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  1. DecentLevi

    Post A Photograph Of Your Turntable

    I've already ordered and waiting for the custom U-turn turntable with recommended upgrades, and connecting it directly to the phono input of my integrated stereo amp for now. Someday I'll upgrade to a tube amp, at that point I will also be in need of a phono stage. I'm looking forward to it...
  2. DecentLevi

    Post A Photograph Of Your Turntable

    Hello all, thank you so much for your input. I have already ordered the U-turn Orbit with all said specifications. Will post a photo in the weeks to come.
  3. DecentLevi

    Post A Photograph Of Your Turntable

    Hi ]eep thanks so much for your insight above. I was considering the Fluance but you 'U-turned' me :wink:. That custom looks interesting! - For the Cartridge I've actually had awful experiences with Ortofon's BA IEMs before but was considering if their cartridges may be better so thanks for...
  4. DecentLevi

    Post A Photograph Of Your Turntable

    Hi all, quietly building my rare vinyl collection but no turntable yet! What would be your recommendation for a great sounding affordable TT for less than $400 (new/used)? I was eyeing the Pro-ject T1 but not sure yet. I would prefer one that has an IEC AC socket for using aftermarket AC cables...
  5. DecentLevi

    Poll:Aftermarket Qutest psu.

    Hey guys, resurrecting my quest for a USB-optical cable here. Encouraged by the reports of user @rsbrsvp on his quest for audio excellence by replacing a standard USB cable with one that transmits via optical fiber with the DC power regenerated on the receiving side. His initial suggestion was...
  6. DecentLevi

    DIY Ground Box Thread

    Hey guys, a bit off topic but I thought perhaps some of you would know. What is a recommendation for a turntable with good sound quality but at entry level prices? My rare record collection is growing, but nothing to play it on. I'll even try a ground box on it.
  7. DecentLevi

    Aliexpress Cables

    An update about my recent RCA S/PDIF (digital coax) cable upgrade. Initially I reported great results with RCA coax cable from Darren of Arctand Labs in Singapore (I got the 'Obsidian' version). I reported better results, but fast forward 2 weeks later I discovered my findings may have been...
  8. DecentLevi

    Aliexpress Cables

    I was curious what's the difference between 4N and 7N versions? Which one is thicker, and any difference in sound? I got the 4N Xangsane USB cable. Even Google didn't seem to know the meaning of such ~"n" terminology.
  9. DecentLevi

    Aliexpress Cables

    Incoming today was the Xangsane 4n USB A-to-B cable for use between my USB purifier and Audio-GD DI-20 DDC which feeds my DAC. https://www.aliexpress.us/item/3256804181799808.html It replaced the USB cable I was very much loving, Odin gold which in this case I preferred over Odin 2 USB. RIGHT...
  10. DecentLevi

    Aliexpress Cables

    For power cables I am still mightily impressed with the 15-core Valhalla ( https://www.aliexpress.us/item/3256802936896122.html ) which for me surpassed Odin gold and Odin 2, all from from Aliexpress. I believe Darren also makes power cable as well. Other cables from him I've gotten were custom...
  11. DecentLevi

    Aliexpress Cables

    :heavy_check_mark: another upgrade in recent weeks ‐ added dual layers of the firm 70-duro type of sorbothane sheets under the four legs of my small wooden table which hosts my 5 grounding boxes. After trying several different kinds of feet including expensive ones from AliExpress, and various...
  12. DecentLevi

    Aliexpress Cables

    A few recent major upgrades :heavy_check_mark: upgraded to handcrafted RCA coax cable from Darren of Arctand.com in Singapore :heavy_check_mark: upgraded to handcrafted DC cable from Darren of Arctand in Singapore :heavy_check_mark: implemented @cdacosta 's idea of replacing BNC connectors with...
  13. DecentLevi

    Aliexpress Cables

    I'm thrilled someone else finally gave this a try! Once I've applied said mesh faraday shielding on the (lower) walls around my system, I knew something was very right, and never looked back! Interesting, I hadn't considered double layer shielding nor on the floor. My hunch however was that a...
  14. DecentLevi

    Aliexpress Cables

    So I got the Xangsane 4n Sterling Silver Hifi USB Cable that was recommended here, from the Xangsane AliExpress seller for use between my USB enhancer and DDC. It's beautiful and well crafted! Unfortunately I was unable to try it since they sent USB male A-to-A! Can't say if it was my fault or...
  15. DecentLevi

    DIY Ground Box Thread

    In my case, your complete AC faceplate Rochelle tweak when combined with 2-stage inline AC powering filtering into my hefty AC power conditioner shifted the sound to incredibly detailed and hot on top (though also with good bass), so it sounds better to me with only the smaller ground side...
  16. DecentLevi

    DIY Ground Box Thread

    3 partial AC faceplate installs + 10 ground box cables on the component side made a big difference. Next would be inside components, on AC cables (wall plug side, right?), and on more wall-wart bricks. I rent a room and asking the apartment owner to let me touch the main AC route would be a...
  17. DecentLevi

    DIY Ground Box Thread

    made a few updates to my above post ^
  18. DecentLevi

    DIY Ground Box Thread

    Progression notes with Rochelle salt hack recommended by @cdacosta First few days I tried it behind AC wall faceplates. Initially I had mixed results, until shifting some things around. Trying it behind two auxiliary AC power cord faceplates on 2 other walls of the room (lamp, space heater and...
  19. DecentLevi

    Aliexpress Cables

    I could also use a USB cable upgrade betwen a USB cleanser device and DDC. Is Xangsane 4n silver cable the best, or is there another recommended more?
  20. DecentLevi

    Aliexpress Cables

    I have had the immense pleasure of outfitting my entire DC cable path with the handcrafted works of Darren Chan in Singapore. I've been on your same route trying the biggest and best from Ghent Audio and others, but Darren's DC cables (also headphone and RCA cables) never fail to deliver an...
  21. DecentLevi

    Aliexpress Cables

    Adding to my post above - all of my components including ground boxes already have various types of shock absorption footing, so unsure if adding more underneath the ground box table would help or not. However footing underneath my main rig table may not work, being that the table happens to be...
  22. DecentLevi

    Aliexpress Cables

    Does anyone recommend using footers under tables that rest on carpet? My entire Hi-Fi rig table including separate wooden ground box table both sit on standard thick carpet. If so, let me know your suggestions on which ones to try out.
  23. DecentLevi

    DIY Ground Box Thread

    A couple random thoughts. CDA, I was curious do all of the ground boxes you have those coiled wraps installed on, include a binding post or are just wires to go directly into the mix? Mine is the ladder. Not sure whether or not a direct wire would change the amount of benefit from those...
  24. DecentLevi

    DIY Ground Box Thread

    Also CDA, did you happen to try perhaps a medium bag of the mixture or two small bags sandwiched on both sides of the cable as compared to spiral wrapped in saran wrap? That would make it easier
  25. DecentLevi

    DIY Ground Box Thread

    Finally got around to reading your two posts about the ground box enhancement wrap. May not be getting around to this for a while, first I'll be doing some of the Rochelle salt hacks you mentioned. A few random thoughts/questions: Did you try Rochelle salt at both ends of the ground box cables...
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