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About TooManyCatweazles

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    Vinyl Junkie with a DSM
    Experienced Wammer

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    Northern Germany

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  • Turn Table
    LP12, Krsl, Kr, mRdk
  • Tone Arm & Cartridge
    Ekos2, Akiva
  • SUT / Phono Stage
    Urika II
  • Digital Source 1
  • Digital Source 2
  • DAC
  • Power Amp/s
  • My Speakers
    AV5140 EspekT
  • Headphones
    Beyerdynamic T51p
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    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. Sorry to hear that @emcc_3e. Can you please provide us with more details, which type of arm you are using. I had pointed to the arm lift as well, but the arm lift is a completely obsolete device without any impact on the tracking - unless it lifts the arm up, of course. Is it possible, that the lift got stuck between up and down. Did you try to push it down manually? Then, the elephant in the room, of course, is the question: what did cause the leakage? Any mechanical impact, that may have hurt the bearings as well? Did you verify that tracking / anti-skating forces are still correct? Does the arm move slick if you handle it across the relevant space? I heard of Linnies, who disengaged the arm-lift from their Ekos 'cause this would improve the sound. I did a visual check: there is a screw, which might hold the lift. Maybe this could be a first-aid to mitigate a stuck arm-lift, if this is the root cause at all.. Other people on the forum might be more knowledgeable, how to facilitate this in a safe way.
  2. Welcome to this club @d88 1. See my profile. I visited my Linn dealer virtually 'forever', ealy 80ies this probably is. I bought my used LP12 in the early 90ies and transformed my system into all-Linn since 2. Built quality of the products, sustainability of the products, especially the LP12, commitment to music, relationdhip to my dealer (Linns', and eventually my own) 3. Good sound, no-nonsense design (well, this seems to change now with the New Klimax) 4. I'm not missing anything 5a. 3-way speakers, to upgrade systems without the 'electronics barrier'. Upgrading from 3 to 4+ ways means not only to invest into a new speaker, but also into Exaktbox and amps. This is a hurdle too high for yours truly, and probably many others. 5b. A portable high-res player / streamer / speaker as the new entry level for the next generation Linnies?
  3. The sound was OKish with some struggles in the treble and bass departments. The lyrics of Alicia Edelweiss, were sometimes hard to follow. Wallis Bird was using lots of effects on stage - quite creatively and helping her songs, but she had to ask the soundtechs to turn the bass down at the start of her set, which helped. Patrice, who played the set in the middle, had the best sound of the day. I wondered, why the sound guys need the artists to tell them the obvious. But then they are probably out of training, and didn't use the lockdown to play with SO like us here 😉 The venue itself is quite nice, as the old industrial brickwall buildings at both sides of the stage are forming a V shape, with its opening towards the audience. Thus, there are hardly any perceivable reflections between the buildings.
  4. This afternoon my partner and I enjoyed the summer at Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival with live concerts (at Gollan Werft Lübeck, a former shipyard, that has been transformed into a venue) for the first time after spring 2020. I could not resist to buy 3 LPs (Alicia Edelweiss, and Wallis Bird) at the merchandising, and 3 more (Patrice) via my cellphone. Hope this supports the artists, who went through tough times even more than we, who could at least turn to our Linn's. It's good to be back at the real thing, even though we still had to stay seated and separated, and wear masks at the food stalls inside. The music was open air, sunburn included 😎
  5. I had a Shure V15 type V in an SME 3009 Series III arm on my Thorens TD126 in the old days. It delivered a lot of bang for the buck 😉
  6. Hi all, I like to share this issue, and its apparent solution: I have been experiencing a crackling (low) noise from my speakers for quite some time. After switching off sources, and unplugging the network, only the amp remained as the usual suspect. Well, this is a seasoned device, so who knows? I unplugged / plugged all signal cables, to no awail. I believe, I also unplugged / plugged the power cord. In general, I do this now and then, to clean the contacts. Being not able to find a quick fix, I sort of tried to live with the issue. When I spoke to my dealer occasionally on the phone he said: "oh ha" which in the local North German slang is the long form of a statement like: "Sorry for you my dear friend, but this doesn't sound good. I cannot rule out that something is wrong hear. And fixing it will not be cheap!" At least he could re-assure me, that the amp is still being under service by Linn. But then we hear all sorts of bad news with Linn itself apparently stuck in covid-aftershocks and order backlogs, and logistics between UK and EU appears to be stuck in Brexit-aftershocks. Not the ideal time to part with the amp for an uncertain period of time. My next idea to sort this out further, was to visit my dealer, and take the amp with me. Putting it into one of his systems would reveal, if something's wrong with the amp, or in my home's power installation. But I have presently too many other things going on to invest the time, as the dealer is 1h+ away from here. The other night the crackling was quite annoying again. Hit by a spark of enlightenment, I changed the power plugs at the backpanels of my DSM, and the amp. The idea was to check if the noise would wander to the source. The noise was gone. I changed it back. The noise was still gone. The noise did not re-appear, since (knock on wood). With the amps just idling there is a wonderful silence now. Resume: If your amp is not as silent as it should be, re-plugging the power connector on the backpanel is not the worst idea. Apparently, plugging a different cable helped to better clean the contacts, somehow.
  7. For the benefit of Linn archaeologists, who might find this abandoned thread in future times, it would be cool to share the parts number of the switch that you ordered @vicdiaz. I'm just asking in the interest of science 😜
  8. Congrats to your upgrade. I don't think the difference is a matter of the age (if I take this literally), but rather a matter of the concept. Exakt can do things in the digital domain, that are impossible to achieve in the analog domain. It's one of the best improvements to any eligible speaker. Age is possibly a factor in the amps department, though. Happy listening!
  9. In a properly set up XLR connection, you should not have ground noise. Galvanic isolation is thus not needed. Transformers may have a negative effect, if they are driven into ssaturation. I trust in Linn, however, that they have chosen a configuration to prevent this.
  10. Thx for sharing this, Paul I followed this way of thinking for some time, and talked to my dealer that we need to investigate into the new hubs effect on the overall result. He promised to give me a call, when he's able to do this kind of demo. Maybe he forgot, or things are stuck in customs. Anyway, I'm pretty much occupied by other things these days. Looks like we need to make adjustments to the game plan at halftime 😉
  11. Just came across this article: https://www.theguardian.com/music/2021/jun/24/the-doors-greatest-songs-ranked I admit, that I'm a Doors fan, and one of the best birthday ever presented to me have been tickets to the Lübeck theatre, where Pit Holzwarth staged his play "Riders on the storm". Any comments on the Guardian's ranking?
  12. I never auditioned any speakers updated with Hiquphons, myself. But I believe to recall, that some members of this club had positive comments. Maybe, @sunbeamgls or @ThomasOKare in the know?
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