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Postby JimJ[VT] » Thu Jul 06, 2006 1:08 pm

So I didn't go DIY on this one...oh well :cwm12:

The remote is a cool feature. So what if it doesn't have dual mono attenuators...this setup is a whole lot easier to adjust and tweak from the listening chair.

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Postby westend » Sat Jul 08, 2006 1:40 am

I've heard only good things about the Rogue preamps. You're really getting it all together, eh? Jim, I saw a Technics 1200 MKII for $250, used with Stanton 505 carttridge. Is that a good buy?
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Postby JimJ[VT] » Sat Jul 08, 2006 10:04 am

Find out what the guy used it for. For $250...eh. They're worth more than that in good condition. You can send a MK2 through hell and back, but personally, I'd like to do the abusing myself ;)
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Postby westend » Sat Jul 08, 2006 11:25 am

I've got a mail off to the owner. What influenced your decision to go with the Rogue, if I could ask?
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Postby JimJ[VT] » Sat Jul 08, 2006 11:35 am

Like I hinted at in my original post, I don't like dual stepped attenuators in most cases, even though audiophools drool over them as the "purist" way to have the internal signal path. I used to have a Bottlehead Foreplay II with those, and it was a pain getting up and adjusting two knobs every time I wanted to change the volume. And there are those of us that have to use the balance control just to get the soundstage to be relatively centered, I don't have a perfectly flat wall that's 20 feet across to place my speakers in my apartment.

The Rogue seemed well built, had plenty of inputs, and looked sharp. Offer I couldn't refuse, you could say...

And yeah, everything would be coming together, if the asshat that owes me $700 for the ARC LS-1 I returned pays up >:| Things are getting ugly with that...


Re: the Technics...the Stanton 505 is a scratch cart, so you can assume what the table was used for ;)
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Postby Mike S. » Sun Jul 09, 2006 2:04 pm

Nice pre-amp. The separate PS is a nice touch, and it looks good.
Ain't nothing wrong with buying gear, I would if could. Poverty forces DIY in my case.

They do make stereo stepped attenuators, I have a 100K 23 step stereo type.

My only ***** is this particular one breaks before it makes. A decoupling cap helps, but it still pops a little when switching. I need to work more on decoupling, and possibly clean the contacts.

The mono linestages I use have the old school 100K Allen Bradley type J sealed pots.
The AB pots work just as fine as that 23 step stereo attenuator using Holco resistors, IMO.
They have smooth control and tracking, and are quiet.

I do agree that having mono volume pots for each side is kind of a drag. It takes some cocking around to get things dialed in.

Now if I could a find a dual ganged AB 100k type J pot.......and some 12B4A's......:cwm21:

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