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Anyone hear pass XP27 phono preamp
@karmapolice , I'm interested in your continued thoughts on the 17 vs 27. I was planning to step up to the 17, partly because the 27 is (to me) quite a bit more money. I know it's a subjective question, but I'd like to know if you think the 27 is ... 
Anyone hear the SS Paua Mk.II ES yet?
Thanks @sounwatts, although I was asking about the new ES version. In any event, which Benz did you have by comparison, and how does your Paua compare to that? 
Soundsmith Progression: MIMC Star > Sussurro Mk II
But there is a small trough from about 300Hz to a few KHz. I'm going to assume this is by design.It could also be due to the capacitance in the phono ICs being used. i will have to check this. 
Soundsmith Progression: MIMC Star > Sussurro Mk II
I finally installed the cartridge tonight. I first checked its frequency response with the Feickert Adjust+ disk. At 1,000 Ohms loaded on my Pass XP-15, there is a rise in the upper octaves. I lowered it to 250 Ohms and the upper octaves have leve... 
Paradigm Persona series
We went through many different power condtioners including: Running Springs, Isotek, Audience, and Audio Magic, we even tested the Audioquet Niagra 7000, the Audio Magic was by far the best sounding with our setup.By any chance (just because I'm c... 
DL-103r with a Soundsmith Retip revelation
Agreed. I just finished setting up a Purple Heart NS so I think I could do it, but there's something to be said for a backup cart that's completely painless to set up. :-) Maybe I'll compromise with the SS hyper-elliptical.  
DL-103r with a Soundsmith Retip revelation
Thanks. I don't see the line contact / aluminum cantilever option on the SS site. How long did it take, and what was the price? 
DL-103r with a Soundsmith Retip revelation
How did you get Line Contact on the aluminum cantilever? I thought the AL pipe came with a hyper-elliptical. I was looking at a SS retip as I recently bent the cantilever on my 103R. I was hesitant because I frankly like the conical stylus on the ... 
cartridge question
@stringreen , have you considered sending the Benz in to Peter for a rebuild / new stylus? If you still like the sound the SS should be able to - if anything - take it up a notch. If looking for something a little different, then I can't help in t... 
What's your go-to cheapie cartridge?
Thanks for that, @big_greg . I was wondering about the Stanton 981HZS.  
What's your go-to cheapie cartridge?
Grado Gold with 8MZ stylus is also a good combo@stevecham, how would you say the Gold stock versus the Gold with the 8MZ compare? 
What's your go-to cheapie cartridge?
Chak, yes I know the 103R has a conical. My error in timing as I was looking over the HW VAS Nova elliptical that I was planning to (and have since) installed. I guess I was thinking about that when I typed. I missed the 30 minute edit window! :-) 
What's your go-to cheapie cartridge?
IMHO, the Denon 103 is a much better balanced cartridge than the 103R@viridian, I’m interested in your opinion as to why. I've been very happy with what I hear from the 103R. Granted, it's been transplanted to aluminum body, and that helped it qui... 
What's your go-to cheapie cartridge?
I heard a Grado Black on a VPI Traveler TT in an audio store some years ago. I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed that sound! 
What's your go-to cheapie cartridge?
Great selections. Let me be clear and say again that the 103R is *my* go-to right now, although I've been curious about other carts in this price range. One thing I love about it is, frankly, the elliptical stylus. IMO there's nothing wrong with a...