Hello all. I wanted to give my initial impressions of the phono 2, which i just received in the mail. It's been several months since i have had the phono 1 in my bedroom system. I have a microzotl2 as a preamp, which feeds my JWN 6V6 amp at 12 wpc or thereabouts. Source is the thorens 125mkII with the denon 301mkII. Speakers are high output omegas. I decided to spring for the phono 2 after reading about its increased bass response.
The Vista audio phono 2 is quite a step up from its sibling. if there was ever any lingering doubt as to whether or not i may want to spring for a subwoofer down the road, i have to say the phono 2 opens up the bottom end considerably, so that won't be necessary. in addition to a bigger soundstage and more precise yet musical imaging, my system sounds a bit more refined in the upper register. And its not even broken in yet.
KUDOS to Boris for a great phono preamp.
Wanted to do a serious test on the bass today, so I cleaned my copy of Ray Brown and Laurindo Almeida, Moonlight Serenade. It's one of those Jeton recordings, direct to disc live in the studio in Germany. There's this one section where Brown solos with a bow. Holy Crap! My system now nails it.