I received one of Vista audio Phono Pre
to evaluate. Have about 6 albums on the Pre. now so ii thought that i have enough time on it to render some first impressions . My system can bee seen listed at the bottom of my post. My Rogue Magnum 99 has the factory phono board installed and i have 2 brymar 12ax7 and a pair of mullard 12au7 from upscale audio installed in the pre the main the 4 6sn7 in the pre are Ge's i got from ltr317 / Paul. I also use a 'PARIS' MOVING COIL hEADAMP
. The Vista audio Phono Pre with the built in riaa curve replaced the head amp and the built in phono pre in the magnum 99
Albums listened to so far
Dead can Dane - Dead Can Dance
Friedemann - Indian Summer
John Martyn - so far so god
Art Blakey - A night in In bird Land
The Knife - Silent Shout Single 12"
Bat For lashes - Two Suns
Styx - Paradise theater
The Who - Quadrophenia
I'm Liking it
Fast, Clear and clean come to mind right off the bat. a very noticeable lowering of the noise floor with the loss of 4 tubes in the food chain. The electronica of "The knife" with it fast transients and beats comes through shining brightly. I always thought that this kind music needed Solid state to get the fast attack that as demanded.
John Martyn -guitar playing and voice just flowed out of this album with the lower noise floor the Intricacy of Martyns playing came through. Wonderful voice. Didn't really lose anything in the vocal range by not using tubes Might not be quite as rich with out the tubes but made up for it in the clean
Art Blakey- What can you say about him Just believe me it was good.
Friedemann - Indian Summer If you have a turntable and don't own a copy of this record shame on you!!! It is one of the most dynamic recordings that I have heard.
I don't think this pre has a signature sound to it. To my way of thinking This product simple lets what on the record come through which is a good thing. At this price point it crazy good. I Started The Who - Quadrophenia about 11pm and played all 4 sides and was simple mesmerized for over an hour. I have heard this album countless times Last night was one of those magical moments when everything in my system is just coming together. when you can put something in your system as important as a phono Pre and have have it just jell for you its great.
I will also concur that it is petite, you might need some velcro for those of you that run amazon cables :lol:and has a nice green led to let you know its on
The only cravat that i found is that in my system i could use a little more gain then the stock unit for MC. The dynavector 20xl output is lower then a lot of MC cartridges. Boris said, this is an easy fix as the gain can be bumped up with no problem.