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  1. #11
    Join Date: Jun 2010

    Location: Adelaide, South Australia

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    I'm Steve.

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    Steve.

    TT: 1986 Townshend Rock, 1980 Luxman PD264, 1978 Planar 3 in original condition.
    Arm: AO modified Moth RB250, Hadcock GH228, Rega R200.
    Cart: AT OC9 III, Shure V15 III, Bellex HOMC.
    Phono: Vincent PHO-8, Akitika MM.
    CDP: California Labs CL15, Pioneer DVP 676A.
    Digi: Squeezebox.
    Amp: Copland CSA-29, Denon PMA250 II, Cambridge Audio Azur 651A.
    Speakers: 1995 Castle Howard S1, 1970 Wharfedales.
    Headphones: AKG Q701.

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    Join Date: Jun 2010

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    I'm Steve.

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    This DAC turned up from Paris today, quite impressed!
    Steve.

    TT: 1986 Townshend Rock, 1980 Luxman PD264, 1978 Planar 3 in original condition.
    Arm: AO modified Moth RB250, Hadcock GH228, Rega R200.
    Cart: AT OC9 III, Shure V15 III, Bellex HOMC.
    Phono: Vincent PHO-8, Akitika MM.
    CDP: California Labs CL15, Pioneer DVP 676A.
    Digi: Squeezebox.
    Amp: Copland CSA-29, Denon PMA250 II, Cambridge Audio Azur 651A.
    Speakers: 1995 Castle Howard S1, 1970 Wharfedales.
    Headphones: AKG Q701.

  3. #13
    Join Date: Jun 2010

    Location: Adelaide, South Australia

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    I'm Steve.

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    Reviving my old thread seeing as things have changed a bit.

    Amplifier has been upgraded to a Copland CSA29, I loved the 14, the 29 is similar but more of everything, the first thing I noticed was better bass grip.
    Since the CSA29 doesn't have the phono option (still looking) I tried a few, ended up with 2 as I'm running 2 TTs, the Vincent PHO-8 and an Akitika kit MM stage DIY jobber. Both great.
    I saved a Luxman PD264 from going to the skip, it had no arm or dustcover and I was given half of a Hadcock GH228 unipivot, the Luxman base was warped and soggy so the original was used as a template to make a new one from 6mm MDF and screwed that to the underside, this tightened the whole sound up, everything was just better, like a totally different TT. I was looking for parts on the internet for the arm and found a 95% complete one for $200, that has been to Glasgow for j7 to rewire with VdH, sounding good too.

    I swapped the CSA14 for a CL-15 CDP , best sounding CDP I have heard so far.

    I should post piccies too, I shall get around to that.

    PC audio is handled by the Denon PMA250 II, a NOS 1453 Battery DAC and 1970 Wharfedale the model of which I have no idea, but they have a single 8" driver.
    I have an Azur 651A sitting doing nothing atm, I may use it in the lounge for 2.1 AV duties on the TV.
    Steve.

    TT: 1986 Townshend Rock, 1980 Luxman PD264, 1978 Planar 3 in original condition.
    Arm: AO modified Moth RB250, Hadcock GH228, Rega R200.
    Cart: AT OC9 III, Shure V15 III, Bellex HOMC.
    Phono: Vincent PHO-8, Akitika MM.
    CDP: California Labs CL15, Pioneer DVP 676A.
    Digi: Squeezebox.
    Amp: Copland CSA-29, Denon PMA250 II, Cambridge Audio Azur 651A.
    Speakers: 1995 Castle Howard S1, 1970 Wharfedales.
    Headphones: AKG Q701.

  4. #14
    Join Date: Jan 2008

    Location: Forest of Dean, Glos

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    I'm Jerry.

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    Piccies would be good.

    It's interesting to read about the Luxman 264 tt - I bought one cos they just look so cool! - and I was hugely disappointed by the vague and woolly sound.
    Very interesting that better materials and I presume workmanship on the same basic design can give substantial improvements.
    Jerry

    Spotify Premium streaming, Laptop / Halide Bridge, Auralic Vega DAC/pre, Arkless buffer, >>amp de jour<<, MBL 116F.

    Amps:
    Firebottle AIR
    LA Audio A30 el84 integrated
    Wadia 151 PowerDAC
    Trigon TRE 50 Monoendstufen << Currently playing

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