Sunday, April 27, 2014

UK Lancashire 33.3 Phono, a beautiful example of expressing "Less is More!"

The Lancashire 33.3 is mounted on top of 4 isolated, under operation!

Two 12AX7 on the left, power regulator for heater mounted on the centre of the chassis and 5 smoothing power capacitors and a nothing more... no wire at all.

Two Telefunken ECC803S are being used valued HKD$8,000

This is an UK hand Made Phono Unit. “33.3”
Right price, right design with simple is best concept, isolated power supply. Limited edition gramophone / pick up preamplifier. The '33.3 Limited Edition' Limited to just 33 examples, this Moving Magnet phono stage has been designed for the absolute best sound quality per £. It is designed and built in Lancashire, and boasts some sound enhancing features.

Obviously all valve (2x ECC83 double triode Class A operation). Each channel is assembled on it's own individual board, mono construction if you like. The shortest signal path possible, with no need for internal wire or connections, maximizing low level detail and lowering distortion.

A separate power supply is included, minimizing hum field and power supply induced noise. All components are high tolerance and very carefully selected. All are handmade, and all are subject to 100 hour burn in and test. The design was to make longevity and low noise a priority over absolute gain. Unlike some of our competitors, the sound quality of the '33.3' will not deteriorate with age. The circuit uses active RIAA equalization, again using the highest tolerance matched components throughout.

· Compact size: 29 wide x 17 deep x 11 tall (CM)
· Optimized for Moving Magnet (S&B M.C. step-up transformers fitted on request)
· Active RIAA Equalization curve
· 2x Class "A" Twin Triode Valves
· External Power Supply
· Hand Made in Lancashire
· Limited to just 33... mine is “No. 13”

I am having serious audition now using my current equipment
LP12 Turntable+ Ittok III tone arm + Lyra Helicon MC cartridge
John Curl Vendetta Research Symmetrical Cascode Pre-pre-amp hand made by John Curl.
This Lancashire The '33.3 Limited Edition' Phono  Amplifier. (12AX7 x2)
Audio Space Line 3.1 line Amplifier (12AX7 x2, 12 AU7X2)
Audio Space WE300B push Pull Power Amplifier (12AX7x2, 12AU7x2, 300B x4)
B & W 805S loudspeaker

I have been carefully listened for one day, and this is a line of High definition, highly accurate, clear, musical and yet we can tell detail of individual organs position,

Speed is high and I am sure you don't feel this is the “Tube Amplifier that gives you a slow and bloomy picture of the music!”

The Violin is has texture of a Violin, exactly the size of a Violin, and not the Viola or micro Violin!

These are the testing LPs, and I am here to announce the true essence of music is not being to judge by weight, size of the complexity of the circuitry…

Honesty, I studied Electronics and one should know the shortest audio path could give you less loss in signal and higher gain in S/N ratio!
This 33.3 demonstrate the true spirit of “ Less is more!” mentioning about the price! WOW, it is the price of your power cable only.

I am not bluffing, if you had gust and not money, well, I can borrow mine or I can refer you to buy this

Likely the best best High End Phono Amplifier money can buy…
Of course, I used TELEFUNKEN 803S on all stages all amplifiers… that is to be considered,,, as I feel nothing can beat ECC803S tubes, only that I cannot afford to put all…
But it is like Opium (though I have not yet tried Opium), you will addicted to it…I believe.
Come and open your ears to listen…

Testing records
Listen to this Scottish Fantasia, how Campoli plays his Violin Corrrectly!
An expensive LP that is about now HKD$3,000!

Listen to the true natual voice of Tsrai Chin when she was fresh in singing back in 1973
I like the last song on Side A; "Mysterious Girl"

Ruggiero plays The Four Season using 14 rare Stradivari Instruments that worth US$20M!

Listen to Rossine : William Tell Overture -Finale on No.1 on side A and Dubussy :Clair De Lune to see how quiet the music baclkground is though the LP quality is not too good.
Contact me if you re interested in trying this Amplifier!
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