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  2. For the record I think you will find it was the Bluesound Vault the person referred to was having difficulty with and not the Powernode. Going with the powernode would keep things very simple as it is a Bluesound node, amp and dac in one box. Seems a good option if you have a family as you leave it on standby and turns on automatically when activated by the app on tablet/phone/pc etc. No getting up having to turn on different boxes and select the correct source. Just open the app and play your tunes and control your music volume track etc.. All the features of the Node but you can connect it directly to your speakers.
  3. Shannon Lay, title track from her new album out today
  4. I would like to buy it if you do decide to ship at cost.Thanks.
  5. I think that the impact of knowing what you're listening too is relatively short lived and so much more significant for A/B type comparisons than for long term ownership, where we stop thinking about the hardware and just focus on the music. I never have chosen equipment based on unsighted listening comparisons but it would unquestionably be the best way to judge the purely audio performance as far as I'm concerned. A final decision would need to include other factors like aesthetics and functionality though.
  6. Thanks Jason, you are right...... it's a bargain alright and the price includes postage. It will also seriously embarrass more expensive players and it's made in Japan.......alongside there exotica gear.
  7. Something is amiss around here: ??????????????????????
  8. Grand Prix Audio ‘Monaco 1.5 direct drive turntable fitted with a 12” Triplanar tonearm. £15k inc vat. Keith
  9. It's great when you find a piece of equipment that you really like. I hope you continue to enjoy it.
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  11. Hi Anto'nio, l have a Gyro SE and added another Spyder- not a full plinth kit and l got more bass and a little more of everything really, however bass was the most difference l would say.
  12. Hi Rab you are probably right. I did hear a considerable improvement over the 20X2 so I was ok with it. 3 years ago I did try a few integrated phono stages in the £2000-£3500 range but none were better than what I have. They were different but not better or worse (apart from the Uphorik which was terrible). Will try and get a demo of the Trilogy and Vida.
  13. The closest person I know to you that does an exceptional job with the LP-12 is ThomasOK in Ann Arbour Michigan, about 4 hours drive from Toronto.
  14. Thanks for this hugely valuable info. Do you know if you had a malfunctioning unit or if this is a feature of this phononstage?
  15. It’s a bit like being a freeform cliff climber. No stylus guard. You know you have to make it so you do!! It no more difficult than any other cartridge. In some respects easier because it’s bigger and heavier than almost anything else. Its my second favourite cartridge. Favourite being a Koetsu Urishi Blue. I had one at home on trial for a few weeks. Couldn’t get the money together though.
  16. Skylan ( from Canada mind) make superb stands for Harbeths, look well smart and sound good too.
  17. I must say that this type of experience is one that has me quite puzzled. This is assuming you had the paper stripper in the Garbarek loving valve system. I bought a Hagerman kit opamp RIAA pre, after reading a good tecnical review by the late Charles Hansen, (who I greatly respect). Plugging it in to my valve rig, it sounds horrible, like a tinny transistor radio. Plugging in to my solid state rig, sounds good, with nice clean treble. If it is so perfect*, and all the subsequent tubes in my rig are joyously piling on the THD, how does this happen, why does it sound like a box of crappy opamps**, despite all the downstream "effects boxes". Anti-synergy? Whereas my valve CD player sounds super lovely in my solid state rig. Confused on that one. * Wanted an accurate RIAA reference. ** I don't really hate opamps.
  18. Are you talking about the Chord dac? If so who is the wammer that sells them?
  19. I hnave one as well realy good unit running via mo jo dac sounds realy good !!! Good luck with your sale sir
  20. Yes Paul, he really was. I got some Cat 6 from Gary too. His attention to detail was second to none. I have found myself in a bit of a limbo situation since Gary passed. I have done little to my system except buy stuff that I have not installed ( a Keel sitting for 5 months in a box!) just because I can't bring myself to look for subsitute for Gary. I am afriad to find out there is no such person.
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