chayro

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Which cantilever to choose for re-tip
I would leave it up to Peter.  Both times I sent him carts he felt the best way to go was to just replace the stylus on the original cantilever.  And yes, he used what appears to be a blob of glue to attach it, but the carts sounded absolutely gre... 
Doge 8 Clarity: 12AT7 replacement for phono stage
I have had good results with Black Sable tubes from Tube Depot.  They are hand-selected for low noise and microphonics.  Andy at Vintage Tube Services is also great.   
Breakdown of Turntable Performance
Some would say pretty much the exact opposite.  Platter/plinth most important, arm second, cartridge last.  Depends on who you ask I guess. But when you think about it - the plinth and platter need to be designed to be immune to feedback and turn ... 
Moving up from an Oppo 205
Before you do anything, I would recommend trying some Vibrapods under the 205's feet.  Frankly, I was never much for footers or cones, but I had some Vibrapods lying around I just thought I would try it.  IMO, the sound became much more harmonical... 
Props to Black Cat Cables
+1 for Inakustik.   
Props to Black Cat Cables
It may well be the greatest cable construction of anyone, but my point was that Chris actually shows you exactly what you are buying.  That is pretty rare.   
Another Analog v. Digital Thread? Not Really
@audiozenology - Your comment about old ears or fan-boy vinyl certainly may be true in many cases, but in this particular scenario, it was the impression of a young person who had never heard a decent vinyl setup that made me question whether I wa... 
Linn Unidisk SC v Esoteric DV 50
I was the owner of a X-05 and I couldn't wait to get rid of it.  Harmonically threadbare and dry sounding.  Had it 6 months, so I don't think it was about break-in.  My point being, if the seller is nearby, why don't you ask him to bring it over f... 
Stockfisch Records
It's really amazing what they do with plain old 33.3 vinyl.  It's more about quality recordings and care in the pressing process than it is about 45 rpm single-sided pressings, IMO.  Unfortunately for me, I don't really care for most of their arti... 
Turntable isolation platforms
Are you sure it's acoustic feedback, i.e., sonic degradation from the volume of the music?  Or do you mean isolation from footfalls and the like?  If it's the latter, a wall shelf makes a huge difference IMO.  
Another Analog v. Digital Thread? Not Really
Live music is great, but I found very few venues with great sound.  Carnegie Hall is surreal, but Lincoln Center should be ashamed of the sound in there.  I haven't been to the Vanguard in 100 years.  If you're old enough, you may remember Hoppers... 
Another Analog v. Digital Thread? Not Really
@larryi - the Naim 555 series are in a class by themselves.  I could definitely give up analog for a 555 CD player.  And I don't know if I'll give up digital.  It was just the first time it even occurred to me. @twoleftears  - you may be right abo... 
Another Analog v. Digital Thread? Not Really
Just to attempt to be perfectly clear, which is not easy - this was just meant to be a question I asked myself before I knee-jerked into spending a few thousand to replace my digital setup. I never contemplated the idea of giving up on CDs until t... 
SME 20/2 Static Electricity
Gruv Glide works perfectly to remove static.  I won't get involved in a discussion of the sonic benefits or that stuff, but it is a total cure for static.  I used to have difficulties with static with my Linn, but the Basis has a grounded bearing,... 
Speaker Cable Blending
Personally, I've lost interest in swapping out cables and a/b comparisons, but I do like drinking.