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Hello all,I thought I'd chime in because I'm one of the two lucky owners of the "production beta" unit based on the autoformers that John mentioned above, which I received last week. It's really very very good (no, John isn't paying me to say that!); it works perfectly in my system. I suppose on of the main reasons to buy a passive in the first place is transparency, and I have to say that this new unit is as transparent as a direct connection--I've tried both. There are also a few additional clever ideas that make it very flexible to use; one I particularly like is the "level memory" control (I don't know if that has an official name) which allows one to store in memory a set volume level associated with a specific input.To answer one of the above questions about how this new unit compares with the older one, I had the opportunity yesterday to compare it with an older Bent passive, the Flex unit (based on the Stevens & Billington TVC); a friend of mine brought it over and we tried both with a variety of music and both analog and digital sources. In all cases, the new model sounded more transparent and better tonally. In comparison, the Flex seemed a bit veiled and darker, with a little more emphasis on the lower part of the register. It was quite audible.I hope that helps.Cheers,Joel
No, no problem with gain, I'm not even close to unity (54) with any of my sources; the one with the least level is the SACD output of my Denon/ModWright-modified DVD 2900, but even there I don't need to go higher than 47. With the DAC, it's low 40s and with the phono stage, low to mid-30s. The volume control is really nice, 1dB increments, very smooth.But I don't want to make you more impatient than you must be already....Joel
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