Over achieving MM? Is that possible? LOL. Sorry to say I have not. But now I am. I will have to look into this one. Thanks Downunder for bringing it to my attention.
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I had it for a little while in my system. I compared it to my ASR Mini Basis, plugging into my ASR Emitter II Exclusive.
ASR is a bit darker, warmer, richer sounding. Leben has very nice clarity, sweet but a bit thin sounding. However my Leben dealer did warn me right from the beginning that looking at impedance input of ASR and impedance output of Leben, he did not think it was a good match.
However my biggest complain is that with Leben, it was working as a tuner as well. My ASR did pick up any stray radio frequency at all. Where I live, there are so many radio stations to fill all the available frequency for FM so if you live in a major city with lots of radio stations, Leben may not be so great. I tried Leben with Ortofon SPU-T100/Dyna XV-1s. ASR was also used with Ortofon SPU.
I am not sure how similar dB gain is measured or if it is standardized. My ASR Mini Basis was set at 36dB to use with Ortofon SPU. When I tried Leben unit, I did not notice significant drop in sound level from what I remember. I would love to try Leben SPU. However my local dealer has been waiting for well over a year now for it and so far no shows....
Chas, has you been around a lamb, in my experience, lamb is anything but quiet :) bahhhh bahhhh...
I have one in my system with a Bent audio step up. I plan to get a London decca so then i will be able to comment on its performance sans step up but i am very happy as is. Having said that I had an Allnic 1500 in my system for a few days and did think it had a touch more richness which I loved made me wonder what the Allnic 3000 must sound like. On MM phono stages your choices are limited maybe an Audio Note (would love to hear one as i have a Audio note M3 Line stage) or Tron. I enjoy the seperate step up - one can really taylor the sound.