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Topic needing the "SBAF Touch" = cartridge resonance and the eff. mass of a Technics SL-1200/1210GR tonearm!! Jun 5, 2020 at 3:31 PM

    1. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Topic needing the "SBAF Touch" = cartridge resonance and the eff. mass of a Technics SL-1200/1210GR tonearm!!
      1. Biodegraded
      2. Biodegraded
        Biodegraded
        The arm and the Soundsmith carts you're looking at are compatible with the traditional formula and would likely work fine together. You could also ask the manufacturer for advice.

        But the last sentence of post 2 in the first link is the most succinct: 'if it sounds good, it is good'.
        Jun 5, 2020 at 5:39 PM
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      3. Biodegraded
        Biodegraded
        Nonetheless, my advice would be a DL-103 and replace the amp ;)
        Jun 5, 2020 at 5:40 PM
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    2. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Contemplating new cartridge. Love my Otello from Soundssmith. Considering Carmen or Zephyr.
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    3. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Holy shit. I just downloaded a dataset from GitHub...
    4. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Some cables from Blue Jeans arrive today. Will use as phono cables from TT to Phonostage. I'm excited. Hopefully, an improvement.
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    5. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      I want to replace my integrated amp with Ragnarok 2, but I still want to keep my Freya in the mix. Am I crazy?
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      2. MichaeLeroy
        MichaeLeroy
        Not at all. You get more flexibility as to inputs and optional tube buffering with the Freya in play.
        Jun 1, 2020 at 12:07 PM
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      3. PTS
        PTS
        Add Freya to the chain once you get the Rag. If you don't hear any positive reasons to keep the Freya, then you can afford to lose it.
        Jun 1, 2020 at 12:30 PM
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      4. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        No. It's a convenient and not crap-sounding way to have multiple inputs/outputs in case you need that functionality
        Jun 1, 2020 at 1:21 PM
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    6. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Massdrop x Focal Elex w/ Black Dragon cable upgrade is SWEET.
    7. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      The Gorillaz LPs I have DESTROY the digital downloads from Amazon and from the label. Superior sound all around.
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    8. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      @Lyander 's review of the HE-4XX inspired me to take them out and make them my primary headphone for the day.
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      3. Lyander
        Lyander
        Do share impressions how running them balanced works! What gear are you going to be pairing them with?
        May 29, 2020
      4. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        SL-1210GR >PS Audio NPC>Freya>Auralic Taurus
        Denon DCD-1600NE>Freya>Taurus
        PC>GungnirMB>Freya>Taurus (Gungnir Multibit direct to Vali 2)
        May 29, 2020
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      5. CEE TEE
        CEE TEE
        Good to re-visit headphones you have with other gear and different moods. Often, you remember why you liked them. Sometimes, you figure out a great gear combo.
        May 29, 2020
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    9. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Just re-recorded "Demon Days" by Gorillaz from Vinyl to FLAC, and it is WAY better sounding! Diff equipment and workflow...
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      3. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        The 2017 LP release I have is much better than the digital version I own. Recommended!
        May 29, 2020
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      4. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        I think the DR for the LP I “digitized” is DR11 or DR12. I need to check...
        May 29, 2020
      5. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        It was DR12, and here was my chain:
        Technics SL-1210GR -> Soundsmith Otello -> PS Audio NuWave Phono Converter -> DSD (Std Rate) saved as 88.2/24 FLAC
        May 29, 2020
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    10. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Ack... I am listening to some LPs and then I listened to needle drops of same LP done a couple of years ago. I need to re-do them!!
    11. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      How much is too much for an interconnect cable? I'm looking to upgrade the stock cable from my 1210GR...
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      2. Dr. Higgs
        Dr. Higgs
        I use BJC for everything (including phono), and have never had one fail after 7+ years.

        If you’re planning on running MM carts with your 1210 you’ll want cable capacitance to be as low as you can get, and BJCs will fit the bill in that respect.
        May 27, 2020
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      3. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        How about MC cartridges? Do I need to pay as much attention to capacitance?
        May 27, 2020
      4. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        Just purchased a 4' pair in white w/techflex + FedEx 2nd Day for $49.50. Can't go wrong to see if I notice an improvement over the stock cables.
        May 28, 2020
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    12. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      I'm not a HUGE fan of Oasis, but I do like listening to their music. Too bad their works are mastered so LOUDLY.
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      2. PTS
        PTS
        The late 90s were the beginning of the loudness wars. Very little quality recording going on with popular music then, and now sadly. Noel Gallagher's latest solo efforts are even worse, just crushed to shit.
        May 24, 2020
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      3. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        I thought it dates back long before that (1940s?) to competing radio stations not wanting to be passed by on the dial.
        May 25, 2020
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      4. dan3952
        dan3952
        Most of them were below average masters, if you ask me. Needless to say, as I had started to accumulate better gear over time, they had sounded worse, not better (flaws not glossed over in mediocrity anymore). Hope the remastered ones, have been uploaded to Tidal.
        May 25, 2020
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    13. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Also in today's mail: The Kinks - "The Kink Kontroversy [CD]," New Order - "Get Ready [LP]," The Knack - "Get The Knack [SACD]."
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    14. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      In today's mail: Joy Division, "Love Will Tear Us Apart" limited edition 12" single on GLOW IN THE DARK VINYL. lol...
      1. Scott Kramer
        Scott Kramer
        Donnie Darko
        May 22, 2020
      2. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        What a crappy pressing and recording! I should have done more research, but c'est la vie.
        May 23, 2020
    15. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Bought a handful of reissued New Order 12" singles. Cleaned, now converting to digital. These are good pressings!
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      2. YMO
        YMO
        Blue Monday?
        May 16, 2020
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      3. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        Two different versions of "Ceremony," and one of "Everythings Gone Green." I do have a 1985 reissue of "Blue Monday" that I picked up at a Tower Records in NYC back in the day.
        May 17, 2020
    16. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      I'm alternating between 2 headphones: Denon D2000 and Drop/Fostex TH-X00 EB. Lossless to GungnirMB to Vali 2 w/ Tungsram E88CC tube.
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      2. aamefford
        aamefford
        Nice Rig! I used that rig for a while. Different headphones, but same amp/dac
        /tube
        May 16, 2020
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      3. rtaylor76
        rtaylor76
        So crazy how both headphones look the same in basic construction down to the diver, yet sound way different. I still miss my D2000's and wish one driver did not have to blow out.
        May 17, 2020
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      4. aamefford
        aamefford
        The old denon D2,5 and 7000’s were awesome. I started with the D5000 and moved to the D7000 when you could get them used at a good price.
        May 17, 2020
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    17. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Working at home = listening to music through home system instead of portable system. Another silver lining!
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    18. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      I finished binge watching "The Young Pope" and "The New Pope" on HBO. I'm just starting "True Detective" today.
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      3. DEATHxMACHINE
        DEATHxMACHINE
        I have watched the first season of True Detective once a year since it debuted. One of the finest crime thrillers ever made.
        Apr 26, 2020
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      4. DigMe
        DigMe
        Thought you were gonna say "The True Pope"
        Apr 26, 2020
      5. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        I fancy watching something riveting. I'd better revisit that blacksmith channel I used to watch.
        Apr 27, 2020
    19. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Are there any new pop/rock releases on CD (not MoFi, or audiophile labels) that aren't loudness war victims?
      1. DigMe
        DigMe
        Guess not. :P
        Mar 23, 2020
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    20. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      I'm binge-watching "Bones" on Prime Video...
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      3. Lyander
        Lyander
        It's unapologetically junk food, but really good junk food. Loved the entire show, it's one of those series I sat and waited for. Likable characters IMO, and that counts for a lot.
        Mar 21, 2020
      4. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        It really grows on you!
        Mar 22, 2020
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      5. e.schell
        e.schell
        Reached the bottom of the barrel already? :P
        Mar 22, 2020
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    Location:
    Missouri
    Gear List:
    DAC: Schiit Gungnir MB Gen 5
    Head Amp: AURALiC Taurus MkII, Vali 2 [assorted tubes]
    Headphones: Elex, HD650, DT880, D2000, K601, TX-X00, HE-4XX, SR-80e, M220
    CD/SACD/Data Disc Hi-Res: Denon DCD-1600NE
    Cassette: Nakamichi DR-2
    Pre-Amp: Schiit Freya [Tung-Sol]
    Integrated Amp: Onkyo TX-8555
    Turntable: Technics SL-1210GR
    Cartridges: Ortofon 2M Red, Shure V15 Type III [JICO VN35HE], Audio-Technica VM750SH, Soundsmith Otello
    Miscellaneous: PS Audio NuWave Phono Converter
    Speakers: Polk Audio RT25i

    Signature

    TT: SL-1210GR | DAC: Gungnir MB | CD/SACD: DCD-1600NE | Tape: DR-2
    Phonostage: NPC | Pre-Amp: Freya | Amp: TX-8555, Taurus MkII | Speakers: RT25i | HP: HD650, Elex