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  1. Hi-Five

    Synergistic Research HOT device

      Mel, let me just personally thank you for putting in the effort in your testing.  You may feel it was a waste of time but I think most of us here would feel that this is valuable to our education, and really appreciate your efforts.   These kinds of products really offend me actually...us...
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    TURNTABLE SETUP Questions thread - don't start a new thread, ASK YOUR QUESTION HERE!

      Your opinion is quite valid; value is a highly personal metric.   I will say however, that the high cost of record cleaning machines comes down to one word...scale.  The numbers are far too low to have "assembly line" pricing IMO.  I work in a small engineering and manufacturing shop and it...
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    vUUm Tubes

    There a quite a few tube houses out there.  I often use Tube Depot.  They are good guys and really helpful if you give them a call.   and there's always FleaBay too!   I hope that helps, Hi-Five
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    TURNTABLE SETUP Questions thread - don't start a new thread, ASK YOUR QUESTION HERE!

      Nice job!  Good soldering requires lots and lots of PRACTICE!  You should be proud that you got the sucker working again on your first try.  I can't count the number of times I wrecked gear trying to "fix" it with a soldering iron.  Those are tiny wires and tricky clips....cheers!   Hi-Five
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    TURNTABLE SETUP Questions thread - don't start a new thread, ASK YOUR QUESTION HERE!

      I absolutely love my Classic, but I haven't personally heard many of the high end tables so my comparisons are to older tables I've had in the past and a "not-so-great" experience with a Project Xpression 3.   I've used 1200 mk3s for DJing and music production for many, many years and had...
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    TURNTABLE SETUP Questions thread - don't start a new thread, ASK YOUR QUESTION HERE!

      If you have a soldering iron it is really an easy fix.  Just get some copper braid (solder wick) and remove all the solder from the clip and see if you can slip the wire back in.  Pop some new solder on there and you're good to go.  If you've lost strands of the wire then it becomes...
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    Coaxial link has chirps and gaps after playing cds for a while

    Have you seen this behavior with other CDs?  Unlike vinyl records which play from the outer edge inward, a CD's tracks begin at the center and move outward.  A poorly balanced CD will start to skip at the higher tracks = where the wobble of the disc is worst and causes the laser to mis-track.  ...
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    Post A Photograph Of Your Turntable

      Definitely worth a look if one doesn't already have a nice phono pre.  We'll have to see how it sounds.  One could certainly get a nice A/D for that kind of money.  I haven't tried it yet, but I really should start ripping some of my vinyl using my Apogee Ensemble.  The Decware ZP3 and a...
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    FAIRLY STRANGE SOURCE REQUIREMENT

    My Pioneer will play directly from a USB drive via a port on the front and also has DLNA over Ethernet so you can serve from network attached storage.  I would think that the receiver may have some of these features if it is fairly recent.   Hope that helps, Hi-Five
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    Post A Photograph Of Your Turntable

      I've felt the same way about the way it has been presented....listen to any analog source on your DAC of choice!  But other than archiving, why the heck would anyone want to digitize an analog signal only to decode again immediately on another DAC doesn't make much sense to me either.   I...
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    TURNTABLE SETUP Questions thread - don't start a new thread, ASK YOUR QUESTION HERE!

    As far as I know damage to your records when only talking about the stylus would be mainly a function of the diamond profile.  Obviously assuming a perfectly set up cartridge/table.   I have spherical, elliptical and line-contact/micro-ridge carts of varying quality and each has its use for...
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    Pops and clicks on a new record

    In my system, static turned out to be causing 80% or more of my audible clicks and pops.  I started using a Zerostat gun and these noises were reduced so much that I can't honestly remember the last time I was annoyed by static, it's become a thing of the past for the most part.  Cleaning clears...
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    Vintage automatic or semi-automatic turntable ideas

    Well I'll have to hit the thrift shops looking for some heavy, japanese made gear!  Thanks for the rec's!   Hi-FIve  
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    Vintage automatic or semi-automatic turntable ideas

    Vinyl-heads,   I've been thinking about getting a bedroom TT to add to my Woo WA6SE/Phonomena II setup and would like to go with a nice, "safe" turntable for the later night listening.  Aesthetically I like the older wood base models but have no idea about overall sound quality.  I currently...
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    New Little Dot CD transport! CDP_III

    I just came across this CDP looking for a CD transport and I am quite interested.  The main feature I'm interested in is the ability to output I2S to my W4S DAC 2.  I wonder if they would pair correctly with the right cable...   Hi-Five  
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    Voices sound more left of center on seemingly every track I listen to.

    Quote:   I should have been more clear.  You are correct, panning doesn't affect your source track but when I mentioned peaks and compression needs, I meant that a well panned stem mix will help a lot when you are processing sub-groups and doing final mix.  And I'm not talking much...
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    Post A Photograph Of Your Turntable

    Quote:   I always enjoy your posts analogsurviver as they are so informative for those of us who may have limited experience or history with vinyl.  I'm quite interested in this estimation of scaling up the Technics with better carts.  I had always thought that the 1200's were generally...
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    TURNTABLE SETUP Questions thread - don't start a new thread, ASK YOUR QUESTION HERE!

    Just a question to VPI uni-pivot owners...   I've been continually tweaking my setup since purchasing my Classic 1 some 8 months ago or so.  Not that things didn't sound great, but I was curious to experiment as this is my first uni-pivot tonearm.   My question is; do you all set the...
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    New Oppo BDP-103 & 105 previewed at Cedia

    Quote:   I've been looking at either a 103 or 105 as a universal transport and trying to figure out if the HDMI ports can transmit I2S signals to my W4S DAC-2 (same pinout as PS Audio PWD/PWT AFAIK).   Here are a couple of the responses I got from Oppo....yet I'm still confused about...
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    Decware Appreciation Thread (MT review up on first page 2-10-12)

    Quote:   Same here Landmantx, though I think my rule is that I will have to raise the funds by selling off gear first.  If you had told me 5 years ago that I would actually consider headphones over $500 I wouldn't have believed it.  I was more than happy with my modest solid state amp and...
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    TURNTABLE SETUP Questions thread - don't start a new thread, ASK YOUR QUESTION HERE!

    Hey all,   I apologize if I missed it earlier in the thread (read up on the Glasrubber), but has anyone here used the Magic Eraser technique to clean their stylus?  I keep my records clean but am concerned about vinyl specks that won't get brushed off with a basic carbon fiber stylus brush...
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    Decware Appreciation Thread (MT review up on first page 2-10-12)

    Quote:   I was thinking exactly the same thing until I realized that the new finish probably matches the finish of the plinth on my Classic 1...now do I go nuts and refinish the CSP and ZP3 as well?   Is this the Decware Appreciation thread or the Decware Addiction thread?
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    Decware Appreciation Thread (MT review up on first page 2-10-12)

    Quote:   Thanks for the info TEH725, this new amp will undoubtedly be a winner.  This sucker has all the goods!  I read the rest of Steve's post where he mentioned that the new Taboo sounds twice as good as the current version.  That's a scary thought...
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    Decware Appreciation Thread (MT review up on first page 2-10-12)

      Not to re-post my poor quality photo again but you were talking about power cords.  I had large gauge PCs on my amps for awhile and had the same issue so got the Decware power cords.  I would say that the IEC connector still fits the same, not locating to the plug but rather relying on good...
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    Decware Appreciation Thread (MT review up on first page 2-10-12)

    Quote: Very nice Clayton, I like the ZP3 with the inputs up front and short, looks great!  I got mine at the rear for convenience but it was a tough decision.
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