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Looking to buy a pair of 300b tubes for EC studio jr and utopia combination. Any suggestions? Jan 19, 2021

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    1. neo_the_one
      neo_the_one
      Looking to buy a pair of 300b tubes for EC studio jr and utopia combination. Any suggestions?
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      2. yotacowboy
        yotacowboy
        Those Linlai and Psvane AMCE tubes are on my radar. Kind of ashamed to say I'm still waiting on my Elekit 300b amp to come home from the shop, otherwise I'd prolly be farting around with Chinese tubes of questionable repute.
        Jan 19, 2021
      3. Boops
        Boops
        Second the recs for JJs. They sound great.
        Jan 19, 2021
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      4. Phantaminum
        Phantaminum
        I really enjoyed the ACME 300B with the Utopia. Great tube with a blacker background compared to other 300Bs I heard. Too sweet for a Verite Open but perfect for the Utopia.
        Jan 20, 2021
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    2. neo_the_one
      neo_the_one
      My new year's resolution is not to spend on anything I don't absolutely need. That being said, I am curious why are some dream 2 channel
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      2. neo_the_one
        neo_the_one
        setup you would make (everything included)? To make it a little harder the upper limit is 30,000$
        Jan 4, 2021
      3. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        Lately when I go through this thought experiment I end up with: VPI or Well Tempered Labs turntable, Tavish Adagio Phono, Yggdrasil dac, Tavish Minotaur Integrated, and Graham LS5/8 or 5/9 depending on room size. All stuff I have been drooling over, who knows if synergy is there.
        Jan 4, 2021
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      4. Gazny
        Gazny
        Depends how it sounds but I am interested in a Decware Zen(tube amp), Ls3/5a / Zu Omen Book shelf / Salk Sound Wow1 / Fleetwood Sound DeVille, and a tube dac, maybe the abbas audio one.
        Jan 4, 2021
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    3. neo_the_one
      neo_the_one
      How much do on the fly VTA make a difference? This is in the context of VPI classic.
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      2. neo_the_one
        neo_the_one
        How much of a difference does it make? My understanding is it is required for LPs of different thicknesses. But is it really required? Do you ever end up changing the VTA of your TT?
        Dec 13, 2020
      3. JK47
        JK47
        VTA does make a difference. On the fly is not required, the regular VTA adjustment is just fine. I set the VTA with one of my medium thickness (the majority of my collection falls into this category) record and it does just fine with the thicker and thinner albums. Occasionally I get the urge to fiddle with VTA, probably as the stylus wears...
        Dec 13, 2020
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      4. JK47
        JK47
        Dec 13, 2020
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    5. neo_the_one
      neo_the_one
      I have not heard all DACs out there. But I have never listened to any digital recording that can play piano convincingly.
      1. neo_the_one
        neo_the_one
        is it possible to capture and playback piano with digital? I have heard convincing analog recordings of piano though. One of the main reasons I am jumping through the hoops to get my TT setup right.
        Dec 7, 2020
      2. famish99
        famish99
        not to fuel your vinyl nervosa, but no LOL
        Dec 8, 2020
    6. neo_the_one
      neo_the_one
      Digging deeper into my TT surface noise issue, it seems to be happening during the evening. The TT noise floor is quiet during the day.
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      2. neo_the_one
        neo_the_one
        i'll try this out.
        Dec 6, 2020
      3. neo_the_one
        neo_the_one
        @JK47 I was able to diagnose one thing. If shield the RCA cables from phono to the amp, the radio signals do subside. Do you have any suggestions for decent shielded RCA cables. Tin foiled cables really look ugly.
        Dec 6, 2020
      4. JK47
        JK47
        I use Blue Jeans cables, however YMMV. Try a few "shielded" cables from Amazon maybe and hear what kills the radio best.
        Dec 6, 2020
    7. neo_the_one
      neo_the_one
      Suggestions for TT isolation base without breaking the bank? I read few things on google but don't know how effective they are.
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      2. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        ... There's something called an earth loop. Can't explain, but I expect google can, but I do know that it is notorious for causing audio hum. Check that out.

        Also, try connecting all that kit to one socket. They may be on the same circuit anyway --- or you may be introducing some voltage difference earth to earth that could be a problem.
        Dec 8, 2020
      3. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        If things change when you touch stuff, I think that really points to earthing. But I'm no electrician.

        Old houses in England used to have pipes for gas fires in every room. Maybe you have central heating radiator pipes? All conductive pipes should be earth-bonded. Try taking a wire to something like that if you can. It solved a problem for me once.
        Dec 8, 2020
      4. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Stupid question... I suppose at least one of those devices you have linked the earth tags on /has/ a three-pin connection? Used to be a given... but my current integrated amp, which is not that young, has only two pins.
        Dec 8, 2020
    8. neo_the_one
      neo_the_one
      Is there a series of steps I can take to identify and reduce TT surface noise? I have been able to get my phono quiet.
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      3. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        Invest in a quality vinyl cleaner and a ZeroDust for your stylus. Even something like a Spin Clean makes a big difference. Stepping up to a vacuum cleaner is a worthwhile upgrade though. Then store records in quality poly sleeves.
        Dec 1, 2020
      4. neo_the_one
        neo_the_one
        I do have a record doctor cleaner that i use. but i still hear the surface noise. Is it possible that it is a electrical issue?
        Dec 1, 2020
      5. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        @neo_the_one Potentially I guess, but a lot of the time it might just be that the record is a noisy pressing? I have found that gettin better/more transparent gear is a double edge sword when it comes to vinyl. I kind of lust for my Schiit Man/2M Blue days because issues were less noticeable. I think that is part of the reason the conical stylus of the Denon 103 is not seen as an issue, more forgiving.
        Dec 1, 2020
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    9. neo_the_one
      neo_the_one
      Can SUTs like bob's devices SUT help reduce/remove noise floor for MC cartridges? When should SUTs be used?
      1. JK47
        JK47
        When the output of your phono pre doesn't provide enough gain.
        Nov 25, 2020
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    10. neo_the_one
      neo_the_one
      I heard it. I heard the cable! Who is the douche now?
      1. Deep Funk
        Deep Funk
        Did you use the cable like a whip? That must have hurt. Please, use it for passing the signal from component to component, not from person to person. Seriously...
        Nov 7, 2020
      2. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        It's not real unless your wife could hear the difference from the kitchen.
        Nov 7, 2020
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    11. neo_the_one
      neo_the_one
      So hard to enjoy viny, constantly thinking to get up and change the side or the record. But is Bono so I'll get my ass up.
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      2. neo_the_one
        neo_the_one
        Getting up is a ritual that is good for the days I am feeling sharp. On days when I am exhausted and would like to lie down and listen to music, I guess digital it is. But yes I do feel sometimes the vinyl would change itself. Spoiled by today's software.
        Nov 5, 2020
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      3. neo_the_one
        neo_the_one
        I think I overly conscious of the stylus more than anything else.
        Nov 5, 2020
      4. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        I don't use a deck any more but... whether it is audiophile or not, I would /always/ have gone with semi-automatic, ie the stylus is lifted at the end. Sometimes one wants to drift off and dream, not click...click...click worry about the stylus
        Nov 5, 2020
    12. neo_the_one
      neo_the_one
      What price point do turntable+phono perform better than similarly priced DAC for an acceptable definition of preferential analog sound.
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      2. k4rstar
        k4rstar
        so I must say the whole notion of spending X to get Y performance is not linear at all in the analog domain. the relationship can even become inverse. and you should get involved in it not for Y performance but from whatever satisfaction you may derive from playing or collecting records. if you get Y performance eventually, even better.
        Nov 3, 2020
      3. PTS
        PTS
        I think it was also mentioned before that the turntable route might only be worth it if you prefer older music (pre-1990s), before digital recording became the norm. Modern vinyl may sound extremely similar to the digital formats.
        Nov 3, 2020
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      4. neo_the_one
        neo_the_one
        ^ This is a very interesting take. I will try this out. I have ordered a couple of relatively new recorded vinyl to do an A/B test.
        Nov 3, 2020
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