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The John Hardy Company manufactures several different models of stand alone microphone preamplifiers, replacement mic preamps for third party mixing consoles and discrete op-amp modules.

ViPre, John Hardy M-1 or Manley VoxBox?

I know the prices for these range from about $1,500 to $3,600... but I'm not asking to compare the units based on price...

Which is the best all around pre for vocals, acoustic and/or bass guitar?
The Hardy M1 would be with the optional output transformer installed.

I've read up on everything I can find but want to hear from actual experience... please.

SCA J99 vs John Hardy mic pre comparison


Does anyone have an informed opinion regarding comparisons of SCA mic preamps vs John Hardy, or Great River? I realize the "bang for the buck" argument on behalf of SCA. But from a head-to-head comparison of sheer sonic quality, can you hear a difference between e.g. the SCA J99 vs the John Hardy manufactured mic preamp?

John Hardy Mic Preamps: Output transformers or not?


I recently hooked up with a nice fella in this forum and bought a 4 ch. John Hardy M-1 from him. I've since learned that these pres can have an output transformer added as an option. First of all, any thoughts in general about what I should expect once I've gotten them. Second, what's the difference in sound with the output transformers?