Allnic h1201

Allnic h1201

Postby Jprod » Fri Dec 21, 2018 10:32 pm

Hello - anyone with any experience with this phono pre? I have the chinook currently and was looking at this as a potential upgrade. Thanks
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Re: Allnic h1201

Postby leftside » Sat Dec 22, 2018 12:42 am

I used to have one and loved it. I only sold it because I got a good deal on an Audia Flight.

Not sure it's an upgrade over a Manley Chinook though?
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Re: Allnic h1201

Postby Brf » Sat Dec 22, 2018 10:55 am

Great phono pre. The 1201 is being replaced by the 1202, and you can get a smoking deal on brand new 1201 for $2k. Tough to beat
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Re: Allnic h1201

Postby Jprod » Sat Dec 22, 2018 7:21 pm

Thanks for the information. Contemplating whether to buy or save my pennies and go for the Herron at a later date.
Decisions , decisions......
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Re: Allnic h1201

Postby Jprod » Thu Dec 27, 2018 12:11 pm

After doing some reading, the one concern I have about the allnic is lack of flexibility with loading. For example it does not seem like the Soundsmith MIMC star could be used with it. If there are any allnic owners out there who could chime in if this was an issue for them I would appreciate it.
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Re: Allnic h1201

Postby Brf » Thu Dec 27, 2018 1:18 pm

Jprod wrote:After doing some reading, the one concern I have about the allnic is lack of flexibility with loading. For example it does not seem like the Soundsmith MIMC star could be used with it. If there are any allnic owners out there who could chime in if this was an issue for them I would appreciate it.


It will match the SS MIMC nicely due to the fact that the 1201 is transformer based and is it more important to match the output voltage, rather than the impedance. Here is some suggested reading which will explain it better than I can. http://www.rothwellaudioproducts.co.uk/html/mc_step-up_transformers_explai.html
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Re: Allnic h1201

Postby Jprod » Thu Dec 27, 2018 6:21 pm

Thanks !! Will read up on it tonight
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Re: Allnic h1201

Postby steveo » Fri Dec 28, 2018 6:44 pm

I had the H1201 for a few years and liked it very much, but it was a bit problematic with my 0.12mv AT ART-7 cart.
The AT liked the 70 ohm loading of the 68db gain setting, but that gain was on the low side. The 72 db setting was much better, but the 30 ohm loading of that setting loaded the AT down too much. I would run it by Peter L. at Soundsmith before buying.
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Re: Allnic h1201

Postby Jprod » Sat Dec 29, 2018 9:17 am

Will do. Thank you sir
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