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    LOL, you are 100% correct. What really amazes me is how there always seem to be folk who are only too happy to naysay the LP12, even though they have either a) never heard one, or b) used to own one about forty years ago, that they set up in their garage with their car mechanic tools, and are convinced it always goes out of tune and sounds worse than their...insert junk table name here.. Really Pathetic, IMHO.
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    Why is music so important in your life.
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    Sadly I'm going to have to let my custom 1210 build go (built by myself, I have "form" for this sort of stuff). Unfortunately my income has taken a severe hit since March and the sale of this will keep the wolf from the door for another month. The deck was built back in June and has been used only a few times since (hence being the first thing to go!) Spec is as follows Rega RB202 rewired by Johnnie at Audio Origami (cartridge not included!) Master Sounds Rega arm board Powder coated plinth in gloss white (very nice job too. Please note the black platter has been replaced with a nice condition standard one, happy to supply whichever one takes your fancy though. I have a dustcover that is kind of OK, it's a Linn LP12 one and has a small piece missing, but it sits on top and keeps the dust off. Motor board was recapped and refreshed. Any questions drop me a PM Price £600 (PayPal F&F or bank transfer if you want to do "goods & services, that's fine, but it will add 4%). That includes UK shipping. Collection from Leeds is welcome. IMG_0758 by Tristan Kelly, on Flickr IMG_1147 by Tristan Kelly, on Flickr IMG_1146 by Tristan Kelly, on Flickr
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    For Sale: Sonus Faber Musica Selling my Sonus Faber Musica solid state amplifier. This is an awesome little integrated from Sonus, and looks great too. Serial no. 291. It has been well cared for but picked up a few minor knocks to the wooden fascia as its been in and out of my rack (pics below). Everything you would expect from Sonus and gives many more expensive amps a run for their money. Its been very impressing driving my Sonus Guarneri Homage. In perfect working order and good mechanical condition, minor marks to the woodwork pictured as best I can below. No box or manual, but I do have the original cloth cover. Asking £1,450, £1,000 collected from Greenwich, or posted https://hometheaterreview.com/sonus-fabber-musical-loudspeaker-reviewed/
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    I went to a movie theatre about 20 years ago and during the final credits of the movie, there was a choir singing in surround. It filled the movie theatre in ways I had never heard before, and I was hooked. A year or two later, DVD players came out and the first releases of 5.1 SACD and DVD-Audio music discs were available from some of my favourite musicians. Sony introduced 5.1 SACD and I recall Toshiba was part of a conglomerate that introduced 5.1 DVD-Audio discs. That is when I bought my first piece of Linn gear, the Movie Classik, which would play 5.1 DVD-Audio discs, but not 5.1 SACD. Every weekend I would venture down to A&B Sound downtown, to their flagship store to buy some DVD-Audio discs to add to my growing 5.1 collection. I was like a kid in a candy store. I had to wait until I bought the Unidisk SC before I could play both formats on the same device, and then the trips down to A&B Sound included 5.1 SACD discs as well as DVD-Audio. I started with a pair of Ninkas, with a pair of Kans, which were eventually replaced by Katans, then added a TriKan centre channel speaker. The subwoofer came later, and I was enjoying DVD movies and music like I had never experienced at home before. Then came the 5100’s and 6100’s to go fully Aktiv with 17 channels of surround with my Majik Isobariks, 112 centre channel and a pair of 109’s. Then one day, it all changed to Akubariks, 225 centre channel and 212’s for the surrounds. Each step of the process brought me closer to the music .Linn’s development of Exakt Surround was a major breakthrough that took everything to new heights in sound quality and detail Fast forward to today, with Katalyst Akubariks, 225 centre channel driven by a Katalyst Akurate Exaktbox 6 and a 4200, as well as an Katalyst Akurate Exaktbox I, added just last week, driving a pair of passive Akudoriks, and I have a full Linn Katalyst surround system. My enjoyment of 5.1 music has reached new heights with each upgrade and tweak, giving me access to the music in ways I have never thought possible. ‘Linn has developed a system that now provides a seamless 360 degree sound stage that completely envelops,the listener at the listening position. How does it sound? It is absolutely breathtaking to sit on the couch and hear all five speakers providing a sound stage that has musicians playing in front of you, beside you and behind you. The level of detail is unprecedented. With instruments and singing on the sides and coming from the rear, making you feel like you are on stage with the band, or placed on stage with the symphony, conducting the orchestra. If a guitar piece starts in one speaker, it can blend seamlessly with another speaker in complete synch. Drums and percussion are simultaneously broadcast to all corners of the room, the musicians seemingly in the room, as close to live as I have experienced in a HiFi system. My current setup has 23 speaker drivers all pointed at the listening position, driven by 2800 watts of power, with digital crossovers, with dedicated Katalyst DAC’s for the speaker drivers. I recognize that some speaker drivers share the same DAC. The technology that Linn had to develop to make this all possible is groundbreaking, with Aktiv, then Exakt, and now Katalyst Exakt, each step was a major leap forward to my surround experience. With SOv1, surround was great, but SOv2 has enhanced that experience even more. I am enthralled by my current Linn setup, and can’t get enough of it, looking forward to my next surround listening session. 😊
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    You won't regret it I promise I'd personally look for a very good dac now with preamp function etc. If I were you I'd be ordering a topping d90
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    I recently got a pair of Mordaunt Short MS 5.20s and I'm amazed by the sound quality. If you can get a pair of the smaller 5.10s from eBay with postage if required for under £50 I think you'll be very pleased on all counts. Sent from my HRY-LX1 using Tapatalk
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    I never heard of Linn claiming the original Akito was better than an Ittok. Since the Akito was being sold at the same time as an Ittok LVIII (and possibly the LVII as well but my orice lists don't go back that far) and sold for less than a third the price of the Ittok that wuold not be a smart thing to claim. The Akito was built in Japan as a replacement for the Basik Plus arm and was priced accordingly. The only Akito that even holds a chance vs. and Ittok LVII is an Akito 3 IMHO. I would expect that Linn will claim that the Akito 3 is still superior to the Krane, which means that any properly working Ekos will still easily be better than both.
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    Is this any better. Sent from my SM-G920F using Tapatalk
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    it doesn't need it you're right. but.... if the sound from a system is better with all the mods/tweaks/gizmos at a lower cost than it is compared to a higher spec system at greater cost, then why wouldn't you do it if you have the time/skills? I also think that the mods/tweaks/gizmo give people a way to improve things more gradually and affordably over time - that might not be the cheapest way to get to the end point but spending a little each month is more practical for lots of us than a big outlay. it's pretty simple for me, I want the best sound that I can afford, I'm not sure I care how I get it in all honesty. horses for courses, there's no right answer
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    To even offer mp3 is a crime to music and questioned the credibility of a streaming service that's proud of offering Hi-Res quality...
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    This image shows even better that there is no cutout in the collar for the cueing/armrest platform. However, that is not an assurance on the size of the pillar. The ProJect 9cc and Majik/Jelco arms both fit the Majik and Kore sub chassis but neither fits the Keel. The hole in those two sub chassis is larger than what is needed for the arm pillar with part of the arm collar for many of the arms, especially those made by Linn, extending into the mounting hole. Hence the sub chassis and armboard can be used with a variety of arms with different size pillars by having different arm collars. So I'm afraid your sleuthing isn't quite the assurance we'd all like to see.
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    On that forum it is one individual who seems to hunt out anything that mentions an lp12 and then thread craps all over it saying a technics 1200g is better than every lp12. When you ask him he hasn't heard a new lp12 so his opinion, for want of a better word, is bollocks.
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    One of the guys is selling a Topping D10 in the classifides here.
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    I sincerely hope they don't do that, unless it can be proven by a proper tunedem! But I would not expect that the Krane had a chance vs an Ekos, unless the latter is broken. Our knowledge on basic geometry did not improve that much over the last decades, and mechanical engineering did not get cheaper either. Just comparing the retail prices, it is not plausible that anyone could build an arm on Ekos level with the Krane budget. And I'm shy to assume, that Clearaudio would sponsor Linn's business in order to get the price down. 🤔
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    [1967] The Doors ‎– Strange Days [flac]
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    There is no way any Akito out-performs any Ittok. What UTTER fantasy!
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    So many good replies here, and I can identify with lots of them. As a kid I can remember always playing music, mainly my motley collection of 7" singles on a variety of horrendous portable players. My parents weren't particularly what I'd call music lovers, they didn't have a very big collection and most of what they did have never saw the light of day. Both my grandfathers enjoyed their music (one military music, the other Frank Sinatra mainly) but again, neither of them regularly played anything at home. So it's not as though I was heavily influenced by anyone in the family. No-one played a musical instrument. But yet I was drawn to music like a moth to a flame and rarely a day went by without me indulging that love. I can recall many occasions when music connected with me on a deeply emotional level, making me sing my little heart out, cry, dance like a lunatic... (oh wait - that still happens! ) I think that's still the reason why I love music so much, it moves me. Nothing else I do or enjoy has quite the same influence, although good food comes close. Music is ingrained in my mind as a memory that's so much stronger than anything else. When I close my eyes and try to picture the face of a friend or even family, I get a vague sort-of image. If I try to remember how much my knees ached after running the London marathon, I get a vague sensation of how it was. Flavours, colours, smells... all approximate memories of the experience. But I can hear a song in my head note for note, tone for tone, recite it to myself, sing it out loud. I can probably count on one hand the number of days in a year when I don't wake up with a "song du jour" (a.k.a. "earworm") floating around my mind - sometimes it's something I heard on the radio the day before, sometimes I might not have heard it for months or years, but something makes it pop into my conscience. And of course I HAVE to listen to it as soon as possible, or it haunts me all day! The sheer pleasure that comes from all the many moments spent with music cannot be overstated. Cosy nights on the sofa with a bottle of red and the latest purchase on the Voyd, a really good gig (rare, unfortunately in my experience but so worthwhile when it happens), watching the world rush past the window on a train with my headphones on, matching a particular song to a significant event... Music affirms life.
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    A trip to Bude today, great clouds!
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    With our eldest daughter having rowing training at Newark on sat/sun mornings it's been very pleasant going for a photo wander along the river - I do the 'sunday shift' which means things are nice & quiet: Trent early morning by Boxertrixter, on Flickr Leica M240P/Voigtländer Ultron 28
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    Castle grounds at Newark - Autumn's colours just starting to glow: Castle Grounds by Boxertrixter, on Flickr Leica M240P/Voigtländer Ultron 28
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    Possible non-compatibility with the Karousel bearing (if nothing else) would definitely swing me towards the Kore. And if you ever DO decide to get a Keel (or Keel 2), you can always trade in the Kore, the Greenstreet subchassis will be much more difficult to sell.
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    Hi, I responded since you referred to more resolving systems. It is a fallacy that a system is more resolving. A simple resonance in a speaker cone can give the impression that a system is more resolving. Also, your experience is 100% as valid as a person with many decades of being an audio enthusiast. If at the end of the day, all that matters is someone's subjective experience, then someone else simply cannot have more experience, since someone elses experience does not nullify yours. Regards, Shadders.
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    I am thinking of something like this for my DIY versions. The panel itself would not be translucent but lighting behind it to create a diffuse glow on the ceiling.
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    Same day when I bought Garrard and Denon dl103 I found somebody selling Auditorium 23 SUT so had to jump on it and get it as always wanted to hear one too. I really like how it sounds. Built in phono stage inside Mytek Manhattan dac has MC phono stage with SUTs and it sounds surprisingly good, but A23 SUT is better imho.
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    Just an update. I always turn to this forum for opinion and advice so time to give some back for what it's worth. Decent bit of time under the belt now with the tab 10’s, although some say they require a couple of months running in. I've used them at all ranges of volumes with a wide variety of genres. I'm extremely happy with them overall, they achieve what they claim. A tiny, unfussy speaker that give you a very satisfying listening experience. Used in the intended environment, they don't have any significant short comings. Detail, bass, imaging, speed, soundstage, they do it all very well, and defy their tiny proportions. Had I not already experienced what little speakers can do, Kef LS50, Harbeth P3esr, PMC twenty.21 etc it would have been a jaw to the floor reaction. All in a smaller room of course! Back on my own topic regarding power required I must say I'm glad I have the 100 watts available. I know it's contrary to the opinion of many who recommend tubes or class A amps, but when I push them loud I can just sense a lower powered amp may run out of steam, particularly with bass heavy tracks. It was the same with the P3esr before them, although with those a 100watts minimum is the general consensus for best performance. Given I haven't tried them with a lower powered amp I might be completely wrong, but having had numerous combos of all shapes and sizes over the years you can tell when you're on the verge of pushing it. Another indicator to me are several videos I've watched of the Tabs with valve amps show the woofers moving a lot. At high volume with the YBA, even with bassy music there's very little woofer excursion, suggesting better control perhaps? I was wrong in my previous post too, they do play a touch louder at a given volume than the P3esr before them so they are a bit easier to drive. Anyway, highly recommended to anyone in the market for little bookshelf speakers. Fantastic price for their performance.
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    Like a few here, my Father was a music lover, mainly classical, and a bit of Jazz/ big band. He also made a lot of his own amps and speakers in the early days, when money was tight. He was an electrician so he had a head start on many DIYers. Like Richard, I grew up in North London, but i also had a sister who was 9 years older than me. So at an age of 7, I was being subjected to some of the great music of the sixties through her (Beatles, Stones, Who, Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel, CSNY ect) From my teenage years I got into the Trojan label, and all that entailed, sound systems, Youth clubs. Then Bowie arrived on the scene, I was 15, and had never scene or heard anything like it, and even better my parents hated it . I was lucky enough to see him twice on the Ziggy Tour, and was at The Hammersmith Odeon, when he retired"Ziggy " "Hello my name is Colin, and I am a music, and HiFi addict."
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    If your room can cope with the speakers, I would bite George’s hand off if I were you Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    It stops me from wanting to watch TV.
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    Hi Andy, got another couple in the pipeline, so will post more when I finally get around to them , unfortunately work gets in the way at times 🙂
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    First rule of record club: The plural of vinyl is vinyl. Apologies if it has already been mentioned but when you're spending this much, a vacuum record cleaning machine is a must. The Project one is good value. Start cataloguing your collection on Discogs by checking the matrix in the deadwax of your records. You can also set up a wantlist and receive a daily email of new listings. Look for anything graded NM- by a seller who has actually listened to it. Visual gradings are very unreliable.
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    Initial Impressions of the NAD M33 - Day 1 OK, the M33 has arrived and my initial project is to compare its sound quality with my existing M32. The M33 uses the latest Purifi Class D technology, whereas the M32 uses Direct Digital – unique to NAD I believe. I’ve always considered the M32 to be very good and exceptional value after comparing its amplifier section with numerous more costly power amps – GamuT, Bakoon, Accuphase, Benchmark, Micromega, Sugden, Diavelet, Quad and others. I concluded that the M32 was the best overall and have sold or returned the others. I have a Beresford TC-7220 MKIII switcher that allows me (using lots of rather long speaker cables) to A-B compare one amp with another by simply pushing a switch at the listening position. It also allows connection of 2 pairs of speakers, but that’s for another day. Details - http://www.homehifi.co.uk/S/tc-7220mk3.htm I connected the M32 and M33 to my new Avantgarde XD speakers via the switcher and set the volumes to match. The M33 at -43dB and M32 at -36 dB. This shows that the newer amp is appreciably more powerful than the older one. Not important to me with 107dB speakers but perhaps relevent to those with less sensitive ones. So far, I’ve used only BluOS to play music streamed from Qubuz or from my own ripped CD library stored in FLAC format and internet radio. No analogue, no room correction, no tone adjustments, no subwoofer settings – just straight through the DAC and amp to the speakers. I don’t know whether amps need breaking in and they improve after time, but straight away there were subtle differences. The M33 is a little clearer with slightly more detailed sound and some instruments seemed a little closer than with the M32. A little more sparkle perhaps. Bass was at least as good, maybe slightly more precise than the M32, but these were all pretty small improvements, as I was anticipating. The LED touch screen of the M33 is much bigger than the earlier model, but it takes a bit of getting used to. Various different displays can be chosen as default for each source. This can show little detail or plenty, analogue and digital VU meters, etc. A different default screen can be set for each source, so streamed and library music could be artwork + artist + album + track, whereas internet radio could be simply station + show + music detail if the station can be bothered to provide it! All clever stuff, but I miss something from the M32’s standard display. You can’t see your progress through the track and there are no Next or Previous icons on any of the screen options, although a touch on the screen or an adjustment of the remote’s volume control will bring these up immediately for a few seconds. That’s all for now – I’ll play around for a few more days before attempting to look at the Dirac Live and other features included with the M33. The microphone supplied looks a bit Micky Mouse, but it may do a reasonable job. I’m anticipating that a better (calibrated) mic may be needed to get the best out of Dirac. Time will tell. Peter
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    Well, this is a big question with a lot of answers so let me give it a try. Since the OP is new I'll also give a little background that most on here know. I have been in the consumer electronics business for almost 43 years. I have worked for four different Hi-Fi shops and also for the US Linn and Naim distributor in the mid-80s. All the shops I worked at were Linn dealers otherwise I wouldn't work there. I have also had experience with many other turntables including the Regas that I have also always sold. I am the LP12 setup person at the store where I work now and I have been in that capacity, as well as sales, in every place I have worked. The list of turntables I have setup, and often rebuilt or refurbished, is long and includes: Thorens (including the TD124), VPI, SOTA, Clearaudio, Basis, AMG, ProJect, SME, Technics, Denon, Revox, Harman Kardon (including Rabco), Dual, Onkyo, Rotel, Benjamin (ELAC) Miracord, Lenco, Garrard, BIC, U-Turn, Schue, Teres, and I'm sure many more I don't currently recall, including a few custom built tables. I have yet to hear any table at twice the price of any version of the LP12 that I have found as musical. So is the LP12 expensive? Well it certainly isn't cheap but expensive is a relative term. To some customers we help out, like the young lady who was in yesterday wanting help to get her poorly designed Crosley to work, a Rega Planar 1 at $475 was expensive. (All prices listed are US.) To other people the Klimax LP12 isn't expensive enough, or blingy enough, to impress their friends - they don't buy from us because we don't sell the kind of gear that is about appearance, status, specs and "detail" rather than musical enjoyment. To put it in perspective, the last time I checked there were over a dozen turntables that sold for over $100,000 and that was a couple of years ago. The release of ultra-expensive gear hasn't slowed down so I'm sure there are more now. I have not worked on any of these but I have heard many of them at Hi-Fi shows and dealer showrooms and have yet to hear one that impressed me. I have had people sell $30,000 or more turntables to get an LP12 once they heard the difference. So my perspective the LP12, while not cheap, is very reasonable for the price in terms both of musical perfromance and construction quality. Linn spend money where it is important: Karousel, Keel, Ekos SE, etc. and use basic, but carefully chosen, parts where they serve their function well, like nuts, bolts, washers, springs, screws, etc. That and a design that IMHO has not been beaten allows them to provide a level of performance nobody else can match for the money or even a substantial premium above the price, and that holds for the Klimax LP12 as well as it does for the Majik LP12. That brings us to the different versions, the differences, and how to upgrade. As to the perfromance difference it doesn't make sense to me to try and delineate what each cartridge, arm, sub chassis, etc. does to the sound. The important thing is that each LP12 upgrade from Linn digs more information from the groove, lets you hear more of the music and gets you more into the groove - the emotional communication that music is all about. Sonically most also tighten up things, reducing resonances that interfere with the music and also reduce the audibility of surface noise. While Linn list three versions of the LP12, with the exception of the Majik LP12 the parts are really sold a'la carte. In other words the price of the Akurate and Klimax LP12 is the sum total of the cost of the included parts and the dealer doesn't receive a built turntable but six boxes which they assemble into a working LP12. Because of this (and for other reaons I will cover in a bit) there is no necessity of buying things in specific packages - indeed it can be musically counterproductive. So we'll start with the Majik LP12. This is the exception in that Linn subsidizes the low price, now $4995 in the US, by discounting the package and it is shipped partially assembled in two boxes, one with the dustcover, hinges, etc. This is a bargain at the price which not only represents a savings of over $1000 over buying all the constituent parts, but which I would also put up against any other turntable at twice the price. Indeed I feel so strongly about the value this LP12 represents that I would argue it makes sense to start with this as a basis and add upgrades, even at the time of purchase, unless you are looking at spending around $13,000+ right off the bat. The Majik LP12 includes the Karousel, Majik sub-chassis and armboard, Majik power supply and motor, Krane arm and Adikt cartridge. A good solid platform to build on. So how to build on it? There is a hierarchy in the importance of the various parts of an LP12. Once you have the Karousel the next most important upgrade, eclipsing all the others combined, is the motor/power supply. The Lingo 4 at $1890 is a very big upgrade, the Radikal is a huge upgrade at $4250 and with a Trampolin 2 will make the best $9500 turntable you can buy when added to a Majik LP12, while also outperforming the Akurate LP12 at $10,900 despite staying with the Majik sub chassis, Krane arm and Adikt cartridge. The next most important upgrade is the sub chassis. Once again there are two options, the Kore at $1200 which offers quite an improvement and the Keel at $3250 which takes you to the top level. There, however, is a hitch here as the Keel really only works with certain arms. The Akito 3 on the Akurate LP12 is not one of them (unless you don't mind giving up your cueing device). The Jelco and the ProJect that used to come with the Majik LP12 also don't work. The Ekos SE (currently version /1) is what the Keel was designed for but it also works with older Ekos and Ittok arms. One big question I have is whether the Krane can fit on a Keel. I probably won't know that until late November when they start shipping but it would be a game changer if it did. Only when you have the best possible motor/controller and sub chassis should you consider upgrading arm and the cartridge, again in that order. An Ekos SE/1 at $4250 with the $640 Adikt/3 will musically outperform the Krane or $2400 Akito 3 with a $4710 Kandid. I have not heard the Krane so I can't comment on how close it is to the Akito 3. Although I expect the Akito will still be a worthwhile upgrade I would tend to save up and jump directly to the Ekos SE/1 as it is truly superb and the best I have heard, although you will need the Keel to get all it can give. So once the rest is sorted it brings us to the cartridge. This is in some ways a more interesting choice. When you have a Klimax LP12 in everything but the cartridge and phono stage - Karousel, Radikal, Keel, Ekos SE/1 - any good cartridge will sound really, really good. The extra consideration with the cartridge is that it is a wear item and will need to be replaced, or have the stylus replaced on an Adikt, on a regular basis, whereas the rest of the LP12 will run for decades (with an occasional belt and tune-up). This means that whenever you wear out the stylus you are looking at $320 for an Adikt stylus, but a $1450 replacement for the Krystal and a $3510 replacement for the Kandid. The other consideration is the phono stage since a really top quality MC phono stage, like the Lejonklou Entity at $2695, is more costly than an equivalent MM phono stage, but at least it is also a one time purchase. These figures lead different people to make different choices. There are those who use the Adikt, which is an excellent MM cartridge and sounds better than most inexpensive MCs, especially when paired with a Lejonklou Slipsik 7.1 phono stage, as it is a very frugal way to play your records. Others who want the extra information retrieval of a really very good MC like the Krystal at $1900 will go for that as it still costs less than half as much to replace as the Kandid. But if you want IMO the most music money can buy, the Kandid will get you there. Partially to reduce complexity I have purposely not touched on third party cartridges, arms or especially turntable parts. The last is because I have yet to hear ANY third party "upgrade" for the LP12, other than most of the Harban plinths which are going away, that didn't make the LP12 LESS musical than with the stock Linn parts. And I have heard countless top plates, motors and controllers, sub chassis, armboards, plinths, mats, etc. Arms are a different story and there are some arms from other companies that have been worthwhile on an LP12 and a lot that haven't been. Cartridges have a wider range of possibilities as some people like different sounds than others and the cartridge will make the biggest cosmetic (not the same as musical) difference in the sound. I won't get into a bunch of recommendations here, although if you really want frugal record playing the $49 Audio Technica VM-95e or $34 VM-95c are impossible to beat. But also, my experience is that the Linn cartridges and arms perform better than anything I have heard at the price so I use a Kandid in one of my LP12s and an Adikt in the other. I think that pretty much covers the gamut but feel free to post a question if anything could use more explanation or if I left anything out.
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    Lili with Lever by Mr ff1d1l, on Flickr
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    It would be interesting to know what sort of arthritis he has and what drugs he was prescribed. I have had rheumatoid arthritis for over 20 years and take a bucket load of drugs which can and have had serious side effects.
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    I think I detect a little ‘not good enough - not quiet hi fi ‘ among WAM members regarding Marantz. I mean no offence and only make this observation because (1) Marantz is not a Boutique brand and (2) By units sold there must be thousands of Marantz owners out there but very few on this forum. ( and virtually none with current gear) For my part I have, over the years, owned Linn, Naim and Cyrus kit and very good it was too. However, like many, I sought to upgrade. A few years ago I brought a Marantz UD7007 SACD/Blu Ray player to use for CD’s and SACD’s and DVDA’s alongside my Mitchell GyroDeck and Melco. It easily held its own. When I saw a Marantz KI Signature SACD player, less than year old, at half the original price, I brought it. Wow. Astonishing. Blew me away, SQ above any other source and the DAC IMO is better than the Chord QUTE I was using, and so seeing that a few dealers still had the matching amplifier for sale at much less than the original cost, I brought one ‘blind’. I now have the best system I have ever owned and by quite some margin. Speakers incidentally are ATC 19’s. Come on Marantz owners. Don’t be shy. Marantz have the R&D and resources to deliver high quality kit at affordable prices. Anyone done a bake off with Marantz and another brand? The results might be interesting.
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    Scientists and politicians are, thankfully, catching up with hundreds of years of folk wisdom: it’s not news to anyone who regularly smokes a spliff that cannabis is relaxing, or that it can help you sleep far more soundly than a glass of red wine, or improve your mood. The interplay between THC, CBD, and the hundreds of other active compounds in the cannabis plant could one day be isolated, identified, tested and proven to offer symptomatic help or even a cure for dozens of life-threatening conditions. But decades of pointless prohibition based on specious moral arguments have prevented proper medical research that could have benefited millions. The CBD market urgently needs proper regulation and more broadly, both the THC and CBD sectors demand the creation of a new medical model that accommodates the complexity of a plant that has been used as a medicine by humans for thousands of years.
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    It's a difficult job to get the bass balance right dave, too much can sound great on 90% of music, but it should sound right on all music, A light bass can give the mids some illumination which can also sound good with some music. For diyers it can be a challenge to get an accurate balance.
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    Did it anyway after emailing them. All fine There was crushed up biscuit behind the left source select pot. Previous owner must have had kids 1.5mm hex grub screw
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    That's a really clever trick to get a 60Hz hum on a 50Hz mains supply.
  45. 0 points
    On the plus side at least you have some gold to sell to buy some sturdier replacements! I've seen/heard speakers made out of a type of polished cement/concrete before that you may want to consider...
  46. 0 points
    Brought a few gold bars up from the celler to see if extra weight helped with the sound. Soundstage collapsed, along with the speakers
  47. 0 points
    Go easy, there are Wammers that own those magical wooden boxes filled with cat litter. Nothing in, nothing out you know...
  48. 0 points
    I'm sure Russ Andrews will sell him one
  49. 0 points
    Clearly you need a more expensive kettle lead.
  50. 0 points
    Aye, the Mrs loves her "bodies" on the TV, as she calls the whodunits that she's addicted to. Thankfully she has her own den to watch the blessed things in, and I have my music room. We plan a meetup at least once a fortnight, by prior arrangement.