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    To SUT or not to SUT?

    +1
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    Anyone heard the X-quisite Cartridge from Thales?

    I think I would have gone with the ST, even if the GT was offered to me back then. But it would be interesting to listen to them both.
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    Anyone heard the X-quisite Cartridge from Thales?

    I have not auditioned the VdH Stad in my system. I only tried the Colibri (XGP IIRC). Back then, I couldn't get it to work properly in my setup. It was very sibilant and bright sounding. As well as being extremely finicky with tracking.
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    Anyone heard the X-quisite Cartridge from Thales?

    Strange. When I ordered there were only 2 options (CA and ST). The website shows only 2 versions for the non-HK market. https://www.x-quisite.ch/cartridges
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    Anyone heard the X-quisite Cartridge from Thales?

    Very different. It's a completely new design. Sounds nothing like the EMTs I've heard.
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    Anyone heard the X-quisite Cartridge from Thales?

    ST. According to Micha (Huber), the GT is made specifically for a HK dealer (Audio Exotics).
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    Anyone heard the X-quisite Cartridge from Thales?

    Arrived a few weeks ago (still breaking-in). Very impressive so far. Extreme dynamics, very detailed, extremely low distortion. Nothing like any VdH I’ve heard. A different animal.
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    Miyajima Labs 1.0 mil Infinity Mono

    Good write up Mike, thanks! Indeed getting the nut on top seems to be the way to go. I also need to get me a set of tools to loosen and secure it while holding the screwdriver from the bottom. IIRC, the Audio Technica AT33PTG has similar setup. But I don’t recall if the stylus guard could be...
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    Miyajima Labs 1.0 mil Infinity Mono

    Hey Mike, Can you elaborate what caused the mounting to be difficult?
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    van den Hul Colibri Grand Cru

    I have also experienced build quality issues with VdH cartridges in the past. Specifically with the Colibri series (the original Colibri, not the new Stradivarius/Master/Grand Cru versions). Mr. VdH was very responsive and service was top notch, as the cartridges were replaced. However, after a...
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    Miyajima Labs 1.0 mil Infinity Mono

    Hi Mike, I recall trying a Miyajima Premium BE mono cartridge with “stereo cut” mono reissues. It did not sound good, and distorted on tracks that my stereo cartridge had no issues whatsoever. Miyajima mono cartridges are true mono, meaning they have no vertical compliance, as opposed to modern...
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    To SUT or not to SUT?

    Thanks! I’ll contact Dave and see what he recommends.
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    To SUT or not to SUT?

    Thanks Phil! It seems that it boils down to just trying it out on my set up.
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    To SUT or not to SUT?

    Thanks! To which phono did you connect the 1030?
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    To SUT or not to SUT?

    Thanks Phil! Indeed it is an art, to match a cartridge to a phono amp. The My Sonic Lab made SUT has only 1:26 ratio, which, in combination of the 53dB from the Pass low gain setting, may result in relatively ok gain. But it does require a tryout and the end result is unknown to me. That’s why...
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    To SUT or not to SUT?

    Bump, anyone?
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    To SUT or not to SUT?

    It seems some like them and some don’t, or just prefer the sound of a more complete phonostage. I’ve recently purchased a My Sonic Labs Gold cartridge, following Shakti’s interesting journeys through analog. Anyway, I’ve connected it to my XP-25, set the impedance to 500 (in the recommend...
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    My Journey With SUTs

    A great pianist ;)
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    new---Berlin Philharmonic Direct to Disc Bruckner No.7 Box Set---order while you can!

    Just received my copy a few days ago (after a month of so...). The performance is magnificent! Recorded sound is very good. The string section sounds amazing and very immediate. I can understand the complaints regarding lack of dynamics, the tympani are recorded a bit further back. Surface noise...
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    Gryphon Essence Stereo vs Antileon Evo Stereo vs CH Precision A1.5 to drive WA Sasha DAW

    I second that. I was also eager to hear about Essence vs Antileon comparison. Nevertheless, thanks for sharing your experience. I’m also considering CH or Gryphon with my Wilson Benesch (currently using a Luxman M900u).
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    new---Berlin Philharmonic Direct to Disc Bruckner No.7 Box Set---order while you can!

    Getting hold of a mint original is not an easy task. Most s/h sellers rate according to vinyl cosmetics and not actual groove condition. They charge high prices and you eventually (I, at least) throw them out of my window with rage after hearing the distortion in the grooves. As an example, I...
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    new---Berlin Philharmonic Direct to Disc Bruckner No.7 Box Set---order while you can!

    The Backhuas/Brahms recording is indeed magnificent. I believe the Rostro/Richter set was reissued on Speakers Corner, which usually do justice with the analog masters. I also ordered the Haitink/Bruckner, hopefully it won’t disappoint.
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    Power amp - where to go from here...

    Well, the WB Resolution are fully broken in and sounding lovely with the Luxman m900. I’ve visited a friend and heard a Wilson Audio + Lamm combo and it sounded so musical and “right”. I was wondering if the Lamm M1.2 monos will be a good match with the WB, and if anyone compared them to the...
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    Speakers up to $30K

    Thanks Bodhi! Good catch. After listening (a few years ago) to its smaller brother, the ACT Evo (which was also discussed in this thread), I’ve felt it was lacking some bottom end weight and overall resolution (pun not intended). During my 2017 visit to the Munich High End show, I’ve fell for...
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    Speakers up to $30K

    After a ~4 months wait. Teaser...
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    Power amp - where to go from here...

    Thanks Bodhi! The Boulder seems to be more in the direction I’m looking for. The mono 8’s are off budget. Any experience with the 1161?
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    Power amp - where to go from here...

    Thanks Shakti! The local dealer has the 625 on demo, so I may be able to audition it.
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    Power amp - where to go from here...

    Adding to the list the Boulder 1161, the smaller brother of the 1160. Anyone know how they compare? Is the 1161 powerful enough? And the Audia Flight Strumento no. 4 mk2. Any love for those? Are they in the detailed/neutral camp? They seem to be quite powerful (500W @ 4ohms, 900W @ 2ohms).

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