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Island Systems & Design
(321) 638-9966
225 Yellow Place
Rockledge, FL
 
Premier Electronic Solutions
(321) 622-8981
7640 N. Wickham RdSte. 108
Melbourne, FL
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One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Matt Barber, CEDIA Certified Professional Designer- Jaime Jeffreys, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Eric Willey, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Hi Fi Plus Inc.
(321) 724-6401
1220 W. New Haven Ave.
Melbourne, FL
 
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Schlabach Security & Sound, Inc.
(352) 527-3201
2181 W. Norvell Bryant Hwy.
Lecanto, FL
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Seagull Electronics
(561) 624-0220
885 Donald Ross Rd.
Rockledge, FL
 
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1900 Evans Rd
Melbourne, FL
 
H.H. Gregg
(321) 373-5548
205 Palm Bay Rd. Suite 145
Melbourne, FL
 
SAMS CLUB
(813) 805-6602
5135 South Dale Mabry Hwy
Tampa, FL
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Audio Visions South
(813) 871-2989
3655 Henderson Blvd.
Tampa, FL
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Modwright swp 9.0

modwright

SWP 9.0 phono preamplifier

as reviewed by Robert H. Levi

 

 

I worked for a year to get one of these phono stages to review even though

Greg Weaver already examined it in great detail in these pages. This makes the 9th phono stage to come under my thumb in the past three years and I was not disappointed. More flexible than the Cary 302 for just $600 more investment and you'll come shockingly close to the Art Reference Phono at twice the cost! With big dynamics and endless gain, you can power up even a low output cartridge to SACD level dynamics. No kidding. Plus, suave is its middle name. The 9.0 SE is the tube phono stage that ably climbs the quality and value ladder and will satisfy even the most particular vinyl fanatics. 

From the ModWright Website:

  • Tube Complement: (2)6C45's, (2)6N1P's, (2)5687 tubes.

  • Gain: 68dB Max MC gain. Hi/Low gain switch on front panel.

  • Stereo/Mono Switch on front panel.

  • Variable Cartridge loading for MM/MC.

  • Output Impedance: ~600ohm.

  • Frequency Response: 20Hz – 50Khz +/-1dB

  • Weight: 27 lbs. (32 lbs. shipped).

  • Dimensions: 17.5"W x 12.375"D x 4.75"H.

    Basic Specifications:

    (1) set of phono inputs with cartridge loading for MM/MC and Hi/Low gain settings for use with MM/High Output MC and low output MC cartridges.

    Mute, Power, Stereo/Mono and Hi/Low gain settings via front panel toggle switches.

    Design Information:

    Power Supply: Choke input current regulation, DC heaters, discrete B+ voltage regulation and tube rectified B+ supply.

    MC Gain Stage: Tube-Fet hybrid.

    2nd Gain and gain/buffer mu stages.

    Power Sequence: Mute-on delay turn-on sequence with soft-start B+ supply.

    Cartridge loading user selectable via dip switches accessible through back panel of unit.

    Recently, I have been amazed at what great mono sounds like. The mono facilities on the ModWright are just plain stunning. Reducing distortion while enhancing musicality, the 9.0 is killer. I spent an evening listening to Masterpieces by Ellington, CL825, Columbia Mono from 1950. It is you are there lovely and true ear candy. The 9.0 breathed new jump and jive into this classic LP and reduced the noise level to nearly zero, and this was with a stereo cartridge!

    I also enjoyed Duke Ellington, Bal Masque, CL1282 Mono from about 1958. Bold and brassy, this album was terrific. It sounded almost like stereo with wonderful depth. The mono facilities are well thought out here.

    On to stereo! Zane Musa, Introducing Zane Musa from Straight Ahead Records, #102, a triumph of musicality from the great Bernie Grundman sounds alive. You get cymbal delicacy combined with bass fiddle punch and superb alto sax sound from this young new up and comer talent. It is recorded live and the 9.0 makes the most of it. I don't detect the slight lack of bottom extension Greg ment...

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