I'm using the streaming music simply to avoid excessive wear and tear on a CD player during burn-in.
As for the inverse RIAA, I have it, so I will use it. I also prefer to break in the phono stage with a signal that is essentially the same as the signal it will normally process, just as though I were playing hundreds of albums through it on a turntable.
I built the inverse RIAA for the purpose of testing. I can apply a square wave through the iRIAA to the phono stage and check the output on the scope. Also, I can then use the same iRIAA to compare the Cornet to my other phono stage, and to any other phono stage, for relative comparison.
As also noted, I can use it to play a CDP through the Cornet or any other phono stage to how the output sounds compared to straight off the CDP.
In other news, I have not started burning it in yet.
My dryer crapped out the other day, so I spent a long time disassembling that in order to replace the belt and tension idler arm assembly. It's a Swedish dryer, so I could not find any directions, and instead took the slow approach, taking a TON of notes on what wiring goes where, and what torx bolts go in which locations. It took me about two hours to get it all apart to the point where I could remove the motor... a little scary.
The shaft for the idler arm broke off and was still in the motor casting, so I had to take apart the motor itself and drill out the stud residue. On the upside, everything is as clean as a whistle now. If DHL fails to deliver my parts, I'm going to go postal.
I believe that when the dryer was delivered and set up, it was not exactly levelled, so the cabinet was slightly racked, causing some misalignment of the geometry. The drum rollers are still good (mounted on huge SKF ball bearings!), and the motor is prime. So after I install the new tension ider, I will make sure the thing is tuned up right.
Funny thing- I also will be adding some dynamat to the inside cabinet panels, to get rid of the resonating sound that emanates when it tumbles! I'm such a tool.
Any other Tool-Time mods I should consider before I finish it up?