There was a seller who had the last generation of Don Sachs preamp on the other classified site. It was a good price so I pulled the trigger. Seller has the newer one also and said the sound wasn't markedly different so I figured this is a small investment and we'll see if I like it. If I do I'll likely have him build me a new one and sell the old one. Too many great comments to not try it out.
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@sbank, Spencer, talk to Andy, from their web site the XLR input and output are "Fully Balanced". I am not saying I am a techie nor have I opened the units up and gone over them in detail but based on my conversation with Andy and from their web site they claim that the XLR inputs (two on the Rhythm) and outputs are indeed fully balanced. With that I will leave the back and forth dialog on this topic, I do not want to thread cap on this issue. I know you know Andy so ask him and let us all know what you found out because I could be wrong and really want to know the full story. Still enjoying Texas, we miss you back here in the Philadelphia/Delaware area.
@soix maybe on to something with your speaker distance from front wall--the further from the wall i brought my speakers the more depth was achieved but i'm listening nearfield now and also depends on how big your room is.
like @bgross i run an Aesthetix Calypso Signature and have never felt the need to roll tubes (thankfully , although i chase other rabbits) and i haven't heard anything better although i'm not so sure it's the preamp that creates depth--more speaker, speaker placement and room IMO. Good luck if you scratch that itch.
FWIW, when I listened to the Vandersteen 3a at Johnny R’s shop they were at least 6’ and maybe more from the front of the speakers to the back wall. A product that may not only help in moving your speakers but also may improve sound are these gliders from Herbies…
If you haven’t already, try pulling your speakers further out into the room — it’s free and may give you just what you’re looking for.
@soix I pulled my speakers out about Another foot. Now about 42 inches from the front wall. I haven't had a chance to recalibrate the subwoofers in them yet but will do it this week. My speakers are on 3" blocks of granite on a thick pile carpet. I'm a fan of Herbie's but unfortunately those gliders aren't going to help me much when it comes to moving them. I'll keep everyone posted
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