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SOTA NOVA, HR-X VPI, Technics 1200G recommendations?
The phono cartridge and tonearm combine to make a spring mass system.  The phono cartridge and tonearm must compliment each other to yield the ideal system natural frequency.  That ideal system natural is between 8 and 11 Hz.  Once you decide on a... 
SOTA NOVA, HR-X VPI, Technics 1200G recommendations?
The effective mass of my SME 309 tonearm with removable headshell  is less than the effective mass of the SME IV or SME V fixed tonearms.  Hmm.  Generalizations can be dangerous.  I agree that fewer connections between the phono cartridge and prea... 
CD vs.same CD ripped to HD
I used DB Poweramp’s CD ripper.  It is very good.  I have a pretty high end DAC and CD Transport.  My transport upsamples the CD to DSD and conveys that to the DAC via either I2S or 3 BNC cables.  After I got a music server and ripped my CDs to th... 
SOTA NOVA, HR-X VPI, Technics 1200G recommendations?
I have had two Sota Turntables over the span of 39 years. My latest is a Star Vacuum Series VI. It was a series V until the motor died. So I had them upgrade it. The speed is stable in terms of both setpoint and w&f. My older Sota Sapphire Ser... 
Best Cartridge for SME309 arm
I have the Soundsmith Zephyr MIMC Star on my SME309. It is the best tracking cartridge that I have ever had. It sounds great. I have a couple of records going back to the 70s that I thought had bad grooves. The Zephyr tracks them perfectly. I have... 
Atlanta, Ga.
Any 2 channel gatherings going on in Atlanta area?  I’m in middle Georgia.  
CD v Streamed
I’ll clarify what I mean about the differences between streaming 44.1/16 bit and FLAC on my SSD. The most notable difference is the soundstage. CDs already have a smaller, less holographic soundstage compared to vinyl- in general. Some CDs are sur... 
CD v Streamed
It’s complicated. My experience with regards to digital is downloaded hi res files are tops followed by CD.  FLAC files from CDs on my server SSD are pretty much indistinguishable from CD.  I have a very good CD transport and DAC.  I use Qobuz. St... 
Favorite cable brand.
These posts can be bewildering to those new to this hobby.  I can see how the less experienced just walk away in frustration and go back to their iTunes.  It's not just about cables.  Everyone's comments are valid from their background of experien... 
The Absurdity of it All
I get the frustrations of this hobby.  The biggest obstacle these days is just being able to hear the gear somewhere.  It's not like the 70s and 80s when hifi shops were as common as CVS.  It's hard to optimize a system with limited opportunities ... 
Favorite cable brand.
Purist Audio 
Sound quality of Newer versus Older speakers
If you google the white paper for the Thiel CS6 speaker, you will find that Jim Thiel was addressing time and phase coherence and energy storage decades ago. All of the things that have been mentioned here is not new. I’ve had my CS6 speakers for ... 
What phono preamp are you using?
My Zephyr Star MIMC ES sends the tiniest of signals to an ARC Ref Phono 2SE and then into an ARC Ref 5 SE.  By now the signal has been boosted some 68 dB and then goes into a pair of Pass Labs amps to get another 20dB boost.  From there it’s rattl... 
Ayon CD player issue
I bought an Ayon DAC and Transport in January.  They are amazing.  
For all you Vinyl lovers!
You know, it’s fun to play music all day with the CD player or music server but then comes dusk and it’s time to put on the vinyl- ahh, so smooth and relaxing. CDs or servers are like a hot shower- a convenient and quick way to relax but putting o...