mikelavigne

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What is the “World’s Best Cartridge”?
@mijostyn i use the proprietary darTZeel 50ohm BNC ’zeel’ interface for my long runs (one 8 meter, the other 11 meter) in my system. properly executed, even better than balanced. a one meter 50 ohm cable sounds the same as a .5 kilometer of 50 o... 
What is the “World’s Best Cartridge”?
@atmasphere thanks. can’t argue with any of that. balanced circuits and cables have their advantages. my issue was more @mijostyn ’s comment ’only way to go’. it's just not.....the....only....way  
What is the “World’s Best Cartridge”?
ok, Raul. i'm sure you have things exactly right. sorry to have not measured up to your expectations.  
What is the “World’s Best Cartridge”?
just curious. where did modified cartridges come into this thread? what are people referring to with that idea? i missed it evidently. if the manufacturer made it as a product, are we still referring it to be modified?  
What is the “World’s Best Cartridge”?
@atmasphere yada, yada, yada. your love affair with balanced circuits is legendary. are you wrong about them? no. are balanced circuits the ’main thing’ about how circuits might perform? no. balanced circuits = one advantage....but not the who... 
What is the “World’s Best Cartridge”?
yes; the EMIA phono corrector + MC Trio is a package deal; which then can be compared directly with the two high gain internal phono’s inside the darTZeel preamp. the dart phono’s are very good; overall i prefer the EMIA approach. but then i migh... 
What is the “World’s Best Cartridge”?
fundamentally using an SUT potentially brings a musical touch, inner artistic view and envelopment that high gain phono preamps such as the darTZeel can’t quite do in the same way. this effect varies with actual execution of the phono and SUT. my... 
Nearly all manufacturers do not advertise/exhibit their product measurements? Why?
screw measurements. yet to really get get excited reading measurements. nothing wrong or right about measurements......they are data points with dubious value. OTOH listening to music does get me emotionally involved and it’s fun. and i have fai... 
Upgrade path question. Upgrade analog or turn to digital?
i’m as all in with my vinyl as anyone, own 3 great turntables and 12,000 records, yet also all in on my digital and streaming, since that is where the new music is. my point being follow your musical tastes. if you love to explore musically then ... 
What is the “World’s Best Cartridge”?
@rauliruegas the answer for the ’PC’ meaning Phono Corrector’ is the same as my other answer, but it involves a little more detail to describe my evolution. step one for me was my first ’exotic’ LFD din<->phono cable i used on my CS Port t... 
What is the “World’s Best Cartridge”?
@rauliruegas i’m not qualified to judge the tech of LFD cables (Dr. Richard Bews) other than what my ears tell me. for those curious about what Raul is referring to here is a thread with information about them. https://www.whatsbestforum.com/th... 
Trios “Chapel” Live - Lloyd, Frisell, Morgan
my first pressing of the Lloyd; Chapel had a lead in groove severe warp, both sides. replacement arrives today. enjoying ’Ocean’ which arrived Sunday. it does have some ’peak’ moments like you mention. i’ll pay attention to see if i agree with yo... 
What is the “World’s Best Cartridge”?
really the MC Century, Anna Diamond, and MC Diamond are really all equivalent. all three excellent cartridges. maybe nuanced differences at most. the MC Century was a limited volume, so they had to bring out the Anna D., then war, thus the MC Di... 
What is the “World’s Best Cartridge”?
Ortofon Anna Diamond = Ortofon MC Diamond Anna Netrebko became persona non grata.... Russian Ukraine Politics required renaming......to side-step conflict.  
What is the “World’s Best Cartridge”?
@rauliruegas you either you respect listening opinions, or you do not respect listening opinions. you don't need to agree. tell us about your listening opinions. all the other is noise and nonsense..