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    Michell Gyro SE + HR
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    SME IV | VdH Frog
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    Clones Audio PA1
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    Gato DIA-250S
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    Davone Ray
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  1. hexx

    Gato Audio Owners Club

    This will also affect trade in options, i can imagine. I traded my 250 for 250S with elite audio. Now the trade in value will have to drop, can’t imagine why would anyone get “used” 250S for £2500 if they can get a new one for the same amount. Maybe Gato should provide trade in option too.
  2. hexx

    Gato Audio Owners Club

    Has anyone compared A/B Dia 150 to peers like Luxman and (also Danish) Gryphon?
  3. This brings so many memories from early 2000s when I used to work in a HiFi shop. We had 10 series there and used them with various speakers but one memorable moment was introduction of Nautilus 801 from B&W which we did in the local theatre - that was really really good. There's another interesting CD from Rotel, drive and DAC RDP/RDD 980; colleague had this at home and was claiming it's better than RCD 991. Don't remember the results of comparison (we've had few as I had Luxman D-700s, other colleague Accuphase DP-55 and our friend Pioneer PD-95) but always liked how it sounded at his place. There was also one smaller power amp in the 10 series and active preamplifier if I remember correctly.
  4. hexx

    FS - Audioquest Jitterbug

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  5. hexx

    Gato Audio Owners Club

    Interesting details from 6moons, the article talked about 250/400 non S versions. For me switching from 250 to 250S (thank you Elite Audio for great trade-in offer) was an upgrade worth every penny. Never had a chance to listen to 400S but would like to know what the differences are. But 400S slowly approaches the price of Luxman 550II AX - I’d think really hard about that one. What is also worth experimenting with are power cables. I’ve WireWorld Status, Electra and Silver Electra - all from 7 series together with Matrix 2 block. My setup is rather strange as block and cables are Schuko and from the block one single Stratus with UK plug goes to the wall. These experiments are based on some comments (audiogon?) where somebody mentioned that somebody from Gato recommended them WireWorld cables. Each cable produces different result, would like to try Shunyata Delta NR one day.
  6. hexx

    Gato Audio Owners Club

    What amp do you have now? That would, in theory, help to describe how you’d find Gato. But last thing would be a description of aggressive and forward. More like control, easy going and enjoyment. I went from Rotel to Rega to Bel Canto and then to Gato. I’ve listened to many amps during the last 25 years and I’m happy with the sound, but what I like could be miles away from your preferences.
  7. hexx

    Gato Audio Owners Club

    Another interested one, also does anybody know the cost of upgrade?
  8. hexx

    Gato Audio Owners Club

    250S owner here, upgraded from 250 thanks to the same gentleman from Elite Audio who made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. It’s driving another Danish products - Davone Audio Ray. Really can’t complain and the upgrade is worth it.
  9. hexx

    SOLD - Nagaoka MP-300 phono cartridge

    Item has been sold, thank you
  10. The item has been sold, thank you
  11. hexx

    SOLD - Nagaoka MP-300 phono cartridge

  12. Happy New Year to fellow Michell owners and other WAM members watching this thread
  13. Aaahhhh... this is so tempting, I’m keen to try this out - what would be the full cost? (or shall I keep this in private messages)
  14. Interesting findings, I purchased the ones from solidairaudio (pylons) and hear similar things: - better separation - lower noise floor - calmer presentation (everything sits in place) - better/larger soundstage - great mid/high frequencies with superb dynamics - but not sure about lower frequencies, they aren’t as impactful as before Unfortunately I haven’t had enough time for a proper comparison yet, busy weekends, travelling but am planning to install original suspension for comparison. Something tells me that the solution from Pete will be even better as solidair uses only cotton string, so in theory not much of a suspension.