Schiit Sol Turntable Review - Episodic.

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  1. nlitworld

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    @oneguy A new cartridge will really let the Sol take on a whole new level. I went COMPLETELY overkill cause I wanted to try it, but I went from a 2M Blue to a Benz Micro Zebra L. Holy Santa Clause S#!+! What a difference. It's like the table was a redneck hunter who put down it's beer and trucker cap and turned into James Bond in a tuxedo and ordering a shaken martini. When the reviewers all said the Sol will scale with whatever cartridge you put with it they weren't kidding. Point being, this table really lets you splurge when it comes to a cartridge and downstream components and it won't be wasted money. Just wish I had an extra arm to swap back and forth for those beer and trucker cap occasions.

    Also now that I removed the power from the control pod, things sound fantastic. I still had to dress my wired a bit funky using an old record brush to prop them up. But even for my cheaper Project Tube Box S2 phono stage is dead quiet even at max gain. :punk:
    My Hapa cables are one side shielded directional just like @toddrhodes but I can't seem to tell a difference in sound with regards to direction. And now that I have them finally dressed to where I get no hum, I'll be damned if I'm moving anything.
     
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  2. toddrhodes

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    Yea, I've never noticed a SQ difference but as I was learning to DIY some interconnects, the whole directional thing is about shields and floating them at the destination end of the chain. It's a noise thing, but I don't recall specifically how that's supposed to help, electrically. But that's why I was a little surprised that "backwards" was less noisy, at least very unsciency like.

    That said, I rearranged most of the stuff yesterday to keep signal and power as far removed from each other as possible and now I literally have to peg the volume on the line stage to hear any ground noise. So I'm considering that solved, regardless how the cable is run :D
     
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    Oh I don’t doubt it any I fully intended to pick one up just have to space out the purchases. October was headphone and pre-amp and the month before that was a second Sol and speakers.
     
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    You and me both. In all honesty I've been blissfully happy with the AT-VM95ML (actually the stock VM95EN I added the ML stylus to) combined with a Darlington MP-7 but would love to have another arm to play with.

    I wonder how many of these tables are out in the field. Let's keep this Sol Train running!
     
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    Which Audio Sensibility cable did you go for? I was just checking out their offerings because I am getting noise on my NAD M33 + turntable setup with my normal DIY KLE connectors/VH Audio Pulsar CU II. Beyond the microphonics, which does seem kind of odd, interested in what you are thinking.
     
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    I have the Impact SX, the entry level ones, I think they're 1.3M or something. I always buy "high end" cables used, so I got my pair for $90 shipped. Not sure if that helps.

    The microphonics are still, strange? But to be fair, I have to turn up the line stage a lot to hear it, so I'm guessing it's just something to do with the amount of gain at that point. The cables are pretty stiff and rigid, so that probably contributes as well. But during playback, it doesn't become an issue, so I'm not too worried about it. They're great cables IMO, at least on either my AT VM740SH or my MP-500. And they are dual shielded so that helps in my tidy little rat's nest of wire by all that stuff.

    This is also my second set. I had a set awhile back that had a DIN plug on one end, and I re-terminated them with RCAs on that end. But this set, since I was troubleshooting noise - I wanted to leave my talent for soldering out of the picture. So, happy enough with them to get a 2nd set.
     
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