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post #31 of 210
Ray it looks amazing!!!


omg


do i get a bit off the price every time i mentioned to you you should build this over the years?
post #32 of 210
Ray,

As a totally satisfied customer (first a Hornet and then a Predator) who spent $1K on a Whest Two a month ago, can I just say that your timing sucks? Just kidding.

I may have to give this a listen, and have a phonostage garage sale if I decide I prefer it to the Whest (I have a Music Hall and a Creek gathering dust right now).
post #33 of 210
Ray;
Can you give us an update as to when the chassis(es) will be in and when you will begin taking orders and shipping out units?
post #34 of 210
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F-117, Nighthawk...

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Ray;
Can you give us an update as to when the chassis(es) will be in and when you will begin taking orders and shipping out units?
They are working on the chassis as I am typing this e-mail.
We should get 300 chassis in the first order. One thousand brds are ready & populated.
Keep an eye on this thread once we get everything together we will make sure everyone will be informed.
Cheers.
Ray Samuels
post #35 of 210
I would like to get one just for the looks. lol

Sadly no lp's here. Well this is a great addition to high end audio.
post #36 of 210
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I would like to get one just for the looks. lol

Sadly no lp's here. Well this is a great addition to high end audio.
It is much more visually appealing than the XR-2 but the external controls will be what sets this apart from other phonostages even at 2x to 3x times its price. Then you add the sonic qualities nearing the XR-10B and I think it will be a great success.
post #37 of 210
Actually, this phono might be better sounding than the XR-10B, from what I hear.

I'm patiently waiting for mine to get in my hands. Shouldn't be too long as business should be opening up soon next week.
post #38 of 210
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Actually, this phono might be better sounding than the XR-10B, from what I hear.

I'm patiently waiting for mine to get in my hands. Shouldn't be too long as business should be opening up soon next week.
I had a chance to listen to it a couple of times at Ray's but only in the board stage with no casework. I would say it is up there but I am not sure it overtook the XR-10B. However for the intro pricing compared to the XR-10B, it really is a no brainer to try. I had lusted for the XR-10B as an upgrade from my XR-2 but I think I will definitely give it a whirl. I recently upgraded my Benz cartridge to the LP-S and I would love to play around with the load and resistance. I currently have it set up based on Michael's review of the cartridge and it does sound very very good.
post #39 of 210
Well, it's been three weeks now that I have had a brand new turntable (Pro-ject RM-5se) sitting on a Target wall-mount shelf that I installed next to my equipment rack just staring at me each time I enter my listening room and there is nothing I can do with it since I have no phono stage. Sure I am tempted to pick up a $100 used Pro-ject phono box to get me by while I wait, but then I think "just wait a while longer for the RSA F117". So I check here every day, sometimes 4-5 times a day, just hoping Ray will say, "I am ready to take orders and ship".
post #40 of 210
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F-117, The Nighthawk...

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Well, it's been three weeks now that I have had a brand new turntable (Pro-ject RM-5se) sitting on a Target wall-mount shelf that I installed next to my equipment rack just staring at me each time I enter my listening room and there is nothing I can do with it since I have no phono stage. Sure I am tempted to pick up a $100 used Pro-ject phono box to get me by while I wait, but then I think "just wait a while longer for the RSA F117". So I check here every day, sometimes 4-5 times a day, just hoping Ray will say, "I am ready to take orders and ship".
I was just talking to the chassis manufacturer. He has about 300 chassis almost done & they might ship by the end of this week to the anodizing facility here in Chicago. This is a great news believe me as there are so many reviewers & head-fiers who are waiting for this little pre-amp. All the other components that make this phono stage are in house so we are having a great progress.
Ray Samuels
post #41 of 210
Fantastic news. Thanks Ray. I know the wait will be worth it. Sorry to sound so anxious.
So on the subject of anodizing, are you going to do all the colors (i.e. those available for the Predator) or only the black and gray shown on the prototypes? I gather the latter and that is fine. After all, it's not like we will be walking around with the phono stage the way most of us do with our headphone amps.
post #42 of 210
I heard the prototype at Ray's, and I was VERY impressed. I am going to be getting to review it in my rig (and my vinyl rig has recently been upgraded significantly, to a VPI Scoutmaster with Benz LP-S cartridge) - so I will really get to put it though its paces! Can't wait.
post #43 of 210
I am sorry for hogging this thread. Can someone (don't want to bother Ray anymore) tell me if Ray's XR-10 and XR-2B implement passive or active RIAA equalization and likewise what will the the F117 Nighthawk use (I assume passive)? Does passive equalization necessarily mean less punch/impact/drive than active? I realize that active equalization is inherently more difficult to implement without introducing distortion and sensitivity to surface noise on the vinyl, or so I am told.
post #44 of 210
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I am sorry for hogging this thread. Can someone (don't want to bother Ray anymore) tell me if Ray's XR-10 and XR-2B implement passive or active RIAA equalization and likewise what will the the F117 Nighthawk use (I assume passive)? Does passive equalization necessarily mean less punch/impact/drive than active? I realize that active equalization is inherently more difficult to implement without introducing distortion and sensitivity to surface noise on the vinyl, or so I am told.
Active filter, my friend.
Ray Samuels
post #45 of 210
Any updates???
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