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PostPosted: December 13th, 2020, 12:16 pm 
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Grover Gardner wrote:
Thanks for the heads up on this, David. It gets some really remarkable reviews. I've been looking for something simple, mainly just for LP ripping purposes, since I don't so much LP misteneing these days. This looks like a very good candidate.


My only criticism to date is the I need a magnifying glass to flip the dip switches used to set up gain, loading, and equalization underneath the unit. Fortunately, it is small enough to hold in your hand to get a close view. But the very low noise and lack of overload on pops, means it would be ideal for LP ripping. I find the background is so quiet, it sounds in that respect like digital recordings.

BTW, the sound of the Goldring cartridge opened up since I first posted last night. There is something about the preamp that keeps me wanting to listen more, really non-fatiguing.

David


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PostPosted: December 13th, 2020, 4:16 pm 
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Is there links to these devices?


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PostPosted: December 13th, 2020, 5:00 pm 
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Do a Google search. I bought mine online from a dealer in Richmond, VA. But it is available from Audio Advisor, Music Direct, etc.

IFi just came out with an inexpensive phonostage in their "Zen" series of components that people seem to like, but the attraction of the more expensive iPhono 3 Black Label is that it has been compared with "Reference" level phono stages and has come out close or equal. I mean phonostages at 5 to 10 time the cost of this unit. That is why I took the risk, and was very pleasantly surprised on how much it improved my phono playback.

However, to each their own. In the spirit of DIY, it is nice to have a point of comparison and a challenge. I know that I feel somewhat embarrassed that my best DIY efforts to date do not come close to this unit. Charlie probably has gone further than any of us on DIY phonostages, and it will be interesting post-Covid to do a comparison.

Let's hope to have a great phonostage shootout after our present situation is over!

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PostPosted: December 24th, 2020, 10:28 pm 
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Follow-up with moving magnet cartridges, now listening to a Grace F-9 with a Soundsmith line contact Ruby stylus. Big room filling sound. Gain set at 45dB since the output is lower than the Goldring. Just listened to my favorite audiophile Christmas record, Cantate Domino on Proprius, and I have not heard it better. So save to say this iFi Phono 3 also does MM cartridges very well, in fact, the Grace F-9 is about as close to MC sound in a MM, detail, life, and holographic.

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PostPosted: December 25th, 2020, 9:53 am 
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David McGown wrote:
Follow-up with moving magnet cartridges, now listening to a Grace F-9 with a Soundsmith line contact Ruby stylus. Big room filling sound. Gain set at 45dB since the output is lower than the Goldring. Just listened to my favorite audiophile Christmas record, Cantate Domino on Proprius, and I have not heard it better. So save to say this iFi Phono 3 also does MM cartridges very well, in fact, the Grace F-9 is about as close to MC sound in a MM, detail, life, and holographic.

David

Absolute Sound Magazine (I still have those issues) ran a comprehensive cartridge shoot-out back in the '70's and the Grace F-9 got high praise especially since it embarrassed some pretty pricey moving-coil cartridges.

An Audio Nut friend of mine that runs Magnaplanar Tympani 1-Ds swears by his Grace cartridge.

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