C500T is the soundstage and low noise floor. In my previous audio room, I was able to achieve a great soundstage where instruments had depth in a not so great small room. With a low noise floor you can here more of the music, especially on solo recordings.
While very pleased with the C500T; I did opt to roll the tubes with a much more expensive tube to increase the micro details; and switched out fuses. This combination of changes led to more details, wider soundstage and more depth.
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I went from a BAT VK-31SE to the C500T. Sonically, this is an excellent pre-amp. However, it is a very complex machine that does not offer a plug-in-and-play experience. Additionally, I also had problems with one of the umbilical cords that connects the two chasis (replaced at a cost of $120). Since those initial headaches, I have been very much enjoying my three years with the C500T. And it adds an absolutely stunning visual to your system!