Love it! Which way do you turn the volume knob. Clockwise or Anticlockwise first?
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Ironically.... This Nobsound passive has become the standard by which I evaluate other preamps. I use the balanced connections. Listen with a Yggdrasil DAC, Audience 1+1V2 speakers, and a Nuprime ST-10. The balanced cables are WyWires blue.
The Nobsound fits right in. The better sounding the rest of the equipment? The more NS will allow you to hear what they can do.
I tried several (much more expensive) passive preamps. All I sent back. I just shake my head and accept what I am hearing. My idea of a great audiophile joke would be to have someone hear my system. Then,after let them know what the preamp is. ;)
Just the same. I do have a penchant for tubes. They do color in a special way. So, I now listen with a tube preamp and am able to roll tubes. Its volume control is essentially the same Alps. Therefore, the Nobsound tells me how neutral the design of the tube preamp really is. I plan on keeping the Nobsound for my go-to, back-up preamp. If I could not afford my tube preamp I would not be unhappy with what I hear.
I look at it and realize that "best sound" does not have to always mean more expensive. Actually, its cheap! That price would cause some to stay away from it. I bought it to have a trial run using balanced connections. I kept trying some passives that really disappointing me.