Any Changes to the Analog Front-End Being Contemplated?

Any Changes to the Analog Front-End Being Contemplated?

  • None, have reached analog nirvana!

    Votes: 11 16.9%
  • Turntable

    Votes: 22 33.8%
  • Cartridge

    Votes: 25 38.5%
  • Arm

    Votes: 18 27.7%
  • Phono cable

    Votes: 9 13.8%
  • Phono section

    Votes: 20 30.8%
  • New base/stand

    Votes: 8 12.3%
  • Speed control

    Votes: 5 7.7%
  • Platter, clamp, motor, plinth, etc.

    Votes: 9 13.8%
  • Set-up Tools

    Votes: 5 7.7%

  • Total voters
    65

JackD201

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Apr 21, 2010
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#81
Now you know why I play digital when I'm drinking! LOL!
 

PeterA

Active Member
Dec 7, 2011
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North Shore of Boston
#82
Hi John,

I have some wands without any finger lifts. All I do is use the arm lift. To cue I keep the arm lift up and just gently slide the arm inwards and over the section I want to listen to then lower the arm lift slowly. To remove, I just up the lift and slide towards the locking mechanism. It takes a little bit of getting used and by little I do mean little. You should get the hang of it by at least the 5th try. 2 to 3 is more like it.

Enjoy the new deck! :D
John, I don't have a finger lift either on my SME V-12 arm. I decided not to install it on the headshell. Just one more thing that can potentially vibrate near the cartridge. Like Jack, I just move the arm over with my fingers picking up the headshell and then lower the cartridge on the LP with the arm lift mechanism.

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Johnny Vinyl

Member Sponsor & WBF Founding Member
May 16, 2010
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#84
It sounds like it's easy enough to get used to. Thanks guys! :D

I haven't decided yet on a table, but this is one I'm considering. The other is a VPI Prime. I really wanted the Roksan Xerxes 20plus, but it's considerably above my budget as a new table.
 

Johnny Vinyl

Member Sponsor & WBF Founding Member
May 16, 2010
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Calgary, AB
#85
I've made a decision on my next turntable. Cartridge decision is 95% decided.
 

Fred

New Member
May 31, 2010
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Covington, LA
#86
I picked up the EAT (European Audio Team) E-Flat late last year. What a superb table this is and a huge step up from the Michell TecnoDec/Arm that I had used for the last 5 years.

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The flat arm being made of carbon fiber is extraordinarily rigid and seems to be completely resonant free. I have never owned a Uni-Pivot arm before, but this one seems extremely stable and well behaved. Much more natural in application than some of the VPI arms I've seen. The build quality of the table is outstanding. Precision engineered all the way around. I'm using the same Denon DL-304 that I had on the TecnoArm, so I get a very good sense of how different both tables really sound and perform.

My table came with serial number 131. Nice to finally own a great turntable that is not in the "mass produced" category. Couldn't be happier right about now. :p
 

Johnny Vinyl

Member Sponsor & WBF Founding Member
May 16, 2010
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Calgary, AB
#87
I picked up the EAT (European Audio Team) E-Flat late last year. What a superb table this is and a huge step up from the Michell TecnoDec/Arm that I had used for the last 5 years.

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The flat arm being made of carbon fiber is extraordinarily rigid and seems to be completely resonant free. I have never owned a Uni-Pivot arm before, but this one seems extremely stable and well behaved. Much more natural in application than some of the VPI arms I've seen. The build quality of the table is outstanding. Precision engineered all the way around. I'm using the same Denon DL-304 that I had on the TecnoArm, so I get a very good sense of how different both tables really sound and perform.

My table came with serial number 131. Nice to finally own a great turntable that is not in the "mass produced" category. Couldn't be happier right about now. :p
I'm really happy for you Fred! I love the look of that tonearm...it's so different and unconventional looking. Is there a tube underneath to hold the wiring?
 

JackD201

[WBF Founding Member]
Apr 21, 2010
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Manila, Philippines
#88
I just acquired a second hand Kuzma 4-Point and placed an order for a rear mount board for my AF1. Question now is, which cart do I mount on it? :D Decisions, decisions!
 

PeterA

Active Member
Dec 7, 2011
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North Shore of Boston
#89
I just acquired a second hand Kuzma 4-Point and placed an order for a rear mount board for my AF1. Question now is, which cart do I mount on it? :D Decisions, decisions!
There is a new AirTight PC-1 Opus Magnum. I have not heard much about it yet other than the $15,000 price.
 

jfrech

VIP/Donor
Sep 3, 2012
1,536
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38
Austin
#90
There is a new AirTight PC-1 Opus Magnum. I have not heard much about it yet other than the $15,000 price.
I saw that...ouch on the price...I wonder how good it'll be...your airtight supreme is outstanding !
 

Fred

New Member
May 31, 2010
275
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Covington, LA
#91
I'm really happy for you Fred! I love the look of that tonearm...it's so different and unconventional looking. Is there a tube underneath to hold the wiring?
No John, no tube. The wiring is attached to the underside of the arm with some kind of black matting that is adhered to the underside. I really don't know what that part is made of.
 

JackD201

[WBF Founding Member]
Apr 21, 2010
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38
Manila, Philippines
#92
There is a new AirTight PC-1 Opus Magnum. I have not heard much about it yet other than the $15,000 price.
I'm slammin' on the cart brakes for now :) I'm good with the Ti, GFS and Atlas on the 3 Elite wands.

I can't seem to decide on which cart will go on the Kuzy. XV-1t? Koetsu Jade Platinum? I'm confused!

I'll be keeping a Phantom 2 and Tri 7 U2 on my TW and using that in another system. The Proteus and either the XV-1t or Jade will go with that table. An Ultra Eminent and A90 on standby Phantom II wands. I really like the Koetsu/Triplanar combo so that will be more likely.
 

rblnr

Member Sponsor & WBF Founding Member
May 3, 2010
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NYC/NJ
#94
I am relatively analog ignorant and am sure that my predilection for direct drive is irrational, and unlike other a/v componentry leanings I have, is absolutely undertested experientially.

So I pre-ordered a Technics 1200GLE and can't wait for delivery.
 

JackD201

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Apr 21, 2010
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Manila, Philippines
#95
That would be the GAE my friend and from what I've seen the goodies are in the innards. Still a huge jump from the M5G price wise to the GAE. HUGE! On paper however a core less DD motor? That is definitely something.
 

rblnr

Member Sponsor & WBF Founding Member
May 3, 2010
1,878
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38
NYC/NJ
#96
That would be the GAE my friend and from what I've seen the goodies are in the innards. Still a huge jump from the M5G price wise to the GAE. HUGE! On paper however a core less DD motor? That is definitely something.
Don't even get her name right :)

Looks like a remaster of the innards and motor. Special edition gets a magnesium arm vs aluminum for the stock version that will follow
 

JackD201

[WBF Founding Member]
Apr 21, 2010
10,994
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Manila, Philippines
#97
The new platter looks very interesting too. The platter was always a rather weak point of the 1200s. They rang like bells. This new one looks much more solid. I would love to get a chance to A/B the 5G with the GAE. I have identical carts for them. I also like that the IC is no longer captive. That was also something that was a problem. They had a tendency of getting yanked and you'd have to open her up to fix her.
 

rblnr

Member Sponsor & WBF Founding Member
May 3, 2010
1,878
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NYC/NJ
#98
The new platter looks very interesting too. The platter was always a rather weak point of the 1200s. They rang like bells. This new one looks much more solid. I would love to get a chance to A/B the 5G with the GAE. I have identical carts for them. I also like that the IC is no longer captive. That was also something that was a problem. They had a tendency of getting yanked and you'd have to open her up to fix her.
Matsushita certainly has the engineering horsepower and materials expertise to build something great, and it looks as they they committed in that direction here.
 

Rick_S22

New Member
Oct 21, 2017
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Lebanon, Oregon
#99
My Luxman PD-375 (Direct Drive with Vacuum hold down) just died. I am looking for a modest cost replacement, either new or used. Belt or Direct Drive, Lift Off lever, or automatic. looking, lol!
 
Mar 3, 2018
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Hi,

I'm new here. I have my old TECHNICS SL-1210 MKII, 33 year's old now ! Always run - any problem.
The cartrige are Ortofon X1-MC(sold), Ortofon X3-MC(sold), Shure V15 type V MR(sold), Audio-Technica AT-OC9ML(sold), and now Audio-Technica AT-ART 9.

I have a second turntable : VPI Classic 3 in rosewood with Audio-Technica AT-ART 9.

The two works fine but I have a tridimensional sound with the VPI...

I have an esoteric E-03 for the two.

Very happy with...

Better sound than my MArantz SA7S1 + Grimm CC1 + DAC Mark Levinson...
 

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