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  1. @triumph - I was thinking about doing something like that but I think for now I’m just going to replace the inner sleeves and then put them in clear outer sleeves damage and all. Keeps them with the original covers then and I’m not convinced I’d find all the artwork in a size that would print ok. Some of the blues records are quite obscure!
  2. The S2 by all accounts is quieter than the S or S mkII. Mine certainly isn’tas you describe although it is not what I’d call whisper quiet. But agree, for home use it’s utterly brilliant and I know at least one record store that uses one. The aluminium build of the S2 seems to be pretty indestructible under anything remotely considered normal use.
  3. I’ve just bought a VC-S2 to deal mainly with my dad’s record collection. What can I say - just brilliant. Unfortunately many of my dad’s records got damp (my own stupid fault) and the sleeve and paper inners have rotted. The rotted damp paper has them stuck to the records making them unplayable. I’ve tried clearing the odd one that’s not too hideous with microfibre cloths with some success but others are just in too bad a shape. So follows some photos of a bad one. To say I’m impressed is an understatement. The records are coming out with that new vinyl sheen and trust me - they are worse in person than they look even in the photos. Playing one more and it sounds brilliant I’ve ordered a load of new under sleeves and will salvage what I can of the outer ones. In short, if you’ve been mulling one and have the record collection to justify it just buy it. Apparently the VC-E cleans just about as well but I just liked the big form factor
  4. Sorry I’ve took so long to respond. I absolutely love the deck and arm. I was initially running it with a Rega Ania cart and Aria Phono stage which sounded very nice but I needed so cash released so sold the Aria and ran it through a Tisbury Domino and then just the rather capable MC stage of the Yammie CA810 and that worked very well too. I have just been auditioning a Cyrus Phono Signature though - lucky enough to have a week long home demo and oh my. It now sounds extraordinarily good. I’d say it digs more detail out of a slab of vinyl than my Naim ND XS2 digs out of a hi res FLAC file. I’ve been hearing bits of passages etc I’ve had no idea existed. Certainly no lack of low end and I’ve given it some testers; London Funk All Stars, Tone Lic, Major Force, Herbie Hancock, Leftfield etc. Digs really deep. I’m firmly convinced that the Phono stage even up to the Aria was holding things back. The Phono Signature has just elevated things to a whole new place. In fact, whilst I’ve been demoing it for a week or so I had made my mind up within about 5 minutes I was going to get one. As luck would have it my hifi store was getting a secondhand one in so I’ve just been today to swap the demo unit for this so it’s now all mine Quick edit - it's worth noting that the chap that made this machines all the parts of the arm himself as well as the TT; platter and sub platter excepted.
  5. How are you getting on with it. I miss it's warmth - literally . Lovely things these Suggies...
  6. That looks mint. Very nice. What speakers are you pairing them with? I’m just waiting for a preamp to arrive off eBay to put in place of the CA810 which has been on preamp duties. Still don’t know whether to sell it or not as it’s so nice and everyone needs at least 2 systems
  7. How about a nice Yamaha CA810 :). @TheFlash has seen this in the flesh although he didn’t hear it. Looking for £325 + postage Lovely sounding thing with 3 TT phono it’s, one of which is a very capable MC stage. Very useful adjustable ‘loudness’ control which actually works. Pots could do with a clean but other then that it’s really very nice. Only selling as I’m moving to a pre / power set up.
  8. Up Woodseats now. Super little shop - great demo facilities and they let you home demo as well which is getting rare these days. Decent coffee and biscuits too which seals it for me . They’re still shipping stuff as things stand. They’ve got a record shop in the basement now too (which of course isn’t open at the moment).
  9. Do audition a pair of Spendor D7’s. My dream speaker. Moorgate Acoustics have a few brand new in box pairs for £2995 - an absolute bargain. So much detail, perfectly balanced across the range and dig deep. Holographic staging too. If I won a just a few grand on the lottery or got a cheque from a long lost relative I’d be straight down to but a pair.
  10. Just heard the sad news the legend Frank White has passed. He was a family of my wife’s family and played a killer set at our wedding. Lovely bloke he was 😞 For those that don’t know of Frank he was the guitarist for Dave Berry and the Cruisers and then led his own band the Hillbilly Cats. Supreme guitarist and very talented vocalist.
  11. I had the RS5’s too and loved them. The RX series have a similar signature but are more detailed and sound way bigger than they are. Loving them so far
  12. If you’re worried about the laser being unobtanium you could always do what I did with my Sony 337ESD and buy an entire spare transport and laser for twice what you paid for the player just in case it does die at some point
  13. Apologies-another overly long review from me but it gives me something to do whilst confined to quarters. So the Rega RX3's - I have had a very interesting time and learned a fair bit about speakers in general in the process and I will try and cover some of this off. As always though first and foremost full and hearty thanks to Paul Hobson and all at Moorgate Acoustics. Even in these extraordinary times when we all have more than enough to deal with they are still providing a first class service and whilst I could not benefit from their hospitality and while away a few hours in my second living ro... I mean their demo room it was great to actually try the speakers in my listening room. Boring bit out of the way; Speakers under demo were the Rega RX3's and my usual speakers are a pair of 1975 LNB Para Lab 20's. Source was my Naim ND5 XS2 both streaming and acting as a DAC for my Sony 337ESD and amplification is a hodge podge of a Yamaha CA810 on pre-amp duties and a custom Quad 405 clone as the power amp. Cabling is all Moorgate sourced Atlas Hyper DD Ultra (lovely cables by the way). Music - a huge range, will try and mention specific tracks as I go along. Note my LNB's are hugely likeable speakers however coming home each time after a Moorgate demo I was always struck at how closed in the sound was and that detail was lacking. As with all things my hearing soon adjusts but knowing what I was missing and all that... So in my quest for as good as sound as I can afford and having heard some lovely speakers at Moorgate and given I used to own a pair of Rega RS5's I was very keen to try the new RX range. Given the price the 'seconds' are offered for this seemed a good a time as any to try them. My listening room has shrunk since the RS5 days though so I thought I would start with the RX3's. So a quick car park deal and I was off home before the dust settled, boot loadquickd with two RX3 sized boxes in the boot. A quick note here about these 'seconds' speakers. When Paul describes them as having a tiny mark on them he means it. I think I've found it but only by lightly running my fingernail along the edge of the veneer but it's not visible. For the saving offered they really are superb looking things - first rate build and for small floor standers quite weighty at a shade over 12kg. Initially they were set up around 35cm from the back wall and subs in. Planning to do my usual demo track list I started up Sophie Zelmani - Oh Dear and... I nearly packed them back up and drove them straight back. Screeched like a cat that's been trodden on, no bass at all and generally lacking coherence. However, thinking more rationally I decided a) they were brand new speakers so not anywhere close to loosened up and b) they were going to sound very different to what I was used to. In their favour the soundstage was much bigger and more natural than my LNB's so I decided to persevere. Keeping to my demo track list on to Agnes Obel - Camera's Rolling - this was a bit more like it. The texture around her voice and the subtleties of the duet were more apparent than with my LNB - not quite as pronouced as on the Supernait 3 / PMC 5.23 pairing but very nice. Imaging was better as well. So straight onto the electronica. A Man Called Adam - Easter Song has a big 'wamph' of a bass line that my LNB delivers with organ moving power and the RX3's were nowhere close. But, and it's a big but, I never knew just how much the bass line modulated and then faded right out before coming back. My LNB's didn't give me that at all and I was impressed at the detail and the soundatge was just lovely and broad. Tony de Vit - Are You All Ready? was OK. Bass light but lots of detail and space between the various strands of the track as the layers built up and up. Nice round analogue sound to the hoovers as well. At this point I realised that Qobuz had removed the Ray Lamontagne album - Till The Sun Turns Black so I couldn't use the Qobuz version so decided to just go ahead and play random tracks and CD's Johnny Cash - Ragged Old Flag (superb album by the way) was very harsh sounding and made my ears bleed, Leonard Cohen - You Want it Darker had tons of detail but lacked a certain something etc. So I decided to experiment with positioning. Moved them back closer to the wall and subs pointing out (the RX floorstanders have side mounted subs - a clever way of getting larger speakers into room friendly enclosures) - didn't like that at all so left the subs pointing out but pulled them back out again. Now we were getting somewhere. Ella and Louis - Stomping at the Savoy. Now we are talking. The speakers are only 80cm high yet their voices were coming at me bang centre and about 180cm from the floor. Wow, how were these little boxes doing this? What's more the piano and drums were a metre or two further back; uncanny! And so we continued and the sound kept growing on me but every so often I would put on a CD and be disappointed - they would sound a little thin again and the harshness would return. But the more I played them the better they got so I am putting much of this down to the fact they were so new. A little Facebook discussion with Matthew Sayers and I decided to mirror his setup with the RX5's and push tem much closer to the rear wall just as an expriment - 15cm was a touch close but nudging them out a little to 20cm or so and they really opened up. That whole soundstaging just improved some much. I also engaged my subwoofer (BK Electronics XLS 200) at this stage and that just gave them a touch of support - a good sub shouldn't be heard in isolatio, rather the speakers have a foundation on which to build. Tracks like Henry Mancini - The Evil Theme (from Agnes Obel's Late Night Tales) just had some much space around the instruments and the timbre of the 3 repeating drum beats was just lovely. You could visualise where the three drums were in relation to each other too. More leonard Cohen and again, just lovely. Very natural sounding, great voice placement and every little texture of the guitar stings was present. I was really getting in them by now. But - even with the sub they were just a touch bass light so I decided to revert to subs in and a quick listen revealed that with subs in they just needed to come out another 3-4cm and bam. Perfect. Loads of lovely controled modulated bass. The double bass on jazz tracks showed the slight pitch changes and electronica had some fight and kick. Timing was spot on - a real foot tapping speaker and so musical. This is what I loved about the RS5's and the RX3's now showed the same qualities and I was sold. I was just meant to listen to one track off Kruder & Dorfmeister - The K&D Sessions but ended up listening to half od CD1. A sublime mix of downtempo, beautifully produced remixes of some classic dance and drum and bass tracks and the beats were latered up and offered on a plate - could reach out and touch them. In fact for the first time in ages I got totally engrossed in The Modern Jazz Quartet - The Last Concert I totally lost track of time! So, if you have a smallish room (mine is roughly 3.8m square) I would highly recommend trying the RX3's - good value at their normal RRP and an absolute steal at the 'seconds' price. So what did I learn in general; for speakers in particular do try and home demo them as they are somewhat dependent on the room. Also I didn't realise just how much running in a new pair needs. Mine still have a way to go but they are good now and will only get better. And finally it is the first set of speakers I have had where positioning can make a significant difference to how they sound so do experiment a bit and you’ll know when you’ve got it right
  14. Top bloke as are Doug and Paul 2. Not many stores would just load your car up and let you drive off without so much as a deposit for a home demo.
  15. Really enjoying them so far. They are a demo pair but brand new so need some hours on them however they are doing it for me so far. Bags of detail and the bottom end is opening up with each album.