Zesto Andros1.2 will have better stage,better depth,better timbre and better speaker control.Jump on one ASAP!!!
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The phono stage of the Audible Illusions, especially the John Curl good etched phono boards are the reason you buy an AI to begin with. You mentioned that you have had it two days, so I am assuming you bought it new, which is not enough time to get acquainted with it. The Zesto is certainly a fine phono in its own right but feel you need to spend some time with your new purchase before second guessing yourself. Enjoy the music
Is there anyone who has owned a Zesto Andros phono stage?Too blue,
Now listening to about my 10th album. The Curl phono stage and cartridge are just starting to open up and the sound is lovely. Not overly SS sounding. I think the Mayajima Shilabe midrange forte is shinning through. And with my SET amps and the SE tube Audible Illusions the warm analog sound of the system is beautifully there.
I think with the Garrard 301 old, mediocre recordings are sounding lovely. Would I have more bloom and detail with the Zesto, yes. Would I enjoy it $6k++ with a good IC, maybe...
Thanks too blue!
The Zesto is certainly a “bright shinny object”. And it also must be the most beautiful looking component ever. I do already hear the beauty of the AI and Curl. Think there may also be a unity of sound that I could lose with the Zesto and another IC. I’m already starting to forget about it. Thanks.
Dear @mglik : Good that you followed the rigth @tooblue advise.
Look, even with out the JC board the AI is better performer than the other one and you can know trhough its specs. The Zesto is really bad in the most important subject in any phono stage that's the RIAA weq. and its frequency deviation is over 0.5 db against lower than 0.2db in the AI and with the JC 0.1db. Other important characteristic is that the Zesto has very high output impedance that affects the high frequency where the AI has a lot lower output impedance.
Regards and enjoy the MUSIC NOT DISTORTIONS,