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Rotel RQ-970BX Phono Stage - Andy Grove Mod
« on: January 23, 2017, 08:31:40 PM »
Found one of these is good shape  at audioasylumtrader and bought it (this was after somehow killing my Emotiva SPS-1 stage by driving it with D cells - that is back in Tennessee getting repaired).  Sounded pretty good in stock form (well,  at least with my low output moving coil):

IMG_0579.jpg by Jose Sifontes, on Flickr

Then I found this "Andy Grove Upgrade" in the net: 

http://imageevent.com/sidandcoke/rotelrq970bxmod

So of course  started looking for parts and between my parts bin and raiding some of Tom's I found almost all that was needed and did the mod:

Audio by Jose Sifontes, on Flickr

I like the sound and the ability to change op amps.  The op amps I had in hand are not the exact ones called for by teh upgrade but I ordered those from Mouser and hope for further improvement.  The 2.45V voltage regulator is no longer manufactured so I ordered a 2.5V that should get me close enough to what mr. grove was trying to do to lower noise and improve gain characteristics.  For $200 total (including my labor,  billed,  at $5/hr) it is a pretty decent sounding phono stage. Wetted my appettite for the upper-class Rotel RHQ10.   O0

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Spkr: VMPS RM40
Pre: McCormack RLD-1, Rotel 970BX Phono
Amps: Channel Islands Audio D-200 MkII 
Phono: VPI Aries 1,  Van de Hul Frog
CD: Oppo BDP-83 DAC: Young DSD DAC
Cass: Tascam 122MkII
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Re: Rotel RQ-970BX Phono Stage - Andy Grove Mod
« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2017, 08:41:30 AM »
cool project ....
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