I'd be interested in hearing more...can you send some details on this pre-amp via email? Thanks!
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I was on the verge of buying the Conrad Johnson ET-3 pre-amp with remote ($2500 retail)when a AG member suggested audtioning the Mystere 21. I don't have that option, and don't want to use it on trial at Uncle Kevvy's discretion
I think not offering a remote is a stupid oversight on this company or any company. At least offer one as an option!!!
Do they offer such an option??
What makes the sound of this pre-amp so special?? I am sure it is system dependent, requiring careful matching of amp speakers and cables.
Lastly, has anyone owned or auditioned an Audible Illusions M3A pre-amp which has a staggering amount of positive testimonials on AG, and several excellent mag reviews.
Has anyone compared the Mystere CA-21 to an Audible Illusion M3A or the newer M3B pre-amps?? Thank you, Jim
The ca21 is a great preamp. I used to own an Aesthetix Calypso. Side by side, the Mystere has a wider soundstage and deeper, better quality bass than the Calypso. The Mystere matches the mid-range of the Calypso, the Calpyso's strongest attribute. Yep, manufactured in China and no remote. If you can live with that, the Mystere is a very fine preamp. I have also tweaked it with some NOS tubes that raise the performance to an even higher level, although the stock tubes sound pretty darn good.
Also, I purchased mine from Kevin Deal at Upscale Audio. Not sure why anyone has a problem with him. He seems like a straight shooter. He offers a return privilege on the Mystere. With most dealers of most other preamps, you own it once they run your credit card. Speaking from personal experience, that can be a painful experience. I have purchased more than one component new that got great reviews and sounded really good in the dealer's listening room...and then is completely underwhelming in my own system. Having no return privilege means selling it used and taking a 40-50% haircut in the process. Not sure that is more appealing than putting in a call to Kevin Deal to get your money back.