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    Re: Hattor Pre-amp Inbound

    to equalize the vinyl and digital source volumes, you might try moving the dac8 dsd analog out slide switch to "VRLB" from "FIXED" and then use the volume controls as a means of lowering the output level to be more in line with that of your vinyl.

    i have not noticed any SQ impact of using the VRBL setting on the few occasions i have tried it.
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    Yea, I know I can do this, and have thought about it. I have been using it in FIXED mode which literally stops the signal from even going through the volume circuit. I know it probably will make no difference in performance because of how good T+A is, but I figured they designed it to by pass the circuit entirely for a reason. The McIntosh has a similar control on the rear of the unit.

    The Hattor is so revealing that small changes become instantly apparent. I was actually surprised at how obviously the Rothwell affected the sound. I have never heard a difference in performance using the Rothwell's before .

    ... ok, I gave this a try. As suspected T+A always does things the right way! I did not notice a quality depreciation using the built in circuit within the DAC 8 DSD.

    I did a very good comparison between digital and vinyl I might add. I used Shelby Lynne Just A Little Lovin for this comparison. I have the DSD download, one of the absolute best examples of DSD in my view, and ran through Roon and HQ Player at 24.6 Mhz. I also have a 200g 45 RPM pressing for the vinyl in the comparison. Again absolutely fantastic!

    They were very close. Overall I am going to give a very tiny advantage to the vinyl, with a small caveat. The bass was slightly tighter and the top high end was ever so slightly more present. Very small subtle differences, but also some surface noise (ever so slight pops and clicks) and of course the cleaning factor. Also flipping/exchanging the album every 2-3 songs. To me they are both fantastic but different and this even more proved the point. Deal with the caveats versus ease for an incredibly subtle change/improvement.

    I really enjoy my vinyl setup. I have been enthralled building a reasonable size collection of albums and learning many of the subtleties... however at this I believe that digital will probably start getting much more playing time. I will still spin an album, but I think I am moving to a new phase where digital will once again be very important!
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    Re: Hattor Pre-amp Inbound

    great to hear you did not experience any SQ degradation when engaging the t+a volume circuit.

    i had a look at the rega phono MC specs -- and while the output voltage is not explicitly specified, it does say: ...designed to amplify the signal from a moving coil cartridge to a level which can feed into a 200mV line level input on a standard hi-fi amplifier. so, i suspect the rega puts out quite a bit less voltage than the t+a which for fixed output lists 2.5V for single-ended and 5.0V for balanced.

    no wonder you were hearing such a large difference in volume between your analog and digital sources.

    so, what's this new digital phase you are embarking upon? :-)
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    Re: Hattor Pre-amp Inbound

    Hehe, nothing in particular. I have been listening to primarily vinyl for the past several months while building an album collection and learning everything that has changed since I was last into vinyl. So I will probably be giving more time to digital moving forward now that I think both sources are solidly where I want them to be .
    Core: Hattor "The Big"; T+A AMP 8; AudioQuest Niagara 1000
    Analog: Rega RP8; Rega Ania Pro; Rega Fono MC; Record Doctor VI
    Digital: T+A DAC 8 DSD; Falcon NW PC; Roon & HQPlayer; W4S Recovery
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    Other: Astell&Kern AK240; McIntosh MR7083; Oppo BDP105


    "A great challenge of life: Knowing enough to think you are right, but not knowing enough to know when when you are wrong" - Neil deGrasse Tyson

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    Re: Hattor Pre-amp Inbound

    Quote Originally Posted by Randy Myers View Post
    Hehe, nothing in particular. I have been listening to primarily vinyl for the past several months while building an album collection and learning everything that has changed since I was last into vinyl. So I will probably be giving more time to digital moving forward now that I think both sources are solidly where I want them to be .
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