Hi. I'm looking for advice, recommendations and fellow audiogoners with experience with above mentioned phono preamps.
I'm about to put my hands on LENCO 75 NOS and if everything goes well I will receive it in a week or two.
I'm planing to build my own plinth, replace original arm with MG-1 linear arm, and Denon 103R cartridge. Plinth will be probably made with combination of birch ply. and MDF ( it is going to be a massive and heavy plinth finish with high gloss - Ferrari Red paint ). As you can probably see, I can not wait to start this project.
One problem. I was searching web and reading a lots of threads in order to find the right phono-stage. Now it is a toss up between Hagerman's - Cornet and Wright Sound - WPP200C.
Witch one of these do you think will be my best choice?
I'll be working together with a guy who is sending Lenco on my plinth design. But if anybody wants to pitch some ideas - PLEASE DO. Also photos, plans or PDF will be welcome and appreciated. This Lenco will be my first building experience of a Turntable. I do have a woodworking skills and enough determination to do it. My plan is to build a MONSTER over a 100 pounds using a combination of materials. Birch ply. and MDF sandwiched together of approximately 8 to 10 layers. The final touch will be painting Lenco's new plinth Ferrari Red gloss paint in my brother's furniture shop. I was also thinking about installing second tonearm, something like Rega RB300 but it is optional. What do you think so far?
Tvad. Thank you for a helping hand. I appreciate your comments regarding WPP200C. So, in your opinion I'll be better of choosing Wright over Hagerman. You see.... I'm not one of those guys that can afford replacing their gear every time they feel like it. I am trying to get right peace of equipment for the price within my budget. Of course I realise, there is something better out there but all I need is a system that will get me closer to enjoyment and appreciation for MUSIC. All the effort we put in building our systems and carefully selecting desire components should eventually lead to the most important aspect of this hobby witch is submerging in the sound of tunes that provoke our senses and imagination. Person that love and appreciate music should probably spend more time enjoying it then writing about it, so I am guilty as charged. On this note let me go to my little slice of heaven and enjoy what I love the most ( besides my wife & daughter of course ). Ones again Thank You for your input, I really appreciate it.
Tvad, you are obviously more experienced then I am and most likely auditioned a number of different phono preamplifiers. I am not saying that I am completely inexperience but I think the best way to audition equipment is in your own listening room. I simply did not have that chance. So I would like to ask you if you have any other recommendations besides the ones I already mention. WPP200C & Hagerman are my only candidates at this moment but it doesn't eliminate possibility of including other phonostages to that list. I am trying to be open minded, so any other suggestions will be also greatly appreciated.
In an attempt to simplify my system (too many single small pieces standing around), I am trying out the JLTI phono (made by ALLAN Wright) at twice the price. On first listen it is very close to the (George) Wright WPP200c in terms of texture and detail retrieval, but more extension on the bottom end. Spatial imaging and separation between instruments is enhanced as well. More on the comparison soon.
The Wright WPP200C is excellent - make sure to get a good step-up if using MC cartridges, such as Lundahl or Cinemag.
Tvad, yes I meant low output MC. By they way, even with the Medium Ace I woould try a step-up, maybe a 1:5 ratio. Even the low output Benz had enough gain with the Wright, but sounded somewhat anemic. Inserting a step-up helped tremendously. Worth a try!
The low output Benz I tried was of course half the output of yours at 0.4mV. Also, for some reason I preferred matching output impedances through different step-up ratios rather than through resistors. Never tried the medium Benz Ace though.
The Denon is very low output and would require an additional step-up to increase the gain before the Wright preamp. The Lundahl step-up can be found at K&K ($335 assembled). Alternatively, you can buy the WMT100 step-up by George Wright which is about $275 with an order of a new WPP200C.
You could run the Denon directly but it will sound much better and quieter with the additional gain.
As much as I like the Wright, the JLTI just has more resolution, especially in terms or imaging, layering of images, and separation of instruments. The JLTI get attack and decay or notes right and captures the tone of natural instruments better than anything I heard in this price range. The Wright sounded soft and blurred in comparison. Don't get me wrong, the Wright is still an excellent phono and compares well to the EAR 834 and many other phonos I heard.
I sent you an email with some more impressions - I hope that helps.