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Re: New PRE Alert: Millennia HV-32P
« Reply #15 on: July 15, 2016, 06:12:58 AM »
Noah, while I FN LOVE my VMS02IB, I'm not upset at ALL that I couldn't run the VMS for Phish this past Sunday! I just ran mk41>pfa>70d for PH/Syracuse, and IMO, it sounds as good as my VMS02IB probably would've! I think my mk41>70d sounds pretty good compared to Andy's mk41v>sxr4! And now that I saw you and Andy's setups from Portland, I'm jealous and now I want some 41v caps and a single bar setup lol ;D Anyway, what about a Schoeps VMS preamp if you can find one? The 02IB is smaller than the 32ub/52ub and a good bit smaller than the 5u!

I don't know what I'm trying to say? I guess I'm just trying to say that the grass isn't always greener on the other side ;) I really liked your mk22/mk3>Busman 70d stuff the most, from what you did this summer's tour, and thought it already sounded dank! That said, if you aren't happy with the way your rig sounds, then it definitely makes sense to switch things up and maybe get an external preamp 8)
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Re: New PRE Alert: Millennia HV-32P
« Reply #16 on: July 18, 2016, 11:48:33 AM »
I'm bumping this in the hopes of getting more info from any users.

I love my mod dr-70d setup, but external preamps might take the Schoeps tapes to the next level. The Audioroot femto is another option, of course, but Millennia's reputation precedes them.

Another good option is the SD MixPre / Shure FP-24 on eBay (and here) every so often for under $400.  But I find my modded 70D equal in quality to the FP24 preamps until I need very high gain levels, since where the 70D starts to get noisy.  But even recording 100% acoustic / classical music, I never need to go there.  The 70D is always set to MID or even LOW gain.   The FP24 only gets used when I need 6 channels going, and it's feeding into the M10.

I'm sure this Millennia is outstanding, but I think we're now getting to the point where a lot of built-in preamps are plenty good enough and externals are not needed.  If you are recording highly detailed music in a quiet hall which will allow you to hear those fine differences (i.e. not stack taping) then maybe you will hear the benefit from an external pre.  But at that highest level of performance, it would probably make more sense to have a one-box professional solution from SD, Nagra, Sonosax, etc.

Volt, I forgot - which mod does your 70 have? Thanks!
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Re: New PRE Alert: Millennia HV-32P
« Reply #17 on: July 18, 2016, 12:03:14 PM »
I'm bumping this in the hopes of getting more info from any users.

I love my mod dr-70d setup, but external preamps might take the Schoeps tapes to the next level. The Audioroot femto is another option, of course, but Millennia's reputation precedes them.

Another good option is the SD MixPre / Shure FP-24 on eBay (and here) every so often for under $400.  But I find my modded 70D equal in quality to the FP24 preamps until I need very high gain levels, since where the 70D starts to get noisy.  But even recording 100% acoustic / classical music, I never need to go there.  The 70D is always set to MID or even LOW gain.   The FP24 only gets used when I need 6 channels going, and it's feeding into the M10.

I'm sure this Millennia is outstanding, but I think we're now getting to the point where a lot of built-in preamps are plenty good enough and externals are not needed.  If you are recording highly detailed music in a quiet hall which will allow you to hear those fine differences (i.e. not stack taping) then maybe you will hear the benefit from an external pre.  But at that highest level of performance, it would probably make more sense to have a one-box professional solution from SD, Nagra, Sonosax, etc.

Volt, I forgot - which mod does your 70 have? Thanks!

Jim Williams mod.  He does not do the mod himself, but provides the full details for free.  You just have to be comfortable working with surface mount components (or find a shop that does).  Details at the bottom of the 70D FAQ.

To my knowledge, the only other TS member who has that particular mod is Cheesecadet. 
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Re: New PRE Alert: Millennia HV-32P
« Reply #18 on: July 18, 2016, 12:52:54 PM »
Duh......if I had looked at your signature line, I would have seen it :facepalm: Going to see Steve Miller and imbibing too much on a school night makes for a bad Monday. Thanks!
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Re: New PRE Alert: Millennia HV-32P
« Reply #19 on: August 31, 2016, 10:12:36 PM »
...if you aren't happy with the way your rig sounds, then it definitely makes sense to switch things up and maybe get an external preamp 8)

I'm not unhappy with the way my rig sounds.

I just have the same insatiable drive for more and better gear like the rest of you sluts.

The truth is, I think the transducers make most of the difference.

Nonetheless, the Millennia seems like the kind of thing tapers would be into these days- 4 separate preamp flavors into a f8
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