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    Best DACs comparison test result [[My Subjective Opinion]]

    I will put my SW1X DAC III Balanced up against any dac on the planet priced at 30K or less. I am still trying to let it all soak in and come up with a decent review. I have been comparing recordings played through the SW1X and my hot rodded Garrard 301/Reed 3P/ Lyra Etna Lamda/Manley Steelhead...
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    Can We Predict in Which Systems Audiophiles Will Like vdH Cartridges?

    Did you not set up your OP in order to bash the manufacturer? it is fairly evident to me that you did. Say what you will, VdH's mated to a complimentary tonearm and system (my Reed 3P's love them) produce very revealing sound. A tad much. Yes. But they are a lot of fun. Having multiple arms...
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    Analysis Plus Silver Apex IC's

    I have Reed 3P arms on my two decks. There is a photo of my system somewhere on this Board. A heavily modded hot-rodded TD124 and a heavily modded and hot-rodded 301. So from cart clips to phono stage I have the "Firewire" silver cabling that Reed sources from Germany. Where AP Silver Apex...
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    Analysis Plus Silver Apex IC's

    I am not a huge Fremer fan though I respect his intelligence and superlative writing. That said, I just got around to reading his review of the Mark Levinson turntable built in Germany and not by VPI in this month's issue and there in his associated equipment box you will find that among the...
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    Analysis Plus Silver Apex IC's

    Two weeks ago today I received my SW1X DAC III Balanced. Up until last night I had been listening on a daily basis with signal fed from my Aurender W20 via a well regarded S/PDIF cable from a very well regarded company. Granted it was not a mega dollar cable. Last night just out of interest I...
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    My thoughts on SW1X DAC II Special with USB

    Now I feel bad. As I have told my friend Joe many times, I mostly listen to vinyl. I could have waited three more weeks for mine. As I told Joe on Friday, with ten days of heavy use for the BG caps to burn in and then another ten days or so to form listening impressions, it would be a three week...
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    My thoughts on SW1X DAC II Special with USB

    Romney-funny you asked today. My DAC III Balanced is to ship out today or tomorrow. Slawa warned me that with Black Gate caps, it will take ten days or so for them to settle in and that it will sound bass shy and muddy until they do. So maybe in mid-March I will be able to post my impressions.
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    My thoughts on SW1X DAC II Special with USB

    I will be giving the DAC III Balanced a try. Actually more than a "try" since I am buying it. I still love the DAC II Special but Slawa says the DAC III Balanced is at an entirely different level with a midrange that is amazing. I will have no choice but to upgrade my source to something that...
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    My thoughts on SW1X DAC II Special with USB

    I am not a huge contributor to this Board with maybe a dozen posts, likely less. I used to be a regular on AudioAsylum dating back to '95 or so and then on A-Gon forums. I live in Columbus OH, am a lawyer, and have zero connections to the audio industry. So with that out of the way, my custom...
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    SW1X DAC II Standard First Listen

    The DAC II Special referenced above is mine. My system does not match Joe's, but it ain't bad. ARC Ref 6, ARC Ref 150SE, Devore O/93's. Cardas Clear beyond, Analysis Plus Apex Silver IC's, Auditorium 23 speaker cable with Cardas Clear Beyond speaker cable as a back up. I mostly listen to vinyl...
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    SW1X DAC II Standard First Listen

    Ummm, I don't know for sure but I am thinking that the DAC II Special also has a built in USB to SPDIF converter and it retails for $5,500. Just an educated guess.
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    Your DAC replacement thoughts please

    My DP-777 (not SE) has been trouble-free for five years. While the sound I am getting from an Aurender N100H via WW Starlight Platinum 7 USB is glare free, I don't find it to be analogue-like as it was described in Art Dudley's review in S'Phile. I don't get the musical involvement and truth of...
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    Analysis Plus Silver Apex IC's

    Like many of you, I have been in this hobby for a long time-45 years. Over a year ago I was reading Mike Fremer's column and at the very end he had a single paragraph blurb about someone suggesting the Analysis Plus Silver Apex for his analogue set-up (I can't recall if it was as phono cables...
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    Phono cable recommendations?

    One could try the Analysis Plus Silver Apex. I did and have kept it though I use it between my phono stage and preamp as my toneram (Reed 3P) comes with captive wire. Fremer likes it, uses it, and considers it a bargain at $1000 for 1M RCA.
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    " I never lied to you I always told you some version of the truth." Jack Nicholson

    Keep in mind the tortured history of TAS. HP believed that there was a single truth and named his publication accordingly. As time progressed even HP loosened his grip on his former convictions and then once he died his magazine became a free-for-all. As to the real topic of the OP- removed from...
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    The Return of Garrard!

    I think Art Dudley captured the beauty of vintage idlers best when he wrote in fairly quick succession about the TD124 and then the 301. We can all agree that Art writes well. He knows prose. Both tables were crafted to last and deliver the goods. Art likes to share his dismay at disposable...
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    The Return of Garrard!

    Not my first posts. Looks like this will be the 30th. Aggressive? I think claiming that the 3012R is as good as an SAT arm is pretty aggressive. But I do-believe it or not-firmly believe in collegiality and not seeking conflict. Most of my previous posts here pertained to a conflict...
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    The Return of Garrard!

    Just what does it mean to "follow some of the best systems on this forum"? What does one have to do to "follow" someone else's system? Does that mean to accept some other poster's assertions that his or her system is indeed "best"? Does "follow" as an active verb mean keeping mental track of...
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    The Return of Garrard!

    I agree this is a head-scratcher. Just to come at it from a slightly different perspective, SME has always been known for it's engineering ability. The 301 was originally designed and conceived as a motor unit. Why did SME decide to go full retro with a 3012 arm? The 301 withstands the test of...
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    Plinth for Garrard 301

    I am very satisfied with my Russ Collinson Layers of Beauty plinth I had custom made. I asked for eight layers of alternating solid cherry and birch ply and specified the same width as my Symposium Foundation Ultra top shelf. I asked for cocobolo veneer and piano lacquer finish. Russ did not...
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    9” vs 12” pick up arms. The mechanics explained minus the anecdotal B.S.

    I agree with you. Further adding support to this view is that VPI is putting a toe in the water of gimbaled arms. What makes me feel most uncomfortable with VPI unipivots is that once azimuth is adjusted by means of a Fozgometer, the arm more often than not is significantly canted to one side...
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    9” vs 12” pick up arms. The mechanics explained minus the anecdotal B.S.

    http://vpiforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=10621
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    Not much love for idlers??

    I took a look. It is very impressive looking and I have no doubt it sounds as good as it looks. IIRC, the guy behind Reed tables and the the gentleman behind the Reed arms used to be partners and split-up a few years ago. But more to the point, as impressive looking as the 3C deck is, it is not...
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    Not much love for idlers??

    I need more time to get totally re-acquainted with my TD124 but it used to have a VPI 9T on it and now it has the radically different and obviously far superior Reed 3P, and I can already tell that they compliment each other. The "more insistent" character that you mention-and one that I totally...
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    Not much love for idlers??

    Here are pics of my re-built TD124 with a Reed 3P Cocobolo arm. Greg Metz of STS/ClassicThorens just outside of Nashville TN did the work. Greg is like a Swiss watchmaker in his attention to detail. He actually went to Switzerland and studied how to rebuild Thorens tables under a former Thorens...
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    Fremer says 9" arms are inherently superior?

    I respectfully disagree. Even in the highly scientific field of medicine, most practitioners will readily agree that practicing medicine is both a science and an art. Put four cardiologists in a room with an 80 year old man clearly suffering from congestive heart disease and then have them write...
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    9” vs 12” pick up arms. The mechanics explained minus the anecdotal B.S.

    I respectfully find Marc Gomez's white paper to be simplistic and little more than ad copy. Many tonearm manufacturers have similar white papers explaining the principles of their arms. Theirs too prove nothing. They help explain the designer's priorities and goals and little more. He...
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    Fremer says 9" arms are inherently superior?

    I sincerely apologize to all. But without surrendering my contrition, may I please point out how Mr. Fremer is prone to using on his own site much of the "verbal weaponry" I've been accused of using; e.g. see "If Charles Kirmuss's Record Cleaning Machine and Regimen Are Correct, Are Everyone...
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    Fremer says 9" arms are inherently superior?

    I am in complete agreement. I have lurked here regularly for years but ironically, I am the new poster who needs to mind my p's and q's. I meant to say that I think Mr. Fremer would be well served to post with information and thoughtful debate, but with less anger and passion.

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