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    Octave Black Box Preamp

    The upgrade itch is always there. My pre amp, the Octave phono module has an optional Black Box black box. Does anyone here have any experience with this?

    I have tried the SSB (Super Black Box) on a power amp. It's like the power amp gains a few more horsepower. But I have no idea what it would do for a pre amp. Can someone shine a light on this?
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    Re: Octave Black Box Preamp

    Quote Originally Posted by Mordante View Post
    The upgrade itch is always there. My pre amp, the Octave phono module has an optional Black Box black box. Does anyone here have any experience with this?

    I have tried the SSB (Super Black Box) on a power amp. It's like the power amp gains a few more horsepower. But I have no idea what it would do for a pre amp. Can someone shine a light on this?
    No. Sorry.
    I don't know if the Octave phono has a good sound...

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    Re: Octave Black Box Preamp

    Upgrading the power supply almost always has a positive effect , especially on digital and preamps .

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    Re: Octave Black Box Preamp

    Quote Originally Posted by stereogeek View Post
    Upgrading the power supply almost always has a positive effect , especially on digital and preamps .
    You're correct, and Octave makes some very fine-sounding components. I've met and had dinner with Andreas Hoffman of Octave, and personally, I think he makes some of the finest components on the market. Innovative and flexible designs, too.

    Upgrading power supplies always has a positive effect, just as Stereogeek has mentioned. Just look at the approaches utilized by NAIM, Pass Labs, First Sound, etc, just to name a few.

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