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    Junior Wammer

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  • Turn Table
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    Akito 3B / Krystal
  • Digital Source 1
    Selekt DSM
  • Digital Source 2
    Melco N1A Mk2
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    Dynaudio Special 25
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    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. I heard from what would be considered a reliable source that there could be an option to upgrade to a Klimax Radikal 2 from an Akurate Radikal 1 at some point for an upgrade price of some sort. Perhaps not straight away but at some point. Has any one else heard this bit of info? No idea it the info is a akurate (ha ha) or not. Have not read about this anywhere, just a text message sometime last week.
  2. @mskaye Opinion based on direct observation. You are free of course to purchase whatever you want, and based on the fact you took the time to make a direct comment on this being spin in a forum focused on Linn turntables, then I'm confident you will be the first owner of the Naim Solstice and will easily demonstrate your clearly stated thought.
  3. After reading thru this thread and learning more about the Naim Solstice, it seems the obvious audience would be the same as the Linn Klimax. Unlike the Klimax, which seems to be achieved by most users over years of upgrades offered by Linn, the Solstice would require it be purchased all at once. While I am sure there are full spec Klimax tables sold every year, the majority appear to achieve a Klimax level LP12 thru the upgrade process. Much more obtainable for the typical enthusiast. Linn manufacturer the whole table with some parts subcontracted. So many HiFi manufactures want to have a high spec TT but end up relying on a third parties for the majority of the build. Like McIntosh, Naim look to be relying on Clearaudio for the majority of the build. Why not just buy a top tier Clearaudio table at this point? The Linn has heritage and has followed the Kaizen philosophy of continuous improvement. I appreciate products with heritage and is one of the reasons I purchased an LP12. That and it has a great musical vibe that other offerings just did not have. Now, I am not knocking Naim or the Solstice. At 500 units it seems like the Solstice is aimed at Naim enthusiasts just like full spec LP12s and aimed at Linn enthusiasts.
  4. My LP12 and all other Linn gear, and the rest of the system as well, came from Sound Image Atlanta, GA (USA). Lawson is the owner and has been a great resource and I would not have been able to get into an LP12 without his help and expertise. For those who live in the southeast US this is a great resource. Friendly, knowledgable, and very easy to work with. https://soundimageatl.com
  5. I have a Melco N1A/2 along with their D100. CDs ripped from D100 directly into N1A/2 Hi-Res copied directly to N1A/2 over network SACDs ripped using Sony PS3 method - extracted to DSD - copied to N1A/2 over network CAT7 Ethernet from switch to Ethernet port on N1A/2 for comms and streaming Chord Epic Ethernet from N1A/2 "player" port to Ethernet in on Linn SDSM Katalyst Solution works great - very happy with sound of the bit of kit. I like dedicated hardware solutions like the Melco and so far so good with quality and reliability. Bought from Linn dealer with SDSM as a package.
  6. @TooManyCatweazles a Fluted Afromosia & Keel would be very nice. I have a fluted plinth and really like it. Just a general note and request. There is not a way to adequately measure my total despise for all things related to COIVD and discussions about it. The topic incessantly infiltrates discussions about the most basic of questions and topics.There are plenty of forums to discuss this and I feel an audio forum is not the correct place and it would be great to simply focus on a given threads topic. Thanks.
  7. @Andyt916 Is plan A " Karousel, Kore and Trampolin along with Akurate Radikal" then I agree. I try to do one or two upgrades while the bottom is off and inside the LP12 to get more bang for the buck while the table is in surgery.
  8. @Katzky A few years ago I went thru this very same exercise when purchasing my first LP12. Along with my dealer, I used this and the previous Linn forum for advice and ideas. from other members. My first bit of advice is to make sure you keep it this fun and not worry yourself about making the right choice. You will see many varied opinions but at that end of the day go with what you feel is right. That being said here are my thoughts After much deliberation I went with an Akurate LP12 with and Radikal Akurate power supply. We called this the Akurate Plus. This turned out to be a good choice and was before the Karousel was available. Prior to this choice, once I knew I was getting an LP12, I worked with the aforementioned Chris Harban on a custom fluted plinth. This took a long time and added months to the process but was well worth it. I had not heard Chris had stopped making them and feel fortunate to have one. They are very nice. Lived with this till the Karousel was released. Traded in the Akito 3B for an Ekos SE and then received the free Karousel. Added the Urika-II while I was as it. Had considered the Naim Aro but quickly dismissed due to availability, design, sub chassis requirements and so on. This is what my dealer uses on his personal TT but happy with the Linn offerings. Very happy with everything. I think the advice from @ThomasOK on a Majik LP12 with an Akurate power supply would also be a good plan but at the end of the day I feel the Radikal Akurate LP12 with Radikal Akurate PS is the way to go.
  9. Thanks - spoke with Linn dealer this AM. He is going to make me the cable. He uses these nice connectors so on one end we are going to use a female and the other end a male connector. This will allow me to connect to the pig tail coming out to the LP12 until he gets to town. He shop is about 220 miles down the road. Luck for me I live a a tourist town and folks are hankering to get back at it.
  10. Quick question. Look to move stuff around in my room. One design would need a Exakt link cable from a Urika-II to the SDSM of about 15-20 feet. What is the practical length of Exakt connections What type of cables do you use? I have a Chord Epic right now but would consider something else for this length. Thanks
  11. I use a Melco M1A MkII. The ethernet player port is connected directly to the SDSMs Ethernet input with a Chord Epic cable. The Melco is connected to my network switch. This works very well and sounds great. I used to do the Mac mini music server thing but decided a purpose build server would be a better choice and it has turned out to be. I also have the Melco D100 for importing the CDs and it can be used as a player as well. All in all it a solid solution.
  12. A few years ago I started to drift away from my system. For one reason or another I ended up buying an Akurate LP12 with a Radikal power supply. I did not even have that many records but thought might as well get something that as a good lineage and will be upgradeable. This turned out to be a great move and have been enjoying my system ever since. That first LP12 feed a McIntosh C70 and all was good. Then one day I decided to sell everything but the LP12 and a McIntosh MC152 power amp. I purchased a SDSM and ultimately a Urika-II and Ekos SE. From a vinyl playback side I could not be happier. Even vinyl hating friends admit it sounds very good. However, over time I have decided some things work better with vinyl and some things work better as digital. Examples... Rush 200g DMM vinyl releases vs. digital - Vinyl wins - better vibe Genesis Remasters vs. digital - Vinyl wins - the CD/SACD are too hot and terrible sounding. The vinyl from the same stereo mixes are much better. In fact, my vinyl hating friend want me to make digital copies from the vinyl because it is so much better. Tangerine Dream (Phaedra, Rubycon, Ricochet) - SACD wins - the subtle detail and imaging is better here, especially the quiet parts Blade Runner Soundtrack - Vinyl wins - the SACD is great but the vinyl nudges it out ever so slightly but in reality it is almost a draw Pink Floyd - Vinyl wins - same as Rush and Genesis, the vibe is better. Brian Eno - CD wins - Have not found a vinyl version quiet enough to make it worth the effort. These are some examples but at the end of the day I am happy I have both on tap and will buy the source that suits the music the best to my ears.
  13. This thread is a bit more chatty than I expected. Thanks for chiming in. I see it both ways. The internal switching in the SDSM would be great but if I am buying a new LG or Sony OLED that supports HDMI 2.1 and the features that brings it might be worth just putting in the cable runs. For example, I read the new Apple TV could support HDMI 2.1 and 120Hz and that Sony will release a 4k Blu-Ray that supports the full spec as well. However, does that really matter? It might not. I would think 4k Blu-Ray only has only so much life in it and I find my Apple TV to be excellent quality on 4k material. The SDSM being by hub is also very attractive as I am lowering the box count. I could almost go to only an ATV if it were not for live TV which I like to keep on in the background and cable does not eat bandwidth. First world problems for sure.
  14. I spoke with my dealer today and he said the HDMI 4k switching module is all I would need - especially since I am down mixing to stereo on the way in. The good news is it is not an expensive part. I think I will get it ordered along with the longer cable to feed the display. to get everything ready. My shorter length cables are all Audioquest Coffee with the little DBS box on them.
  15. Does anyone use the 4k HDMI switching capabilities in there DSM units. I am considering adding this to my SDSM. The config would be something like this Apple TV to 4k HDMI In Sony 4k Blu-Ray to HDMI in Comcast cable to HDMI in HDMI out to 65" 4k LG G1 OLED or Sony A90J Not worried about surround decode. Will send stereo down mix to the HDMI inputs. Looking to put switching on SDSM if possible rather then independent runs to the display. Now, if the majority feels the direct runs are better - spend cash on the cables rather than the switching - I can definitely do that as well. This is the way it is now but by higher end Audiquest HDMI cables get expensive and do not come in the needed lengths. How would you all sent this up>
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