September 2013 – Donald T (DXT Electro-Acoustics) - Valve Amplifiers & Pre-Amplifiers.
A small but select group met for a very enjoyable afternoons listening at Don’s home.
We were all there to hear his valve amps – which sounded great!
However, what caught us out was his double set of University horn speakers, not only physically big side by side but also in sound.
Once in a long long while a unique product comes along the way.
I am referring to an all-new 100% all-Valve Phono MC preamp.
Basically, in a Phono MC preamp there are 3 stages of amplification viz:- the MC stage, Phono Equalisation and Line stage.
In our case, all three stages are Valve-based.
This is unlike the implementation adopted by most manufacturers that only use two stages of Valve-based amplification i.e. MM Phono and Line but left out implementing de all important Valve-based MC stage.
Due to the extreme difficulty of eliminating Hum and Noise at the MC stage (sensitivity of 0.3mV @ 100 Ohms) , many manufacturers have taken the easy way out by installing a step-up transformer or a Solid-state module.
The DXT-08 Preamp is the Holy Grail of Vinyl amplification.
It is more dynamic, more detailed and has a crystal clear presentation than both step-up transformer or Solid-state head amp.
Of course, this preamp also has CD inputs and Tape Monitor functions.
It pays yourself to audition and I guarantee it won’t disappoint!
Best regards, Don - DXT Electro-Acoustics Pty Ltd