earthtones

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Purple Heart = Purple Rain?
Take a look at Soundsmith Paua or Sussurro. I have the latter. It tracks better and retrieves more detail than the Purpleheart which I had. The Purpleheart was also a pain to set up and I also had to get Upscale Audio to send one or two replacemen... 
Who makes the best turntable belt?
Good info, thanks everyone. My Roadrunner is showing about the same variance, so I’m going to pat myself on the back for my superglue job! 
Who makes the best turntable belt?
Thanks, you reminded me that I need to give Christian at SOTA my dimensions again. He has a belt and it may or may not fit. 
Harbeth 40.2 or Vandersteen Quatro CT
And if you do go with the Vandersteens, the Pass Labs amps will probably hold you back from what they are truly capable of. I say that as a former owner of XA 60.8s, but I have not heard the 260.8s. A no global feedback amp is a better choice. I h... 
Top linear trackers
@rauliruegas I’m quite sure the tonearm is fine and I’ve run three different cartridges in it - a Benz Ruby 3, a Kiseki Purpleheart, and now the Soundsmith Sussoro, which by far tracks and reveals the best I’ve heard. It was a bit of a challenge a... 
Top linear trackers
Most of my music listening is classical and unfortunately I prefer large scale symphonic pieces that of course tend to have crescendos right where you don’t want them in the inner grooves. Dave Chesky understood this well and wisely avoided the in... 
Top linear trackers
Thanks everyone for your responses. It makes for interesting research! I'm hell bent on eliminating the curse of standard pivoted arms.  
Top linear trackers
@rauliruegas those are interesting options. I'm most intrigued by the Schroeder design which looks simplest. The Thales would appear to suffer from skating seen in conventional pivoted arms, due to the headshell being offset as it traverses, albei... 
Granite Bases for Vandersteen speakers
I wonder if IsoAcoustics footers would work even better, or perhaps those footers on granite would be ideal. I would think just using a granite plate would compensate for a bouncy floor, but at the same time easily reflect vibrations back into the... 
Cartridge suggestions for SME Turntable
I suggest running the resonant frequency calculations on a Soundsmith Sussurro Mark 2 with that arm. I’m using one on an SME 312s. It’s definitely the best cartridge I’ve heard, besting the Benz Ruby 3 and a Kiseki Purpleheart. 
Audio tips for rewiring old home
Given all that needs to be done, especially with all that rewiring, I don’t think it would cost much more to have your electrician run a dedicated line of 12/2 to a 20 amp breaker, and connect that to a pair of those hospital grade outlets in one ... 
VPI Classic 3 Upgrades or Move On to Something New
The Achilles heel of the VPI Classic series is the motor noise transmitted directly to the plinth and picked up by the tonearm and cartridge, which is especially noticeable if running at 45 rpm with the HRX pulley, in which case the motor is spinn... 
Furutech vs Audioquest Power Cables
Theses comments about megabucks AQ power cables compromising their systems is very depressing and makes me wonder to what extent their opinions may have been formed by their moods and/or the AC line quality on the particular day. And this is comin... 
Audioquest Firebird Zero
@ctsooner I’m using the M5-HPA’s with 5A Carbons. The preamp is the mighty new ARC Ref 6SE. But at the time I was evaluating the WTs, I was borrowing Johnny’s Ref 6. I had been so satisfied with the PS Audio BHK Signature preamp. It’s checks off s... 
Audioquest Firebird Zero
I compared WT Copper Zero vs Silver Zero biwired in my Vandersteen setup over the course of a few weeks. I kept returning to the Coppers because they seemed a little smoother and the Silvers I thought had a slight edge to them. However, I’m absolu...