Dared MC-7P with upgrades and extras!
Six Moons raved about this preamp; and that was without cap upgrades! This unit has damping material applied and is fitted with bypassed Auricaps- a huge improvement over the stock unit in clarity and imaging.
It has a tasty tubed phono section which you can find many positive comments on the internet.
Here is a part of the Six Moons review:
"this preamp emits admirably low background noise. In fact, the MM phono stage is as quiet as some standalone solid-state counterparts like my Ensemble PhonoMaster for instance. Simply replacing the factory Shuguang 5Z3P rectifier tube with an RCA 5U5G improves the dynamic range as it does audible extension. Roll a few NOS 12AT7 and 12AX7 - this is definitely the best-value tube preamp money can buy."
It responds very well to tube rolling. With good tubes and the cap upgrades this unit performs much better than it has a right to for the dollars.
How about the sound? After the mods the bass is tight and deep- it has authority, the mids are silky smooth, and the symbols sound like they should… not like white noise. With the mods it is HUGELY dynamic- but never harsh. I think the word I would use is “lively” for a one word description, it really brings life to the music.
This unit includes a set of shiny new black knobs in addition to all of the stock gold plated tube covers and knobs… all that gold was too much of a good thing for me (you can see the stock ones wrapped in tissue to the left of the unit in the photo). The Dared is in very good cosmetic shape and only has a few tiny light scratches from cleaning the chrome… you need to be within inches and at an angle to see them.
It has a nice little wooden remote that is volume only.
If you are like me you will want to run with silicon dampers- let me know and I will include some for you.
I have included a photo of the unit with the gold appointments from the Six Moons review so you can see what it looks like with those on- it will ship with them installed. Comes with original box, packing, manual, power cable and remote, tube dampers, plus the four tubes mentioned above.
Special bonus- I have all of the stock tubes and am including a set of EH gold pin 12AX7’s and a pair of Tung Sol 12AX7’s- I will include a Brimar CV4003; I was packing up the unit and the dog bit one of my CV4003's and since I need matching pairs for my phono section I will include this as I can't use it. The 4003 is worth $50.00. It will also come with two triple plate CV4004 and a NOS RCA (GE labeled) 6V6GT rectifier tube; all free at the asking price....These will give you a head start on tube rolling!
PRICE REDUCED: New price - $725.00
Shipping via FedEx is $35.00- insured.
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