Here, There and Everywhere
Here, making each day of the year
Changing my life with a wave of her hand
Nobody can deny that there’s something thereThere, running my hands through her hair
Both of us thinking how good it can be
I want her everywhere and if she’s beside me
I know I need never care
But to love her is to need her everywhere
Knowing that love is to share
Each one believing that love never dies
Watching her eyes and hoping I’m always there
To be there and everywhere
Here, there and everywhere
We have discontinued Maggie – the autoformer volume control, as we are developing something better, MUCH BETTER than ALL the transfomer volume controls we have tried. Watch out for her in April 2008!
Ahhhhhh….. Elegance, Grace and Beauty. How else would you describe Maggie?
Maggie is an autoformer volume control, designed and manufactured exclusively by the fine folks at Audiohobbyist.com
And yours truly here got the most flattering honour of distributing such fine products, aligned with our aim of promoting great audio among our brethrens of this world! (Spread the word to our improverished brothers!)
If you are wondering, why autoformer? Well, a true transformer volume control was built but the listening didn’t reveal that much of a difference. Could be that the autoformer is less lossy? However, the sonic difference between resistive pot and Maggie was totally unfair to… the resistive pot.
To sum up in a very long line… smoother mids/highs, more “body” in the presentation, deeper bass, better dynamics/impact, (even at low volumes, you could hear the drummer hitting the drum hard and not slacking off)…
But the best impression I get of Maggie is that, she makes the speakers “disappear”. I know this sounds like a damn cliched statement but I got less concious of the system. There’s something in the the music presentation! There’s something about Maggie…
So after listening to Maggie, you’ll be wondering what the hell have you been missing in life listening to putty resistive volume controls. Ever experience the feeling of being in love for the very first time and that life before her was a big fat void?
Let’s face it. After your first taste of Maggie, you’ll be desiring for her,
Here, There and Everywhere.
|What’s the Impedance, Kenneth?
Maggie is about 60H in inductance.
How does this translate to impedance depends on how “honest” you are.
As Impedance is 2*PI*Frequency*Inductance, you could see that it depends on Frequency.
So an honest guy may use 20Hz as a guide, thus the Impedance is 2*3.14*20*60 = 7.5kohm.
Another guy may feel that there’s not much life below 40Hz so he uses 40Hz and arrives at Impedance of 15kohm.
Worse still, someone crooked may go for 100Hz and claim Impedance of 37kohm!
So ask at which frequency is the impedance specified? Better still, just ask for the Inductance.
Hold on! Hold on! Shown here is just a prototype. We are still a few weeks away from ready to sell. Sit tight boys! She will be ready soon!
Still working out the details, like PRICE, and OPTIONS. Since she takes a godly 30 hours of manual labour to build (she’s a tough one, mate!), it’s no wonder there are sooooooo few such manufacturers in the world. Well, add AudioHobbyist to the list!
Update on 5 October 2006, Maggie is here!
|USD260 a pair for these babies. Shipping weight about 1.3kg.|
|For a limited time only!
24-step switch to go with Maggie.
Wiring up Maggie
The 23-step wires are configured in logarithmic scale, the way it should be.
They are separated into 4 groups of wires, each with different colour heatshrink.
|Position||Heatshrink Colour||Wire Colour||Attenuation in dB|
|0||Red||Black||Infinite (Input -)|
|22||Blue||Blue||0 (Input +)|
You are going to drooooooool!
Get your bib ready!
Fully assembled/tested in chassis, plug and play, ultra cool, autoformer volume control blah blah blah… better known as Maggie Passive Preamp. Call her Maggie TVC Passive Preamp if you wish to.
Isn’t she a beauty? Told you you’ll fall heads over heels over her! Yours for USD400.
There was a problem though. Shipping cost for the above unit was too high. Besides, having the trans inside the chassis yields not only a slimmer chassis, but allow stacking of components too. *hint: monica and charlize in matching chassis*
So this is the new standard version.
|Maggie Autoformer Passive Preamp!|
We listened to you and it seems like many of you wish for a Maggie with multiple inputs and a selector switch. We’ll be offering this option soon.
Pride in craftsmanship
No jokes here folks! Every unit is meticulously hand wound by the designer himself!
Maggie Passive Preamp does not use the above switch but this much better made-in-Japan silver contact switch.
Audiohobbyist isn’t afraid to show you some measurements! If you are looking for hard core specs, here’s some to appeal to your ANAL-ytical side. Ha ha!
There’s a slight resonance at 70kHz but throughout 5Hz to 30kHz, we are talking about +/-0.5dB variation! +/1dB all the way from 5Hz up to 85kHz!
Here’s more pics to knock you out!
Maggie’s distortion performance
50Hz THD = 0.042%
When operated at 100Hz, the input impedance is 47kOhm.
At 10kHz, input impedance is 39kOhm.
At 20kHz, input impedance is 19kOhm.
All these show that if we are driving Maggie with CD player with an output impedance of 600ohm, it’s ‘piece of cake’ to drive the above input impedance.
The last 3 setups above were tested with a dummy load of 4.7Kohm connected at step number 12, which simulates Maggie’s operation turned up to half of the volume. This simulates the load resistance of any amplifier in market, and 4.7Kohm
is the lowest input impedance of amplifiers in the world. We can’t find any amplifier that have lower input impedance than 4.7kOhm, meaning we are testing the worst case scenario here!
Take my Money! I want to Buy now!
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