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    Join Date: Dec 2008

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    This is my system as it stands at 4th February 2017. I have just ordered a Rothwell MC headamp to replace the Pro-Ject phono stage as the preamp has an inbuilt MM phono stage as standard so I may as well put it to good use and, with MM it is much better sound wise than the Pro-Ject DS. This photo is of the system playing vinyl and not CD as I kind of get more pleasure from vinyl most of the time

    Not really sure what change will bring next after the Rothwell but who knows ? It could be big.
    Marantz CD6005 into Audiolab MDAC
    Nottingham Analogue Interspace turntable with Origin Live Onyx tonearm/Denon DL103/Dynavector P75 MkIII phono stage

    Prima Luna Prologue preamp
    Prima Luna Dialogue Premium power amp/EL34

    B&W CM8 S2 loudspeakers

    Atlas Hyper interconnects
    Van Den Hul Teatrack biwired cables

    Mainly electronica and modern jazz/funk

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    Nice Shaun, like how you photographed that shot-quality!

    You can't beat valves and vinyl. I am listening to something quite special at the moment.
    VPI Scout 1.1 / JMW 9T Tonearm / 2M Black /Croft 25R+ / Croft 7 / Spendor SP2

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    All good stuff Shaun. Looks attractive too
    Regards,
    Grant ....

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    Nothing like the glow of valves to warm the heart - and the whole house.


    In perpetual pursuit.
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    The Truth linestage
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    Audio Note ANe-SPX speakers
    Townshend Isolda speaker cables
    Cardas Golden Presence interconnects

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    Looking good, mate!

    Quote Originally Posted by Haselsh1 View Post
    Not really sure what change will bring next after the Rothwell but who knows ? It could be big.
    I suspect it will be significant (and for the better)

    Enjoy, and post a full report when it arrives!

    Marco.
    "A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do" -- Milan Kundera.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    Looking good, mate!



    I suspect it will be significant (and for the better)

    Enjoy, and post a full report when it arrives!

    Marco.
    You're correct Marco, the difference is quite significant. I'll post a summary in a few weeks time when I have ironed out a few problems.
    Marantz CD6005 into Audiolab MDAC
    Nottingham Analogue Interspace turntable with Origin Live Onyx tonearm/Denon DL103/Dynavector P75 MkIII phono stage

    Prima Luna Prologue preamp
    Prima Luna Dialogue Premium power amp/EL34

    B&W CM8 S2 loudspeakers

    Atlas Hyper interconnects
    Van Den Hul Teatrack biwired cables

    Mainly electronica and modern jazz/funk

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    In the meantime, here's a shot of the current setup with the Denon DL103 and the Rothwell MC Headamp.
    I have finally removed the hum and the RF interference.
    Marantz CD6005 into Audiolab MDAC
    Nottingham Analogue Interspace turntable with Origin Live Onyx tonearm/Denon DL103/Dynavector P75 MkIII phono stage

    Prima Luna Prologue preamp
    Prima Luna Dialogue Premium power amp/EL34

    B&W CM8 S2 loudspeakers

    Atlas Hyper interconnects
    Van Den Hul Teatrack biwired cables

    Mainly electronica and modern jazz/funk

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    OK, so the next big change has happened, thanks to ebay. I have just bought a Nottingham Analogue Interspace deck fitted with a Rega RB250 arm from a guy or gal in London. I've no idea when it will arrive but I am seriously looking forward to getting it. Used to have a Spacedeck back in 1997 and have always been impressed by their engineering.
    Marantz CD6005 into Audiolab MDAC
    Nottingham Analogue Interspace turntable with Origin Live Onyx tonearm/Denon DL103/Dynavector P75 MkIII phono stage

    Prima Luna Prologue preamp
    Prima Luna Dialogue Premium power amp/EL34

    B&W CM8 S2 loudspeakers

    Atlas Hyper interconnects
    Van Den Hul Teatrack biwired cables

    Mainly electronica and modern jazz/funk

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    Nice. I like the NA turntables.
    Mr. Tact!

    Main system: MMs/ADCs/Low output MC's/One rare Japanese SUT/One scarce British phono stage/various tonearms/hefty Japanese DD TT and hefty Japanese BD TT and small British BD TT. 4 CD players/2 jitter buster/2 DACs/Valve buffer. TVC stepped attenuator or valve pre-amp or solid state pre-amp. Current dumping power-amp or either of two Class A SS power-amp or Class A EL34 valve monos or big Japanese (part Class A) integrated. Big dual concentric speakers/Smaller dual concentric speakers/Two way British compacts and full range speakers, amongst others. And too much more to list!

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    The latest purchase via ebay is our Nottingham Analogue Interspace with Rega RB250 tonearm and our old Denon DL103. It has just taken two bloody hours to install and set up but hell was it worth it.

    Playing the first album on it by Mr Scruff 'Friendly Bacteria' there is an immediate difference. The cymbals are much more noticeable by their ring and midrange voices are so very obvious. The whole sound is much more mellow and relaxed however electronic drums have much more authority. The really low sub bass stuff is so much more than with the Stanton.

    In all, I'd say well worth the money...!

    Oh happy days
    Marantz CD6005 into Audiolab MDAC
    Nottingham Analogue Interspace turntable with Origin Live Onyx tonearm/Denon DL103/Dynavector P75 MkIII phono stage

    Prima Luna Prologue preamp
    Prima Luna Dialogue Premium power amp/EL34

    B&W CM8 S2 loudspeakers

    Atlas Hyper interconnects
    Van Den Hul Teatrack biwired cables

    Mainly electronica and modern jazz/funk

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