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    Lyra Cartridges

    I just completed the installation of my new Lyra Etna SL and couldn't believe the improvement in SQ after fine-tuning all the usual parameters. I used the Dr. Feickert Alignment gauge for overhang, the Fozgometer for azimuth and an digital stylus gauge for VTF. I set the VTA at parallel...
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    Lyra Cartridges

    Thanks XV-1. Appreciate your input!
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    Lyra Cartridges

    If tail slightly down sounds more focused, how does it compare to dead level (parallel) or tail slightly up? Not planning to change VTA for each record. I know I should just listened myself but welcome the opinion of others with more experience and better ears!
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    Lyra Cartridges

    Vienna, Thanks for that feedback. Unfortunately, if and when I upgrade to a Fatboy, it would most likely be a unipivot as I do like changing cartridges and having a single-arm table (TNT6/rim drive) would make it hard to do with the gimbal version. I would love to figure out how to add a...
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    Lyra Cartridges

    Thanks Vienna. Do you have your Etna on the gimbal or unipivot...just curious. Any difference?
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    Lyra Cartridges

    Re: set-up of Lyra Etna SL I recently acquired a Lyra Etna SL and in the process of fine-tuning the installation. I wanted to know how other Lyra Etna SL (or other Lyra model) owners have set the VTA. I do not have a USB microscope. Do you set the top of the cartridge (or tonearm) level to...
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    FS: Audio Research Reference REF CD-7 in excellent condition

    FS: AUDIO RESEARCH REFERENCE REF CD-7 in excellent condition Asking Price: $3400 (new $8,995) or best offer Description This ARC Reference CD7 is approximately nine years old and I am the 2nd owner. I purchased the unit in 2015 and it has been sitting in the same position on my rack until...
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    Ref 6 help

    Have you tried changing the batteries? What happens when you hold the remote in close proximity to the ref 6? Any response to the remote controls? I bought a used ref 6 earlier this year and the prior owner said he had trouble with the remote. Turns out it was a "stuck" key - i.e. one of the...
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    FS: AUDIO RESEARCH REFERENCE REF PHONO 2SE in excellent condition with new faceplate in natural fini

    Price reduced on ARC REF 2SE with new faceplate Price reduced to $5700 or best offer.
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    FS: AUDIO RESEARCH REFERENCE REF PHONO 2SE in excellent condition with new faceplate in natural fini

    Price reduced on ARC REF 2SE with new faceplate Price reduced to $5950 or best offer.
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    FS: AUDIO RESEARCH REFERENCE REF PHONO 2SE in excellent condition with new faceplate in natural fini

    FS: AUDIO RESEARCH REFERENCE PHONO 2SE in excellent condition with new faceplate in natural finish Asking Price: $6250 (new $12,995) Description This ARC Reference Phono 2SE is approximately five years old and I am the second owner. It was originally purchased from Optimal Enchantment in...
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    Audio Research Reference 160M

    Alex, As an ARC dealer, how would you compare the 160M with the 250SE? Thanks in advance for your thoughts. Bob, Thanks for your reply.
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    Audio Research Reference 160M

    Congratulations on the new amps and the completion of your beautiful audio room. I had a question about the 160M: prior to purchase, did you have a chance to compare these new amps to the ARC REF 250SE? They're sort of in the same price range ($30K vs. $34K) although the 250SE's are an older...
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    AirTight Opus1 and Lyra Atlas SL, a direct comparison

    Peter, What a great description of the differences between the Opus and Atlas SL cartridges! Thanks for that. I'm curious to know what analog setup Ian used (TT, arm and phono stage) in this comparison. Although not the same, I've had similar impressions comparing a Lyra Kleos to a Koetsu...
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    FS: Shunyata Triton Version 1

    Shunyata Triton V1 is SOLD.
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    FS: Shunyata Triton Version 1

    Price lowered to $2200 or best offer.
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    FS: Shunyata Triton Version 1

    Price lowered to $2495 or best offer.
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    FS: Shunyata Triton Version 1

    FS: SHUNYATA RESEARCH TRITON VERSION 1 Asking Price: $2750 (new $4995) Description This Shunyata Triton is about 3 years old (4/14/14). I am the second owner and purchased it on Audiogon in October of 2014. The serial number is HY-U1913. It is the later version of the Triton. The...
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    Audio Research Reference REF 5SE in near mint condition

    Audio Research Reference REF 5SE in near mint condition ***SOLD SOLD SOLD*** AUDIO RESEARCH REFERENCE 5SE preamplifier in natural finish Asking Price: $7500 (new $12,995) Description This ARC Reference 5SE was built in February of 2014 and shipped on February 21, 2014 (see the ARC Quality...
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    Dedicated lines - 1) use isolated grounds or not? 2) subpanel wiring

    There were no silver contacts or wires on the parts I was swapping out. The Wilson folks said the different solders were spec'ed because they offered the best performance. Surprisingly, the some of the internal wires were made by Monster Cable!
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    Shunyata DENALI

    Hi Grant, Thanks for that update. It makes it easier to pull the trigger on the Denali 2000T. I do have 10awg in my new dedicated lines with a 20amp breaker at the subpanel but the timeline is a bit too long for me. Do you anticipate that it will also be offered in silver/natural? I hear...
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    Dedicated lines - 1) use isolated grounds or not? 2) subpanel wiring

    I remember having to replace some internal parts on a pair of Wilson Watt/Puppies 5.1 circa 1996. Wilson Audio sent me two types of solder, one containing silver, the other a more generic type. They recommended only using the specified solder on certain joints. Didn't think much about it then...
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    Shunyata DENALI

    Hi Grant, There has been much discussion and excitement about the new Denali products. I, for one, am most interested in the Denali 2000T which will replace my single Cyclops v.1 into which are plugged 2 ARC REF 250 monoblocks which in turn plugs into one dedicated 20A line (3 Zitron Alpha...
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    Dedicated lines - 1) use isolated grounds or not? 2) subpanel wiring

    My 3 dedicated lines project is all but done. Waiting for the electrical inspection. I put in AFCI breakers in the new subpanel and tamper-resistant receptacles. Will swap these out for non-AFCI breakers and Furutech receptacles after the inspection passes. My contractor tells me that a...
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    Dedicated lines - 1) use isolated grounds or not? 2) subpanel wiring

    My electrician says local code in San Francisco requires an additional ground rod be placed and connected to the existing ground rod. Also required is use of AFCI breakers on the three new dedicated lines with the new subpanel. Does anyone know what affect, if any, AFCI breakers might have on...
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    Dedicated lines - 1) use isolated grounds or not? 2) subpanel wiring

    Thanks very much guys! That is all great information. It seems the consensus is that isolated grounds can be useful but not necessary and may even have some downsides if not implemented properly. As I'm planning to use some of the audiophile receptacles that don't have IG (e.g. Furutech), I...

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