new phono pre Pass Labs Xp-15 phono pre
Just wanted to first thank everyone for sharing their thoughts, experience and expertise in helping me select a new phono pre.... a whole lot of info to digest and investigate in replacing my well modified Jolida JD9.
Ended up finding a great deal on a Pass Labs XP-15 from Mark at Reno HiFi.... thanks for that recommendation.
The XP-15 arrived late afternoon yesterday, and it took about 3.5 hours to thaw out lol Installed it and started playing with loading. Overall initial impression is that it is a HUGE improvement over the JD9.... quieter, much much quieter, better dynamics, more articulate and better imaging. But so far the most noticeable improvement is in the more realistic timing and decay in piano notes, cymbal and drum strikes. Very cool.
FYI, using a Talisman V2 gold cartridge. Best settings "so far" on the XP-15 are gain at mid point and loading at 311 ohms.... I'll update as changes are made.