tangramca

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SUT - electrical theory and practical experience
Thanks for the link and the commentary. I guess the first step is to borrow one that is ballpark the “right” one (I think windings ratio is the spec) and see if it wows me. I did try the Allnic SUT into an EAR 868pl MM input but was underwhelmed. ... 
SUT - electrical theory and practical experience
Thanks Lew. Yes, there is a MM input. I wasn’t sure if the transformers in the Allnic were being used in the same role as a SUT plays. And yes, it is my understanding that Allnic hand builds the transformers and uses permalloy cores, which seem pr... 
SUT - electrical theory and practical experience
Hi, I am looking for some real world advice. I recently purchased a new LOMC (Etsuro Urushi Cobalt Blue) that has an output of 0.25mv and 3 ohm internal impedance. I use an Allnic H-3000 phono preamp. An audio friend has the next step up (pun inte... 
End Game Turntable suggestions
@musicmatters1206 I’m late to the game but looking at your shortlist, those are all quite different tables. I wonder if settling on the type first, then putting together a shortlist of tables of the same type, wouldn’t be a better way to go? I di... 
A Word About SkyFi audio Customer Service
I think what most posters fail to realize is that you are SkyFi’s COMPETITION, not their CUSTOMERS. Exceptions do apply but come on guys, you are after the same gear as SkyFi, whereas they sell to guys who don’t hang around on used gear sites and ... 
What is it I'm failing to grasp?
One word: Volume If they are listening all day, they aren’t listening at live music volumes. Which means their systems don’t sound like live music at that volume. Listening at loud volumes - concert-level volumes - is intensely satisfying but for... 
Kiseki Purpleheart
Those quality issues are unfortunate. I should consider myself lucky. My PH NS has 1,000 hours on it and sounds extraordinary with my Graham Phantom arm. I recently had it set up with Analog Majik software and the installer had to put a very small... 
Better Records White Hot Stampers: Now the Story Can Be Told!
I read through a lot of comments, then skipped over a lot as well, but I ultimately decided to have another look at what Better Records has on offer. After all, a “White Hot Stamper” (is that a new Goldmine grading?) of a favorite record could be ... 
The Best Preamp is no Preamp?
Intellectually, removing a piece of gear from the chain must remove distortion. Yet, so many experienced audiophiles try passive and return to active preamps because they “sound better” in their systems. Thus, the only explanation for this is th... 
Spatial M3 Sapphire or Klipsch Forte 4
I own the M3 Sapphires and use them in a 13X20X6.5’ dedicated basement listening room. I used to use two subs with my previous speakers (towers, bookshelf, Maggies) but moved them out when I got the Spatials. I use a 30W Class A amp (Pass Labs XA3... 
Integrated Amplifiers - Luxman vs Pass Labs
@ryder, the Steve Huff comparison is between a Class A amp (Luxman) and a Class A/B amp (Pass). Perhaps the detail of the Luxman is a function of it being Class A?  
Integrated Amplifiers - Luxman vs Pass Labs
Two things: 1) Very few posters in this thread have had Luxman and Pass amps in their systems at the same time. Our aural memory is shockingly short - some studies suggest as short as 15 seconds. 2) Opinions are all over the map. When you are s... 
Totem Acoustic Element Metal: The WOW factor!
Just came across this thread. Unbeknownst to me, I have been singing the praises of this exact pairing - Element Metals driven by an XA30.5. Using a Schiit Freya + preamp. The amp really does a nice job with these 4 ohm speakers. Agreed, percussio... 
Tight bass sub recommendations
Another vote for JL Audio. Owner of two E110’s here. I honestly can’t see how anyone couldn’t like these subs. 
How much difference will a phono stage upgrade make?
I would consider the iPhono II. I have one but recently upgraded to the Allnic H1201. Head to head, the differences were more subtle than expected (although the Allnic was green). The iPhono provides tremendous performance in a small package withl...