BC Li’l703 Phono Stage only
This preamp can use any GBC power supply.
It can deliver much of the performance of a BC703XB at a much lower cost.
It offers far greater sonic performance than its diminutive dimensions suggest, and does so with both finesses and power. No, it's not perfect -- if such a beast exists anywhere -- but it offers a beguiling combination of strengths that may have you reaching for your checkbook, while your mind is already imagining the hours you're about to spend listening to its vivid presentation. - TheAudioBeat
User adjustable gain: 87dB to 35 dB in 6 steps and internal R and C loading.
Don't let the scaled-down size of the Li'l703 fool you into thinking that it represents a compromise. Blue Circle g would never allow such a product to leave his bench. For many a listener, the small footprint and two-box format will be positives. Unless you simply can't accept a piece of gear that isn't of traditional size (I'm guessing that would be for emotional reasons, as no other objections make sense), then the Li'l703 may well rock your boat.
It offers far greater sonic performance than its diminutive dimensions suggest, and does so with both finesses and power. No, it's not perfect -- if such a beast exists anywhere -- but it offers a beguiling combination of strengths that may have you reaching for your checkbook, while your mind is already imagining the hours you're about to spend listening to its vivid presentation.
Once again, Blue Circle has demonstrated that if an idea has merit, he can find a way to make it work.
We call it Li'l because it is a little BC703. With some modifications to the board it fits into an 8" x 8” x 3" chassis with enough room left over for more power supply capacitance and a DC power jack on the back to connect to one of our “GBC power supplies” .
This is another customer driven product. A customer wanted a high end phonostage but the BC703 was just a little too much for him. So we made him a Li’l 703 by cutting back on the cosmetics and power supply but allowing for future power supply upgrades
GBC PSU Matching ( Power Supplies )
Future Upgrades with GBC50 to GBC2000
GBC POWER SUPPLIES
Exactly which GBC power supply is best for which component depends on the component and the level of performance that you want to achieve.
GBC power supplies are housed in ABS tubing to keep costs down.
GBC 50 ..GBC 100 ..GBC 250 ..GBC 500
The Li'l703 is a MC only phonostage. MM is optional. It has all the same loading, gain, and filter features as the original BC703.
MC gain setting (internal, user adjustable) 87db, 81db, 75db, 67db, 61db.
MM gain setting (fixed) 42db (optional).
Resistive MC input loading (ohms) user adjustable 100, 220, 470, 1k.
Custom resistive loading: factory adjusted.
Capacitive MC input loading: custom (factory adjusted.)
Seperate MC and MM inputs: single ended RCA type.
Frequency response: 10Hz to 100kHz +/- 0.1db, rumble filter off.
Residual noise: MC input at 67db gain setting: <500uV.
Rumble filter cutoff frequency: 18Hz.
Dimensions: 8” wide x 8.25” deep (not including jacks on the rear panel) x 3” high
On a musical level the two again come far closer than is usual for a solid-state vs. tube comparison. For those who have listened to Audio Research gear, you’ll recognize its house sound -- one that emphasizes the whole over the parsing of the individual instruments. It’s not that it shortchanges delineation and detail; it's more the difference between sitting in row M versus row C and the commensurate view of the music's entirety. The Li’l703, on the other hand, puts you right there at the front of the audience. You hear more detailed instrumental nuance than from the PH6 while never losing the overall sense of the ensemble.
Overall, both are enjoyable and both make the music played though them come wonderfully alive. They are similar enough that both will find favor, but on the basis of their relative strengths rather than system synergy. Put another way, which of the two you prefer will be a matter of taste rather than design. I could very easily live with the Li'l703 as my reference phono stage, The AudioBeat
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