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Tom Evans Audio Design: Mastergroove

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I am hoping to audition a mastergroove soon in my TEAD system. Now starting to get very excited! Great review.

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Writing Reviews in English is quite a lot of effort for me so thank you for the comment. As normal, Adsa and my regular drinkers corrected my grammar errors...."You are getting betterer" they told me :D

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Thanks Tune, all very interesting. I am in the market for a new phono so maybe should investigate the mastergroove a little closer.

6 moons had the SRX and basic Tron 7 about equal so it might also be interesting to pitch the full GT spec Tron against the mastergroove.

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Great review OB and one that comes across as being written by someone who really loves hi-fi, I kinda like the way you write a review.

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Thanks Tune, all very interesting. I am in the market for a new phono so maybe should investigate the mastergroove a little closer.

6 moons had the SRX and basic Tron 7 about equal so it might also be interesting to pitch the full GT spec Tron against the mastergroove.

Hi Rich, please do investigate.

I know, in most cases, hifi can be as good as the personal perferences but this one sound so right, it's very hard to explain what "right" is in Hifi term, but I bet you will know as soon as you hear it.

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Great review OB and one that comes across as being written by someone who really loves hi-fi, I kinda like the way you write a review.

Thank you, love hifi? yes :) but I love music even more :D

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Thanks Tune, all very interesting. I am in the market for a new phono so maybe should investigate the mastergroove a little closer.

6 moons had the SRX and basic Tron 7 about equal so it might also be interesting to pitch the full GT spec Tron against the mastergroove.

This is where the confusion steps in. The 6 Moons piece compares the 7 to the Groove Plus. This was the last of the TEAD phono stages based on the old design going back eons to the days of Trichord Research - each one getting steadily better.

The Groove Plus SRX is a totally differeny animal although confusingly dressed in the same clothes. It's a new circuit entirely. I owned the Micro Groove, Groove and the Groove Plus before the SRX. The latter is the biggest step Mr Evans had made to date.

One of the Tube stages I referred to was a Phonote - the UK version of the Tron 7. I had one on extended loan at the same time as I took delivery of the SRX. The Tron/Noteworthy was a nice enough stage but thoroughly outclassed here.They really are in different leagues. A bit like saying that Cardiff are a good Championship team but they aren't challenging for the Premiership.

As Ob says, the TEAD simply sounds right. Like very exceptional products always do, it simply steps aside and allows you to communicate with the musicians. Products that do that are remarkably rare in my experience. The latest TEAD flagship designs manage it.

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Hi ob,, let me know if you're selling the Allnic

First dip sir. I am off to see Manny Pacquiao fight, when I come back I will pm you.

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Great review OB and one that comes across as being written by someone who really loves hi-fi, I kinda like the way you write a review.

Agreed. That last paragraph in particular OB was very nicely put.

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Hi ob,, let me know if you're selling the Allnic

:D

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thought this was very interesting from Roy Gregory, I hope he doesn't mind me sharing it here:

"

As a long-time user of the Groove SRX, and having had both the Allnic

3000 and the ARC Ref 2 in the system as well, I'm perhaps uniquely placed to

comment on the differences between these units. Marc is spot on with

his description of the virtues of and contrasts between the two tubed

contenders. There is an undoubted sense of solidity and presence with

the Allnic, space and dimensionality with the ARC. The Tom Evans

design is a cat of quite a different colour. Unlike the other two

phono-stages under discussion, the Groove SRX is a solid-state device

throughout, with a circuit that features multiple, independent stages

of the super-quiet Lithos regulation. The result is a level of detail

and dynamic resolution, a blackness to the background and a precision

and stability to the placement of images that betters either of the

tube designs. The Groove is about transparency and a reach out and

touch sense of immediacy. What it lacks is the colour, the

dimensionality (especially the substance of individual images) and

that uncanny "atmosphere" that both the Allnic and ARC possess

(although the Master Groove - that's planned for imminent review -

might extend those properties). It also lacks the ability to switch

replay EQ curves - vital if you listen to older recordings,

especially classical and jazz; irrelevant if you only listen to

relatively recent rock or pop and 180g re-issues.

You don't list the rest of your system, so it's impossible to get a

steer on where your sonic preferences lie. I'd suggest you ask

yourself the following questions: Does the crisp, quick precision and

rhythmic drive of the Tom Evans appeal - or the warmer weight and

solidity of the tube designs?

Are your record shelves weighed down with early Deccas, DGG pressings

and a selection of original Jazz discs?

Finally, have you heard any of these stages yourself?

The answers will tell you what you should be seeking out.

One last consideration; if you don't need the EQ curves, but do fancy

hearing a tubed alternative to the Groove(s), I'd take a serious

listen to the Aesthetix Rhea, a genuinely versatile and highly

musical tube design."

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There's very few out there that have experienced the importance of having variable EQ , reviewers that have had such experience insist on using charts for that particular record label when infact once dialled in it is so easy to hear the correct setting. And then there's the in phase and out of phase which again is easy to appreciate. Put an Argento master reference powerchord , using a audiophile fuse and changing the rectifier tube to an RCA to the power supply considerably elevates the performance of the H3000V.

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