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SAT 30K+$$ TONEARM: W O R T H T O H A V E I T ?
Anyone can hear "the SAT sound" on their own turntable, if the tonearm is 9". Just realign your cartridge to the SAT null-points, and add 3° to your offset angle. If the SAT is mechanically superior, as it claims, that will affect the results a bi... 
Best head amp of the market ?
I use a Thorens head-amp — not their recent crop of phono ancillaries, an oldie-but-goodie, over 30 years old. It's very compact, and quite "pretty". They made it as a plug-in module to fit into an EMT broadcast console. I found it on a trip to Jo... 
Moving from MM to MC
To the OP — You accept that a better MM/MI is that way to go at this time (and Chakster is right that Raul's classic thread is must-read) but you seem determined to get a new cartridge. I understand this, but I think you are drastically, and ne... 
AT OC9/II vs AT OC9/III
Does anyone remember the OC-9? The first one, with no Roman numerals? I bought one 25 years ago when it was the latest "greatest bargain ever", and kept it for future use. It's still NOS. Any comments on what I can expect to hear, not in compariso... 
Two subs or not Two subs?
For music, I always use two subs. They image — they reshape the soundstage as it really was. I have a live Jazz recording I use as a reference — for years, with a single sub, bass player was way back in the soundstage, center stage. Adding the sec... 
Not an ad but...
I use one, it totally eliminates fine dust other brushes leave behind. I worry about it leaving a residue, but I don't know if it does; just another minor worry, maybe baseless, to add to my life.There was a version in the 1980s that was tapered —... 
Phonostages with Adjustable Curves, the Concise List
If you play lots of records made before the RIAA curve became the standard, such flexibility is useful, even necessary for historical archiving. Otherwise, it only introduces extra switches, components and solder joints that can degrade SQ. I once... 
SME Tonearms of Canada - Alfred and Company that sell new and refurbish SME
I once used Flat Earth Audio (flatearthaudio.com). I got a new stub for a 3012's badly-sagging c'wt, and two grades of silicon, for a damping trough and cueing device — not easy to find. Super nice guy too, happy to talk tech with you — not a "tim... 
Phono Preamps with "balls" ?
A blast from the past — the RTS 405. A broadcast unit from 1990, built to the highest standard. It reminds me of the Krell PAM7 I had 20 years ago, their last full-function pre with a phono stage. All balls — but it never made my heart melt with a... 
Any Members Tried the Audio Interface CST-80 SUT?
I've learned quite bit through our conversation, Ateal, and thank you for that. I'll most certainly "Watch this space..." 
Any Members Tried the Audio Interface CST-80 SUT?
You promised a review, and delivered on that promise — a thoughtful and thorough analysis. May I ask what information appears on the CST’s case? Mine only says “CST-80 / II H” — and a serial number “40 1003”. Not much to go on. Maybe the spaced-of... 
Tonearm rewiring
I can't post photos here. I need them to answer Nandric's question.Can anyone explain how to do it? 
Tonearm rewiring
I’ve rewired 4 or 5 arms over the years. Not just to replace old wire, but to change the wiring design — namely, one continuous run from cartridge output pins to preamp input RCAs. This eliminates, depending on the arm, 6 or 8 solder-joints and pl... 
Any Members Tried the Audio Interface CST-80 SUT?
All I know is the model — CST–80/II H. Maybe that tells you something, but H is a bit ambiguous. After reading your post about 3- and 40-ohm versions, I inserted my ohm-meter probes into the RCA females, but got no readings at all, so I can’t help... 
Any Members Tried the Audio Interface CST-80 SUT?
I’ve had the CST-80 for twenty years. I don’t know any specs on mine, they’re impossible to find. The website http://www.high-endaudio.com (which is very controversial and justly so) prefers it to the Cotter. I already had the Cotter Verion SUT at...