Just some questions. Does the Clearaudio table have any suspension of its own, or is it technically an unsuspended table? Do you have the turntable stand on concrete slab, or was it on a wooden floor on a second story?
I was shocked at the improvement the Herzon base made to Christian's system. It played with so much more poise during tough passages, where before it got a bit edgy. More resolution too and a richer presentation. Took his system to the next level for sure.
Stillpoints; Entreq; The Memory Player; Ikeda Sound Labs; Bastanis; TubeGuru; Audio Desk Systeme; Leonardo Speakers; Extreme Audio Tourbillon turntable and cables
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Analog: SME 30/12, SME V-12, My Sonic Labs Signature Gold, AirTight Supreme, VDH Colibri Platinum, MINT LP protractor
Electronics: Pass Labs XA160.5 amp, XP-20 preamp, XP-25 phono, Cables: Transparent REF XL MM2,
Speakers: Magico Mini II, Essentials: Jim Smith RoomPlay, 3 Vibraplanes, Dedicated circuits
my Herzan TS-140 active isolation shelf arrived yesterday, and I installed it last evening.
I had been looking forward to this since 2005 when a reviewer from Positive Feedback brought over a Halcyonics for me to try. 3 years ago I switched from Grand Prix Audio Monaco decoupling shelves to the Adona 'grounded' racks to be able to optimize isolation devices such as the Herzan. when you combine isolation systems both systems are compromised. back in 2005 we had placed the Halcyonics on top of my GPA Monaco decoupling rack, yet it still sounded wonderful. how might it do when given the chance to work as designed?
no doubt I had big expectations. however; I also thought there was a chance that there might be take-aways that might compromise the benefits. with isolation devices my experience had been there are no absolutes. I did not know anyone who had tried one of these on a SOTA turntable. might it soften the sound?
it turns out it far exceeded my expectations. and I think besides the grounded, mass loaded Adona rack it sits on......and the 6" of concrete the Adona is spiked to, the NVS tt is an ideal match for the Herzan since it's designed to work with it's own isolation shelf. and Wave Kinetics started out as an isolation device builder.
i'll start out with the areas of my concerns, which I need not have had. the snap, impact, and weight of transients and bass is on a level I've never heard before. a huge improvement. and those things were already amazing. now they are 'real'. detail and focus is improved for everything, there is more density, texture, and harmonic sparkle......a vivid 'live-ness' that is hard to describe. the separation of every individual aspect of the presentation is another large improvement.
but really, the important thing is that music is more involving and compelling, there is a greater sense of the playing together, and the emotional content is much greater. I cannot stop listening.
I am astonished at what i'm hearing.
That's a very nice looking turntable Mike. ...Awesome that your music is now even more involving with your new found 'foundation'!
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