Not only is the enclosure a different size but it uses a blue PCB with silver traces while the newer version has a golden board. ASR recommends setting the gain to the minimum acceptable level for lowest noise but I did find that the overall gestalt of the presentation became more dynamic, impactful and expressive as gain increased.
So experiment to find the right trade-off between extreme silence which the Mini-Basis can deliver and expressivity. The consistent double mono structure of the equalizer is easy to see. However, the circuit is not completely symmetrical. Although ASR Audio Systems also provides all inputs and outputs in an unbalanced cinch version, for the best sound results it is recommended to use the balanced versions, whereby the contact is made via the mechanically excellent sockets from Switchcraft.
On the input side, this makes all the more sense since the pickups deliver a native, i. Generally you need a phono cable with XLR plugs. How to connect this correctly can be found in the instruction manual, which is otherwise very comprehensive and detailed.
The resistor for damping, which is usually required for MCs, is selected using DIP switches, also known as mouse pianos, which, due to the symmetry of the circuit, are available twice for each channel.
There are also other mouse pianos to set the amplification factor and the bass cut-off. Without an instruction manual you are quickly lost, but if you follow it systematically, this hurdle is easy to overcome. You are rewarded with a comprehensive selection of impedances.
The range from 10 ohms to 47 kilo ohms should do justice to almost every MC. In addition, different capacities can be set for MM systems, so that further fine-tuning is possible here as well.
The ASR Basis Exclusive HV offers the passionate analog fan a really nice playground and enormous flexibility when adapting the system. Finding a try, as the corresponding tonal changes turned out to be quite understandable. I could not discover any preferences for a certain system, but it seemed to me that the ASR strengths of the respective pickups, with the Titan i for example the grandiose dynamics, with the Aventurin 6 the excellent resolution and lively timbres still supported a little.
What does not exist is the option of different cutting characteristics, which has been increasingly popular in recent times, mostly from the pre-RIAA period. Some of the old discs actually benefited audibly, while others showed only marginal changes.
After switching on, colored, labeled LEDs behind the translucent acrylic glass panes of the ASR phono preamplifier and the battery power supply provide information about the current operating status. You can safely save yourself deep thoughts about the suitability for everyday use of the power supply: Even a Basis HD from sucked on its batteries without any problems.
In the meantime, the control electronics of the power supply unit have been further optimized so that the batteries currently in use last a good 60 hours. Of course, the best sound is offered by the operating mode in which the phono stage completely galvanically interrupts the connection to the house network.
If you forget to switch back to one of the other operating modes in time, you actually run the risk of running out of batteries. But even then, such an occasional mishap generally does not pose a serious problem for their durability. The only relevant concession to the supply of the purest battery power in everyday life was and is that after about six to seven years the batteries need to be changed, which gifted users themselves , let everything else be done by the service of ASR Audio Systems.
A manageable euros are currently being charged for this. The Basis Exclusive has automatic signal detection to avoid unnecessary discharging of the batteries. This ensures that the phono stage automatically switches to battery mode when the tonearm is lowered and switches back to charging mode as soon as it is raised again. The sound is out of this world, providing you pair it with some worthy turntables, that is. The midrange is beautifully layered, the treble full of insight and its ability to convey low-level dynamic shifts is truly mesmerising.
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Unusually, the Exclusive is actually two complete, fully balanced stereo phono preamplifiers on a single chassis, entirely independent except for a shared, switchable output. You can have two turntables connected simultaneously, or have two tonearms on a single 'table as I do , and easily switch between them.
Each preamplifier is independently configurable via a series of DIP switches that control gain, capacitance, and resistance. An additional DIP switch acts as a "rumble filter" to allow you to limit low-frequency response to 2Hz or 20Hz. There are switch positions for values of 5, 7, 10, 15, 22, 47, 64, , , , , 1k, and 50k ohms; other values are possible by choosing different combinations of switch positions.
Capacitance adjustment for MMs is more limited: pF or pF. The manual, while informative and pretty comprehensive, needs some organization and a better translation.
The heart of the Basis Exclusive is a super-quiet Analog Devices microphone preamp based, believe it or not, on op-amps. According to the manual, after the adjustable linear gain stage, the signal passes through a passive low-pass RIAA filter and the low-frequency cutoff switch, followed by active RIAA equalization. The low-impedance unbalanced signal can then be output directly. An additional driver circuit is used for the balanced output signal.
Only polypropylene and polystyrene capacitors are used in the signal path. Battery charging is controlled by an optical digital logic circuit.
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