I just picked up a nice deal on a used original JD-9 phono preamp as an upgrade to my current TT/Cart setup - stock Technics SL-1200mkII and Denon DL-160.
My previous set up was using the built in phono pre input on my Musical Fidelity A5 integrated amp.
I checked the settings on the Jolida and the switches were set to 47 pF and 47kOhm, with the gain at 55dB. Connected to the Tuner inputs (line level) on the A5 (I did not connect it back up to the phono inputs).
And I used the High Outputs since the Denon is considered a High Output MC.
After letting the JD-9 warm up for 2 hrs, I put on my ultra quiet and nice sounding Friday Music release of Heart's Dreamboat Annie.
First impressions - wow - bright and brittle...lean sounding on the bottom end
Turned everything off and reconnected the TT directly to the phono inputs.
Ah...back to the smoother, more liquid sound w/ better tonal balance and more oomph to the bottom end.
So....any recommendations on how to set the JD-9?
I've already gotten suggestions on AK to start rolling tubes....so just wondering if I have to go further down the rabbit hole just to get back to what my A5 already offers.
[and yes - the thread title was a typo - still having my first cup of coffee!]