Responses from ozzy62

Cartridge Loading- Benz LO.4
I have the L2, which is the newer version of your cartridge with the same output. A lot will depend on your phono stage, but I have mine loaded @ 300 ohms. I have found that it sounds good most anywhere below 1k ohms, but 100 was way too much. It ... 
Cryoed EL34s?
Thanks for the input.Stock Valve Art EL34s are a hands down winner over the Svetlanas (non-cryoed). I certainly wouldn't pay 150.00/quad for any of them. But the asking price of the VA per quad is only 15.00 over the standard version, so it's a ne... 
best 1-source pre-amp w/remote - $700-$2000 used?
The Placette and a TVC aren't even playing in the same league. A transformer based passive is laughably better in all respects. This is especially true in the midrange, where the Placette can be wiry and dry. Not so the TX-102. Much better in my o... 
Cartridge for Spacedeck w/spacearm
Bombaywalla is speaking of me. This is the 2nd L2 I have owned after foolishly selling the first one. I think it is a wonderful match with the Spacearm. Very dynamic and detailed but with a natural midrange presentation. I did prefer it to the She... 
Seperate phono stage v.s. step up transformer
I have the same phono stage as 4yanx with only a couple of exceptions. It is MC only and has a fixed load of 300 ohms as per my request. I can only reiterate what Bombaywalla and 4yanx have said about this phono stage and the Lundahl transformers ... 
Driving me crazy
I can tell you that the SLP-94 and the SLP-98 sound significantly better than the VK-3i. The BAT is darker and not nearly as transparent or dynamic as either of the Carys.Oz 
Arm and cart for Spacedeck
As far as arms go, unless you are willing to spend big money in Graham territory, stick with the Spacearm. I have had the following arms on my Spacedeck:Rega RB600OL SilverBluenote BorgheseBluenote BorromeoSome of them definitely performed better ... 
Music Reference RM9 - user comments please
I used to have the 1.6/RM9 combo. The music reference drove the maggies superbly in my 16X26 room. The 1.6s have long been gone, but the RM9 is still the anchor in my system.Oz 
Full-function/Phono-only vs. Line + Phono Stage?
You can hardly go wrong with the Vinyl 1, but I may have some advice which would save you some $$. I just received my custom built K&K Audio preamp, which is the Art Audio Vinyl Reference + Stevens & Billington TVC. This unit was specially... 
Personal Preamp Evolution
McCormack Line DriveB&K Pro 10 MCAnthem Pre-1Audio Research LS3Pass Aleph LAudible Illusions Modulus 3ABAT VK 3iBAT VK 30Audible Illusions Modulus 3AJJ Electronics 243K&K Audio Custom preamp with phono using S&B TX102 for line stage(ju... 
Tube Pre Amp + Tube Phono Section
I recommend the JJ Electronics 243 tube preamp. It has a killer phono stage with adjustable loading and can handle cartridges as low as 0.3mV with no problems. It retails for $1995.00 but has a street price of around $1300.00. I have owned many re... 
Heavy Kit / Power Supply upgrade for Nottingham?
I have the Mat-1 on a Spacedeck and I love it. I also tried it on my buddy's Interspace with the same results. Improves dynamics and focus and just makes the whole presentation more involving.Oz 
Arm Differences ...... ,etc.
I thought you got rid of the Illustrious?On an unrelated note, what are your further thoughts on the Mat 1?Oz 
Which speaker is the master of IMAGING ????
Ok, you gonna keep us in suspense, or are you gonna tell us which two those are?Oz 
Small room and Montana SP3 or EPS Speakers?
Small correction. I meant to say that the DPS would probably work better, not the EPS. Montanas model numbers are confusing to say the least.Oz