I replaced a C-J LS16 MKII with a Placette Passive Linestage and got better openess and transparency. I was able to listen to music at lower volumes with better musical involvement.
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The bass was excellent with both but maybe a bit more defined with the Placette. The sound did not brighten up so much as clean up as if I was looking out of a screen door and then replaced the screen with clean glass. I couldn't get the C-J to do proper dynamics and couldn't get past a slightly veiled sound that never allowed me to relax or excite into the music. I found myself always turning up the volume with the C-J just to get closer to the music.
I have to say I did love the remote volume control of the C-J but just had to use it too damn much. The Placette has a good remote but at 1/5 the cost it can't be as solid, etc. Both units' remotes were extremely precise, though. Also, I never did figure out how to read the Placette "volume lights".
Ok--this is what part I get. Each set of lights passes on to another level and 1 or 2 or 3 or 4 lights appear. So you got 4 levels in the first light;---and so on and so on 4 in each level. As soon as you pass the 4 lights-on in each level you start with say 2 lights till you get to 4 then onto the 3rd--3 lights appear till you have passed to 4 lights-on,to start that level. Clear as muddd,a???(I knew I shouldn't have tried to explain this.) This from a guy whom has to look at his liecense to see what his name is.