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Vinyl guy seeking recommendation for a top level cd player
Thanks again to one and all.  I will report back once I take possession of the D10X and get some time with it.  In the end I think it came down to a choice between the Ken Ishiwata (Marantz) voicing, which tends toward lush mids and highs and more... 
Vinyl guy seeking recommendation for a top level cd player
This thread has been extremely helpful.  Thank you all.  I ordered a Luxman D10X today and I did so with confidence that would not have been possible without the input from this discussion. 
Vinyl guy seeking recommendation for a top level cd player
There are a couple of things I don't want:  Any kind of a computer integrated directly into my sound system or any other kind of an Erector Set of subcomponents such as disc drive, DAC and clock just to play silver discs.  I view this as a seconda... 
Vinyl guy seeking recommendation for a top level cd player
Arize84 wrote:  I have a Luxman D10x. When I play the redbook layer of Analogue Productions jazz SACDs and then A/B it against the corresponding 45rpm record from AP, the difference is almost negligible. In fact, I have started replacing som... 
Is a Ortofon Black a step down from a Pickering XSV 3000
This is great stuff! Dear friends: This is very interesting: Effective mass -- the smaller, the better: 0.970mg Shure "bi-radial" (0.4x0.7mil, MM)0.750mg Ortofon X1-MCP (p-mount, high output MC)0.500mg Ortofon OM10 stylus (bushed elliptical, MI)0.... 
Gimbal vs unipivot tonearms
In my opinion either can be excellent.  In general gimbal is more expensive to make to achieve the same performance as an equivalent performing unipivot.  Also, most people find gimbal to be more comfortable to use, whereas there is more of a lear... 
What phono preamp are you using?
Experion.  Conrad Johnson TEA1 series 3.  Three options for SUT:  1.  The one built into the TEA1, 2. Bob's Devices Sky 10, 3. Consolidated Silver wire.   
SoundSmith cartridges how good?
"Hello Bill. To which other cartridges are you comparing the Hyperion, please? I ask because I'm considering one."Ortofon Per WinfeldAtlasAT5000To name a few.  Among these you can't go wrong. 
SoundSmith cartridges how good?
My Hyperion is my favorite among several highend cartridges.  It is currently installed in a VPI HW 40, a sublime combination. 
Help me understand compliance!
As one engineer to another we can communicate with each other in technical terms and understand each other.  The great beauty of science. In layman's terms my explanation of the matter has left you with an inability to track my thought process.  W... 
Help me understand compliance!
Perhaps you will indulge me a little poetic license.  I assure you this is pertinent, not crazy stuff.  A person says something that is totally outrageous.  A listener accepts the message at face value without reservation.  That is compliance.  Se... 
Is going from a Ortofon Candenza Black to a Ortofon Winfield a lateral move?
bfoura   "the replicant stylus significantly more difficult to dial in compared to shibatas?"Personally I find the shibata the most difficult to optimally set up of all types.  The Replicant is not too bad actually.  
Technics SL-1210GAE Anniversary
In the January 2021 issue of Stereophile, Herb Reichert has an excellent article entitled "Some truly affordable phono cartridges."  It starts with the Audio Technica AT-VM95E.  $49.00.  It concludes with the observation "that the difference betwe... 
Is going from a Ortofon Candenza Black to a Ortofon Winfield a lateral move?
Very interesting.  I just looked at my PW, which is the older version, under my Wild Heerbrugg microscope to confirm that it has a Replicant or line contact type stylus.  I compared it with both my 2M Black and Cadenza Black, to verify that they h... 
Is going from a Ortofon Candenza Black to a Ortofon Winfield a lateral move?
Actually both:  Phono preamp is a Conrad Johnson TEA 1 series III, which has a built in SUT.  Stand alone SUTs include a Bob's Devices Sky 10 very warm (nice), and a Consolidated Audio Silver, which is phenomenal.