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OK, not stopping in Carlsbad then. :mad:

I hate when retailers stick their noses where they don't belong just to crap on someone elses sale. If the shoe were on the other foot..... It is not as if your were trying to rip the customer or anything

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After many, many years with BAT/Avid/SME YG Acoustics systems this is what my wife and I have spent the last year building for listening to records through. VPI HR-X w/12.7 arm, and VPI ADS power supp

The horror, the horror. Basically this is the final Erno Borbely design. It is a current mode phono stage, where the cartridge looks into close to zero impedance. First stage with parallel J40/K170, a

Fired up the vinyl rig after two years - damn I forgot just how great vinyl can be Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

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This thread made me buy a (second, had one before) denon 103.

Its here!

I played my normal "test" record (my korean record) and Im quite happy with it. Im going to run an old beat up record for a few spins to break it in :)

The little denon test-sheet says that the chanels are 0.35/0.35mv (woot)

My last 103 was 0.30/0.32mv.

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I've been listening to the SL-1200 the last couple of days. Superb performance for how cheap they are. Most obvious improvement over my Music Hall is rock solid speed stability. Bill Evans- Interplay Fantasy 45 rpm vinyl is my torture LP for testing pitch issues and the Technics sails through. A VPI Aries with SDS and my Music Hall can't quite pass this test. Interestingly the other TT that can make this LP sound like heaven is the Garrard I mentioned earlier.

I'm not convinced the SL-1200 is an improvement in all areas over the MMF-5, but I am so used to the MMF-5 sound through years of use that I need to spend some more time with this DD before forming any solid opinions.

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I've been listening to the SL-1200 the last couple of days. Superb performance for how cheap they are. Most obvious improvement over my Music Hall is rock solid speed stability. Bill Evans- Interplay Fantasy 45 rpm vinyl is my torture LP for testing pitch issues and the Technics sails through. A VPI Aries with SDS and my Music Hall can't quite pass this test. Interestingly the other TT that can make this LP sound like heaven is the Garrard I mentioned earlier.

I'm not convinced the SL-1200 is an improvement in all areas over the MMF-5, but I am so used to the MMF-5 sound through years of use that I need to spend some more time with this DD before forming any solid opinions.

That is good to hear. I know that I really should get into vinyl but I have been looking for probably the cheapest way to do it. I rocked 1200's in high school but as a DJ, so I was more used to beating the shit out of the 1200's with scratching, beat juggling and general mixing but have heard the 1200's are pretty decent as a music listening table. What kind of cart are you using, or what would you recommend?

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Glad you're enjoying the new table, Deepak!

Speaking of speed stability and related issues, I really enjoyed reading this paper from Grand Prix Audio, whose DSP-regulated Monaco TT pretty much takes direct drive to its ultimate contemporary expression. Obviously they're tooting their own horn, but it taught me a lot about the fundamental design issues around LP playback. I also think the Monaco is very beautiful in the simplicity of its form, compared to the incredibly elaborate monster tables it takes aim at.

http://www.grandprixaudio.com/Monaco-Turntable-Whitepaper.pdf

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The Denon is now all glued together, I drilled some holes in the stock body, and stuck some dynomat in the few places I think it will fit.

Im going to put the ventilated stock body shell back on to see how that works out.

PS: I really want a macro lens :(

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Taking the shell off is pretty easy. The key is making sure you separate all the joints with the exact-o knife and ROTATING the cartridge in & out of the shell, not lifting it straight up. It requires surprisingly little force once you separate the joints.

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Oops, offer accepted. PC-1 vs. Lyra Skala vs. Koetsu Rosewood Platinum coming soon. Need to get a Lyra Titan i into the mix, but will probably sell one of the losers before doing that.

Wow... bitter sweet feeling on getting the offer accepted? :) Been there more than once.

Would love to hear what you find out. Which cartridge is your favourite between the Koetsu and Lyra Skala right now?

I've heard the Lyra Skala against a Koetsu Rosewood Signature on an EAR Discmaster turntable using Helius Omega arms. Both arms were mounted to the table with the respective cartridges. For me and the owner, it was just no competition...he sold the Lyra Skala to another audio buddy of ours at a huge discount. The Koetsu on that table/arm had more tonality, body and just overall realness of sound. The Skala was leaner, had a tad bit more PRaT but just lost out on all other aspects. The Koetsu was in a different league actually.

But would love to hear your experience as things might be completely different on the VPI tables.

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