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Does anything better Jelco arm ~$1000
noromance - am running a Stax UA-7/CF on a DP-80 in a DK-300 plinth. Carts are a Lyra Kleos, Cadenza Blk & Kontrpunkt-b, AT33R & AT150Ti. Plan to stay with an arm that handles a universal headshell as part of the fun for me is swapping car... 
Review: Ortofon Kontrapunkt B Cartridge
I shudder to think how many pieces of gear I’ve gone thru since my original review in 2002. But, 17 years later I still have one piece of gear from 2002 and it is the Kontrapunkt-b. Had it retipped by SoundSmith in 2009 and is as good as new. Don'... 
Tonearms: Ripoff?
Older thread, but that TK-850L sure does look tasty to me (even better than a blue (is that a flavor?) Slurpee). Plus, as an unsuspecting consumer I love being ripped off. Just have to see if it will fit my Denon DK100 plinth. 
Does anything better Jelco arm ~$1000
Too bad the Audiomods has a fixed headshell. I swap cartridges (generally have 5 or 6 on-hand at any one time) too often to deal with cartridge alignment every change. VTA & VTF are enough. Is down to the TK-850L or Sorane SA1-2 (at 2x the pri... 
New McIntosh MA252
Auditioned the MA252 driving a pair of Harbeth 3.1s (wish they would have set them up with the 3.2s) at Overture in DE and it was delightful. My best description would be that the combination was very musical and got the RP&T near perfect. On ... 
Esoteric K-03X vs Accuphase DP-720
An older thread but I’m wondering what the OP decided and what he thinks of his new CDP (if he upgraded)? Am CDP shopping and two of the four units I’m looking at are the E-03X and DP-720 (along with the E-05X & McIntosh MDC550). Big cost delt... 
Svetlana 572-3 tube---Still available?
Old thread, but Cary & New Sensor (headquarters is on Long Island) both have the tube. New Sensor was easy to get to via the phone and stated they had almost 1000 of the 572-3 in stock. $300 for a pair. About a year is all you get from a tube ... 
Mobile Fidelity OML-1 - Any thoughts/opinions?
I found nothing untoward in the origianl response by audiooracle. No selling going on from my viewpoint. Am another owner of OML-1s. Very pleased with them after about 24 hours of listening. Music Direct is selling the demo units for a great price... 
I have aquired a Luxman TP117 and I can not
I, to, have heard that the TP-117 has the T-117 tuner in it. I wouldn't doubt that it does as it cost $1200 new and the tuner was $600. The R-117 receiver was only $1000. Based on pricing I would think the TP-117 has the T-117 tuner in it. I have ... 
Why even bother?
Mostly I bother because you are quite incorrect when you state that all stations broadcast compressed format. Simply not true. Especially the good stations that broadcast jazz and classical. And even a couple of classic rock stations (although tha... 
Rotel, Luxman receivers and turners.
I've had a Luxman R-361, the successor to the R-117 receiver mentioned above and think it is great. In fact, if it 'gave up the ghost' I would have it repaired. Can't think of another receiver that uses a full MOSFET output stage like the last two... 
McIntosh and Autoformers. . .?
My feeling is that preamps are the weak link in McIntosh's line. I had an MC-500 with a C-39. It sound all right, but the C-39 developed some loud 60 cycle hum (very un-Mac of it) and was sent back to the factory to resolve. Dealer loaned me a Bry... 
What steps forward were actually steps backward?
An excellent thread. I recently sold my MOSFET output Sony ES integrated amp and 'upgraded' to a McIntosh MA-6900 integrated. The Sony put out 20wpc Class A, shifting to 100wpc A/B. The Mac puts out 200wpc all Class A/B. What a difference!! The So... 
Comments on the McIntosh MA6900 integrated amp
Great choice! I really like mine with a pair of Soliloquy 5.3 speakers. I am a vinylphile so think it is just great with vinyl (VPI HW-19 Mk III/SME 309/Ortofon Kontrapunkt B). Using an MC cartridge requires an exteranl phono stage. But I prefer t... 
Poping noise starting up Mcintosh MA 6900
Am not sure why you would be unhappy with McIntosh. In less than 48 hours of posting your received a new replacement amp. Pretty good, if you ask me. You were lucky you didn't have to wait for one to be shipped in.