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REL T7 Subwoofer
No one has a REL T7? 
Spectral DMA 360 Series 2 with Aerial 20T
Normally Spectral gears are matched with Wilson Audio speakers like Maxx3, Sasha, and Sophia. I believe Wilson speakers usually have more weight at the bottom. 
VPI cartridge install f/phase inverting pre
I have a CJ pre that inverts phase, I swap the + and - at the speaker's end. All my sources are hooked up to the pre. So one swap at the speaker's end is enough. Also, you can tell if it is out of phase by listening. 
SoundSmith Sassuro Paula and Manley Steelhead
Although the loading options are limited, I did get good result with the Dynavector XV-1s. I used the MM input. Wish you could borrow one to try out. 
When a Reviewer "likes" something
Jaxwired,Since the existence of Audiogon, I have been buying and selling used equipment for the most part to try out so many different gears. Magazines do provide me information for me to make a choice in the used market although I have to wait fo... 
When a Reviewer "likes" something
Although many folks don't trust magazine reviews, I do want to give them credits as to keeping us informed of all the latest and high quality equipment in the market. Remember the old days when both TAS and Stereophile were in those smaller size f... 
When a Reviewer "likes" something
Magazine reviews to me is a starting point. It is extremely rare that a reviewer has most of my gears in his system to review a component. Let alone personal taste. However, magazine reviews help narrow down the components I am interested in. Rega... 
Benz Micro Wood SL - Repair or Replacement?
I may trade in the broken one for a new one. Some manufacturers have good trade-in program that offers high trade-in value. Just weigh between trade-in value and retip cost. But if you really like to have a backup in the future. then retip is the ... 
hissing sibilants
It happens to all recordings that you play? Some recordings are bad and inherently have lots of sibilants. Try the recording you know that doesn't have it and confirm if the problem still exists. Otherwise, the VTA could be too high (tonearm tail ... 
TT stopping in midstream of playback? Perplexed.
I feel bad about your experience. I am an analog diehard for over 20 years and have owned a few turntables. However, I have never had any experience remotely related to yours. All the tables I owned and the one I still own never stops during music... 
Impressed by Pangea Audio AC-9SE
Thanks Rhljazz. 
Impressed by Pangea Audio AC-9SE
Rhljazz,Is your 9SE broken in? If so, how long did it take you? I only have about 7 hours on it. 
Impressed by Pangea Audio AC-9SE
Pangea site doesn't have the latest information. You need to go to Audio Advisor. I believe both the AC-9 and AC-9SE have the same physical appearance. Both are stiff and heavy. The SE has differenct construction inside. Check Audio Advisor for de... 
Impressed by Pangea Audio AC-9SE
Rhljazz,Interesting. I got a total different experience than yours with the AC-9SE. Right out of the box, it was a bit rough and edgy on top. After two to three hours, it started mellowing out a bit. It was quite transaprent with good lows, mids a... 
Impressed by Pangea Audio AC-9SE
Rlwainwright,Yep, I am thinking putting the Kimber up for sale.Dopogue,This thing is addictive. Now I want to try out the AC-14SE for my preamp just for the heck of it. I agree the AC-9SE is made for amps. The AC-9SE is heavy and thick and I have ...