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    Help needed: Question about the impedance on an SUT?

    Rather than answering your question myself I would suggest you read this: http://www.rothwellaudioproducts.co.uk/html/mc_step-up_transformers_explai.html where I think all of your questions are answered fairly well. Good luck David Whistance
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    Metal Mats

    Thank you. I have tried to source a Hiraga pigskin mat in the past but they seem to be unobtainable. I do have an Audiosilente suede one which should be similar though. I will look out for a Micro Seiki mat, I think there is a repro one being made in the Netherlands at the moment if I remember...
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    Metal Mats

    What make is the gunmetal mat? I have a Tenuto that I used all the time before I got my "Stefano" bronze platter but have been using an Auditorium 23 mat since as I think it sounds better. I'm interested to try the Microseiki copper mat and indeed the Shindo lead/fabric one as Stefano uses and...
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    Looking for 845 Amplifier advice / ideas

    My experience is that push pull lacks some of the midrange "magic" of SET's but you do gain at the frequency extremes. However well designed SET's are certainly not lacking in either bass or treble, even though that is many peoples perception of them. I suspect that in many cases the output...
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    Looking for 845 Amplifier advice / ideas

    I suggest you have a chat with Simon Shilton at SJS Electroacoustics. I think Kevin has a set of his phono, pre and 300B power amps on dem and knows him very well. I have one of his PSE 2A3 amps which I really like but have been speaking to him about higher power SET's, in my case 211's. As well...
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    SET amp owners thread

    Thank you, I've been intending to try them for ages. I'll send off for some ready for the New Year.
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    Etsuro Gold MC Cartridge in house

    I was lucky enough to visit Thomas Mayer at his workshop on a trip to France and Germany in October last year. Unfortunately I arrived rather early for my "demo" so rather than starting with his "low end" phono stage, preamp and power amps my first exposure to his amplifiers was the fully...
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    I-Qual Vacuum Disc Mate IQ1300A (Vacuum platter)

    Interesting, I'm keen to know how well it works. David Whistance
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    Armboard materials

    Lovely, I must admit I'm a bit jealous. Did Peak do these for you to fit their plinth? David Whistance
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    Cable Burn-in Devices - Looking for Recommendations

    I own a FryBaby which I've used on all my cables, I can't explain why but it does seem to work, the cables sounding much "richer" after treatment with more extended treble and bass. I've also lent it to friends who have experienced the same. The biggest impact was on tonearm cables, presumably...
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    To SUT or not to SUT?

    I think it is instructive to see the specs of the cartridges Tom (Montesquieu) say's work best with his SUT's and compare them with the specs of the cartridges he is using with his head amp. I am inclined to think that most cartridges with "modern" specs (for example 0.5mV output, ohm impedance...
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    To SUT or not to SUT?

    I have an Entre ET-100 SUT. It's very flexible taking inputs from three arms and allowing a choice of 40x, 20x, 10x step up's (plus passthrough for MM cartridges) on any of those inputs. Because of it's flexibility I like mine very much, particularly when trying a new cartridge, though it can't...
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    Two pairs: My Sonic Lab Eminent Solo mono and Hyper Eminent cartridges, plus Glanz MH-104S and MH-124S tonearms

    Yes, very nice. I must admit I'm a little jealous! What are the headshells you are using, they don't look like the Glanz ones? Also is that a Shun Mook record clamp? Your thoughts on that would be interesting as well... David Whistance
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    Comparing Lampizator Golden Atlantic TRP to Lampizator Pacific

    Thank you Christoph, given my choice of valves for the TRP (Psvane ACME 274B, GEC KT66's) do you have any suggestions for valves to have on hand next time I get a chance to try out the Pacific? It seems sensible to source them in advance. David Whistance
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    Metal Mats

    I liked the Tenuto a lot with the original Garrard platter, it damped it cleaning up the sound and made the turntable sound more dynamic. I much preferred it to my original Garrard mat.
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    Metal Mats

    I'd be interested to know how that works for you as I also have one of Stefano's platters on my Garrard 401. At the moment I'm using an Auditorium 23 platter mat which sounds very good. I also have a Tenuto that I used to use with my standard Garrard platter to try at some stage, I originally...
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    Comparing Lampizator Golden Atlantic TRP to Lampizator Pacific

    Yes, agreed. That's the big problem with them, it's almost impossible in a home demo to find that sweet spot without a range of both rectifiers and output valves to play with which is a big ask! When I had Greg's original Pacific here I was a bit underwhelmed, it was good but not that much...
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    Comparing Lampizator Golden Atlantic TRP to Lampizator Pacific

    Yes, I know that. I was hoping to benefit from others experience, particularly as changing valves on all of these DAC's has such an impact on sound signature.
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    Comparing Lampizator Golden Atlantic TRP to Lampizator Pacific

    I know a number of people on this forum either own both of these DAC's or have had an opportunity to compare them side by side. I'm thinking about a possible upgrade early next year and will be arranging a comparison for myself shortly, however in the meantime can you tell me what I will gain...
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    LampizatOr Golden Atlantic + TRP

    No that version of the Amanero board didn't do DSD with Windows, it was fine with Mac OSX and Linux. On Windows it did DSD via PCM.
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    LampizatOr Golden Atlantic + TRP

    "I don't know when Lampi started using the new board but it must be fairly recent. My GA was built 7/2019 and it's got the old board. Maybe Fred can chime in on when the board has been changed. I'll report back on how it sounds but Lukasz has told Fred it produces a very large improvement in...
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    SET amp owners thread

    Ian, Yes just like the music festival. I have been with my family every year for the last 6 years, albeit that they all abandon me to be with their friends, yes even my wife (!), as soon as we get inside. I've really enjoyed it even though I mostly listen to jazz and classical at home. I...
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    EMIA LR Phono Corrector (review)

    Thank you Bazelio, that's good to know. I'm not one for regularly swapping out gear and would much rather look for long term keepers. David
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    SET amp owners thread

    Yes, I'm on the Isle of Wight.
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    SET amp owners thread

    Hi Joao, I do understand that I'll lose 50% or more of the power, however I have tried the speakers with a pair of 45 amps I have in store that deliver maybe 1.75w and they were fine except for an earth hum which stopped me doing a proper longer term test. I must dig them out again to try and...
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    SET amp owners thread

    Hi Ked, I use NOS RCA 2A3's, sadly not monoplates, though I have been in touch with Kevin about the set he has for sale and hope to have them here soon. David
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    SET amp owners thread

    Hi Ian, I'm interested to hear that you are driving your Tonian's with a 35w SET, what size is your room? I have a silver wired pair of Ocellia Grandis Signature 30 which uses the same full range driver but different tweeters. At the moment I'm driving them with a PSE 2A3 amp which makes perhaps...
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    EMIA LR Phono Corrector (review)

    I'd also love to hear any updates from owners of the Emia LR Phono Corrector and also the remote autoformers. I have one on loan here at the moment together with an Emia manual autoformer (I'm feeling amazingly lucky as I'm in the UK!) and am very much enjoying listening to them. I haven't done...
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    London Decca Jubilee revisited - combination with SME 3012R ?

    Urs, I wouldn't say the C4E has a "vintage" sound at all. The internals are essentially the same as all the other Decca's, the difference is that the body, which is a kind of resin, damps the cartridge much better than the later sheet metal cartridges. The Jubilee and Reference have more solid...

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