Against my better judgement (debatable ), and advise from my well trusted and respected peers....I went ahead and got a Magnum Dynalab MD-102..
It arrived today after a week of serious butterflies and worry, since the seller was under a new name, and would only take postal MO...(with life and limb on his part in serious jeopardy, I googled the addy, checked e-mail, and ran the phone number down ......, I booked a flight to his hometown just in case..)[Ranger Recon];)
But all is well, and It arrived in MINT condition today...
I hate to say that my trusted Peers were right, as I am not as BLOWN AWAY as I thought I would be....especially since all the rave reviews and articals I have read in my research..
But I have to remeber...I was listening to DIGITAL tuners, and this one is 100% ANALOG..
Flame on my friends...I know what your gonna say....but It does sound very , very good...and looks killer
It is a product that is very dependant on the cables and gear associated with it , on what you hear..
I am running the Cary V12, and the Parasound /HP 850 Pre....
I think the 850 is the week link, and it will all sound better and have better synergy with the SLP-98 hooked up..
Maybe some other/different tubes for the V12 ?!!
The new Parasound 2000 pre I just got is a solid piece and will be throwing her into the mix soon ...
I am waiting to get some XLR cables so I can play with that piece ......(Ben, I may need your services soon)
I might have to actually listen to Mark and Russ, and break down and get the Vintage Tuna that I have been drooling over on the FM site they turned me on to...
I have the Cary 306 SACD/HDCD/CD on my short list , and my sights are set..
I also have the Cary SLP-05 on my Radar, but need to do more research as I am hearing that the 98 is as good if not better sounding....we shall see..;)
The Nak and the Parasound will be up for grabs soon....and one or both of the Parasound pre`s will be also...
all "extra gear" will be listed soon, as well as all "extra" cables this weekend, so stay tuned (pun intended):D
I just like swapping gear out and playing..!!
THis Hobby can sure get exspensive...but what a way to go !!
It`s fun !
Ain`t that what it`s all about ?
ps...as I was writing this, I realized that I was totaly into the MUSIC...the sound is soooo smooth and realistic sounding....
I think She`s a keeper ...
Last tuna I will ever buy...(maybe !)
Maybe I`ll send it in for an upgrade !
They can make it a tube tuna also.....MD offers quite a few upgrades available for all of thier units, and I have found a couple stellar deals on the models just under this one (which may even be a better deal than I got)..the MD-90. MD-100. and MD101a
If you listen to the tuna as much as I do...it`s definately worth it...IMO