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musical fidelity V-LPS 2 vs. emotiva XPS-1 phono preamp

i currently have the musical fidelity V-LPS 2 phono preamp for my music hall mmf 2.2 turntable. i wasn't really looking to upgrade the phono pre-amp for my system, but i ran across the emotiva XPS-1 phono pre-amp on emotiva's website and it looks attractive. it only costs $149 and the specs at first glance seem to be a lil better than the musical fidelity's. was wondering if anyone has heard both of these and which one they like better. i noticed the signal to noise ratio on the emo is >96 db and that of the musical fidelity is >80 db (both for MM). also the THD on the emo for MM is <0.0075% @1khz and <0.02% @20hz-20khz, while the THD of the musical fidelity for MM is just listed as <0.01%. thanks in advance, john.

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thinking further...

maybe the emo is just at <0.0075% THD at that certain little frequency and that the musical fidelity is <0.01% from 20-20. maybe the emo is just producing more distortion at higher signal to noise ratio's. hmmm....

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thinking even further now...

i heard once that anything below 0.5% THD is inaudable to the human ear. so maybe the emo would be more attractive because of the better signal to noise ratio. where are you jackfish? what say you?

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distortion

I long ago stop basing my buying decisions on specs alone. Emotiva has very liberal return policies. Why not try it. Compare it to your MF and decide for yourself.

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oh yeah

good idea joeE. thanks.

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The Musical Fidelity preamp sounds better. It is one of the best you can buy for under $500 IMO.

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The Musical Fidelity preamp sounds better. It is one of the best you can buy for under $500 IMO.

I took mine to a friend's house, where he had the other one, and he upgraded to the Musical Fidelity after hearing the difference.

Tests by Bell Labortaories over many years put the threshold for hearing distortion at between 1% and 2 %, so even if those specs were accurate, they would be insignificant.

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Phono Preamp

The Musical Fidelity preamp sounds better. It is one of the best you can buy for under $500 IMO.

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The Musical Fidelity preamp sounds better. It is one of the best you can buy for under $500 IMO.

I took mine to a friend's house, where he had the Emotiva and a Cambridge, and he upgraded to the Musical Fidelity V-LPS after hearing the difference.

Tests by Bell Labortaories over many years put the threshold for hearing distortion at between 1% and 2 %, so even if those specs were accurate, they would be insignificant.

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thank you...

... that's what i was looking for, a side to side comparison. thanks commsysman! i'm gonna keep the V-LPS 2 now.

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