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    Re: Audio Mirror Pre-amp

    Slated to be here today, finally!!!
    Pre & Amplifiers: Wyred 4 Sound STP-SE Stage 2 | Audio Mirror SET 45 | T+A AMP 8 | McIntosh MC-754
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    Quote Originally Posted by Randy Myers View Post
    Slated to be here today, finally!!!
    Well lets hope, there is no encounters with heavy monsoons in the area, SLEET, SNOW, EarthQuakes, tornadoes, a giant meteor, the earth tilts off its axis or the truck gets hijacked, so enjoy, we expect your report soon.
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    Re: Audio Mirror Pre-amp

    The pre-amp did arrive, although FedEx was two hours late so I had to drive back to work after hours to pick it up. Oh well... it is what it is....

    Unfortunately there are issues with the unit. Quite a bit of noise, a slight hum, but louder mid-range static, and hi frequency swirling sound. Noticeable from across the room, especially when listening at low volume.

    But even worse is my digital has a very heavy static sound whenever it is playing. I tried different inputs, cables, with and without the Recovery (much worse without). Basically unacceptable. I hooked the T+A back to the amps and all sounds fantastic. I never had an issue with any other pre-amp .

    I have wrote Vlad describing the issues. I told him that I thank him for his efforts, and I still highly recommend his amplifiers, but this pre-amp will not work . I am waiting to hear back from him.

    Unfortunately, this is the lowest priced piece that I have gotten but it has been by far the biggest hassle.
    Pre & Amplifiers: Wyred 4 Sound STP-SE Stage 2 | Audio Mirror SET 45 | T+A AMP 8 | McIntosh MC-754
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    Re: Audio Mirror Pre-amp

    Quote Originally Posted by Randy Myers View Post
    The pre-amp did arrive, although FedEx was two hours late so I had to drive back to work after hours to pick it up. Oh well... it is what it is....

    Unfortunately there are issues with the unit. Quite a bit of noise, a slight hum, but louder mid-range static, and hi frequency swirling sound. Noticeable from across the room, especially when listening at low volume.

    But even worse is my digital has a very heavy static sound whenever it is playing. I tried different inputs, cables, with and without the Recovery (much worse without). Basically unacceptable. I hooked the T+A back to the amps and all sounds fantastic. I never had an issue with any other pre-amp .

    I have wrote Vlad describing the issues. I told him that I thank him for his efforts, and I still highly recommend his amplifiers, but this pre-amp will not work . I am waiting to hear back from him.

    Unfortunately, this is the lowest priced piece that I have gotten but it has been by far the biggest hassle.
    Damn thats not good. Darn Bummer for sure.
    Chris

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    Yea, what can you do... Now I have to decide what to do. I may just keep using the T+A because it is rated to have a pretty good pre-amp section. I mainly play my music server, rarely spinning a disk because I rip all before ever listening to them ... I can listen to the tuner through an inexpensive ADC going to the DAC through Coax input. It works fine for radio ...

    But I was really hoping that a nice pre-amp would add flexibility and take the sound to a higher level still ...

    I do have a couple very nice RCA cables I picked up because the pre-amp is SE only. So they are back in their boxes... I can use them if I decide to try the Dennis Had as a pre-amp again... but dang, they cost more then the T-61 pre did ... Wireworld Eclipse 5 1M and Wireworld Silver Eclipse 7 1.5M...
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    Re: Audio Mirror Pre-amp

    Quote Originally Posted by Randy Myers View Post
    Yea, what can you do... Now I have to decide what to do. I may just keep using the T+A because it is rated to have a pretty good pre-amp section. I mainly play my music server, rarely spinning a disk because I rip all before ever listening to them ... I can listen to the tuner through an inexpensive ADC going to the DAC through Coax input. It works fine for radio ...

    But I was really hoping that a nice pre-amp would add flexibility and take the sound to a higher level still ...

    I do have a couple very nice RCA cables I picked up because the pre-amp is SE only. So they are back in their boxes... I can use them if I decide to try the Dennis Had as a pre-amp again... but dang, they cost more then the T-61 pre did ... Wireworld Eclipse 5 1M and Wireworld Silver Eclipse 7 1.5M...
    Thats why I have always hung on to my W4S pre-, its dead neutral and works nice with almost anything and has the inputs. But I know ya want tubes
    Chris

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    Re: Audio Mirror Pre-amp

    Sorry to hear the Pre did not work out for you. I guess you never know. When my friend brought over his Atma-Sphere UV-1 preamp the other day, it did not play nice with my Luxman DAC. There was a high pitched loud sound when they were connected. And it did not play nice with my Pass amp as there was a lot of noise.

    I am planning on buying a Don Sachs custom tube preamp as I stated on previous posts but now I am a bit leery after readng about your experience and mine with the UV-1.

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    Re: Audio Mirror Pre-amp

    Sorry to hear about your bad experience with the pre-amp, Randy.
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    Re: Audio Mirror Pre-amp

    Yea Larry, I am a bit leery about various pre-amps now, but, to be honest, this is the first time I have had a pre not play nice with my DAC, but, I suspect there is something else going on judging from all the other noise, etc.

    I hooked the DAC back up to my Dennis Had Dragon Inspire IHA-1 and I do not experience any issues whatsoever.


    As a follow up:

    Vladimir has already sent me a shipping label to return the unit. I feel very bad that the pre-amp had these issues, but I do have to praise Vlad's customer service handling these issues.

    I also want to mention again how much I recommend the Audio Mirror SET 45 amplifiers! In my opinion, these are the best sounding amplifiers I have ever heard in my system, by a long shot. They seem to be solid and built very well. You cannot go wrong with Vlad's amplifiers!
    Pre & Amplifiers: Wyred 4 Sound STP-SE Stage 2 | Audio Mirror SET 45 | T+A AMP 8 | McIntosh MC-754
    Digital: T+A DAC 8 DSD | Falcon NW Tiki | Roon & HQPlayer | W4S Recovery
    Other: AQ Niagara 1000 | Oppo BDP-105 | Technics ST-9030 | Dragon Inspire IHA-1

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    This could be a good learning experience for Vlad. You handled this gracefully and so will Vlad once your money is returned. I can feel your hassle and disappointment however.
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