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  1. As mentioned above, the Technics 1200Mk2 is a very good cheap deck. It doesn't matter how much you mod it, there is still the same motor. The motor does 33.3 rpm accurately, but if you look at what goes on in each revolution, it is awful. You just can't judge direct-drives by the Technics 1200Mk2. I used to have a collection of the top-end heavyweight direct-drives. I would have happily got rid of them all and downsized to a Technics 1200Mk2. I tried it. No thanks. Direct-drive requires some serious manufacturing skill to make. Easier to use a small motor and rubber band. SME could never have made a direct-drive, and certainly not at the price of a 1200Mk2 !
  2. Yeah but........can you elaborate on exactly which DD machines you have heard.
  3. I'm sorry to say this, but you really need to impose your own will. Things will only get worse. It's no wonder proper big speakers don't sell. That's coming from an old bachelor, who uses big speakers.
  4. Back in the early days, there was criticism against direct-drive. And it was justified because the cheap direct-drives were quoted as the typical behaviour. Still people are saying they have heard a direct-drive....... a Technics 1200Mk2. The Technics 1200Mk2 was a very good cheap machine. But it was never in the same class (nor intended to be) as the big players of the past, or the better machines available today. Even the 1200G which looks like the old Mk2 (for understandable marketing reasons) is a better example of what direct-drive does.
  5. I did look very hard. There are more manufacturers than that. There are also all of the old passives.
  6. I've had cartridges re-tipped in the past. I would no longer do it. If you get a cartridge 'rebuilt', what do they do about suspension rubber? I rarely see it mentioned. If it is changed will it be the same as original? Can you go out and buy cartridge suspension rubber from the manufacturer for different cartridges? Do they all use the same? I don't think they do. It has long been known that suspension rubber deteriorates with age. Some cartridges are worse than others. Setting up a cartridge after rebuild requires specialist test equipment. I would now only get a cartridge rebuilt by original manufacturer to original specification. One of the few I know who do that is EMT.
  7. I was looking at (active) studio monitors a while back, and it really surprised me that there aren't test reports for them. Think of any domestic loudspeaker and you can find measurements somewhere, but I couldn't locate anything for even very well known studio monitors. So how do studio engineers start to make decisions without listening to everything?
  8. Downsizing is not easy. It depends on the kind of music you listen to. Everybody should live with a pair of LS3/5a at least for a while. If you don't take to them they will easily re-sell. They are a nearfield speaker, don't sit too far away. Why not downsize seriously with some small active studio monitors, and get rid of your amps. They would have a bigger sound than you expect.
  9. Thank you for that. I've wanted to hear a Lowther TP1 London for many years. When I was young and keen I almost bought the plans to make a pair
  10. The Smyth Realiser is mind-blowing in concept. It is the only significant innovation I have seen in hifi in the last 35 years. It has been around for about 20 years. I enthusiastically described it here a few years ago..........and was immediately shot down as a shill by an unpleasant individual who had never even heard of it. A small black box can recreate the sound of any hifi system in any room, and you don't even need expensive headphones because it corrects for headphone errors. The price might seem expensive, but it completely wipes out the hifi industry. All you need is that little box. It is primarily aimed at gamers. Smyth don't plan on producing a cut-down version for hifi. This thing needs to be read about and understood. It will be copied eventually. https://smyth-research.com/
  11. Or the sand fills the gaps between the lead shot. First-world anxiety problems eh. At least not worrying about getting a drink of clean water...........
  12. Yeah but..........aren't BBC speakers supposed to be placed on open-frame stands, not with a flat top-plate. I believe Graham sell, or have sold stands. They certainly do for LS5/5. And another thing, you need to be very careful with Bluetack. I've seen several speakers where the veneer has been ripped off by it.
  13. I have some Graham LS5/9, grade 1 BBC monitors, which can go. I'm not far from you. Please PM me if interested.
  14. EMT. They are doing a wider range of cartridges these days. Their cartridges, like their old turntables, are built in modules which can easily be stripped down to their basic parts. Cartridges are a bit expensive when new, but my experience of rebuilding wasn't too expensive. And you get a cartridge rebuilt to exactly as new including re-magnetized. They can go on forever, which suits their original studio use very well. Roksan Shiraz is an EMT. Rebuilding cost through Roksan is eye-watering, but a Shiraz can go directly back to EMT instead.
  15. There is no doubting that you have to be careful using headphones. It is very tempting to turn them up to a point where it gets dangerous for your hearing. In years to come there will probably be many people with ear damage due to the current earphone fashion. Legal action to come? Canford suply DT770 with limiters fitted
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