Hi, I have recently purchased an Aethetix Rhea with reference mods done by Great Northern sound of which I am very pleased. The linestage is provided by an AR sp9 mklll also with ref mods by Gnsc. The problem is the sp9 is inherantly noisy, by that I mean when you attenuate the volume without source there is a hiss from both speakers equally. Now without buying the Calypso to go with the Rhea is there another linestage out there that would not be noisy and not cost a fortune? Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks Richard
Are you sure the noise is coming from SP9? Could it be from Rhea? I don't have experience with a modded Rhea. But my friend used to have a Rhea which to me wasn't very quiet. Perhaps either or both Rhea and SP9 need new tubes?