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About macfan

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  • Turn Table
  • Tone Arm & Cartridge
    Akito 3B / Krystal
  • Digital Source 1
    McIntosh MC450
  • DAC
    McIntosh D1100
  • Pre-Amp
    McIntosh C70
  • Power Amp/s
    McIntosh MC152
  • My Speakers
    Dynaudio Special 25
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    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. Matteo: Yes. This is the RCM I have been considering. I like that is really seems like a well thought out purpose built product rather than a process supported by a variety of parts assembled together in support of the defined process and presented as a product. The downside is this RCM is from a small company and it looks like they are just getting going. There is always a risk when purchasing from a relatively new upstart, which is especially true when the company is geographically very far from where I live here in the US. That being said I am close to giving it a go. Nestor: Don't sell yourself too short. Completely understand about wanting to have a go at something and feel comfortable with how a product works but we are never too old to learn and try new things. That being said I totally agree with local dealer support. Ideally this is the best way to go and is what I normally do over 90% of the time. However, when I jumped into the world of the LP12 I had to accept my closet dealer was 250mi/402km away. For an item like a RCM, getting it from an internet dealer is usually the way we have to go due to lack of local dealer support. This becomes especially true the more narrowcast a product becomes. While purchasing from the internet does have its risks, this is such a niche item with the effort to produce a working product rather high, it all seem on the level to me.
  2. @DavidHB Good point on the filter and dislodged contaminants - especially for tank based systems. While it appears most of the ultrasonic systems use a filter of some sort The Degritter does use active filtering. Water in the tank is drawn in toward the top of the tank, filtered, and then added back in. Similar to a swimming pool. The active nature would introduce a circulation effect and help prevent the contaminants from settling at the bottom. The filtering occurs while the particles are still suspend in solution. The filters are user replaceable. Another solution could be to use the ultrasonic cleaner for the heaving lifting and then a vacuum cleaner to remove the moisture and any left over particles that did not completely dislodge into the tank. This would be more work than I am willing to take on however. With firmware updates, cleaning programs, and ability to control the length and speed of the fans that support drying, this solution gives enough options to make most of us happy it would seem. I have just gotten back into vinyl this last year and took delivery of my LP12 only in June. It has been great. I personally find that clear vinyl sounds best and has the least imperfections followed by some of the colored variants. Black interesting enough has the most clicks and pops. Records naturally fall toward a clear color and an additive called carbon black is added when making them. I have read the following theories of why this is added to make the black records we have known since we got into this hobby: It reduces static electricity of the PVC which attracts dust. The dust would accumulate and due to the interaction of the stylus and needle could cause damage to the needle and could even bond the dirt are particles to the groove wall. It increases structural integrity of the record - more associated with shellac records than PVC based production It hides imperfections in the vinyl pressing It reduces groove friction Reason #1 is in fact the primary reason this is done but I still tend to like the clear. However, one of my favorite records which is a clear pressing has developed a few ticks that were not initially there. So there could be something to the theory. Perhaps if I had an ultrasonic cleaner I could help have reduced or even remove the clicks that have appeared. Oh, this brings up the point especially for those buying new or collectible records. The more we wash, the more the cost of the cleaner goes down. And when one considers the price we are paying for some of these records, the investment may not be all that bad. @MickC Your findings are similar and glad the Audio Desk is working for you. Helps support my decision to acquire an ultrasonic cleaner. I am thinking of getting it toward the end of this year.
  3. DaveHB: Thanks for staring thread. I have been considering RCMs and reading about them extensively the last few months. For myself this is what I have come up with I know I do not want it to be too fussy or labor intensive to clean the record - work way to much for complex processes that take hours to complete As automatic as possible would be great The ability to clean into the grove is very important rather than a general surface clean. I have read about many different approaches and theories, some of which are more sound than others, and I have decided to go with ultrasonic cleaning. While there are number of interesting competitors in this area the approach to design and the cleaning methodology that has me most interested is The Degritter developed by a team in Estonia. This team seems to have put a good deal of R&D into the electrics as well as the form and function of the devise. Additionally, the science of why the designer choose a 120 kHz amplifier to produce the ultrasonic cleaning effect vs. the lower frequencies of competitors is compelling. I have read quite a lot about this product and get a good vibe. Any questions I have submitted by email have been always promptly and thouroghly answered. There have been a few very lively threads where competeing methodologies preset why one approach is better than another. If you are all interested I will post the links to the discussions. While I have not purchased a RCM just yet, I plan on getting one of these ordered and shipped over to me here in the US before the end of the year. If anyone has direct experience positive or negative please chime in. Items like this can get off in the weeds and relying on fellow audio types for their experience can be helpful. Also - for those who have used any form of ultrasonic cleaning gives us your thoughts.
  4. Thanks everyone. The Ekos SE/1 looks to be the way to go. I'll put I on my late spring things to do. Maybe Linn will offer an upgrade program around that time. I would have done it at the time of the build diverted funds to the Radikal power supply when directly comparing to the Lingo. So far the LP12 has been great and worth the effort to add to my system. Even my anti-vinyl friends like listening to the LP12 which is a big compliment to what a musical turntable can do.
  5. Since the next series of upgrades tend to me a bit expensive one needs to plan for them. Of these two options which would you think is the best next step: Install Ekos SE and keep Krystal which won't have many hours on it - got it this past summer Install Kandid on Akito 3b Both are similar in price. Have the Radikal power supply. Kore is the sub-chassis. Current rig is awesome. No complaints. I tend to do one major audio upgrade a year. The other option is to keep everything as is and get one of the Shunyata power conditioners I have been eyeing. as I have not done much with power although I do have one Shunyata power cable which is very nice. It is on the power amp. The rest of the system would get the correct power cable with one of their power supplies such as the new D6 or a Denali v2. Thanks -
  6. Thanks for all the replies. I keep my Radikal power supply on all the time but only turn the motor on when actively play records. Very interesting theories: @ThomasOK "probably combination of things as the cartridge, bearing and motor all are likely to stabilize after being warmed up" During the week I leave turn the tube preamp on and off, but for the weekend leave everything powered up. Agree with the thoughts on everything starting to feel right after one side of an album is played. The 'sacrificial record' is a cool concept. Long time ago I just kept everything on 24/7 - especially when it was all solid state. But with the the tube pre I just power cycle to save on tube life. Currently nothing exotic in there but with rare NOS it could be a balance of extending tube life vs. the stress of heating up and cooling off, kind of like light bulbs. Good to know others have experienced similar effects with warm up time.
  7. Silly question - Do any of you fell the LP12 sounds a better after it has been running for a bit - say 30 minutes. I have done a very unscientific experiment where I turn it on and play a side of an LP and then the next day turn it on let it spin for around 30 minutes and then play the same same side and feel the overall vibe seems better. I have a Akurate Radikal and the speed locks in straight away so it is not speed stabilization on the surface. We are not talking night and day difference but I think I like it better after it has been running for a bit. Also, once it is running do you leave it on for the evening or the day - even if you will be in and out? Same concept as leaving a power amp or tube preamp on. Thanks -
  8. akamatsu: Which Woodsong plinth did your order and did you get it fluted? From an aesthetic point of view I can easily vouch for the beauty of my Woodsong plinth (Madagascar Ebony). It was well worth the wait to get it for my new LP12 that was delivered in June of this year. From a build quality it is cream of the crop. Really you will not get any better. My dealer commented on how everything was so precisely perfect that all the Linn parts went together better than Linn's own plinths making setup one of the easier builds he has performed. From a sound quality point of view I can say I am very happy with the entire rig. Akurate Radikal | Akito 3B | Krystal | Kore | Trampolin 2 . I tend to feel the build quality of the plinth, along with the density of the wood and the Kore sub-chassis gives this LP12 a very solid framework to build upon. The entire audio spectrum is represented very well and the vibe of sonics just feels right. Even one of my anti-turntable friends feel it sounds awesome. Downsides? The project grew over the course of a year and feature creep resulted in it going beyond the initial budget but I figured just be glad you can afford it and be happy. Does one need to invest in a custom plinth? Not at all. I just chose it for my project because it spoke to me and because it would be easier to just spec it this way for a new build than having to do a tear down sometime in the future. Post pics when yours is finished or arrives.
  9. Agree with the other here. Being in the US we do not have as many dealers and I had to travel some distance to my nearest dealer. I bought my 1st LP12 this year and considered a preowned LP12 from either Audiogon or E-Bay. Ultimately went with my dealer and a LP12 between Akurate and Klimax. I have found it to be a worthwhile investment and enjoy playing vinyl every day now. The plus side of performing research and learning about the different models and revisions over the years is that it will prepare you for your LP12 journey. Also, look at 3rd party parts for almost any of the core components as well as Linn's own parts to understand what they all do and how it all goes together. There are also some interesting videos on Youtube about care and maintenance along with setup videos as well. With a little knowledge, research, and patience you should be able to put together a great LP12 with your dealer that will be a platform you can grow with for years to come.
  10. For what is worth "my" in the thread title really means yours as well not just "my" literally. If anyone would like to chime in on cool discoveries or all time favs that would be great.
  11. Thought it might be fun and interesting for the forum members to share what is playing on their LP12. I have only had my new LP12 for about a month or so and have been getting used to how it behaves and presents itself in my system. I must say it has been quite interesting to compare a CD version of a given recording with its vinyl counterpart. So here goes my first mini review. Artist: Moby Album: Play Label: Vinyl Me Please | Jan 2018 Format: 2LP | 33.3 | translucent turquoise Type: Electronica After learning about this release I was able to order it off of Discogs for a fair price. I have been listening to the CD release since it originally came out in 1999 and it definitely has a lo-fi vibe but infused with all sorts of cool synth sounds, percussion, and unique vocal tracks. Somewhere along the way Moby had lost and then regained the rights to the album. He decided to rerecord and remaster the album which apparently became the source of this release. Release notes cite Moby was involved with the approval of test pressings and wanted to make sure it was done correctly. How does it sound? On my system I have been quite surprised how organic this album sounds in comparison to the original release. From top to bottom the the albums plays with an authority that I had not heard until it took a spin on the new LP12. For me one of the most impressive things is just how solid the low end is. Tight and well rounded without being flabby. Contrasting this is a top end that is is crisp, clear and well defined without being edgy in any way. Spatial cues are better than ever with wonderful front to back details. While I did not know what to expect when I bough the album, I was more than pleasantly surprised with the quality and vibe of the recording. Good for light out listening. The quality of the vinyl I received is top notch. It appears and plays close to perfectly flat. There are almost no pops and ticks in my copy or what is there will hopefully be removed by an ultrasonic cleaner and not physical damage to the groove. I find I like colored vinyl and the one chosen here is very cool - especially for the type of music offered. If I had to ding the packaging in any way it would have been to include a nice dual gatefold. As it stands it is a single sleeve. The 2LPs are packaged individually but when placed in the main jacket it feels a bit on the tight side. In conclusion if you like Moby this is an album worth checking out. Very creative and interesting and does not get boring on subsequent listens. I feel the album never sounded better and find the CD hard to go back too after several complete plays of the new mixes. Worth the effort to get a copy for fans of the genre. Your turn...what would you recommend to check out?
  12. +1 on getting it from your dealer. Has everything you will need for the LP12 itself. Even though my build was very custom, Lawson got me the packaging I would have gotten from Linn. Also retained all the other boxes for the Kore, Akito, Krystal, and Radikal.
  13. I have been researching and watching a number of videos and reading a number of threads on this subject of record cleaning machines - specifically ultrasonic cleaners. The following thread goes into quite a discussion with very differing opinions on the subject. The relevant content starts at the entry New US Record Cleaner and has creator of the Kirmuss and the creator of The Degritter having a series of lively and informative posts. Starts about 5 posts down and goes on and on. Beyond the core approaches to cleaning. it is interesting to see forum posters getting in on the discussion and their responses as well. While I have not ordered a new US cleaner yet - I know which one I am going to commit to. Would be interested in reading others reactions to the information, content, and tone of the exchange. Worth the effort.
  14. What I have found with the product I purchased is after gently placing the stylus two or three times on square of clear material you can clearly see little specs of dust. Sometimes these are quite large specs of dust. Close inspection of the stylus seems to indicate it is pretty clean. I have tended to use it at the beginning of a listening session and with few exceptions the albums play remarkably quiet. In fact I seem to get more occasion ticks or pops ( <3 on a whole side) than crackles and surface noise. So while I am just experimenting right now, this stylus cleaner does seem to have positive results. Also, it seems to feel safer gently placing the stylus on this material rather than bringing a hand up to swipe against the stylus and cantilever. But I am also being extra cautious as well.