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Phono Preamp comparison (horror story)
fewtch
post May 28 2002, 20:33
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I received my new Denon turntable today, which has a built in phono preamp.

Since reviews state the Denon preamp isn't that good, I went and bought a separate (Techlink) preamp, which now it looks like I wasted $33 on this piece of crap.

Compare the two. Here first is the Techlink, which seems to be doing no RIAA equalization at all to my ears. Terrible over-emphasis on the highs:

http://home.attbi.com/~fewtchmon/techlink.mp3

Now compare the Denon, which sounds pretty good to my ears:

http://home.attbi.com/~fewtchmon/denon.mp3

Does everyone agree the Techlink sounds horrible? My god, everybody be sure to stay away from it (www.tracertek.com).


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fewtch
post Jun 2 2002, 02:08
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Hey, has anyone ever heard of "Bozak Madisson" or know anything about this:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewI...item=1356587747

Sounds like a phony company name to me, invented to sound "high end" but who knows...

Thanks (and I'm still looking for a decent, (very) low cost preamp, if anyone has any suggestions)... here's another one I wonder if anyone's heard of...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewI...item=1355205349


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- fewtch   Phono Preamp comparison (horror story)   May 28 2002, 20:33
- - Trelane   I prefer the sound of the Denon over the sound of ...   May 28 2002, 20:39
- - fewtch   Ditto... there's something wrong with the Techlink...   May 28 2002, 20:50
- - ancl   What kind of pickup (MM or MC) is the turntable us...   May 28 2002, 21:14
- - fewtch   I don't know, it's a cheap preamp so I would assum...   May 28 2002, 21:29
- - bryant   I had never heard of that Techlink preamp, but I c...   May 29 2002, 03:11
- - JonPike   QUOTE Originally posted by fewtch To tell the tru...   May 29 2002, 06:00
- - fewtch   QUOTE Originally posted by bryant I had never hea...   May 29 2002, 06:08
- - fewtch   P.S. I'm not gonna complain too loud, this turntab...   May 29 2002, 06:43
- - macdaddy   new week, new thread, same usual suspects... fewt...   May 29 2002, 07:15
- - fewtch   Listening to the samples from the Techlink preamp ...   May 29 2002, 18:04
- - JonPike   Macdaddy.. I'll be looking.. good that one of u...   May 30 2002, 07:44
- - fewtch   Actually, they said they would take it back. Thin...   May 30 2002, 07:51
- - 2Bdecided   I wouldn't swear to the accuracy of this, but from...   May 30 2002, 09:49
- - fewtch   QUOTE Originally posted by 2Bdecided I wouldn't s...   May 30 2002, 10:47
- - JonPike   Very cool.. I should have thought of running the ...   May 30 2002, 11:01
- - macdaddy   Fewtch, you should at least send a link to this th...   May 30 2002, 15:58
- - bryant   You guys are having so much fun ripping this compa...   May 30 2002, 17:51
- - fewtch   I agree with bryant, in that it can't be proven b...   May 30 2002, 19:55
- - JonPike   Heh.. well, I guess I agree with you guys as wel...   May 31 2002, 03:45
- - fewtch   If anyone REALLY wants to test the Techlink preamp...   May 31 2002, 07:07
- - 2Bdecided   The fault could be as simple as a dry solder joint...   May 31 2002, 09:39
- - fewtch   Check new thread I started: "The last phono preamp...   May 31 2002, 09:46
- - JonPike   Well fewtch.. welcome to the "keeps huge amplifie...   May 31 2002, 19:03
- - fewtch   QUOTE Originally posted by JonPike Well fewtch.....   May 31 2002, 21:15
- - JonPike   Yeah, that's not much.. Uh, you do have the grou...   May 31 2002, 23:50
- - Pio2001   I wouldn't rely on background noise analysis, beca...   Jun 1 2002, 00:34
- - fewtch   Hey, has anyone ever heard of "Bozak Madisson" or ...   Jun 2 2002, 02:08
- - JonPike   Have not a clue to the "Bozac" pre.. tried a sear...   Jun 2 2002, 05:29
- - fewtch   QUOTE Originally posted by JonPike The other one....   Jun 2 2002, 05:43
- - JonPike   Again.. nothing here.. I also think that the one ...   Jun 2 2002, 07:24
- - fewtch   QUOTE Originally posted by JonPike Again.. nothin...   Jun 2 2002, 08:23
- - JonPike   Speaking of the NAD PP-1.. was poking around on T...   Jun 2 2002, 11:19
- - fewtch   Well, I'm not really looking for "killer" either. ...   Jun 2 2002, 11:31
- - Bruin   If I read the Tracer Technologies info correctly, ...   Oct 30 2007, 23:53
- - AndyH-ha   This idea has been discussed to death in various f...   Oct 31 2007, 16:54
- - pdq   Of course, the other obvious disadvantage of this ...   Oct 31 2007, 17:13
- - Axon   The soundcard overload argument is a red herring. ...   Oct 31 2007, 17:58
|- - pdq   QUOTE (Axon @ Oct 31 2007, 12:58) I prefe...   Nov 1 2007, 12:44
|- - Woodinville   QUOTE (pdq @ Nov 1 2007, 04:44) QUOTE (Ax...   Nov 1 2007, 20:01
- - 2Bdecided   But most music is spectrally white-ish or pink-ish...   Oct 31 2007, 18:10
- - Axon   But the 20db treble boost is at 3khz: where it...   Oct 31 2007, 19:01
- - AndyH-ha   I can allow that lowering the input level to accom...   Nov 1 2007, 04:59
|- - Axon   QUOTE (AndyH-ha @ Oct 31 2007, 22:59...   Nov 1 2007, 23:21
|- - pdq   QUOTE (Axon @ Nov 1 2007, 18:21) QUOTE (p...   Nov 2 2007, 16:20
- - AndyH-ha   Why "add" that many bits and to what do ...   Nov 1 2007, 20:06
- - pdq   QUOTE (AndyH-ha @ Nov 1 2007, 15:06)...   Nov 1 2007, 22:28


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