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mskaye

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  1. Totally with you here. Some things are better automated and record cleaning is one. I've been using a Nitty Gritty automatic dispensing fluid machine on and off for 30 years. It works great and isn't too big. It is a little loud. Bose noise cancelling headphones or ear plugs are a must for extended cleaning sessions. But it's easy and makes a huge, huge difference. I use Audio Intelligent fluid - the One Step Formula No. 6. I know that multi-fluid processes yield exceptional results but out of time and energy (and tinnitus concerns) I'll keep on with the single fluid cleaning.
  2. I have lived in 6 (!) different homes/apartments with my LP12 since 1989 - #1-poured concrete floor - no issues #2-poured concrete - no issues #3-tile floor - wood underneath - footfalls a minor issue (tile floor an issue too sigh) #4 - concrete floor - no issues #5 - hardwood floors - and a very "springy" one at that - major footfall problems - could make it skip by walking 10 feet away - a wall mounted Target VW shelf eradicated the issue and the add'l isolation made it sound better than ever. Would my footfall problems been lessened if the LP12 was on a Quadraspire or HRS rack or something like that? Or if the entire piece of furniture was on some sort of springy absorption devices? Possibly but I'll never know.
  3. There are a slew of reasons as to why actors/people change their names. I've never heard of "personal empowerment" being a reason - see Muhammad Ali. It usually deals w race and ethnicity and discrimination. Or some people change their names if their family's history has been one of abuse. For the record, I am not a Scientologist (a cult) and I have no plans to buy Shunyata power equipment. The owner being a Scientologist is probably the fifth reason on the list that I wouldn't. I own a Wiremold and use nice cables in a Oyaide outlet. That's all folks.
  4. I'd like to see the link to the $100 Shunyata knock off. Did it look identical? what model is being compared? We're in murky waters here. How much do you think it costs IN PARTS to make a Keel or Kore vs. the astounding retail price? Also, real names vs. taken names? Who cares? If that mattered, no one would watch a classic Hollywood film.
  5. The magic of the LP12 and its numerous upgrades is how Linn manages to extract more detail out of the table itself without it becoming just a musically inert hyper detail machine. I for one, have not gone down the road of a Kore or Keel yet, but when I do, it will be a Kore or a Keel and not a 3rd party clone. I understand wanting perhaps a different "approach" for a distinct type of sound tailoring and that can include a non-Linn cartridge or tonearm (you all know how I feel about the Aro.) But when it comes to the core of the turntable, stick with Linn. By the way, the Naim Armageddon may have been a nice alternative to the Lingo 1 but it's irrelevant now. As far as the blogger's opinions - they are just opinions. He has the time and the budget to experiment and its fun to read the results of his findings. I don't think he is advocating for anyone to copy him.
  6. Based on his posts, I really wish I had bought a Javelin tonearm when TP was still extant. I wonder how many he actually made. Do any go on the market second hand ?
  7. I was happy to read that he ultimately loved the Lingo 4 (though I'm wondering what motor I have now....)
  8. Yikes. That makes it extremely complicated. Perhaps the Aro needs to be excluded from serious discussion these days unless you are un-Kored, un-Keeled and un-Urika'd.
  9. PS - I always heard that the Aro was named because... its sort of shaped like an arrow!
  10. https://forums.naimaudio.com/topic.php?oid=1566878604986865&coid=159503632588890 Some useful info here about cartridges and the Aro.
  11. a good assessment of the Aro https://zstereo.co.uk/2014/06/01/1518/
  12. I agree w Matt Chicago on option B. It's cost effective leaving you lots of money to buy LPs. That's the path I took last year and I couldn't be happier with the results of both upgrades. PS - I listen to a lot of small ensemble jazz, singer songwriter, 70s rock, string quartets... I'd bring an original LP of Nick Drake's PINK MOON to demo equipment over 99% of the audiophile nonsense I've heard at audio shows.
  13. VERY expensive Sonos-style equipment. Or Linn's egg shaped answer to the visually uninspired Naim Mu-so (which looks just so-so.) Enjoy.
  14. I agree with that point. I will say however, that what constitutes a bad record or a bad sounding record is a subjective thing. Playing a Diana Krall LP on an Akurate LP12 or a crappy Crowley is still a miserable experience for me despite its supposed audiophile recording quality. So Akamatsu is correct - I would probably be even more miserable listening to her on an LP12.
  15. Let's put a fork in this one. I think we all agree to disagree. I'm going back to listen to my $ 2000 CD player through my $3000 amp and $4000 speakers.
  16. I think we are all in agreement here that the "source first" philosophy is a very sound and logical one. After that, we are in the world of subjective musical preference as to where one prioritizes spending. And one company's philosophy taken to the extreme - that it's a 100000% certainty that a $600 moving magnet cartridge on a $45,000 dollar turntable will musically outperform a $2000 moving coil cartridge on a $15,000 turntable - has to be taken with a grain of salt.
  17. Agree about the importance of good AC to get the most out of your system once its in place. I've had a few missteps when upgrading my system over the years, mostly with amplification and speakers (here's some good advice: never ever buy Rega speakers.). But upgrading AC cables for all my components made a very big difference. Stock cables sound smaller and "pinched" in comparison. They clarify everything your system wants to do.
  18. Agree about the importance of good AC to get the most out of your system once its in place. I've had a few missteps when upgrading my system over the years, mostly with amplification and speakers (here's some good advice: never ever buy Rega speakers.). But upgrading AC cables for all my components made a very big difference. Stock cables sound smaller and "pinched" in comparison. They clarify everything your system wants to do.
  19. A slightly unfair comparison - Linn Tukans were $799 list price in the late 1990s. That's like $1400.00 today.
  20. Yes, the Naim Aro is a bit finicky and has it's quirks - no overhang adjustment so cartridge choice is limited. They go for about $2000.00 these days if you can find one. The Aro is not a direct swap out for a gimbaled arm though - it reproduces music differently. Try and hear a comparison before you commit.
  21. @ThomasOKI know you were making a point. Better yet - 6-7.5k on TT, 3k on amp, 1.5k on phono preamp, 1.5-2k speakers, 1k on power and cabling and the rest on LPs !
  22. I get your point in theory but that's rather an extreme case. No one in their right mind would spend so much disproportionately on the source. Maybe spending 15k on the source 5 k on amp and 5 k on speakers will provide much more musical enjoyment. That sounds more logical. Why spend so much on a superior source that cannot be resolved by the limitations of the amp and the speakers?
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