Is there a better bargain than the $56 Nobsound Passive Preamp?

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rollo

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Re: Is there a better bargain than the $56 Nobsound Passive Preamp?
« Reply #180 on: 22 Jan 2019, 05:19 pm »
I got the Hong Kong passive in and how very nice. I will call it the HKP for short.

Build quality, much better than the NBobsound and Tisbury. It is about 3-4 times larger than the Nobsound and 2-3 times larger than the Tisbury. If you hook a lot of cables up, much less likely to move around. Out of the box, the HKP sounded equal to the Tisbury. While breaking in, it has surpassed the Tisbury. The HKP has audiophile grade wiring, the Tisbury does not.

Instead of buying one Tisbury for $200, get two HKP for $200 and run them dual mono. This passive is a huge steal at only $99.

   Yes two is better than one. I'm a dual mono kind of Guy.

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Re: Is there a better bargain than the $56 Nobsound Passive Preamp?
« Reply #181 on: 22 Jan 2019, 06:08 pm »
Is the HKP the unit you linked to on Ebay?

OzarkTom

Re: Is there a better bargain than the $56 Nobsound Passive Preamp?
« Reply #182 on: 23 Jan 2019, 05:24 am »
Is the HKP the unit you linked to on Ebay?

Yes

mr_bill

Re: Is there a better bargain than the $56 Nobsound Passive Preamp?
« Reply #183 on: 23 Jan 2019, 03:43 pm »
Does a passive pre like you are linking add gain or can only cut gain from the source?

OzarkTom

Re: Is there a better bargain than the $56 Nobsound Passive Preamp?
« Reply #184 on: 24 Jan 2019, 09:34 am »

No gain added. that is why passives are so great in SQ.

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Re: Is there a better bargain than the $56 Nobsound Passive Preamp?
« Reply #185 on: 29 Jan 2019, 07:34 pm »
I'm running a passive pre (shunt) with a takman rex as the series element.

Tried a few other resistors, but this one (to my ears) comes up top.  Most of the time.

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Re: Is there a better bargain than the $56 Nobsound Passive Preamp?
« Reply #186 on: 31 Jan 2019, 07:57 am »
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https://www.diyaudio.com/forums/analog-line-level/314563-aksas-lender-preamp-40vpp-output-post5681698.html

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The cheap DACT type attenuator finally arrived today. Sounds a bit better than the ALPS [green RK9] Potentiometer. Have them set so can swap them easy to test them.

Still waiting for the Mundorf Caps. Might add some caps (10u0, C1022,C1032) while waiting. If I run the volume up, the sound is crackling!!!


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Can someone help with getting more volume from the knob sound . I can max out the volume on softer recordings . Would the resistor being replaced with a different value help ? If so what value ? Thanks,mike.

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Re: Is there a better bargain than the $56 Nobsound Passive Preamp?
« Reply #188 on: 10 Feb 2019, 08:26 pm »
I have always wanted to try the cheap DACT type attenuator that seems to get good reviews, so I added one to an input selector box I built awhile ago. My new cheap and cheerful 3 input passive preamp sounds really good with the DACT type attenuator.








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Re: Is there a better bargain than the $56 Nobsound Passive Preamp?
« Reply #189 on: 11 Feb 2019, 06:49 am »
I listened to behringer monitor2usb monitor controller with emotiva stealth 8, and i thought it sounded fantastic for ~$150. Not sure what type of volume control is used inside, but it moves in discrete steps like stepped attenuator.

https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/MONITOR2USB--behringer-monitor2usb

Description says that that it uses voltage controlled amplifier which to me means that it is similar to the gain knob on some of the amplifiers. I thought that sound was clean devoid of any hiss, and very dynamic with tons of details and bass. Pair it with a nice balanced dac (massdrop sells one for $150), and you've an absolutely cheap and very cheerful unit.