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post #1771 of 2542

I think I have been very fortunate the seller has been very helpful its obviously been well cared for all the parts look to be as described

"in excellent condition".  

 

A few pics

 

 

 

  

post #1772 of 2542
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Originally Posted by JamieMcC View Post
 

I think I have been very fortunate the seller has been very helpful its obviously been well cared for all the parts look to be as described

"in excellent condition".  

 

A few pics

How does the Nano sound? I've considered it along with a Pro-Ject Debut Carbon.

post #1773 of 2542
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Originally Posted by Destroysall View Post
 

How does the Nano sound? I've considered it along with a Pro-Ject Debut Carbon.

 

I cant say for sure its to soon and I have little experience with such gear for me to say which part of the set up each part gives to make up the overall sonic character I am hearing as its a new set up for me.

 

However I will say I am very please with what I am hearing so far. Music seems very vibrant and engaging almost instant foot tapping from the first cord! Great vocals clear with nice texture to them.

 

Closing in on 1am here and work tomorrow so off for a sleep soon, just one more track first!


Edited by JamieMcC - 10/24/13 at 11:38pm
post #1774 of 2542
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Originally Posted by JamieMcC View Post
 

Ok brunk thanks, I also changed out my rca's for ones with narrower shoulders and have more room now. I had also spoken with the seller who said the arm up for the cartridge was all set up and that I should not have to worry about alinging and setting for correct weight of the cartridge.

 

 

So I then had to chose from the pile what to play first this was more difficult than it sounds after some hesitancy I pulled from its sleeve

 

 

  + Jethro Tull,Crest Of A Knave,UK,Deleted,LP RECORD,61992+pink floyd the wall cover

 

 

Listening with headphones as my little one is fast asleep

 

Just sitting back with a big smile

 

Sweet

 

 

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Originally Posted by JamieMcC View Post
 

 

I cant say for sure its to soon and I have little experience with such gear for me to say which part of the set up each part gives to make up the overall sonic character I am hearing as its a new set up for me.

 

However I will say I am very please with what I am hearing so far. Music seems very vibrant and engaging almost instant foot tapping from the first cord! Great vocals clear with nice texture to them.

 

Closing in on 1am here and work tomorrow so off for a seep soon, just one more track first!

Very nice choice of tunes. Enjoy!

post #1775 of 2542
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Originally Posted by JamieMcC View Post
 

 

I cant say for sure its to soon and I have little experience with such gear for me to say which part of the set up each part gives to make up the overall sonic character I am hearing as its a new set up for me.

 

However I will say I am very please with what I am hearing so far. Music seems very vibrant and engaging almost instant foot tapping from the first cord! Great vocals clear with nice texture to them.

 

Closing in on 1am here and work tomorrow so off for a seep soon, just one more track first!

Vinyl is special, enjoy.:beerchug:

post #1776 of 2542

recently someone suggested i should go with a cambridge azur phono stage, but when i went to a local store, the store owner suggested i steered clear from cambridge completely.

 

my setup is now technics SL-7 with Grado gold-1 cartridge, amp probably the Woo Audio WA2, and headphones Grado PS1000.

 

so is cambridge really that bad, or is that salesman just biased?

 

another phono stage i might be getting is one of the sub-600 pro-ject ones. but i'm far from expert on this matter.

 

--CH23

post #1777 of 2542
I think the Cambridge is decent, but if you can find a deal on the pro-ject tube box ds... It is one of the best sub $1000 phono stages I have heard. The phono box rs is much better if you can stretch your budget.

If you are handy with a soldering iron, the bottle head reduction is supposedly quite good, although it will only work with MM carts unless you have a step-up transformer
post #1778 of 2542

There also the Jolida JD9 and Bellari VP130, I've owned both.  If you change out the power supply in the VP130 and swap in a decent 12AX7 it's a very nice sounding preamp in the $200 range.

post #1779 of 2542
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Originally Posted by CH23 View Post
 

recently someone suggested i should go with a cambridge azur phono stage, but when i went to a local store, the store owner suggested i steered clear from cambridge completely.

 

my setup is now technics SL-7 with Grado gold-1 cartridge, amp probably the Woo Audio WA2, and headphones Grado PS1000.

 

so is cambridge really that bad, or is that salesman just biased?

 

another phono stage i might be getting is one of the sub-600 pro-ject ones. but i'm far from expert on this matter.

 

--CH23


Considering your budget, have you considered the Clearaudio Nano?

post #1780 of 2542

I've got nothing to add about the Cambridge and I usually never comment on gear I have not heard, but I'd offer two others for you to check out that I am pretty confident would be good to consider from recommendations of friends:

 

TTVJ always seems to be running a sale on his phono stage.  You'll be covered for MM and MC.  Possibly above your budget, but I'll bet a phone call might even get a better price?  http://www.ttvjaudio.com/TTVJ_Hybrid_Phono_Stage_p/aat0000165.htm

 

Well inside you budget: I know a few guys (I trust) who have had the Parasound ZPhono and said it was a great buy.  Again, you're covered for MM and MC. http://www.parasound.com/ParasoundZ/zphono.php

post #1781 of 2542
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Originally Posted by CH23 View Post

recently someone suggested i should go with a cambridge azur phono stage, but when i went to a local store, the store owner suggested i steered clear from cambridge completely.

my setup is now technics SL-7 with Grado gold-1 cartridge, amp probably the Woo Audio WA2, and headphones Grado PS1000.

so is cambridge really that bad, or is that salesman just biased?

another phono stage i might be getting is one of the sub-600 pro-ject ones. but i'm far from expert on this matter.

--CH23

I have a Cambridge Audio 540P. No complaints at all. Its clean, dynamic, has plenty of gain and has no perceived signature (i.e. it's seemingly transparent). Are there better ones out there? Sure. But I think the 540P, like a few reputable brands, is very near the threshold of diminishing returns. So far I've used it with 2 Technics, a Pioneer and recently a friends Rotel table. Its currently connected to a Realistic LAB-2200 linear tracker (new AT ep311 cartridge) that I bought for my nephew. FWIW I am a 20 year professional studio engineer. I am a purist at heart but I also chuckle at the ridiculous extremists. My experience with the Cambridge 540P has been positive. I recommend it.biggrin.gif
post #1782 of 2542
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Originally Posted by Arsis View Post

I have a Cambridge Audio 540P. No complaints at all. Its clean, dynamic, has plenty of gain and has no perceived signature (i.e. it's seemingly transparent). Are there better ones out there? Sure. But I think the 540P, like a few reputable brands, is very near the threshold of diminishing returns. So far I've used it with 2 Technics, a Pioneer and recently a friends Rotel table. Its currently connected to a Realistic LAB-2200 linear tracker (new AT ep311 cartridge) that I bought for my nephew. FWIW I am a 20 year professional studio engineer. I am a purist at heart but I also chuckle at the ridiculous extremists. My experience with the Cambridge 540P has been positive. I recommend it.biggrin.gif
At this moment, it seems that the Cambridge 540P or 641p might be my "weapon of choice"
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Originally Posted by shipsupt View Post

I've got nothing to add about the Cambridge and I usually never comment on gear I have not heard, but I'd offer two others for you to check out that I am pretty confident would be good to consider from recommendations of friends:

TTVJ always seems to be running a sale on his phono stage.  You'll be covered for MM and MC.  Possibly above your budget, but I'll bet a phone call might even get a better price?  http://www.ttvjaudio.com/TTVJ_Hybrid_Phono_Stage_p/aat0000165.htm

Well inside you budget: I know a few guys (I trust) who have had the Parasound ZPhono and said it was a great buy.  Again, you're covered for MM and MC. http://www.parasound.com/ParasoundZ/zphono.php
The TTVJ one looks really interesting, the parasoundZ not that much.
I'll look into it.

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Originally Posted by Destroysall View Post


Considering your budget, have you considered the Clearaudio Nano?

I'm drowning in a sea of phono stages XD
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Originally Posted by dosley01 View Post

There also the Jolida JD9 and Bellari VP130, I've owned both.  If you change out the power supply in the VP130 and swap in a decent 12AX7 it's a very nice sounding preamp in the $200 range.
i'd rather pay some more and not having to mod it really...
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Originally Posted by captslow View Post

I think the Cambridge is decent, but if you can find a deal on the pro-ject tube box ds... It is one of the best sub $1000 phono stages I have heard. The phono box rs is much better if you can stretch your budget.

If you are handy with a soldering iron, the bottle head reduction is supposedly quite good, although it will only work with MM carts unless you have a step-up transformer

i'm not too sure about tube amps, getting them replaced can be an absolute pain, as i don't know anything about them, and i live in the audio middle of nowhere (known to most as "The Netherlands")

so it's most likely going to be the Cambridge one.

My Grado Prestige Gold-1 just came in, and i really NEED to upgrade my amp and phonostage now.

Thanks, all!
post #1783 of 2542

The Parasound zPhono is quite good... I use the USB recording version and can definitely recommend it.  It sounds superb with both my Sound-smith Carmen and Denon DL-103 cartridges.

post #1784 of 2542

i agree with you,I would advise trying the MC section you have already, and see what you think.

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Edited by sondaugergo - 10/30/13 at 5:07pm
post #1785 of 2542

Since people have been talking about phono stages.... a few deals:

 

TTVJ is running a deal of the day for his phono stage, only $495!  http://www.ttvjaudio.com/dealoftheday.asp

 

And DocB has a Reduction prototype for sale as well:

 

We have a few prototypes that we need to find new homes for so we have more space for more new prototypes! Contact Eileen at queen at bottlehead dot com or 206-451-4275 to purchase.

We have a Reduction phono preamp prototype with the Integration upgrade. It is a functional prototype, meaning that it looks the same as a production model on the outside and has the same parts as the production model, but there are some differences in layout and positioning of some components underneath. It comes with a finished base that may be slightly shopworn. Price is $575.

 


Edited by shipsupt - 11/1/13 at 2:41am
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