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Phono Preamplifier Redux .. Damn This is Getting Expensive
You might find you'd get more responses if you had this in the analog forum.  What settings are you using on the Sutherland with the Hana. If you are using 64 dB of gain I would immediately change the gain to 58 dB and loading to 100 ohms and at ... 
Would a Jelco 750 be a drop-in replacement for a Jelco 250s?
Yes. If it's a 750D.  
Phono stage and preamp overload
Are you sure your Dynavector outputs .5 mV? If it does I'd go with balanced and 56 dB of gain, loading the cartridge between 50-100 ohms as it appears to have an impedance of 5 ohms.  But it also appears to have an output of .3 mV from what I can... 
Question on Denon DL-103 retipping options and preferences
"You forgot to add another $300 for a cartridge itself prior to the cost of refurbishing service. Some people charge much more for 103 mod, the total with cart itself can be near $1k. Look at the prices for Zu DL103 or Anna Mighty Sound service et... 
Question on Denon DL-103 retipping options and preferences
"Instead of constant rebuild of one cheap cartridge, designed for radio broadcast in the '60s, it's better to buy 3 more different cartridges that already have high-end cantilever and advanced stylus profile."Let's see: at $560 divided by 3 that's... 
Question on Denon DL-103 retipping options and preferences
I ran modified 103R’s for about 5-6 years and about 6000 hours a number of years back before moving on to other (retipped cartridges). The ones that I spend the most time with were in aluminum and ebony bodies (as opposed to "housings" which I tak... 
Mono cartridge recommendation
There is a lot of very good info in a couple of posts from Jonathan Carr in the following thread here:https://forum.audiogon.com/discussions/which-mono-cartridge-at-around-1-300-00I use an AT 33 Mono that I had Steve Leung install a Namiki boron c... 
Spotify streaming from pc
Good IMO that you downloaded the Spotify app and now have the ability to make some adjustments for streaming. Also, IMO, the biggest and easiest thing you can do to instantly maximize sound quality with the app is to engage "loudness normalization... 
Power cord choice?
@ izjjzi You were extremely fortunate to make your first foray into power cords with the Viborg 1501 with the top of the line copper (non plated) Viborg connectors! As you say, there are diamonds in the rough, and that particular Viborg cable is... 
Mono Reissues and the Conical Stylus
My experience is consistent with Intactaudio's above with respect to the retip of the Myajima mono and his experimentation with Denon 103 converted to mono with a MR stylus. I had Steve Leung at VAS install a Namiki MR stylus on a boron cantilever... 
Audiophile router configuration
Thanks for this. Although I wasn't able to disable WMM (not possible with the router I'm using) I did separate the networks and am now running the laptop for audio on a dedicated 2.4 GHz network with everything else running off the 5 GHz branch. T... 
Pimping your router
I stream wirelessly but did notice a perceived improvement in sound quality when switching out the two really cheesy DSL cables from wall to router provided by my ISP with those in the link below. Much more substantial in terms of both cable and c... 
VAS (Steven Leung) cartridge repair/retipping service?
I had Steve do work on 2 cartridges late last year for me. I sent him two Namiki boron cantilevers with MR styli that I had myself and had him install those on an AT 33 Mono and an SAEC C1. Extremely happy with the work-turnaround time could possi... 
Burning in a new DAC
I have no special affinity to any particular "brand" of CD setup/ maintenance disc but I've had one for years and wouldn't be without it. The one I have is long discontinued and also has a cleaning function (has small brushes affixed to the CD to ... 
Bulk power cables suggestions
I will second melm's suggestion of the Viborg 1606, combined with the top of the line Viborg plugs, either unplated or with the plating of your choice depending on your subjective listening preferences. I used the unplated copper versions as I wan...