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  1. Would be really of interest to hear your opinion how Urika1 compares to your Mac phono stage, even if it is powered by "just" the old Radikal.
  2. 1) Karousel first. 2) If you can afford it: the new Radikal or second-hand Radikal, then just get the Kore at the same time. 3) If you already have an Akito3 arm it should be good enough, otherwise it is the next step. 4) Then an entry-level MC cart. 5) A better phono-stage like Urika,Uphorik or similar But dont take my word for it, just listen to each upgrade before you buy and judge yourself.
  3. The OP found that the presence of HDMI degraded the sound, even if it was "disabled" (by the unit controls). The article, on the other hand, claims that HDMI degrades the SPDIF signal when a HDMI cable is connected to the unit. To get the complete picture (well, sort of), I think it would be interesting if OP can confirm if a HDMI cable was connected or not in the comparison made. (Maybe the mere presence of a HDMI contact in the room will degrade the sound. Gaaah...!)
  4. And the reason for a casing made of plastic is probably to save weight (the motor is from the aviation industry).
  5. Its unlikely that I will get a Naim turntable, even if they subsequently release an affordable one, but its really good that more audio gear manufacturers get into vinyl and thereby sharpens the competition in general.
  6. That was not the question. Of course, there might be personal preferences, but musically (or entertaining, as I prefer to say), the LP wins over CD in 99 out of 100. Actually I have never heard a title on CD to be more musically/entertaining than the same title on LP. Otherwise I would have ditched LP long time ago. Just my view.
  7. Must have been in the late 80s, when my town got the first Linn dealer. I went there a number of times, very sceptical and not exactly impressed by the system they were playing on. Also, all the other dealers assured me that these Linn guys were completely bonkers. It took me several years to figure out what Linn was all about. Finally, I was allowed to borrow home a LK1 and try it out, then the coin fell down.
  8. Well, first of all it is preferred to use either balanced or non-balanced at both ends. The reason for the abundance of non-balanced connectors is two-fold: 1) non-balanced connectors are cheaper than balanced connectors and 2) balanced connectors are judged to be unnecessary outside the studio (or stage). This may also touch on another more "sensitive" topic: which connection is best sonically: a balanced or a non-balanced. I am sure people have very different opinions on that, as you can see on different "high-end" hifi producers. Some of those refuse to use balanced connectors because they are convinced that non-balanced are sonically better. For example: A badly constructed balanced connection would probably give worse results than a properly constructed non-balanced connection, even if a balanced connection should be better "on paper".
  9. From this we can perhaps conclude that balanced output to balanced input and nonbalanced output to nonbalanced input will always be the best connection of equipment. It is only when connecting balanced with non-balanced equipment that you should take some precautions Check out the recommendation chart (link provided above) for the best configuration of the connection.
  10. If it can be confirmed that the output stage of Klimax Exaktbox is transformer-coupled it seems that the recommendation is configuration "6" in the chart, that is, a semi-balanced XLR cable ending in a RCA plug without connected screen.
  11. For once my intuition seems to be right: check this link, you should have configuration "4" in the chart (output XLR to input RCA) https://www.ranecommercial.com/kb_article.php?article=2107
  12. The only difference will be the cold or inverted signal: either it ends at Exaktbox output whith the soldered XLR (using RCA cable) or it goes along with XLR cable and ends just before the soldered RCA at the amp. I have no idea how it influences the music, but would go for RCA cable and a soldered XLR. The extra strand in the XLR cable might work as an antenna. Just maybe.
  13. I would certainly not buy ANYTHING, Linn or other stuff, that has not convinced me at a live demo, especially considering the royal prices now being asked. Even better, try to borrow the gear and try it out in your system before deciding. Just my advice.
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