Hopefully, the passives and actives you compaired, included a Placette. If not, you may want to avoid hearing one...
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Nice review Skyboy!! We use similar gear. I agree there's no turning bak now. In fact I find that now I have no interest in upgrading any more. Thanks to Nick...I'm finally off the merry go round..at least for the next couple of years! ;-)
I notice no loss of deep bass..I use a gainclone exclusively. My single drivers are capable of mid 20Hz response. If the recording has it,
talking about weight.. I can hear it and feel it coming through the walls in other rooms of the house. The TVC will not add any artificial weight to the music..you get what you put into it.
Welcome to the world of TVCs!!
anyone using it balanced? I just ordered the sam special (with XLR i/o) Nick states that it is indeed a full balanced design and is not taking the balanced into single ended. As it should be...transformers were MADE for balanced!! I looked at the spec for my SA11 it is a whopping 5 volts rms out on the XLR and 2.5 rms on the RCA's. I'm pretty sure this will be sufficient to get max volumes for me. I am concerned it will not be quiet enough though for late night listening.
I plan on using it fully balanced...
Any operational tips?
When I put some great tube or solid state preamps in $2,000-3,000 price range in my system, I just think "oh these preamps are great sounding". But when the Promitheus TVC is in my system ---> almost every 5 second my eyes and my mouth will be wide opened. It's just keep making stunning results with every cds or lps I've in my collection.
Hey guys, wondering if you could chime in about the latest news of the Promitheus, the hotness of it seems to have fizzled out. Is it still a great buy and if so which model. I don't see to many people praising it since 2008.
Also what about TVCs in general as to oppose to something like a passive pre-amp from luminous audio.
I am looking to pair a passive pre-amp or TVC with my Denafrips Ares DAC and Genelec 8040Bs.
I have owned two Promitheus TVCs and still use one of them, the top of the line Ref C-core that Milpai has. It is still in service in my secondary system, and while it is not as good as the 5.5K Coincident Line Stage, it is close in many respects. The Coincident is to be preferred with respect to dynamics, as expected, and also with respect to spacial nuances. I thought I heard that Promitheus had stopped production, but I see that the website is still active and some new products have been added. The Reference TVC4 is a very good reasonably priced unit. I had it for several years and sold it when I bought the Signature.
I think you own the Signature which is step up from the Reference that I own. I have been meaning to try an active in y system, now that the loudspeakers are upgraded. But I fear that I will loose the transparency of the TVC. Had a friend over last night and he being a guitar player, I played him the Nils Lofgren's Keith Don't Go track. Per him he felt ecstatic.
@milpai, if you are thinking about an active, take a look at the coincident website where Israel Blume's design goals for his line stage are stated. His comments regarding his goal of capturing the benefits of a TVC were what tempted me to run that experiment. It is substantially better than both the Promethius TVCs I owned, except of course, that the TVCs are just dead silent. The Coincident Statement line stage with Psvane WE replica 101D tubes is a piece that I expect to hold forever.