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    Experienced Wammer

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  • Turn Table
    1 LP12 K- 2 LP12 A-
  • Tone Arm & Cartridge
    (1) Ekos 2 (2) Ittok
  • SUT / Phono Stage
    1Uphrk 2 Lej'klou
  • Digital Source 1
  • Digital Source 2
  • DAC
  • Integrated Amp
    1 AEDSM 2 No
  • Pre-Amp
    1no 2 Kisto
  • Power Amp/s
    1 MEB-i 2 5125x3
  • My Speakers
    1 Keilidh 2 Espek+
  • Headphones
    1 Senn560 2 Stax L5
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    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. Thanks for posting this one - didn't know it existed! I was at the Free Trade Hall, Manchester show which was the previous night to the Hammersmith ones on the album. The Rolling Stones Mobile was at the Manchester gig too - the crowd must have been too loud! The Rory Gallagher December / January dates were a bit of a staple for us - usually hitting Manchester before Christmas (this one being an exception) they signalled the start of the late teenage heavy drinking season!! He was up there with the best - absolutely no doubt about it.
  2. One further option, if you cant find an Aro, is a Roksan SARA. I haven't actually heard a SARA myself and so can't comment on just how it compares to an Aro, but I have listened to the AO Uniarm on which the SARA is based and I found that very engaging. I missed the boat on the Uniarm, otherwise I would have bought one at the time - which is why I now have an Ekos 2. You would need to check the arm board requirements (the Uniarm definitely worked on a Linn armboard). Price wise the SARA is in the same ball park as the Akito 3 - for me that is where the comparison ends as I simply do not hear £
  3. I agree - they fit well into Peter's demo room - but it does require quite a room - they are large beasts. They also take a small army of Solos to keep them warm! Impressive sound though - controversial, but I'd take them (active) before 350s any day.
  4. Thomas isn't actually far off the mark for quite a few people. There are a number of folks (on here) that run a high spec LP12 via non Klimax hubs/Amps into Ninkas - which are a sub £400 speaker from eBay. I myself run close to what Akamatsu refers to as a "Japanese Akurate" (Karousel, Kore, Ekos 2, Radikal(A), Tramp 2, rebuilt Asaka, Uphorik) into Keilidhs via an ASH and exaktbox-i. However, would I set out and spend the current list price of that LP12, all at once, to place in an ASH/Majik/Keilidhs system? Unlikely. When I first bought the current LP12 it was in a system of (new) Keilidhs/LK
  5. Beware, the pad lock appears to be loose on the door leading to a very slippery slope!! The buffers at the bottom of which are made out of a Klimax Kontrol and KCTs (or Solos if you have the space) with a Tunebox and the Kabers!! Personally I like the prospect of a Kairn and LK140s driving active Kabers and suspect that it will sound great! The 5125s take the same cards.
  6. The OP was already talking about an Akurate level TT, and a PU7 with an Adikt (or OPs MM of choice) is actually no more expensive (probably less expensive) than the Akito 3/Karousel combination. I fully accept that if one was to put more money into this, then the PS is where to start - but that wasn't the OPs starting point - it was an Aro vs Akito 3. I think that the Akito 3 is a lot of money for what it is - personally I'd go with a used Ekos 2 and have AO service the bearings. Again, I appreciate that it is easier to say this living in the UK than on the other d=side of the Atlantic.
  7. The 'Akurate' Level doesn't involve a Keel as the sub chassis at that level is a Kore. The Aro is a nice arm but if I was spending the money that they tend to fetch today (approx £2K+) then I would also listen to an Audio Origami PU7. The advantage to this, apart from the PU7 being a great sounding arm, is that AO can supply for Linn or Rega fit (and maybe others). The AO PU7 will go into the Keel collar and (I'm pretty sure that) it can also slot straight into the Kore. For the difference in price I would definitely audition it agains the standard Akurate offering (Akito 3).
  8. Lucky man - GR don't do 'bad' guitars!! I also have one of their Rattleskin Straps (and a T-Shirt of course)- it was probably illegal to import it into the UK!
  9. Me too! The home of Guitar Resurrection - one of my toys came from there and I spent a great afternoon jamming away with the locals! Timing the trip to slot in with SXSW was something that I had down to a fine art!
  10. Actually the cost to swap Exaktboxes, from a 6 to a 10 by putting on and taking off eBay isn't that great. In fact, at the moment there is a '10' for less than a '6' (Granted the 6 is advertised as ex demo as it has a new Katalyst upgrade - it is a 2015 box). My thinking was shaped by my Exaktbox-i - I have two channels doing nothing, and am in no hurry to change (if at all) but one day I just might - and its nice to know that the only cost would be in the speakers themselves. My Exaktbox-i is in a Majik case and one day I will change it as the rest of the rack consists of Akurate cases (and t
  11. I demo-ed both a 6100 and a 4200 against my 5125 - passive at the time and just driving Katans as they were the only passive speakers that I had. I felt that my 5125 sat between the two. I liked the perception of speed of the 6100 over the 5125 but preferred the depth of the 5125 over that of 6100 - opting to keep the 5125s. The 4200 had a depth and presence over that of the 5125 but the number of channels that I required pushed the cost way out of reach. So yes, expect something quite different from a 4200 over a 6100. "Better" though is a matter of opinion - I suspect that you may well prefe
  12. I'm not 100% certain Paul, as I haven't put one onto a non-Cirkus Sub-chassis but as Linn make a shim available (not included in the kit) then I suspect that the answer is 'Yes, with a shim'). If it was me though I'd take the opportunity to upgrade the sub chassis whilst I had the LP12 in bits. One other thought is, if you've never had a Cirkus, then why not speak to a dealer about the availability of very low hours Cirkus bearings - more than likely half the cost of the Karousel, and a Cirkus, Lingo 2 Akito is a very nice TT. The Cirkus bearing is very different than the original. On th
  13. In the UK: I tend to use Gordon at Stamford Audio. I would normally go to the Stamford Record Fair Days - but that's been off limits for the last 15 months. Reckless Records, Berwick Street, Soho London is always on my London visit list. Ebay: I don't use it very often for used vinyl but when I do then Rising Sun Records, Tokyo has always been great - never had a bad one, and I use them regularly - just as well, as returning them would be a pig!
  14. My question too! Also, was the KLP12 going through Urika 2 and therefore into the Organik Architecture of the NGKDSM? If so, then surely the thing closing the gap is the switch treatment - which would have to be massive to bridge the gap on its own! Controversial Paul, I can see 30 pages coming!!
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