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Re: New Products for 2016 ?
« Reply #15 on: January 17, 2016, 07:32:01 PM »
Being the new owner of an older Exclame I would be very interested in getting a phonostage fitted to it. It really is very good amplifier and the phono would be the cherry on top.

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Re: New Products for 2016 ?
« Reply #16 on: January 17, 2016, 08:14:02 PM »
Should be balanced inputs and Exclamé!   :facepalm:
Personally I hate balanced inputs.Not sure what the fuss is about.
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Re: New Products for 2016 ?
« Reply #17 on: January 17, 2016, 09:50:56 PM »

Thats where the Predator comes in, less the phono.
I would go as far as to say that an Exclame with only a MM is the way to get good amplification, good build quality and higher than average entry into simple analogue.

The moment you want to go to higher amplification, Predator with it's balanced inputs. From here on you get the Whisper (big and bold on my shopping list) for your analogue.

Adding balanced inputs doubles the (valve) pre amp content if I understand right.

Adding solid state MC step up to MM may be a relatively minor cost increase.  Especially if settings are hard wired inside on the pcb and using switches etc. 

In truth I think VA would need to either add figures or % of cost for MM and MC add ins to make any of this more than guess work. 
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Re: New Products for 2016 ?
« Reply #18 on: February 18, 2016, 03:55:03 PM »
Hi Schalk,

Long time no see... (all my fault)

A suggestion re planned new integrated:

Given that you've labelled your phono stage "Whisper", how about naming the new integrated "Bellow" or "Shout"? :)

Glad to see you're still beavering away (me too - retired in 2011, turned 70 10 days ago, and have only had a total of 6 months as unemployed since March 2011).

I spoke to Gert(rude) earlier today and asked him to provide me with your contact number as Micro$oft and their Win10 update successfully screwed up my Outlook contact details.

When he gets 'round to it, I'll give you a call.

All the best for 2016

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Re: New Products for 2016 ?
« Reply #19 on: February 21, 2016, 10:16:56 PM »
^^ hehe,you don't think 'Exclame' deservedly rings with a little more finesse,David?
Forzando,Crescendo,Fortissimo etc,but "Shout"??  :whip:

But we get your drift...  ;)
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Re: New Products for 2016 ?
« Reply #20 on: April 21, 2016, 04:08:29 PM »
Schalk

I am looking forward to you coming back from Germany full of new ideas, your backpockets filled with interesting new parts and fully fired up to create some new products ?

Did I hear a whispering of a new VA Dac...? 

Just dreaming..

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Re: New Products for 2016 ?
« Reply #21 on: May 24, 2016, 07:16:19 AM »
So based on the Munich report, there's a balanced Black Widow pre in the works?

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Re: New Products for 2016 ?
« Reply #22 on: May 24, 2016, 10:55:25 AM »
So based on the Munich report, there's a balanced Black Widow pre in the works?

It sure is, a touch of the old whip and a small layout issue rectified and it shall be available. One month from now.
The one at the show had a small mod done to the underside of the board to sort a small problem.
It worked beautifully and no one was any wiser as to the mod being there  :whistler:

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Re: New Products for 2016 ?
« Reply #23 on: July 02, 2016, 02:36:57 PM »
I like the look of this new pre. Presumably also available in black?



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Re: New Products for 2016 ?
« Reply #24 on: August 15, 2016, 09:14:53 PM »
Hi Schalk

Did you decide to take the Exclame with phono any further?  Been watching this and bonus time coming up soon so quite tempted.......

Thanks
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Re: New Products for 2016 ?
« Reply #25 on: August 15, 2016, 09:46:16 PM »
Nice to see you back Jozua, how are you doing? :popcorn:
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Re: New Products for 2016 ?
« Reply #26 on: August 16, 2016, 12:02:19 AM »
Hi Schalk

Did you decide to take the Exclame with phono any further?  Been watching this and bonus time coming up soon so quite tempted.......

Thanks
Arthur

Still in the pipeline Arthur. First finishing catching up here. When is bonus time ?  :rubhands:

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Re: New Products for 2016 ?
« Reply #27 on: August 16, 2016, 06:56:10 AM »
Hi Schalk

End September. PM incoming.

Arthur

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Re: New Products for 2016 ?
« Reply #28 on: August 16, 2016, 08:07:32 PM »
Hi Schalk

I was going to do this in PM but thought other forumites might add their inputs as well. Two features that would be quite desirable for me are the following:

1 - AV bypass: having one input with unity gain to be able to run in a hybrid stereo/ AV system. Yes I know the purists will say "there be dragons" but I can see a future need for this. Ideally switchable but hat would not be a deal breaker for me.  Rather one dedicated AV bypass than none.

2 - remote control through a mini jack: I have a LAN based remote control system to use phone/tablet. Can mount a flasher unit to replicate the IR remote, but can also connect directly using cable. Works really well with my AV amp.  The cable connection is obviously neater. I have no idea hat this entails though......

Any chance of adding these features on the new Exclame? 
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Arthur

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Re: New Products for 2016 ?
« Reply #29 on: August 16, 2016, 08:43:44 PM »
Since the focus group is out and about, I'd agree on a phono stage for the Exclame (and possibly the Predator?), and a SA flag effect on the faceplate would be a nice limited edition (or a Union Jack  :EGrin:)
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