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  1. Thou shall not mess with something that is pretty damn good to begin with especially when you make it look like it has been "Frankenstein'd" with discarded parts.
  2. PS- recommended by a Linn/Naim dealer in the Atlanta area. He was spot on.
  3. Target VW wall shelf - robust and made a HUGE difference in isolation. Impervious to footfalls and just made everything blacker deeper more silent.
  4. you are correct. I thought the bearing was mixed in w his platter review etc. Good luck in your research.
  5. I would read what ThomasOK said about the review and the reviewer's missteps on set-up etc. But even with some of his reservations, the author thought the LP 12 was special. HiFi Choice did a recent shoot out and the LP12 was the preference (remind me to post the scans.) So while there is a tendency to "Linn bash" there is still a lot to love about how the LP12 performs. Truthfully, the only to way to smartly purchase an audio component is to audition it. Listen to the Majik and others in your price range. What do your ears and heart tell you about the music? There will be pluses and minuses to all. Some sonic and some monetary. Everyone one this forum seems to have a "preference" for the way the LP12 reproduces music. But there are plenty of fine options out there.
  6. I'm with you here. The outlay is pretty much the same right ? Go for new and shiny and warrantied. Sell the old one off unless you are really in love with the sound of an original LP12 (Linn isn't obviously so prevailing wisdom is upgrade the whole thing.).
  7. Speaking of the AR turntable - from a very recent Stereophile post by Michael Fremer: I recently got hold of an old AR turntable—a rare TA model, which has two motors, one of them to get the platter spinning in the correct direction. It didn't include a headshell, so I ordered a 3D-printed one on eBay for $50 and to honor the late Len Gregory (aka "The Cartridge Man"). I installed in it the original Cartridge Man Music Maker cartridge that starts life as a Grado moving iron design. This one had been sitting in its red pill box for more than 20 years. I placed a Funk Firm Achromat on top of the bare platter and plugged it into The Vinyl. Even with overhang unset (because at first I didn't know you could move the armtube to adjust it), the sound produced was laugh-out-loud sweet! Anyone hearing this and thinking about getting into vinyl would stop thinking and start doing. link here: https://www.stereophile.com/content/analog-corner-313-cyrus-audio-phono-signature-qhw-audio-vinyl-shaknspin-x-quisite-sut-x-20
  8. from a review of a new Luxman CD player... https://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/luxman-d-10x-cd-sacd-player-and-dac According to Sigmund, all Luxman products go through a final design stage during which they are voiced by a single individual. In this respect they are not unlike several other Japanese manufacturers. Marantz comes most immediately to mind, the late Ken Ishiwata being perhaps the only “voicer” to have become a celebrity, even a guru. At Luxman this individual is Masakazu Nagatsuma, head of the company’s Research and Development. Sigmund informs me the final sound of any given model results from a series of intensive listening sessions that involves such processes as substituting in crucial parts of the circuitry capacitors selected from a tray of same or tweaking the screws and bolts that secure transformers and circuit boards. One of the Luxman integrated amplifiers, for example, has five to seven different torque settings that “yield subtly different sonic profiles.”
  9. Linn's "K thing" is a smart gimmick. It's their brand. One of their K components are immediately identifiable as Linn products.
  10. Responsibility is 100% on Naim or their US distributor who arranges these ad buys. The mag just receives these digitally and it's not really on them to proof read advertising.
  11. Good one. And quite possible that Naim will "gaslight" us and say that we're crazy and that's how they spell it.
  12. I'm sure it is a good/great cartridge in certain systems that are a better match all around or have the ability to dial in precise adjustments. The one thing that was quite noticeable was how silently the Delos tracked. Yes super clean and no sibilance. Not the slightest iota of groove chatter esp. compared to the Dynavector I had before the Krystal.
  13. Will be interesting to see how your situation develops. I bought and sold a Delos within months because it sounded "thin" using an EAR 834P. I never got it to sound right. and the EAR 834P is not adjustable. I know that Lyras are not euphonic cartridges so I wasn't expecting a warm balance but a Linn Krystal is a Koetsu compared to the Delos.
  14. I see a resemblance, don't you? The 50's prop (Robby the Robot from 1956's Forbidden Planet) also has a dust cover, unlike the VPI or Solstice.
  15. You know, one of the great things about the LP12 is that it looks like a "classic" and traditional turntable. I don't want a giant, mega platter or something that looks like it was made for a 1950's sci fi film. It's perfectly proportioned and it sounds better than most things out there. I'm sure the Naim Solstice sounds great but its a STATEMENT and many of us need something that doesn't take up much real estate. And to the prior post, yes, the absurdity of a Naim set up with a thousand boxes and cables makes me shake my head. I'm not knocking if you love it, but I can't live with that much clutter. Prefer to collect records and cds not cables, power supplies and external crossovers.
  16. Some amazing proofreading skills on display in these Naim ads! Makes me think of one thing: quality.
  17. Yes, I think most of us regular forum types would recommend bearing/power supply/subchassis and arm improvements before investing in a good MC cartridge. You will really hear what an MC can do with all those improvements. To your question: "Are there major sonic differences to MC and MM cartridges?" The answer is yes, but I won't say that there is a right or wrong or a "better" here. Cartridge choice can be very subjective and can depend on your taste of music too. I'll let someone else over-generalize the sound differences between the two.
  18. Trust Your Ears: The Mercury Living Presence story Simon Barnett, dCS Explore the fascinating story behind one of the world's most pioneering classical record labels in this three-part podcast series, produced by dCS in collaboration with Decca Records. Listen on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/trust-your-ears-the-mercury-living-presence-story/id1566382836
  19. On a separate note, I would use this LP to demonstrate a system. A guilty pleasure, it still brings joy 30 years after it came out. It's a total amazing mashup of so many pop culture and musical references. Kind of like the Quentin Tarantino version of music. Bad ass drums and guitar and amazing vocals. I do understand it will not be for everyone. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/that-record-got-me-high-podcast/id1369133152
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