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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. 
Question on Soundsmith carts
Interestingly enough I asked much the same question a couple of years ago and SoundSmith steered me toward the previous generation Experion, which at the time was being phased out in favor of the new updated design.  The differences were subtle as... 
Is going from a Ortofon Candenza Black to a Ortofon Winfield a lateral move?
I own both a Cadenza Black and a Windfeld (the original).  There is no comparison.  The Windfeld is a significantly superior transducer.  This is a good example of why reading specifications is not enough.  We need our ears.  The Windfeld is a top... 
Anyone have a fully upgraded KAB 1200?
I did make this modification to mine several years ago, but too long ago to tell you what you want to know.  In general it seemed worthwhile at the time and the fully modded SL1200 sounded quite good.  I was replaced by an SL1200GAE that sounded b... 
Record Cleaner Advice?
Keegiam,My answer to your question is different than Neil's.  For the ongoing maintenance of records that are in good shape to begin with I will continue to rely upon my VPI.  These machines do a more than adequate job of preservation, are extreme... 
Record Cleaner Advice?
Here is how to clean seriously dirty records.  This is better than any ultrasonic cleaning machine according to all who have tried it.  For routine cleaning I have used a VPI HW-17 for years, but recently started using Tergitol in accordance with ... 
Audiophiles are not alone
Hi Jeff,Cables and power cords for all my c-j electronics are Audio Sensitivity, Silver Statement on the cables.   Steve at Audio Sensitivity sent me a bunch of different grades of cables and cords to try with return privilege.  The owner is Steve... 
Audio Research or Conrad Johnson Phono Pre
Today's c-j top line products are built like tanks, really as good as anything on the market and better than most.  We all have war stories.  I had trouble with ARC back in the day, but like I said these are two very good companies today.  My advi... 
Technics 1200G VS VPI Prime Signature
Mine is an SL1200GAE, functionally the same as the G, and for about 3 years it sat next to a Prime until I upgraded the Prime to VPI's HW-40 last year.  I would say the two turntables are focused on different customers with quite different priorit... 
Audio Research or Conrad Johnson Phono Pre
I have a c-j TEA1 series III, and before that I had a TEA2MAX.  Both Audio Research and Conrad Johnson make top level kit and are definitely direct competitors.  Over the years both have improved with every new product produced.  Both sound except... 
Thoughts on a cartridge
I have always liked the Goldring 1042 and feel that it is competitive with the Ortofon 2M Black.  The Bronze is more forward in the midrange and is a good choice too, but both the 1042 and Black are more balanced, neutral.  Frankly all three are s... 
Blue Note Tone Poet Series
Nitewulf,We seem to be in agreement on this issue.  One of the things that has been discussed and explained, but that I just can't grasp is why or how it is that a digital master or CD can be used to make a vinyl record and almost invariably the v... 
How Long Did It Take You To Build Your Dream Setup?
If memory serves my first component system was purchased in 1961 or 1962 and  I am still chasing the dream in December 2020.  But I actually started listening to jazz on my grandmother's wind up Victrola way before that. 
Any truth to my feeling that MM carts are possibly better than MC on rock recordings?
There are trade-offs of course.  I have both MM and MC and go back and forth all the time.  If your really want to know the truth, though, both are easily eclipsed by MI.  Try to listen to either a SoundSmith or a Grado or if you can find one a NO...