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mred

Senior Member
My thoughts about the Lounge are based on living with two different Hagerman Cornets I built and my current point to point built Ear 834 clone with a no holds bared approach to its build.

Set up used was my nude Tonar Diabolic, Shick arm, Lenco plywood plinth, with PTP top plate, and Mirco idler and bearing.

The Lounge is in my opinion a heck of a value, I dont get out much so to speak, (as in auditioning the latest gear), I got off the train some time back. I think the last visit to a real hifi store was around 1998 maybe. DIY took over my quest.

My impressions are that this had some serious synergy with the Tonar cartridge. I did not have time to whip up a box for my Altec step ups that plug into sockets on my Ear clone, so I juggled back and forth with just the Tonar comparing both pre amps.

The Lounge has tone in spades, very musical and life like. It is dynamic as the cartridge and does not color anything. The Lounges only short fall is sound stage, which by the way is very good. But when going back to my pre that was the first thing noticed every time, but I can say the parts in the clone cost way more than the Lounge.
The Lounge had fatter bottom end and at first listen each time I switched back to it from my pre it seemed a tad polite on the top end.

I never got tired of listening to it, it really does an excellent job, I only wish I had gotten to listen to my Zu 103R though the Lounge also.
I was hoping to get a taste of the LCR flavor and I am convinced. I need to decide if I want to pursue a diy LCR build and pony up for some of Dave Slagle”s iron, or go the lazy man route and by a Lounge.
 

Audionut

Next Round Is On Me
It has been a hectic period in my normal life the past three weeks, no change in sight for a at least another month
I have gotten to spend a bit of time with the Lounge and need to know which direction to send it off to.
I can get it out the door by the weekend or first of next week.
Will the next recipient please step forward....
:over:
 

Audionut

Next Round Is On Me
So where is the Lounge at? How is it doing?
(The day of reckoning has come😅).....I had the best of intentions of auditioning it by now but life got in the way. Being between houses and closer to my move in date it will likely be a good 2-3 weeks before I can put the lounge through it’s paces. That said, I am more than happy to mail it to the next anxious reviewer....thinking @TubeHiFiNut was supposed to be next?
 

mhardy6647

Señor Member
The Lounge (especially if in hand) is way worth an audition, I'd - humbly - opine.

Why are all y'all between houses lately?
Here, this time of year, if you're between houses for more than 15 minutes or so, succumbing to exposure is always an option. ;)
 

Prime Minister

Site Owner
Staff member
(The day of reckoning has come😅).....I had the best of intentions of auditioning it by now but life got in the way. Being between houses and closer to my move in date it will likely be a good 2-3 weeks before I can put the lounge through it’s paces. That said, I am more than happy to mail it to the next anxious reviewer....thinking @TubeHiFiNut was supposed to be next?
I don’t think a couple of weeks will be a problem. Just checking for a status update.
 

Audionut

Next Round Is On Me
I don’t think a couple of weeks will be a problem. Just checking for a status update.
I should be able to carve out time between now and then. I don’t mind a p.m. from the next “haven night“ (voice dictation rendition) on the list so I can ship it shortly after my review.
 

mhardy6647

Señor Member
I should be able to carve out time between now and then. I don’t mind a p.m. from the next “haven night“ (voice dictation rendition) on the list so I can ship it shortly after my review.
I -- ahem -- think I'd prefer to think of myself as a haven knight.

🧐

(EDIT: no, I'm not next on the list, just a brave knave and peer of the realm)

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... sort of like a Catcher in the Rye, you know?
 

Audionut

Next Round Is On Me
I -- ahem -- think I'd prefer to think of myself as a haven knight.

🧐

(EDIT: no, I'm not next on the list, just a brave knave and peer of the realm)
... sort of like a Catcher in the Rye, you know?
If at the end of my two week period we do not hear from Dave, I will be more than happy to send your way!
 

mhardy6647

Señor Member
If at the end of my two week period we do not hear from Dave, I will be more than happy to send your way!
No, NO!!!
NO!

I already had it here (and liked it). I'm all set.
I was just responding to the wry nomenclature -- stuff like that I just can't resist. :)
 

mhardy6647

Señor Member
So you would never watch a great band perform in concert twice?:D;)
I'd seriously consider buying one of those Lounge preamps if I were in the market for one.
But... I have a pretty good one...
and... I am in the parts-gathering stage (albeit slowly -- imagine that?! :tongue:) to build a (no kidding) "SOTA" (as they used to say) vacuum tubular phono preamp. I am not sure if I am (in all seriousness) able to say much more about the design or the designer, as it the product of a commercial/professional designer (i.e., his design), and I would think his call as to how and when information about the design is disseminated.

😎
 

Audionut

Next Round Is On Me
So....Have not received a PM from @TubeHiFiNut so who’s next? I moved Into the new casa and the Listening room should be ready Thursday; this means serious listening this weekend. Next in line, please PM me your address and I can send out Monday of next week.
 
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