- Feb 12, 2021
I would like to ask a follow up question about the optional RoNt power supply. I'm using a Kuzma 4Point arm, which feeds my phono stage directly. The Bardo's outputs are unused. The anecdotal evidence suggests the RoNt is a "not subtle" upgrade, but is this related to using the Bardo's outputs? I'm struggling to see how a different power supply would affect the direct drive in that "not subtle" way?
Hi, I have a Bardo too, love it!
I do not keep the motor running 24/7 – there’s no need. I just start it ~10 min before playing.
I also have the RonT II. I can honestly say it makes a huge difference to the sound! I don’t use the Bardo’s outputs either, but not sure why that would make a difference.
Today I just upgraded the 5AR4 tube in the RonT II to the BZ34 tube “emulator”. I couldn’t believe the difference! More clarity, more low end, wider soundstage... really it was shocking.
Keep in mind I feed to RonT with regenerated AC from a PS Audio P20 (a PSA Power Plant is an absolute must in any system, IMO). I was not expecting much of a difference with the BZ34, given that the P20.
All I can say is - both the RonT II and the BZ34 are absolutely worth it. As is the P20
My TT playback system:
Bardo with glass platter and HRS platform -> SME V12 arm with Kondo wiring -> Kondo Japan IO-M, SFz, M77, Souga