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"The AVID Pulsare II is the best phono amp that I have ever heard. It's concentration on removing distortion from the hi-fi chain is the primary source of my enthusiasm. As such, it remains true to the primary source, ridding the signal of noise and maintaining a colour-free presentation with great focus."
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I've been a fan of Avid products for years, having owned two of their turntables. Pulsare follows their usual exemplary standards of build, and usefully has controls on the front panel - easy to experiment. But the best thing is the performance - stunning! Clean, detailed, dynamic, expansive and above all fun! Listening to music through this unit is not a passive experience. I can't imagine I will ever buy another phono stage. Highest recommendation. (Others have reported 100 hours needed for burn in which seems about right - and then, the sound!)
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Best solid state phono stage I have heard. Comes very close to valve like presentation, so ideal if you prefer not to be so hands on as you are with valve amps. Break in period is very long, up to 100 hours before treble smooths out and bass deepens and tightens. You will clearly hear when this happens. Has a very revealing nature so bright cartridges not advised, I use Koetsu Red Signature, and Nagaoka MP500 as back up. Both work well into this stage because of the flexibility on offer.
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