JC 2 vs JC 2 BP? I am sure I read something recently that the bypass circuit, not being of a John Curl's design, may make the JC 2 BP a step below the regular JC 2 when used as analog preamps. I can't find that reference so I may have something out of context, for sure. So I have two questions for those with experience with the JC 2s:
1. Is the JC 2 superior to the JC 2 BP, however slight, as an analog pre?
2. Since, as I believe, the JC 2 is balanced (?), is there a marked loss of synergy using it with non fully balanced amp. My Bryston 4Bsst2 is balanced at the input but not output stages. Guessing my A-31 Halo is similar to the 4B but it does not appear that the JC1s are fully balanced either. So perhaps that does not matter as much?
The other pre I am considering is the Ayre K-5xeMP.
Last edited by jima4a; 07-30-2014 at 04:05 AM.