Loaner: AAW Black Swan phono pre-amp

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  1. k4rstar

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    @BarryT is on a roll and wants to offer us a loaner of his Black Swan phono pre-amp

    Please reply to this thread with your location if interested. the Black Swan supports both MM and MC cartridges with a large variety of connectivity and loading/gain options.

    read more on the website: https://austinaudioworks.com/swan-description/
    additionally, the Black Swan is a fully balanced design just like the Black Amp.
    Barry explains how to check your phono wiring to see if it is balanced or has a common L & R ground:
    https://austinaudioworks.com/do-you-already-have-balance-phono-wiring/

    there is a switch on the front so the pre-amp can be used balanced or un-balanced either way

    interested parties (so far):
    @famish99 (TX)
    @purr1n (TX)
    @tommytakis (CA)
    @E_Schaaf (CA)
    @loadexfa (CA)
    @scblock (CO)
    @StageOne (OH)
    @shotgunshane (FL)
    @ogodei (IL)
    @wbass (IL)

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    I'll bite, I can go first or last if the unit is coming from Barry.
     
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    I can grab it from tommytakis. I'm running a AT33PTG/II lo-output MC and will compare to SPL Phonos.
     
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    After all the positive feedback on the amp, I'm interested. I'm glad both MM and MC are supported. Location CA (SF Bay Area).
     
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    I might be interested. Chicago, IL.

    What is the AAW Link for? Thanks.
     
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    4-pin XLR to connect to the Black Amp, one less cable versus 3-pin XLR
     
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    Call me interested. Denver, CO
     
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    Very interested if there is room. In Ohio. And curious to compare to the MM-5 and iFi.
     
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    This loaner is a go, a unit should be sent to @famish99 sometime in the next week
     
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    Interested
     
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    I've received this from @BarryT a couple days back and finally able to put it through its paces.
     
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    Marv would like to receive it later, will be sending it to @tommytakis next.
     
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    Sent to Tommy yesterday.
     
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    received from @famish99 but it seems the right channel is not working. I know it's not my setup because the ifi zen phono and other loaner phono I have in the house right now plays both channels fine. I've tried both rca inputs but same issue.

    @BarryT lmk what I should do
     
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    Ok @famish99 suggested that I smack the chassis hard couple times, and WTF it worked!
     
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    Oops, I thought I already posted the update, guess not. locally handed off to Ev along w/ black amp
     
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    shipped to @loadexfa expected delivery Wednesday 6/16
     
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    Arrived. As @tommytakis mentioned the right channel output isn't working. I'd rather not smack it, @BarryT I think this should go back to you for repair. I'll also call if Barry doesn't reply to this thread in a day or two.

    If it helps with diagnosing, I'm using a MC cartridge.
     
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    k4rstar made arrangements and I will ship this back to Barry by Friday at the latest. Once it is repaired the loaner will resume with me. I did some listening with a couple mono records and I liked what I heard despite my budget setup. More details in the proper thread once I get it back from repair.
     
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    UPDATE: Barry called and left a message with the correction. Shipped today.

    UPS says the address I was given is invalid, called and left a message for Barry yesterday. Shipping this may be delayed, depends on when I get a valid address.
     
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