Backert Labs

tonybtonyb Posts: 29,742
edited October 2 in 2 Channel Audio
I know some here have picked up a pre from them, how about sounding off and telling us how your getting along.

Still diggin' it ? Sound change some after breaking in ? Whats everyone pairing them with ? Comparisons to other pre's ? Anyone move up the ladder ?

Feed back gents, and maybe we can talk Andy into another round of demo's next spring.

I say next spring because nobody wants to be shipping stuff like this around during the holiday shipping frenzy.
HT SYSTEM-
Sony 850c 4k
Pioneer elite vhx 21
Sony 4k BRP
Tad 803 bookies
Polk 500 surrounds
Polk s35 center
SVS SB-2000
Sonos

Music-

Joule la-100 pre
B&k 1430 amp
Cary xciter dac
Cullen modded Sonos
ERA D5 bookies

Cables-
Acoustic zen Satori speaker cables
Analysis plus crystal oval ic's
Wireworld eclipse 7 ic's
Audio metallurgy ga-o digital cable

Comments

  • GlennDogGlennDog Posts: 1,538
    U talk'n ta me?

    R U talk'n ta me!!??

    IIRC, there's just one other cat besides myself that owns one . . .
    Long short. I cannot comment just yet, bc it's been a PFB cluster FFF of a summer!!
    Unless you're into Debbie Downers, you do not want details

    Good news is that I'll be getting the Rhumba back in a couple of weeks

    Some history:
    I bought an early production Rhumba from a local cat on A'gon. Turns out I'm 3rd owner in a (relatively) short period of time . . .

    Rhumba sounds fine and she holds her own. No issues except for the bent toggle switch (as delivered from previous owner). I posted a comment, and Andy reached out saying that it might be warranted for a factory inspection.
    On the Backert dime . . . Nice!

    Again, long short: I opted for upgrades

    Fron Backert web site:
    4. The Mundorf caps are $400 installed and give the unit more resolution in the midrange. Just a more clear light shining on those key mid frequencies.

    5. Better caps throughout - $70 installed, gives the unit more clear and deeper sound. Maybe a little more bass but mostly clarity and depth.

    THEN, I decided to ditch the black chassis and go with RED!!
    in a word SEXY

    fast forward

    THEN, Andy calls and says they found a way to improve bass. Who says no to that?

    Shipped the biotch back . . .

    Andy says she sounds fan-frick'n-tastik . . . . Lucky Dog!

    I'll be in that camp soon . . . .

    T-man, I'm gonna PM you. As I have an offer you might not be able to refuse ...
    Power Rogue M180 monos & Adcom GFA 5802
    PS Audio PerfectWave Power Plant 10
    Rears Definitive Technology BP-2
    DAC North Star Design Supremo
    Source PSA PWT & Oppo 105
    Pre/Pro Integra DHC 40.1
    LCD Samsung LN46B750
    Mains Salk HT2-TL
    Pre Cary SLP-98 F1
    Center Salk HT2C
    Wires MIT S3.3
    PSA PC AC-12
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 29,742

    THEN, Andy calls and says they found a way to improve bass. Who says no to that?


    LMAO....Andy's a character eh. I thought you had it in your possession for awhile. Sorry about that.

    Anyway, post up some thoughts when you get some time with the new girlfriend in the red dress.
    HT SYSTEM-
    Sony 850c 4k
    Pioneer elite vhx 21
    Sony 4k BRP
    Tad 803 bookies
    Polk 500 surrounds
    Polk s35 center
    SVS SB-2000
    Sonos

    Music-

    Joule la-100 pre
    B&k 1430 amp
    Cary xciter dac
    Cullen modded Sonos
    ERA D5 bookies

    Cables-
    Acoustic zen Satori speaker cables
    Analysis plus crystal oval ic's
    Wireworld eclipse 7 ic's
    Audio metallurgy ga-o digital cable
  • SIHABSIHAB Posts: 111
    Does anyone want to talk about this pre?

    What does "Bob Backert’s patented GreenForce™ power supply" do when you hit the switch?

    Those V-Caps are darn expensive...

    the 1.1 has a mono/stereo switch... I wonder what it is doing internally...
  • scubalabscubalab Posts: 2,378
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 29,742
    SIHAB wrote: »
    Does anyone want to talk about this pre?

    What does "Bob Backert’s patented GreenForce™ power supply" do when you hit the switch?

    Those V-Caps are darn expensive...

    the 1.1 has a mono/stereo switch... I wonder what it is doing internally...

    They have a membership here so you can PM Andy any questions you may have or visit their website.

    We did a demo round here last year from the very generous people down at Backert labs. Andy, Bob, and countless faces behind the curtain are all top notch.
    HT SYSTEM-
    Sony 850c 4k
    Pioneer elite vhx 21
    Sony 4k BRP
    Tad 803 bookies
    Polk 500 surrounds
    Polk s35 center
    SVS SB-2000
    Sonos

    Music-

    Joule la-100 pre
    B&k 1430 amp
    Cary xciter dac
    Cullen modded Sonos
    ERA D5 bookies

    Cables-
    Acoustic zen Satori speaker cables
    Analysis plus crystal oval ic's
    Wireworld eclipse 7 ic's
    Audio metallurgy ga-o digital cable
  • stangman67stangman67 Posts: 782
    I’ve still got my Rhumba 1.0. Love it to death, don’t see any reason to replace it with anything else. Simply superb sound. Settled on some NOS Mullards in it and haven’t looked back. I can only compare to the TEAC integrateds I had before and the setup kills the integrateds all the way around. The only issue I have with it is some low level noise with no music playing but I’ve gotten used to it.

    Paired equipment is relatively modest, B&K Ref 250 amp, Focal Aria 926 speakers, Music Hall MMF 7.3 tt/Marantz 8005 SACD/Bluesound Node 2 as the sources, mix of Wireworld and Acoustic Zen wiring.

    Still have to say the customer service provided by Backert is second to none, and that is reason enough to own one.
    2 Channel
    BlueSound Node 2 Streaming Tidal I Marantz SA8005 I Music Hall MMF7.3 I Lounge Audio LCR Mk III I Backert Labs Rhumba 1.1 I B&K Ref 200.2 I Focal Aria 926 I Wireworld Eclipse 7 IC's I Acoustic Zen Satori SC I Pangea AC14SE MkII/PS Audio AC-3 Power Cables

    Living Room HT
    Sony XBR65X930E I Marantz NR-1608 I Q Acoustics 2020i I Q Acoustics 3090c I FXI-A4's I DIY 15" Dayton SW

  • tonybtonyb Posts: 29,742
    stangman67 wrote: »
    I’ve still got my Rhumba 1.0. Love it to death, don’t see any reason to replace it with anything else. Simply superb sound. Settled on some NOS Mullards in it and haven’t looked back. I can only compare to the TEAC integrateds I had before and the setup kills the integrateds all the way around. The only issue I have with it is some low level noise with no music playing but I’ve gotten used to it.

    Paired equipment is relatively modest, B&K Ref 250 amp, Focal Aria 926 speakers, Music Hall MMF 7.3 tt/Marantz 8005 SACD/Bluesound Node 2 as the sources, mix of Wireworld and Acoustic Zen wiring.

    Still have to say the customer service provided by Backert is second to none, and that is reason enough to own one.

    Cool man. I'm also using some AZ/Wireworld cables, they mix well together and compliment each other nicely. Nice system you put together there btw, can't imagine anyone not being happy with that sound.

    The low level noise in the Rhumba your experiencing may just be noise in your electrical circuit or a bad ground somewhere else in the system. She was dead quiet when I had one on demo. A good power conditioner might clean that up some. Anyway, nice to hear your still enjoying it.
    HT SYSTEM-
    Sony 850c 4k
    Pioneer elite vhx 21
    Sony 4k BRP
    Tad 803 bookies
    Polk 500 surrounds
    Polk s35 center
    SVS SB-2000
    Sonos

    Music-

    Joule la-100 pre
    B&k 1430 amp
    Cary xciter dac
    Cullen modded Sonos
    ERA D5 bookies

    Cables-
    Acoustic zen Satori speaker cables
    Analysis plus crystal oval ic's
    Wireworld eclipse 7 ic's
    Audio metallurgy ga-o digital cable
  • GlennDogGlennDog Posts: 1,538
    stangman67 wrote: »
    I’ve still got my Rhumba 1.0. Love it to death, don’t see any reason to replace it with anything else. Simply superb sound. The only issue I have with it is some low level noise with no music playing but I’ve gotten used to it.

    I bet the low level noise can be gotten rid of toot-sweet.

    Contact Andy, give him your serial # and tell him of the issue

    My Rhumba was one of the first iterations. I think that's one reason Andy offered to have their Service Dept/Bob give it the "once over" ...

    There's a recent (modestly priced) development that improves bass

    Talk To Andy for your options. Just say'n ...
    Power Rogue M180 monos & Adcom GFA 5802
    PS Audio PerfectWave Power Plant 10
    Rears Definitive Technology BP-2
    DAC North Star Design Supremo
    Source PSA PWT & Oppo 105
    Pre/Pro Integra DHC 40.1
    LCD Samsung LN46B750
    Mains Salk HT2-TL
    Pre Cary SLP-98 F1
    Center Salk HT2C
    Wires MIT S3.3
    PSA PC AC-12
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