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    Kuzma SAFIR 9

    Joking aside - I am intrigued as to: 1. Why no simple quick VTA adjustment - this is very Regaesque - is rigidity of greater value? 2. What about cartridge compliance and matching given the heavy weight - are buyers limited to Kuzma cartridges
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    New SME Flagship Model 60

    that’s quite true apart from the fact they first sold arms (in audio that is) I’m about the only person who finds SME decks a bit dull -
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    Kuzma SAFIR 9

    Typical Alan Sircom review. It’s the best thing he has ever heard - it rewrites the rules of audio - physics - hey it may even bring world peace
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    Is there a "World's Best Cartridge?"

    Getting back on topic I never knew about the Neumann DST - thanks to everyone. By that I guess the Audio Technica Art1000 is the closest to that. I know Taj Moughaddan (apologise for mis-spelling) rates it very highly and I was very impressed (although hard to isolate in a 500k system with FM...
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    Is there a "World's Best Cartridge?"

    I am sure that’s gonna be like the dark side of the force - ie dragging me to temptation I don’t have the space, money, time…
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    Is there a "World's Best Cartridge?"

    good - people can take things the wrong way. My point being this search for mastertape can be fickle and drive you mad. That said I heard a really good reel to reel owned by meridian (yes the digital maestros) and it was breathtakingly good - so much better than all the digital and vinyl at the...
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    Is there a "World's Best Cartridge?"

    Without wanting to be controversial but not all reel to reels are equal. I remember speaking to the late great Tim de Pavaracini and he explained his works improved the machines in terms of noise and bandwidth…
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    Is there a "World's Best Cartridge?"

    Coming to what OP says, and digested with other things I have picked up in my humble years. 1. Certain carts emphasise things that you like more - hence subjective 2. My own hierarchy is: turntable- then arm - phono stage - then cartridge/arm cable 3. A change of cart may not be optimised at...
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    New SME Flagship Model 60

    Very well put. There was an element of ‘clogs of clogs’ - forgetting that SME were audio innovators. SME itself is a small cog in the new owners portfolio. For high end to survive it must be financially viable so they have expanded the range at both ends. Personally I’ve always loved the...
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    New SME Flagship Model 60

    What I find fascinating is the investment and direction change of SME
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    New SME Flagship Model 60

    we may well disagree. Like I said earlier - when less seasoned I did look for some guidance - most people buy a magazine for information and guidance. Nowadays I look for information about a product and use a good pinch of salt. Anyone new to the hobby tends to look at a magazine for honest...
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    New SME Flagship Model 60

    Perhaps a tad off topic - and not trying to gain favour - but I do like positive feedback, HiFi pig and 6Moons as they seem to contextualise quite well. I don’t want to embarrass those I spoke to in the UK so I hope you understand why I won’t name them but in short and taken together most say no...
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    New SME Flagship Model 60

    Well I have spoken directly to staff at multiple magazines at shows in the UK where you can meet and speak freely and in each case they have said that to me so they must have each told me a lid of rubbish (in the UK at least)
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    New SME Flagship Model 60

    Then I am corrected massively embarrassed
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    New SME Flagship Model 60

    The only honest reviews are from HiFi Critic magazine. That said they are still a tad Linn/Naim centric. The problem is that manufacturers pay for reviews and give say on the final press copy. I have spoken to several cartridge manufacturers and most concur that you get to a certain level and...
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    New SME Flagship Model 60

    I meant fundamentally missed because the current high end trend appears to be the ability to mount 2, 3, even 4 arms. I get what you say about the well considered business/marketing as you said. Perhaps you didn't pick it up from my post - that said it's the same business that did a u-turn...
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    New SME Flagship Model 60

    Hey guys - I thought this was about the new SME flagship. Not yet another one about the MS, AF1 and the AS2000. I think I understand the change of SME direction insofar as they are possibly seeking to tap into the watch buying market - ie you don’t buy a Patek Phillipe then change the strap...
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    Turntable setup advice needed for newbie with top cartridges

    Nice bucket list of analogue brilliance … I understand that the analog magik set up software and disc are pretty brilliant. I use a humble combo of a free hands magnifying glass; Clearaudio gauge; Cardas and Hifi news records; spl meter, also get a powerful magnifying glass to clean your...
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    Cartridges - The Pleasures Beyond...

    I had great fun the other night. I had my heavily modded Townshend Elite playing with a humble Denon DL103r via my Vendetta phono stage. My other table was the JVC ql10 using a Pickering via a Whest phono stage. The Pickering has an LP gear shibata stylus (I have the original stylus but it’s...
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    Brinkmann 10.5 - How would you describe its sound?

    @rossb I am astonished with ur experience with the Schroeder. I heard a DPS and a Platine and both were superb. Next time ur selling an arm let me know. That aside it’s good to hear a different perspective
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    A New Wave of Class D Integrated Amplifiers

    Did you have problems with the Technics and electrostatics? I am puzzled because Noel Keywood from HiFi World slated the amp as he had problems with electrostatics as the Technics shut off. He said hee saw nothing in the cartridge optimiser... That said I know HiFi World didn't set up a Trans Fi...
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    A New Wave of Class D Integrated Amplifiers

    Hi Knife Thanks for telling me about that product you now have and ur past amps. Sadly I don't have £35K for pre-amp and dac alone ;) All said it's always good to see what is around the corner so to speak. Out of interest did you ever hear Dynavector super stereo. I only heard it the once and...
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    A New Wave of Class D Integrated Amplifiers

    I see you have large Wilson Sasha speakers! they must love the power of ur Pass Labs - i heard them powered by some big Krells and they weree mighty impressive! i used my IT with Yamaha NS1000M's - a match made in heaven - unfortunately my little hifi room was overpowered and hence my purchase...
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    A New Wave of Class D Integrated Amplifiers

    Hi Knife What amps have you had in your system before the Technics. I am very piqued by this - particularly the phono section. My current chain is Vendetta SCP2a or Whest 0.2 phono stage - Lavardin IT integrated. I prefer an integrated simply because I have a small room in a nearfield set up...
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    MM carts

    Hey Halcro i think we've spoken on another forum. You are one of the more honest and less excitable contributors, so i thought i might post you here. After long-last i got a VGC JVC QL10 with a ua 7045 arm just before coviD which i sent to my tech Wilkinsons in Lancashire. i eventually got it...
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    Analog Magik

    Judging by this and asking from ur experience should one follow the recommended protractor/ curve by tonearm makers? The likes of FR and Japanese designers like Stevenson (better in the centre I think although I am not able to recite which alignment does what) I use a clearaudio gauge on...
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    Brinkmann 10.5 - How would you describe its sound?

    Hi Bruce Cornflake are going strong but major on installations for the London Nouveau Riche Walrus closed down. I heard that Les was a food vlogger but I can’t confirm it. going off thread he said the basis vector 4 was very good and didn’t even sell it. I would love a Breuer if one came...
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    Brinkmann 10.5 - How would you describe its sound?

    Hi bruce That's interesting. i say it because Les Wong formerly of Walrus Systems imported Breuer in the UK. He also was the UK importer for Brinkmann and he reckoned the Brinkmann was a better arm and that it could accommodate more cartridges. All said i wonder if later Breuers were in fact...
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    Kuzma SAFIR 9

    wow - a £20k lightsaber Out of pure interest has anyone just thought about adding mass to an armtube to get a similar affect as opposed to making one from such an esoteric material?
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    Single-Ended Triode (SET) Amplifier Revolution of the 1990s. Did it really happen? Was it Successful?

    All you need is an 80’s mullet haircut from the front short and serious - from the side party at the weekend

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