Lounge Audio LCR III Phono Preamp- Build and Review Thread - The Doorway Giant Killer?

S0und Dragon

Junior Member
I just pulled the sale of my Lounge stack. May have the Copla get a bypass for MM at some point. I really love this Phono pre. It does so much right and truly punches above its weight class. If not for my future plans to run 2 tables and wanting 1 Phono pre with 2 inputs. I would gladly stay with the Lounge stack in my system.
 

mhardy6647

Señor Member
We spent some quality time listening tonight to my trusty (and cheap) DL-103 via the preamp and an SUT. Impressions were very favorable.

More to come... anon.
 

JohnVF

Administrator
Staff member
We spent some quality time listening tonight to my trusty (and cheap) DL-103 via the preamp and an SUT. Impressions were very favorable.

More to come... anon.
What were you using before? I've been really curious about this phono pre. Maybe I should sign up.
 

mhardy6647

Señor Member
OK, finally, kinda-sorta, getting serious about 'reviewing' this adorable little giant-killer phono preamp. 😐

My plan (as much as I have one -- being left-handed, easily-distracted, und so weiter, und sofort) is to focus on one, or a very small number, of pretty good sounding tracks and evaluate them with a few of the rather embarrassingly large (not necessarily distinguished though) phalanx of phono preamps, SUTs, and head amps (OK, only one of the latter here, a Hagerman Piccolo), capturing at least some salient results -- as best I can -- digitally. :smoke

The one true track that I am using?
ahem

The Marvelous Toy
by Peter, Paul and Mary, as found on their album Peter Paul and Mommy.
Don't laugh if you haven't heard it; it's rather superb, actually, at least on vinyl :)


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Startin' out with the venerable (redoubtable ;)) DL-103 via a little SUT crafted by Gary Kaufman* using some little Allied transformers he picked up somewhere along the line

Listening to a freshly cleaned (dump find) Peter Paul and Mommy as I type this.
Warm and rich and flesh-and-bloody through the Frankenaltecs, it is.
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* He himself a bit venerable and redoubtable. :)
 

mhardy6647

Señor Member
The aforementioned SUT, for posterity's sake.
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Gary Kaufman's handiwork.
www.the-planet.org (his old website is bruised but unbroken -- Gary spends more time fiddlin' with vintage computers nowadays than hifi, though)

There's also an @Redboy SUT here for comparative purposes, as well as a coupla others.
Stay tuned.
 
I love mhardy6647's Pioneer rack. I had one of those and gave it a friend who sold it and its lost to the abyss. There is a guy in Hungary making copies which he says are even better. But to get them here you need to spend about $1,000. The originals bring 400 to 600 on fleabay easily.

So I bought a used Chatsworth server rack and am going to cut it down and mod it .


My wife is so sweet. She said, "why don't you just buy the one from Hungary??" She was safe saying that because she knew I wouldn't.😅
 

mhardy6647

Señor Member
By an odd quirk of fate, I actually have two of those ol' Pioneer racks; the other one is holding odds and ends down in the basement.
They're actually a bit flimsy -- at least forty years on (apropos of the comment of the modern Hungarian racks).

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That is a nice little gold mine. The Sheff units bring about $250 to 300 dollars each and I count about six of them. The racks bring about
400 to the 850 the hungarian guy wants.

A lot of people are collecting Pioneer and Kenwood "silver" I am going to sell my TX 9500 II tuner and my Spec 4 power amp.

Have you tried tightening the "cam locks" that hold them together.
 
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