JLTi Review and Comment
Trust you are well.
Val has loaned me your phono stage and it is indeed rather excellent,
easily taking out the Benz Micro Lukaschek PP1.
In a word 'FANTASTIC'. Absolutely leaves
CD for dead.
"My continued listening has been most
pleasurable... I find the JLTi [Phono] resolves an amazing amount of
detail. It also captures an extended bass response and a large hall
ambience. My favorite test for these last two characteristics is found on
side two of "The Mission", a soundtrack recording. A concert bass drum is
played on a couple of the tracks. With the JLTi, one hears not only the
deep note of this very large drum, but the attack and decay as the mallet
strikes the drum skin, then the sense of space from the recording studio
as each note fades away are fully revealed...most tracks are interesting
and fun to listen to."
Tim Price, California USA
The phono stage arrive
today. I soldered on the *wall wart. Soldering is not my thing. I didn't
burn the house down, but I came close. The unit works fine, despite my
efforts to do it in.
I played about 3 hours of music thru it. My initial
impressions are that it is very quiet, very smooth. It does not sound like
solid state. It has lots of bass slam. Heavy metal is loads of fun.
Your unit has a wide soundstage, though not terribly deep. The major
drawback is that the instruments and vocalists are not three dimensional.
They are more two dimensional in a three dimensional soundstage. I know,
if I want three dimensional instruments I have to pay
more and use tubes, which is why I have my Herron tube phono
stage. Now if you could put your bass slam and blackness into the Herron,
then you would have a world contender.
It is a very good unit for the price. I am quite happy with it.
Roger S. Gordon, USA
external wall wart needs to be 115V AC, widely available within the U.S.
The connector was supplied and only two wires needed soldering.
Second view from
I lent the phono stage
to a [colleague]. He preferred the JLTI to the Sutherland. Thought your
unit sounds less like solid state and had a warmer, more expansive
midrange than the Sutherland... My friend still prefers the Steelhead [US
$7,300]. However, he thought your unit was a bargain at the price,
particularly since he thought it better than the US $3,000 Sutherland.
Third view from Roger:
Buying the JLTI phono stage from
you was the one of the best audio purchases I
Iíve now had time to burn in the JLTi phono pre,
and I like it a LOT. Very quiet, tonally right with a very musical
presentation without being soft. Very low listener fatigue. Nice job!
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