billstevenson

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At what price point do I run into diminishing returns on an MC Cartridge?
I am reminded of Mikey Fremer's blind test of 8 cartridges a few years ago which you can still find on Analog Planet.  He set up sound samples for us to listen to of cartridges ranging in price from just a few hundred dollars for a few MM to over ... 
Maximizing VPI Prime Performance
Here is a list of the mods I have made to my Prime: Eagle & Roadrunner - Very worthwhile if you can find them2nd arm - it’s a mono/stereo thingDual pivot mod for both arms3 belts - audible differenceCounterIntuitive - facilitates setupStillpoi... 
Testing the Yamamoto HS-4 Carbon Fiber headshell.
"I'm disturbed Noromance.....that you have experienced this with the Yamamoto HS-4 Carbon Fiber headshell...."@halcro With two of these expensive things and having the same result as noromance, if you think you're disturbed, you ought to take my ... 
Testing the Yamamoto HS-4 Carbon Fiber headshell.
I had a very similar experience.  My turntable is a Technics SL1200GAE, headshells compared are the one sold by LP Gear as the Zupreme (which I believe is the Jelco headshell) and the Yamamoto HS-4S carbon fiber.  You have done a much better job t... 
Soundsmith - Hyperion vs lyra ETNA
I went with Hyperion over Atlas because it was equally detailed, more musical and a lot more practical in terms of warranty, service etc.  The Atlas is an awesome cartridge, but on my system it was a bit too high strung.  My system:  cj: ART150 (r... 
What do you think of your Soundsmith Cartridge
I like my Hyperion a lot, better than my Ortofon Per Winfeld or Cadenza Black.  All are very good mind you.  SoundSmith is ubiquitous at trade shows and the companies that demonstrate at them have a lot of time, effort and money invested to be the... 
Vinyl***What If***
Boxer12-" billstevenson, I sound like you have a wonderful analog set up. Just wondering what $2K digital set up you have that equals or betters it?"I apologize for missing your question earlier.  There is a lot of good stuff in this thread.  Any... 
Soundsmith Progression: MIMC Star > Sussurro Mk II
I agree with you that it would be so nice to be able to hear and compare these things.  Soundsmith is active at the audio shows.  Perhaps that would afford the best chance for an audition, although I find it difficult to evaluate anything when eve... 
Soundsmith Progression: MIMC Star > Sussurro Mk II
The mounting of the cantilever is essentially identical to a metal one.  I examined the construction and paid particular attention to how the stylus is mounted to the cantilever using a Wild-Heerbrugg microscope.  Everything looks good.  Can't com... 
Seeking advice on several specific MC Step Up Transformers
I have a Bob's Sky10, which works quite well set at 5:1 with either of two cj phono stages.  I recommend that you talk to Bob about your application.  In my experience when it comes to SUTs, less is more. 
Soundsmith Progression: MIMC Star > Sussurro Mk II
Motivated like the rest of you by the great promotional pricing, I went whole hog and bought a Hyperion MkII.  Phono Stage is a Conrad Johnson TEA1series3.  The high gain stage has a fixed loading of 430 ohms.  Right now it is mounted in my Techni... 
Vinyl***What If***
viridian-"Fantastic Bill! Thank you for sharing." Thanks! 
Vinyl***What If***
I fell in love with records and started collecting with "Good Night Irene" by Howlin' Wolf around 1950.  My parents wanted to disown me because I kept sittin' on the records and breaking the damn things.  78s ya know?  Anyway I was in my terrible ... 
Review of WaxTime In Color Pressings
I have several WaxTime re-issues, at least one has no color and if I am not mistaken at least one other is light green, but I could be wrong on the color.  Anyway, WaxTime records have been excellent overall, they sound good, they are quiet, and t... 
Is anything better than the Accuphase T-100?
If you like your Accuphase T100 then there is no reason to shop for others.  It is truly one of the great tuners.  FM broadcasts that do more than MP3 quality are almost gone, and damn few even measure up to that low bar.  Anyone that still lives ...