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  1. #111
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    The MC20 Supreme arrived this morning, fitted and working very well, so I won't be pursuing Alan's 301 Blackstar.
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    I'm Milo.

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    Thanks Ken; I'll get hold of Alan (unless you have already told him).

  3. #113
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    I'll drop him a PM.
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    Blackstar
    If you are still interested its yours PM me your address

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    I'm Milo.

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    Hello Alan, I've PMed you.

  6. #116
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    Guys, I just had several hours on 301 mk2. And I can say, it's a good cartridge, but I kinda miss the strong treble (that I had with the AT cartridges). Even I set the preamp to MC 1KOhms, still not bright enough.
    The treble is very delicate.. I don't say it's dull, but I think it should be more.

    Do you think it will open when the cartridge breaks-in?

    technics sl1210 mk2, with rewired tonearm and firm funk achromat mat, stock headshell.
    Preamp: Ifi IPhono 2. Denon tracks at 1.4g with 2.0 antiscating.

    I wait for the oyaide headshell leads, maybe this would help. But for now, I think high end is just not open enough.Another thing I intent to do is to replace the headshell with Sumiko HS-12, but I'm afraid the resonance will drop under 8.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mindarelus View Post
    Guys, I just had several hours on 301 mk2. And I can say, it's a good cartridge, but I kinda miss the strong treble (that I had with the AT cartridges). Even I set the preamp to MC 1KOhms, still not bright enough.
    The treble is very delicate.. I don't say it's dull, but I think it should be more.

    Do you think it will open when the cartridge breaks-in?

    technics sl1210 mk2, with rewired tonearm and firm funk achromat mat, stock headshell.
    Preamp: Ifi IPhono 2. Denon tracks at 1.4g with 2.0 antiscating.

    I wait for the oyaide headshell leads, maybe this would help. But for now, I think high end is just not open enough.Another thing I intent to do is to replace the headshell with Sumiko HS-12, but I'm afraid the resonance will drop under 8.
    I had a Dl304 (?) Which was stunningly transparent and detailed but it too lacked that AT treble. I know what you mean but i think the Denon sound is more balanced rather than completely open. Might just be my experience but that's what i thought at the time

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  8. #118
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    Quote Originally Posted by mindarelus View Post
    Guys, I just had several hours on 301 mk2. And I can say, it's a good cartridge, but I kinda miss the strong treble (that I had with the AT cartridges). Even I set the preamp to MC 1KOhms, still not bright enough.
    The treble is very delicate.. I don't say it's dull, but I think it should be more.

    Do you think it will open when the cartridge breaks-in?

    technics sl1210 mk2, with rewired tonearm and firm funk achromat mat, stock headshell.
    Preamp: Ifi IPhono 2. Denon tracks at 1.4g with 2.0 antiscating.

    I wait for the oyaide headshell leads, maybe this would help. But for now, I think high end is just not open enough.Another thing I intent to do is to replace the headshell with Sumiko HS-12, but I'm afraid the resonance will drop under 8.
    The treble does not really get any more pronounced, it is rather delicate although the detail is there just not in your face. I feel this is partly due to its heritage coming from the Denon 103 background. The Audio Technical cartridges will be much more prominent in this area. If you want well balanced strong treble maybe try a 2M black or if you want spine tingling supercar performance try a Decca.
    Lenco GL75 / Shure M55e / Jico SAS /VPI Scout 1.1 / JMW 9T Tonearm / 2M Black /Croft 25R+ / Croft 7 / Spendor SP2

  9. #119
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    I believe 2m black is not a good match for my stock tonearm. And on the other side, I prefer MC carts.
    I like how warm is the denon, maybe it's a break-in stuff, I'll wait till it get to 50 hours.
    Exactly - highs are not in your face, actually with this cartridge nothing is in your face

  10. #120
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    I'm James.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mindarelus View Post
    I believe 2m black is not a good match for my stock tonearm. And on the other side, I prefer MC carts.
    I like how warm is the denon, maybe it's a break-in stuff, I'll wait till it get to 50 hours.
    Exactly - highs are not in your face, actually with this cartridge nothing is in your face
    It's a cartridge you can listen to for very long periods without fatigue. I particularly like its midrange, warm and rich.
    Lenco GL75 / Shure M55e / Jico SAS /VPI Scout 1.1 / JMW 9T Tonearm / 2M Black /Croft 25R+ / Croft 7 / Spendor SP2

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