Fosgate Signature Phono preamp

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Re: Fosgate Signature Phono preamp

Post by Magnaryder » Sat Oct 04, 2014 2:21 am

During CarverFest I had no digital front end in my EAR/Fosgate rig. I spent the 14 days running the Ariston/Linn/Grado combo, although it wasn't without issue. I seem to need a rumble filter to combat woofer flap, or better system isolation and once Bob sorted out my phase problem....the rig sounded great! I had a speaker wired incorrectly and hadn't taken the time to sort out the problem. I knew it sounded wrong but couldn't put my finger on the fix. :rolleyes:

George Daniel gave me 'the holy grail' of 6X4s to install in my Fosgate Signature phono and we gave it a whirl breaking open a couple of Beatles LPs I bought in the early '80s, nothing like virgin vinyl to give perspective to a listening session.

We listened to 'Revolver', I still can't get past how quiet this rig is and how much I like the V20/Fosgate duo. The new 6X4 made an already black hole like background seemingly quieter. I still have issue with the mixing on the early Beatles' LPs. Many times the vocals are all on one side and the instrumentals on the other making me feel like the rig is out of phase....again :rolleyes:

We played several Carly Simon LPs, an unopened 'Beatles for Sale' Kingdom Come's self-titled LP, some Mahogany Rush and StarCastle's 'Citadel'

I placed the K&K SUT back in the rig to get a bit more gain and it worked really well. The K&K belongs to Dan(Chauss). He was kind enough to loan it to me while I got my vinylphile ducks in a row. Bob spent some time listening to my rig one evening at the 'Fest and suggested instead of a new cart I buy an SUT giving me a bit more flexibility when choosing a new cart and allowing me time to run this cart while I take care selecting a new one, if I really find the need.

Bob read through the literature I brought along for the EARV20 and the Fosgate Signature. He seemed quite surprised at the techniques employed in the V20 surrounding the use of 12AX7s as power tubes.

George suggested a Cinemag CM-QEE-3440 SUT and I trust his ears. So Cinemag it is.

I'll keep y'all posted.

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Re: Fosgate Signature Phono preamp

Post by Zoot Horn » Sat Oct 04, 2014 4:00 am

Ray,,if you want to try the cinemag,,pm me your addy

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Re: Fosgate Signature Phono preamp

Post by Zoot Horn » Sat Oct 04, 2014 4:14 am

found it,,Ray check your pm

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Re: Fosgate Signature Phono preamp

Post by Chauss » Sat Oct 04, 2014 8:49 am

Hope it works out well for you Ray!
When you deal with gear good enough to hear a gnat fart if it is on the recording....you hear every little thing else too- :D
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Re: Fosgate Signature Phono preamp

Post by Magnaryder » Sat Oct 04, 2014 4:10 pm

Zoot Horn wrote:Ray,,if you want to try the cinemag,,pm me your addy

Thanks George, PM sent

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Re: Fosgate Signature Phono preamp

Post by radioeng2 » Thu Oct 09, 2014 8:41 pm

Ray,

Wonder if this'll go cheap enough to consider?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Audio-Research- ... _443wt_928

The adjustability could come in handy. You should able to find out more on the CJ reference site that comes up with a search.

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Re: Fosgate Signature Phono preamp

Post by Magnaryder » Thu Oct 09, 2014 8:54 pm

I've got wood!!!!

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Re: Fosgate Signature Phono preamp

Post by radioeng2 » Thu Oct 09, 2014 9:14 pm

Sell it and buy the C-J!
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Re: Fosgate Signature Phono preamp

Post by Zoot Horn » Sat Oct 11, 2014 6:12 am

I thought it was an Audio Research

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Re: Fosgate Signature Phono preamp

Post by Snoop65 » Sat Oct 11, 2014 9:51 am

Zoot Horn wrote:I thought it was an Audio Research
And I thought it was just me! :D
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Re: Fosgate Signature Phono preamp

Post by radioeng2 » Sat Oct 11, 2014 10:29 am

OK...ok...C-J, Krell, AR, Montgomery Ward....whatever.....

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Re: Fosgate Signature Phono preamp

Post by Snoop65 » Sat Oct 11, 2014 11:11 am

radioeng2 wrote:OK...ok...C-J, Krell, AR, Montgomery Ward....whatever.....

:lol:
All forgiven Mark :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Fosgate Signature Phono preamp

Post by Zoot Horn » Sat Oct 11, 2014 1:04 pm

Snoop65 wrote:
radioeng2 wrote:OK...ok...C-J, Krell, AR, Montgomery Ward....whatever.....

:lol:
All forgiven Mark :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

He,he,, no it's not,,lol

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Re: Fosgate Signature Phono preamp

Post by Magnaryder » Sat Oct 11, 2014 8:42 pm

radioeng2 wrote:OK...ok...C-J, Krell, AR, Montgomery Ward....whatever.....

:lol:
Monkey Ward...hadn't thought of them in years. The CD changer I have in my office rig is a Technics unit I bought for Sherry back in the early 90s at Montgomery Ward. Kinda miss them.

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Re: Fosgate Signature Phono preamp

Post by Magnaryder » Sat Jan 17, 2015 11:41 pm

I installed a set of PSvane valves throughout the Fosgate Signature pre. Damn, they look really good and I'll sit down after they get a few hours on them and let y'all know what I think.

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