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VPI SDS owners-
Ah, the SDS... I can't live without it, yet it drives me bananas. I've reached the point where I set the correct speed, using a strobe, before each listening session. I've found that the speed is rarely correct 2 times in a row.I've not been too s... 
Optimum Tracking force for Dynavector 20XL
Ditto what Mofi said about VTF. When I had the DV20-XL on my Scoutmaster, I remember tracking slightly higher. About 2.1 grams. Keep in mind that tracking force can be reduced as the cartridge breaks in. Don't go crazy trying to "dial it in perfec... 
Looking for Wagner recommendations
Rossman is right. If you want to get a taste for Wagner without "going all in" as they say in poker, buy a CD of orchestral music from Wagner's operas. There is a 2 CD set on London/Decca (440 606-2). Sir Georg Solti and the Vienna Philharmonic. B... 
Are there any albums you consider perfect?
Yes, but that doesn't make it perfect. It only makes it perfect to me. "The Hermit of Mink Hollow" by Todd Rundgren won't make too many lists of "great" or "perfect" albums, but that record has a certain magic for me that few other records have. T... 
New LP's made from analog or digital masters
Mapman, You are correct that we vinyl enthusiasts are a little harsh on CD. It's payback for CD being so harsh on our ears for 20 years, I guess. I think I never forgave the record industry for forcing CD down our ears and having the nerve to tel... 
New LP's made from analog or digital masters
To directly answer your question, most new LPs are made from digital masters. I'm talking specifically about new releases. Not new vinyl releases of old material. In most cases, the vinyl will still sound better because the digital masters are lik... 
Which MoFi and MoFi UHQR LPs?
I bought a lot of MoFi's back in the day. The only UHQR I ever bought was "Tea For the Tillerman" by Cat Stevens. Sounded great, but sold it because I didn't really like the album that much. Two of my favorite MoFi's were "Night and Day" by Joe Ja... 
Any U2 Fans Here?
I have the vinyl edition of "No Line on the Horizon" and I think it sounds quite good. Everything is relative, however, and I guess I should say that the sound exceeded my expectations, which were not high. I think the music is very good. I'm only... 
record stores in Chicago
Dave's records on North Clark street (near Wrightwood) is great. Vinyl only. You might also consider dropping by MusicDirect. 318 N. Laflin.Now, do you have your restaurants picked out? Or do you have a thread open at... Foodgon?Enjoy. 
Anti skate and tonearm damping query
Hi Wes, When I set VTA, i did it by ear only. Didn't even look to see if it was parallel. It's pretty easy to hear when you've got it right. The sound kind of pops into focus. Bass and treble become balanced. Bass is taut, not sloppy. Treble is cl... 
Anti skate and tonearm damping query
Hi, The lemo connector has a small amount of anti-skate bias, even when not twisted. Twisting it (counter-clockwise, I think?) will increase the anti-skate force. I experimented with the anti-skate on this arm, both via the lemo connector and the... 
Do you ever wonder?
"Every generation throws a hero up the pop charts" - Paul Simon. Mr. Simon has said that he has had the pleasure to have worked with hundreds of stellar musicians that nobody has ever heard of. Great fame, more than anything else, is just sheer lu... 
Ear 834P or Decware ZP3 or other tube phono stage
I've been an EAR 834p owner for a long time and I think very highly of it. One of its limitations, however, is adjustability. You can do MM or MC cartridge (there is also a MM only model), but you cannot adjust gain, loading, capacitance, etc. If ... 
Bob Dylan
Dylan's best? Of the 47 or so albums he's put out, I'd estimate that 40 of them are well worth owning if you like him at all. Aside from the albums that all Dylan fans have (you know which ones those are), a few that I consider to be essential tha... 
Mozart Piano Concertos
I second the Decca Ashkenazy box. Excellent. I don't know if a complete cycle exists by Rudolf Serkin, but I think he is my favorite when it comes to the Mozart Concertos. Mitsuko Uchida is also excellent with Mozart.