Interesting review, not to mention, conclusion. Are these only sold factory direct?
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Even though I don't have a TT I asked about this and it will work very well if the phono system has enough output. Best to ask Tim at Luminous about your particular set-up.
I also asked about having XLR jack's instead of the RCA's so I could use my current cables & was told the size of the case doesn't allow for anything but the current configuration. I also found out there wouldn’t be any multiple input models anytime soon.
IIRC, they are the same. I look at the difference between active & passive like stepping on the gas or the brake.
If you were to connect your source directly to the amp it would play at full volume. With the passive in the way, it is still putting out full voltage (which translates in full volume) but the resistors attenuate the signal via the position of the pot.
I don't know about your source gear but can you adjust the output? If so, maybe you don't even need any type of preamp.
I got one of these off Ebay for $60 in 2011. I use it often and as I have gone through preamps keep coming back to it. It sounds best with my McIntosh MC250, a warmer amp. It is clean and the sound is transparent to me...interesting as it is not "mated" to my system by the manufacturer.
In terms of negatives,it mm at really tell yuoiu what your pieces sound like...It did not work well with my ATI 1850, which is a little bright but has more power my Ohm Walsh 2s like. The only other issue to me was the limited number of inputs which are a hassle given my multiple sources. I would second the initial reviewer in trying it out as a great budget per if you only need one input and don't need balance or tone controls.
I saw your comment around buying the Axiom II over the Aleph P. I was pricing an Axiom II with the Walker upgrade and 3 RCA ins/ and 2 RCA outs and it is now about $900, so, if you could get an Aleph P fro $1,300 in very good shape or an Axiom II with the Walker upgrade, for $900, would you still go Axiom II? A $3K difference is one thing, but when it is down to a few hundred dollars, maybe no so compelling, but I have not heard the Axiom II, so, I am dependent on others who have.
Thanks for your help, or the help of anyone else that has heard both and can provide an informative opinion.
I don't frequent the site nearly as often as I have in the past, hence the delay in responding. The Aleph P is a great preamp, so you can't go wrong with it but it is on the warmer side of neutral. The passive is neutral, so it all depends on the rest of your gear. I have been through so much gear since I first wrote this but those were my impressions at the time. I might actually try out another Axiom just to see where I'm at in regards to overall tonality, as I found it to "tell the truth, and nothing but the truth".
As for value, it just depends if you feel the price is justified.
Lastly, if you're going to get an Aleph P, go for the remote version. There are some subtle differences and I prefered this one, having owned both.
Hello @driver -
I read with interest you 2004 review of the Luminous Audio Axiom passive preamp. I had been interested in getting an active solid state linestage but have been attracted by the very affordable prices of some passive pres (e.g., Placette). Regarding the Axiom, do you know if the XLR connectors that are now available represent a balanced design? or are they simply a convenience for folks that have balanced-type interconnects? Thanks in advance for your time.