The 300 preamp has been here and is on it's way to the next person.
Let me preface this post. I'm not an Audiophile. I'm an enthusiast so no Fancy Pants verbiage, plots or charts.
I use a tone control tube preamp to drive my amp. When Morten started collecting names to try his LDR300x.V3 I thought it was a good time to see how a SS preamp would handle my Stratos Extreme. I signed up and away we go!Morten has explained what happened with the preamp so no need to get into that.
With the 300 working again I hooked it up for my first listening session. I use a PC that plays music ripped to a hard drive. The PC utilizes an Asus Essence STX II sound card to send the analog signal.
I also use an Azur 851N streaming from various sources.
I spent about 7 hours over two evenings going through a collection of music.
Sound was different than my preamp of course but very good never the less.
I did find that bass was less than I am accustomed to. Mids were a bit more present.
Sound stage was wide and reasonably deep. The 300 presented itself very well.
I planned to listen to vinyl for the next session. That unfortunately did not happen.
I started the session with Brubeck's Take Five Lp cued up. As soon as the needle starting sending a signal the preamp froze. The volume control as well as the remote became unresponsive then the preamp shut down.
I checked to make sure everything was connected properly and tried the album again. Same thing.
I tried with my second tt only to have the same results.
Contacted Morten and he offered up a couple of suggestions for me to try. Sadly those did not rectify the issue.
After some e-mails and phone conversation with Morten there was not much that could be done. The 300 is working in active and passive modes when connected to my PC and the Azur.
I went back through this thread but didn't see any that stated they had listened to vinyl.
So I'm not sure if the stated issue was there prior to the vcap ricocheting around the enclosure.
I did spend a couple of hours listening in passive mode. I feel that active mode is a bit better.
If you are looking for a preamp on a budget it is worth checking it out.
I want to thank Morten for giving us an opportunity to try it out. I have to say that Morten is a brave man for turning me lose making repairs.
Also thanks to Audio Circle for creating a great forum that makes this possible.
Speakers, Focal Aria 948
Digital Sources, PC, Azur 851N
Analog Sources, Specific Dynamics tt, Sony 3000tt
Phono preamps, Goldnote PH-10, Creek OBH-15 mk2
Amplification, Odyssey Stratos Extreme