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I currently have an Aphex 107, and have swapped the tubes. I haven't had much time to play around with it, and will still do a lot more experimenting before I make any decision, but what are your opinions on the ART Pro MPA when compared to the Aphex? Differences, pros and cons, etc. I know some people on here have experience with either one or both.

I tried searching to get some more info on the ART, and found that the search engine wouldn't pull anything up. Even if I just typed in ART/ART Pro/ART Pro MPA. I know there are threads on it cause I've read some. Anyway, help would be appreciated!


Mauisnow13 Wed, 02/03/2010 - 14:26

I play a lot of acoustic music, so I'm thinking the ART may be better for that, but I already have the Aphex, so I don't think I'll be selling it. I have been thinking about just having both as you state, especially at the price I can get the ART. I can get both and probably spend as much as I did normally on an ART. That way I have that Hi-Fi sound if I need it for a project.

Another option would be to keep the Aphex and get an ART Pro-VLA II compressor. I've been reading some great reviews on them.

Any others?

moonbaby Mon, 02/08/2010 - 08:30

I have the 107, and for acoustic music (especially guitars, strings, winds, etc) you should have a Grace m101 in your arsenal. Nothing beats it for pure transparency and detail. Keep the 107 for a bit of color on the vocals when you need that. Also, the m101 is set up with a selectable ribbon mode when you're ready to take the plunge with one of those mics. Really, really nice preamp, a real steal at the price.

Mauisnow13 Mon, 02/08/2010 - 11:24

It seems like a decent price, I'll do some more research on it. Any chance you know of some places where I can listen to sound clips of it in action? Hopefully while matched up against the same sound on another preamp?

Anyone else have opinions on the Grace M101? I may eventually need 2 of them for when I pull the trigger and start stereo micing some of my acoustic instruments. I might end up just spending the same amount as buying 2 of these and looking in the higher price range for some nice preamps. That'll come when I get there, for now, I'm weighing my options. I know there are some decent 2 channel pre's for 1k though.

Jeemy Mon, 02/08/2010 - 18:42

Have to chip in to this one as I've responded to your other thread, and second Gaff's post. You're stuck debating decisions between prosumer pieces of gear; they are different shades of the same beige. Go with something vibrant. If you spend $300 on another item in your chain, you're just going to regret it. The grace is only $595 and I bet you can get it cheaper than that. The DAV BG1 is about $700. Spend the money on one good item, you won't regret it. These both represent incredible value. I really think you should avoid the Art, although I've only got experience with their guitar equipment.