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About Automaticftp

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  • Birthday 27/10/1966

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    Lafayette, CO, USA
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  • Turn Table
    Linn LP12/Mose-Herc2
  • Tone Arm & Cartridge
  • SUT / Phono Stage
    Rega Aria Mk3
  • Digital Source 1
    Meridian 500 Mk2
  • DAC
    Naim nDAC
  • Pre-Amp
    Exposure 3010S2
  • Power Amp/s
    Exposure 3010S2 mono
  • My Speakers
    Monitor Audio GX300s
  • Trade Status
    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. It really was impressive, though in an understated way, if that makes sense. It simply sounded real. One of those systems where the recording quality is almost irrelevant if the music is great - my brain, at least, locked on the music-making and not the recording.
  2. All I dropped off my LP12 with Rick at Audio Alternative yesterday (Tuesday) for a Karousel, Trampolin2, new armboard, and rebuild. I get to pick it up Friday. While I was there, he played a few tracks for me on his "big" system. The speakers were YG Acoustics Sonja XVi speakers with a pair of their matching subs (!), VTL Siegfried monoblocks, a D'Agostino phono preamp, and a $46K USD LP12, which had the Tangerine plinth/top plate, base, and supporting feet, Klimax Radikal, Ekos SE, and a Lyra Atlas cartridge (whichever model is ~$13,500). The whole system, with cabling, etc., would retail for ~$750K USD. How did it sound? All I can think of is "Wow." It was unbelievably good (yeah, yeah - I know, it SHOULD be). Far and away the best I've ever heard. There was an incredible sense of ease - like nothing could fluster it. And it's information retrieval and presentation was sublime - on one track, you could hear the singer's clothes shifting as he moved. And it wasn't thrown at you or distracting - it was just there. Ditto for all the phase tricks/playing on the Jimi Hendrix record he played - it was almost like surround sound. Sonny Rollins was in the room (right after Peter Gabriel left). It just sounded real. No hype, no histrionics, no added sugar. I've heard a (very) few other similarly expensive systems. None of them did that. I'll never own a single piece of it (well, MAYBE an Ekos SE . . . ) but I'm very glad I got to hear it - I have a better sense of what's possible in this crazy and wonderful hobby of ours. And I hope everyone here has the chance to hear a system like it, set up as well as this one is.
  3. I can't say how much influence the British hifi press had on LP12 sales except to say it had nothing to do with my first LP12 experience. I went in to the local high-end store (Professional Audio Consultants in Millburn, NJ, who were nothing short of amazing) for a better cassette deck, as I wanted to make better tapes. And when the sales person I worked with asked about getting a better turntable, I asked "What difference could a turntable make?" He then gave me one of the very best demonstrations I've ever had. First was a NAD 5120 (all through Nait 1 and Kans). Best thing I'd ever heard - though short lived. Next was a Heybrook TT2 with an LVX+ and Basik. Significantly better (duh!). Finally, an LP12 with LVX+ and Basik. I was blown away. And as soon as I could afford one, I bought an LP12 from them. In the interim, I wound up with an Oracle Alexandria from them. Great store, great dem. It was only later that I started looking at magazines, and most of the US magazines focused on US gear. So in the US, at least, I don't think the British magazines had much of an effect at all - certainly all the people I knew who had LP12s bought them based on direct demonstration compared to other tables. Also, and incidentally, John Atkinson used Celestion SL600s for a while before switching to SL700s. The 700s remain one of my "love to live with them for a while" speakers.
  4. Nestor - I agree with you re Naim - I'm "de-Naimed" save for a nDAC with a Pardo T-XPS which does not buzz at all. Been there, done that, and have the t-shirt, as we Americans say.
  5. That's similar to Naim users trying two PS for the NAP500. IIRC, it was unanimous that a single PS was better.
  6. Troll is correct - Clare Newsome from Naim wrote that all 500 have been sold into their distribution channels. As someone who grew up with Linn and Naim, I hope it does well. And in this case, it's helping two companies - Naim and Clearaudio.
  7. Just to update - Karousel and Trampolin2 appointment next Tuesday . . .
  8. Thanks all! I think I'll go with a AT 740ML - someone on another forum has heard both and said the 740 is worth it - more refined. I'll add a Kore within the next few months - basically as soon as my Rega P6/Ania sells. As I said, I went on a hifi binge, so need to have at least some restraint with the LP12. I also bought a Revolver (which started the whole turntable thing again), the Rega, another LP12 in a custom plinth, a pair of Thiel CS2.2s, and a stack of Meridian gear - a 500, 502, 557, 566, 551, and 596. So I'm kinda swimming in gear at the moment . . .
  9. Exactly correct re Mose/Hercules2 - the board that sits inside the plinth looks a LOT like the one for the Lingo 1. So as long as the bearing cutout in the cross-brace is large enough, should be no problem. I'll hopefully do a Kore sometime. In the meantime, I'll have the Karousel done and do a MM cartridge like the AT 740ML.
  10. Although I rather suspect I know what the answer will be, I thought I'd ask the collective wisdom here. I now have a LP12/Mose-Hercules2/Ekos with a Grado Sonata MM. I've never been a big fan of Grado carts on an LP12, and so replacing the Grado is in the cards. So should I do something like an AT ART9 and stay with the Cirkus or go Karousel with something like an AT VM95ML? Don't want to do both at the same time - been on a hifi binge over the summer! Thanks in advance!
  11. Look at how Apple does the introduction of a new iPhone as an example . . . and I'd suggest Naim did the best it (or any other hifi company) could do under the circumstances. @mskaye 's point is well made and taken. It was similar to Linn introducing the Organik - people were talking about it for quite a while, just as people are talking about the Solstice.
  12. Update - I thought I'd close the loop on which LP12. I wound up with a different one entirely - another SN 93xxx. Ekos, Valhalla, Cirkus, and a Grado Sonata cartridge. I'll swap the Valhalla for the Mose/Hercules2 I have, send the arm off to Linn for servicing (a big thank you to @ThomasOK for mentioning Linn's servicing of an Ekos!), and otherwise simply enjoy it. Springs, belt, grommets, etc., replaced in 2018, so should have some life left in them. I'm slightly dubious of the Grado; as I've not heard one work as brilliantly in a LP12 as they are supposed to. Thank you to everyone! Will update once it's here and running.
  13. Thomas - Thank you very much for such a comprehensive reply! I appreciate it. I'm fine with used, and am somewhat inclined to go for the mid 90s one. I worked with Rick at Audio Alternative in Ft. Collins, who is similarly awesome with LP12s, and got to go to the Linn "factory" in Eaglesham - and went through their LP12 build/setup/maintain training in 1996. So I'm tolerably familiar with older LP12s, and don't mind doing a lot of the work myself. And it's a great comfort knowing Rick is an hour plus away. I just don't know how a top-spec LP12 from the 90s would compare with the Majik LP12 today. I well remember the improvement the Lingo 1 provided - it was remarkable. And ditto the Cirkus. And based on correspondence with the owner, I suspect it's been very well taken care of. The older one also seems to be a better value (discounting the Adikt cartridge, as the 90s one does not come with a cartridge; I'd probably start with a AT VM95ML or current OC9ML). If the new Majik were $3995 USD and not $4995 I'd probably go for it - but it is not. Back to emailing the 90s owner! And thank you again - I've been out of LP12s for probably 15 years.
  14. I've been up and down the Naim ladder, and find that my taste has generally changed away from what Naim offers. And in the US, at least, Naim's new pricing is poor value. $3490 for a "new" 202? Spare me. $7k for a 250? Ditto. And the tone on the Naim forum has been . . . off-putting, to say the least. That said, I will be astonished if the Solstice system doesn't sound great. I think there's simply too much engineering talent and passion for the project for it to not be excellent. I also think it won't be everyone's cup of tea, but I think a lot of that is simply baggage or preconceived notions of what a Naim table will sound like. It's out of my price range, but I do hope it sounds great and does well. And I suspect it will do both.
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