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Anyone tried Soundsmith VPI Zephyr MI Cartridge
Bsme85 - quite right. I used line contact type styli with my previous Graham 1.5T - which is a traditional unipivot - and got very good performance.I was just repeating the SoundSmith ad-speak. They're suggesting the elliptical shape of the Zephyr... 
Stealth Hyperphono vs. Silver Audio Silver Breeze?
03-08-11: Jafox....if the SB has only increased to $650 after all these years, it continues to be the runaway steal value for phono cables. But with this said, the Hyperphono is altogether at a completely different performance level.Yes, according... 
Anyone tried Soundsmith VPI Zephyr MI Cartridge
Thanks for the reply Macdadtexas.After reading the blurb on both products it seems the Zephyr's elliptical stylus was used to alleviate the tracing problems with azimuth roll in unipivot arms. Since the Phantom has the 'magnaglide' stabilisation t... 
Stealth Hyperphono vs. Silver Audio Silver Breeze?
I've used the Silver Breeze for 6 or 7 years - great cable.The Hyperphono would have to be extraordinary to justify its $3800 price tag (vs ~$650 for the Silver Audio).IMO you'd have to have completely exhausted all other phono upgrade options to ... 
Anyone tried Soundsmith VPI Zephyr MI Cartridge
Macdadtexas, Did you speak with Peter regarding the sonic differences between the Aida and the Zephyr? Both are the same price but utilise very different cantilever/stylus arrangements. Aida has the SS's topline Ruby cantilever/optimised line cont... 
Anyone try the new Parasound Phono Stage?
The comparison (if any) to the Sutherland 20/20 reviewed in the last issue will be interesting 
Reminded once again of VTA criticality...
01-07-11: MoonglumMike, the burning question is : are the changes the result of minor VTA or the change in SRA resulting from VTF? I recall someone did measurement on this and they estimated +/-3mm = +/-0.1g...Moonglum that depends on the arm bein... 
Kleos Sibilance
01-06-11: GoatwussI don't believe the RB1000 has adjustable VTA. If I decided to move forward with that arm, I would probably go with the shim-based approach. Once I get VTA roughed in for an arm/cartridge I don't usually mess with it too much, an... 
Kleos Sibilance
FWIW, Fremer reviews the Kleos in the January S'phile - he used it with an Avid Diva II/ SME 309. He certainly didn't experience any sibilance issues - quite the opposite in fact. Some comments from that review:"It's performance fresh out the box ... 
Graham Phantom Bearing Removal
I release the magnaglide by pushing the stabilising arm forward - to prevent any stress. I also have the arm cradle released to prevent any stress on the arm-tube. Then I use my left hand to lift the bearing housing: placing my thumb between the m... 
Who needs a MM cartridge type when we have MC?
Thanks again for your thoughts Halcro. Maybe I'll look around for a suitable low mass arm, but the Garrott is not really high compliance. At 18 x 10-6cm/dyne it is very close to the compliance of my Ortofon Jubilee (16┬Ám/mN)- it should work best i... 
Who needs a MM cartridge type when we have MC?
Yeah, Halcro I'll probably do that.I'm finding the P77 very satisfying at the moment (I don't think I gave it enough time to 'loosen up' last time I tried it) - and not feeling any pressing need to find a replacement.I know you found the P77 to be... 
Who needs a MM cartridge type when we have MC?
Thanks for the quick run-down Halcro.I'll have to check on the availability of those other MM's you mention - that's a problem with a lot of MM/MI cartridges mentioned in this thread. Seems as soon as they are 're-discovered' they become 'unobtain... 
Who needs a MM cartridge type when we have MC?
Hey Halcro, Now that you've listened to a number of other MM/MI cartridges, what is your current opinion/standing on the Garrott P77?Asking because I've had some system changes and I'm now using the inexpensive ARC SP16 tube preamp (integrated tub... 
VPI Classic
Agree with Stringreen, wobbling is most likely caused by the cartridge picking up a signal at it's resonant frequency. That may be the motor, belt, bearing or some external source - or perhaps the cartridge is faulty? Have you tried another?If the...