My journey to Zero

CKKeung

Well-Known Member
Jun 18, 2011
2,637
2,309
580
Hong Kong
Great great setup!

Can you tell us how the DS Audio Cart compares to Atlas Lambda and Etsuro Gold?

Thanks
There were several confounding factors :

The Master One was installed on the SAT.
The Koetsu/Atlas SL Lambda/Etsuro Gold were on Phantom Elite.

Phonoamps were diff too. These latter three paired with ARC Phono Ref whereas Master One was with the DreamMaster phono equalizer.

Even so, we audio vaterans could still understand their diff with not much difficulty, particularly because Thomas and I auditioned a similar comparison between Etsuro Gold vs DreamMaster on another home system.

Amongst conventional cartridges, Etsuro Gold is the overall champion IMHO. Atlas SL Lambda is very allrounded but Etsuro Gold got the extra magic.

On that other home system, the DreamMaster combo bettered Etsuro Gold, particularly in terms of bass quality and authority.
However the latter was paired with a FM222 phono and without SUT. I think the gain of 222 is suboptimal for the low output of Etsuro Gold.
I am looking for another comparison with more suitable phonoamp/SUT.
 
Last edited:

CKKeung

Well-Known Member
Jun 18, 2011
2,637
2,309
580
Hong Kong
Another Air Force Zero installation youtube, this time posted by the famous Taiwan audiophile webzine :

 

CKKeung

Well-Known Member
Jun 18, 2011
2,637
2,309
580
Hong Kong
TLi told me just now that the installation process in the Taiwan youtube seemed to be incomplete.
We will try to get their complete version.
 

TLi

Well-Known Member
May 27, 2016
287
534
198
I think they stacked the major components together just for the video taking. The drive bent and air pipes were not fitted.

It is fairly difficult to install Air Force Zero with supporting rack right against the back wall. There are many air pipes and electric connections at the back of the platter base and the plinth. With the back of Zero against the wall makes it difficult to make the connections. Some space is needed to work on.
 
  • Like
Reactions: CKKeung

andromedaaudio

VIP/Donor
Jan 23, 2011
6,278
1,165
580
Amsterdam holland
Absolutely gorgious piece of engineering.

What i sometimes wonder however is what would happen if a company with this level of know how would design a tape machine from the ground up .
As in " better recording quality would lift all boats"
 

cuntigh

Well-Known Member
Dec 20, 2014
286
46
160
FRANCE
That’s impressive : about 5 men for installing this TT, and how many hours needed ? Imagine when you change to another home… do they come back from Japan for re-installation ? Ouch…
 

spiritofmusic

Well-Known Member
Jun 13, 2013
13,779
4,424
863
E. England
No, they just build a new, bigger house around the tt.
 
  • Like
Reactions: Lagonda and cuntigh

About us

  • What’s Best Forum is THE forum for high end audio, product reviews, advice and sharing experiences on the best of everything else. This is THE place where audiophiles and audio companies discuss vintage, contemporary and new audio products, music servers, music streamers, computer audio, digital-to-analog converters, turntables, phono stages, cartridges, reel-to-reel tape machines, speakers, headphones and tube and solid-state amplification. Founded in 2010 What’s Best Forum invites intelligent and courteous people of all interests and backgrounds to describe and discuss the best of everything. From beginners to life-long hobbyists to industry professionals, we enjoy learning about new things and meeting new people, and participating in spirited debates.

Quick Navigation

User Menu

Steve Williams
Site Founder | Site Owner | Administrator
Ron Resnick
Site Co-Owner | Administrator
Julian (The Fixer)
Website Build | Marketing Managersing