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    Re: Hattor Pre-amp Inbound

    The Hattor appears to be smoothing out nicely. I was noticing last evening just how smooth and accurate it was sounding. Sound stage is to die for!!! Over all sound performance, at this point, seems to be very similar to the Stage 2. Smooth, uncolored, accurate, fantastic sound stage, great bass control!

    I really like the hook ups and controls. You can get any configuration of XLR and RCAs that you like from the five inputs. I have three XLR and two RCA inputs, and two outputs each for both XLR and RCAs for the four that are included.

    The control knobs are large and nice. The volume numbers are large and easy to see from across the room. I like that the remote is metal and can control both left and right in unison or individually (balance control). Also input up or down, mute, power, and a display dim (4 levels) all from the nice little metal remote.

    I also love that a separate power box is utilized!

    So far all good with the Hattor!
    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


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    I have now had the Hattor for a long enough time to get a good feel for it. At this point I would say it is a keeper. Flexible hookups, easy controls without adding extra nonsense. Sounds beautiful and adds nothing. Exactly what I loved about the Stage 2 but matches my system better. Very nice unit, highly recommended for anyone looking for a preamp that does what it is supposed to and nothing else!
    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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    : KEF R700; Elac Debut Sub 3010; Audeze LCD-i4
    Other: Astell&Kern AK240; McIntosh MR7083; Oppo BDP105


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    Re: Hattor Pre-amp Inbound

    Congratulations Randy, great news.

    I still love my Wyred stage 2. I’m sure your Hattor is amazing too.
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    Awesome Randy
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    Quote Originally Posted by joeinid View Post
    Congratulations Randy, great news.

    I still love my Wyred stage 2. I’m sure your Hattor is amazing too.
    Yup, more similarities than differences accept the Hattor does not have the active stage standard (but that is available as an option including a tube active stage). I would say the Stage 2 and the Hattor are the best sounding pre-amps I have owned! Everything that I loved about the Stage 2 but it matches the T+A in my system much better, and I really love the little remote and separate power supply!
    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
    Speakers
    : KEF R700; Elac Debut Sub 3010; Audeze LCD-i4
    Other: Astell&Kern AK240; McIntosh MR7083; Oppo BDP105


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    Re: Hattor Pre-amp Inbound

    Well I decided to go all out. Arek is allowing me to trade up so the AMRG Trans resistor version which will be sent by the end of the week!!! According to Arek the Takman REX and REY resistors are a bit more detailed then the standard Vishay resistor version. He told me the AMRG is warmer, richer sounding which is right up my alley. All around a very nice improvement which I think should make this as good sounding pre-amp as I could want!!!

    I know quality, solid case (Arek offered for me to look inside) is as solid as I have seen. Nicely made metal, nice metal remote, top quality parts, external power supply, etc. Very good stuff!
    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
    Speakers
    : KEF R700; Elac Debut Sub 3010; Audeze LCD-i4
    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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    So Arek built a new AMRG version of the pre-amp and burnt it in over the weekend. He shipped it out from Poland on Tuesday. I just got word that it is being delivered today. Two days to deliver from Poland to California. I can't even get something from LA in two days .... amazing .
    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
    Speakers
    : KEF R700; Elac Debut Sub 3010; Audeze LCD-i4
    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

    The step up Hattor did arrive today. This is Arek's top of the line piece with the AMRG Trans resistors. I listened for a couple hours tonight. I know it has some run in to do (like 100 hours or so), but my initial impressions are very positive. The standard model impressed me, this one even more so.

    Listening a bit longer tonight I got a clearer picture of some of the things I am hearing. Very detailed but not analytic, if that makes sense. More air around the instruments, really really solid and consistent sound stage. I did not hear the typical image wandering that some equipment does. It seemed like a very deep depth to the sound stage. Very impressive indeed. I think if you like other highly rated passives such as the Wyred 4 Sound STP-SE Stage 2 then you will be very happy with this. Probably to early to say but I think I might like this better than the Stage 2! Very musical, even more so then the standard Vishay model. I can only look forward to it getting even better. If it does continue to improve this will be my go to pre-amp for sure!

    Pretty awesome pre-amp; all of the inputs and outputs I could possibly want. Arek custom builds whatever configuration of XLR/RCA you want. I had mine built with 3x Stereo XLR and 2x Stereo RCA inputs; 2x XLR stereo and 2x RCA stereo outputs. External power supply, nifty metal remote, very nice solid metal case, dual mono, shipped in a flight case... and what a deal. Under 2 grand for the top model and in my view I would put the sound against virtually anything out there... the Stage 2 is commonly consider one of the best giant killers out there... at half the price this is simply amazing.

    I also had Arek put black knobs on this one. It looks much better with the T+A gear! Very nice match... and it literally took two days to ship it from Poland.... holy cow that surprised me. Oh, it took him about a week to build it.
    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
    Speakers
    : KEF R700; Elac Debut Sub 3010; Audeze LCD-i4
    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

    Ahoj Randy,
    děkuji za váš příspěvek, Big Hattor duální mono AMRG Trans pasivní / aktivní právě teď Arek budovy pro mě, který jste obdrželi příští týden, těším se na poslech

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    Re: Hattor Pre-amp Inbound

    Randy, what type of xlr cables with hattor are you using ?

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