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    Turntable platters, mats, stabilisers comparison plus Headquarters Audio QVMatPro review

    it is fascinating to see a thesis for performance of these mats and stabilisers rather than just seeing piece meal review. i couldn't agree more that it depends on where you are in the journey. my early days garrard 401 made so much noise in motor that the vertere mat with its felt top and...
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    Introducing the All-new Center Stage Ultra TT Feet for Turntables and Center Stage Ultra TD Feet for Tape Decks

    i received 2 sets of LS2.25 for speakers. stuck them under my AN-E speakers which are on stands. so the LS2.25 are under the stands. didn't use a bolt. just placed them under. they are not even in best places for weight bearing as some screw heads interfered with placement. the footers...
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    SUT Shootout

    @Bling23 i used the Auditorium T2 with a Denon 103 cart and it was great and more budget. I've used AN MC carts (iO1 and iOGold) with S3, S4 and S9. I think the AN SUTs are amazing but of course they cost alot and are only any good with AN carts (I couldn't find other brand carts that had...
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    Kuzma SAFIR 9

    i experienced tremendous VTA sensitivity which then seemed to die off as the cable burnt in. one week i was adjusting vta all the time and then it just became a non-issue and i haven't but touched it once or twice in several weeks since.
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    Introducing the All-new Center Stage Ultra TT Feet for Turntables and Center Stage Ultra TD Feet for Tape Decks

    @Steve Williams I thought Joe's edict about other vibration management had a hierarchy as in: MOST wrong is combining two isolation/vibration management footers on ONE device (i presume) LESS wrong (but as per Steve Williams above) is having CMS on one device and something else on another...
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    Introducing the All-new Center Stage Ultra TT Feet for Turntables and Center Stage Ultra TD Feet for Tape Decks

    2m out of production. initial LS series now made and sold by speaker people. new LS series is better but only 0.8 equivalent released to date (LS 2.25) LS 2.25 is for speakers but can also be used under components go as early in the chain as you can. so 1. power distributor 2. source 3...
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    Introducing the All-new Center Stage Ultra TT Feet for Turntables and Center Stage Ultra TD Feet for Tape Decks

    CMS have previously indicated product revisions occur when major upgrades are possible. Does this mean the LS 2.25 is an upgrade over the LS0.8?
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    Introducing the All-new Center Stage Ultra TT Feet for Turntables and Center Stage Ultra TD Feet for Tape Decks

    hi could i get some clarity on what has happened to the LS range? I am finding press releases that indicate the full range of 0.8, 1.0 and 1.5 LS models was released mid 2023. But it has now been superseded by the LS 2.25? difficult to find out anything about this new one. All I know is the...
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    Kuzma SAFIR 9

    ah. i wonder if this relates to Fremer's comment which was that with the Safir he came to realise alot of music he thought had bass doesn't actually have bass. He repeated this thought many times. I think he was referring to the band the Loving Spoonful specifically. So following his...
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    Kuzma SAFIR 9

    when you say it is too much of a good thing does it sound hard? what is the aggravation i wonder.
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    Kuzma SAFIR 9

    @ationg how long have you had it? my Audio Note ioGold is thrilling on the Safir and it is quite detailed. The wire burnt in and then disappeared as far as I can tell. I am so pleased I was thinking on writing a post about just how good I am finding the Safir to be. I would have about 200...
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    Introducing the All-new Center Stage Ultra TT Feet for Turntables and Center Stage Ultra TD Feet for Tape Decks

    @Steve Williams if I could trouble you to confirm, that with your Taiko, the LS 2.25 simply sits there in the same way a TT might? not screwed in? i think the LS 2.25 look wonderful too. for my speakers, the stand is for the purpose of raising the speaker up to an appropriate height...
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    Introducing the All-new Center Stage Ultra TT Feet for Turntables and Center Stage Ultra TD Feet for Tape Decks

    @Steve Williams so you are using LS 2.25 for a component? i presume LS must screw in? is your preference based on this ability to install into threads or based on performance? also may i ask how i best implement cms footers with a speaker that sits on a stand (audio Note an-e). my rep...
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    Introducing the All-new Center Stage Ultra TT Feet for Turntables and Center Stage Ultra TD Feet for Tape Decks

    Just received 2 sets of TT and 2 of TC. Installed on powerstrip, turntable, RIAA and then Amplifier. Almost immediately it sounded quite different. It was wonderful first night, almost bizarre second night. Beautiful today. The greatest impact (when it is on song) is a sense of ease. Some...
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    Kuzma SAFIR 9

    it will be interesting to see how you get on with this different cable arrangement. i found the tonearm sound very changeable until the kondo wire settled down. then it felt like the wire slowly retreated from field leaving sound of cart only. no longer do i feel any need to adjust vta per...
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    Kuzma SAFIR 9

    i must admit to finding the WallyTools very intimidating. i would love to have such definitive information but i struggle to attach a cartridge. i got an expert to set my table up but due to experimenting with mats his vta settings went by wayside quite soon. also i note that i have seen the...
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    Kuzma SAFIR 9

    I am looking into the Wally Tools. Last night I had an electrifying listening session with my tonearm at the highest possible level (would need to install a ring to go higher). Everything sounded better and "Cabaret" was a non-stop thrill. Bass was shocking good and better integrated into...
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    Kuzma SAFIR 9

    hi @Bonesy Jonesy I had a read and it looks to me that the difference between static and dynamic vta is like 1-1.5 deg per 5 mm of adjustment (to approximate/generalise). i preface my comments by saying i am not experienced or skilled in these matters. i am ignorant. that said, to me it...
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    Kuzma SAFIR 9

    hi @Bonesy Jonesy perhaps you mention it and I have missed it, but what difference was there between static and dynamic VTA setting?
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    Kuzma SAFIR 9

    @Marcus Yes the Kuzma XL makes this incredibly easy. i noted in some literature that it even has the ability to simply be flicked between "thin", "medium" and "thick" record thickness settings. to do it on the fly would be something.
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    Kuzma SAFIR 9

    when looking for "a-ha", do we think moving 0.25 mm increments is about right? i have had some success with half turns of the Safir adjustment screw (0.25 mm) but surely there is some established wisdom in this regard?
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    Kuzma SAFIR 9

    right. @thekong you've just provided a starting point i did not have (top of cart parallel to surface). what i did have was the idea that the arm should be horizontal, or bottom of cartridge? i think the tonearm being flat is hard to perceive with a Safir since the tonearm is not a constant...
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    Kuzma SAFIR 9

    just in case anyone is following along - i thought it best to come back here and provide an update. so i had the vta all wrong. i was too low. so i was adjusting up and down continuously but in a range that was all too low. i have now got the vta as high as i think it can be. great energy...
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    Kuzma SAFIR 9

    ok so after about 50 hours the kondo cable seems to be well run in, despite the minimal output MC cart i am using. it sounds clear, open and lively and hasn't changed much if at all in last few days. it seems likely to me it is somewhat warm? the presentation is quite forward/large for my pop...
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    Kuzma SAFIR 9

    i read somewhere that a starting point for VTA can be getting the cart to be basically parallel with the record surface. this was very helpful for me last night. i think previously i was well low of where i should have been. an oddity for me was that as i increased vta i was getting more...
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    Kuzma SAFIR 9

    I find myself adjusting VTA alot. Each turn of the adjustment on the Safir is 0.5 mm. I note that an internet source says vinyl thickness is not standardised and a survey of thicknesses found a range from 0.9 mm to 2.2 mm. 1.3 mm of potential difference then. or close enough to three turns...
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    Kuzma SAFIR 9

    the sound of this tonearm is so "clear" that it has me adjusting VTA compulsively. well maybe it is because it is "clear". i'm no expert. but certainly i find myself adjusting vta to get to a sweet spot for at least half the records i am playing. at the sweet spot it feels full of power...
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    Kuzma SAFIR 9

    @bonzo75 I have added some details to my signature so hopefully that shows up now. Yeah it is all Audio Note with AN-E speakers. @mtemur wow that is a wealth of experience to draw from! i am maybe 40 hours in by now and it sounds terrific. the ioGold i use has a terribly small output voltage...

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