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    Nagra Debuts its New Reference Anniversary Turntable/Tonearm Record Playback System

    i was in the dealer showroom when Reference Anniversary was installed. Although not able to listen to it careful since it was not fully setup, I had an idea about its make and sound. This turntable is beautifully made, typical Swiss product. Every line and angle is accurate and precised. The...
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    Breaking news from DCS….

    No one outside dCS has listened to Dvorak yet. I can also assume it is significantly better than Vivaldi which was developed nearly 10 year ago. There is very little information about the spec so far. The framework is ready. Details will be finalised and is subjected to changes.
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    Breaking news from DCS….

    The Dvorak controller is like Vivaldi upsampler. It is a network bridge. Vivaldi transport can be used with Dvorak. There is a problem in sourcing a high quality SACD/CD transport mechanism, so they have to wait and see.
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    Breaking news from DCS….

    The Vivaldi replacement is called Dvorak. It has monoblock DAC's which comes with a controller and a clock. No CD transport to begin with. Everything is ready. dCS is waiting for the right moment to launch.
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    DS Audio Grand Master + EMM Labs DS-EQ1

    Have you tried to swap your hand on the DS Audio DS Master 1 equalizer? When I touch or swap my Grand Master equalizer, there is "pop" sound coming from the speakers. I wonder if it is the same with Master 1. It seems to do with static electricity.
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    My journey to Zero

    I think they stacked the major components together just for the video taking. The drive bent and air pipes were not fitted. It is fairly difficult to install Air Force Zero with supporting rack right against the back wall. There are many air pipes and electric connections at the back of the...
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    Anti Skating?

    When I was new to vinyl, an old master in turntable setup friend told me to use only a little antiskate force for 9 inch tonearm and can largely avoid using any for 12 inch arm. It is my guide for many years and seems to be correct all along.
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    DS Audio Grand Master + EMM Labs DS-EQ1

    My Grand Master has been retipped. After 5 weeks, it has returned, the dealer said the usual time for retipping is 8 weeks. He has been pushing all along to make sure it is back before Christmas. I am very grateful for him not only for the “speedy” repair but he also lent me a Master 1...
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    Power cord comparison: Nordost Odin Gold vs CrystalConnect da Vinci vs Argento Audio EE

    Gold has a warmer sound, no doubt about it. The problem with gold on the connector is the durability. After a few insertions, the gold plating will wear away. The only way to enhance the durability is to make sure the connectors on both sides are gold plated, but it will still wear away after a...
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    Power cord comparison: Nordost Odin Gold vs CrystalConnect da Vinci vs Argento Audio EE

    They can burn in the cables with Vidar II but not for power cords. It requires them to be connected on a equipment and play for a few weeks. Most dealers can’t burn in PC enough before demo. I know that from my personal experience. That’s why I bring it up to remind you. The Gold PC is better...
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    Power cord comparison: Nordost Odin Gold vs CrystalConnect da Vinci vs Argento Audio EE

    It takes a few weeks for Odin Gold power cord to burn in and really performs to its best. I agree PC is most influential, SC to follow then IC. Most systems only use one pair of SC, it is the most “cost effective” way of upgrade. It takes a lot more power cords to fully loaded up a system. I...
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    turntables; high level anti-resonance----active (Herzan) platforms, Minus K, air bladder (Stacore) platforms, or others?

    The standard power supply inside Herzan TS-140/150 is switching. There is an option from Herzan to allow external power supply. What I did in my TS-150 was to connect a DC wire to the mother board, bypass the original power supply. A high quality linear 12V supply is used to drive it. The...
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    turntables; high level anti-resonance----active (Herzan) platforms, Minus K, air bladder (Stacore) platforms, or others?

    The main reason why audiophiles don't like switching power supply is it pollutes the power grid. The performance of the isolator is not affected by the switching or linear power supply but a polluted power grid will affect the whole system and degrades the sound.
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    turntables; high level anti-resonance----active (Herzan) platforms, Minus K, air bladder (Stacore) platforms, or others?

    I am happy to try your Reactio in my system and report on the improvement. It can also be used as demo in local audio dealers which I am familiar with. They may want to be your dealer, just send me personal message to arrange. Thomas
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    turntables; high level anti-resonance----active (Herzan) platforms, Minus K, air bladder (Stacore) platforms, or others?

    I am new to this forum. I am director of a young and innovative company from Hannover, Germany. We are developing active vibration isolators, similar to the ones from Accurion and TableStable. They include self-developed piezoelectric sensors and voice coil actuators, connected by a feedback...

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