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Aarlington Audio
(845) 452-9100
Suite 1331134 - 488 Freedom Plains Road
Poughkeepsie, NY
Services
Home Audio

D-BEN Security Systems, Inc.
(845) 565-4024
P.O. 7034
Newburgh, NY
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Audio / Video, Central Vac, Home Theater, Multi-Room Audio, Security / Access Control / Surveillance / Gate Access
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One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Gregory DeBenedictus, CEDIA Certified Professional Installer I

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622 Broadway
New York, NY
 
P. C. Richard & Son
(516) 785-4600
701 Sunrise Highway
Bellmore, NY
 
JC Security Systems Inc.
(718) 352-3914
201-19 29th Ave
Bayside, NY
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Audio / Video, Home Theater, Multi-Room Audio, Multi-Room Video, Security / Access Control / Surveillance / Gate Access
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Denon, Pioneer, Russound, Caton speakers, Hitachi, Monster power, Boston Acoustic Draper, Sony and JBL
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One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- George Bell, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

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1300 Ulster Ave
Kingston, NY
 
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9090 Carousel Ctr
Syracuse, NY
 
P. C. Richard & Son
(516) 488-0400
713 Hillside Avenue
New Hyde Park, NY
 
Michael Agoado
(516) 377-0881
74 Bernard Street
Merrick, NY
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Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Multi-Room Audio, Wire and Cable / Power Management
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*Atlantic Technology *Russound & Russound Sphere authorized & Certified *Yamaha Audio&Video *Nevo Remotes Certified *Sony,Samsung, Panasonic & Sharp TV''s *InFocus & Sony Projectors *Vutec and Stewart Screens and much more.
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One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Michael Agoado, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Audio Breakthroughs Ltd.
(516) 627-7333
1534 Northern Blvd
Manhasset, NY
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Home Audio, Design & Installation

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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