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  1. #11
    Join Date: Jul 2010

    Location: North Oxfordshire

    Posts: 26
    I'm Jonathan.


    Well I finally connected my old Roksan Xerxes up to my Audiovector actives today, after I received an adapter I needed to convert RCA into a 3.5mm connector. To my relief my vinyl sounded really good, albeit a bit crackly after being used to Tidal streaming. I was really happy with my digital front end (SOTM sms-200 ultra and Mutec MC3 USB) which retails for over £2k, but it is beaten by my deck. Digital is clearer and more precise where as vinyl has more body, authority and warmth.

    So I'm scrapping my idea of selling off all my vinyl and am now looking for a lightly used second hand cartridge for between £130-200ish, which I'm sure will elevate my vinyl even further! I'm looking forward to discovering all my old vinyl of music that isn't available on Tidal.

  2. #12
    Join Date: Feb 2010

    Location: Berkshire, UK

    Posts: 3,246
    I'm Tom.


    Nice one.
    Main: Speakers 'RFC' Tannoy Canterburys / custom crossovers with Tannoy ST25 supertweeters; Amp - Radford STA100; Pre EAR 912; Vinyl: Thorens TD124 MkII + Ikeda IT345-CR1 9 inch and Ikeda IT-407 12 inch tonearms; Cartridges Stereo - Miyajima Madake, Miyajima Takumi, Ikeda 9TT, SAEC/Excel C3; Mono - Miyajimas - Zero 0.7, Premium 1.0, Edison '78' 4.0 conical, and Shure M44 strapped for mono with several Expert Stylus conicals for different eras of 78s; Phono stage and SUT from EAR 912 + Miyajima ETR-Mono SUT; Esoteric Sound Re-Equalizer for equalisation of early mono and 78, switchable in from tape loop; Digital: Audio Note CDT2/II transport, heavily modded AN Kit DAC + Mutec MC3+USB.

    Study: Speakers - Tannoy DC6; Amp: Pass Aleph 'Mini'; tube preamp - Gate Audio tube; Vinyl: Garrard 401 with AT1503 Mk I tonearm and vintage Ortofon SL-15e with matching Ortofon 2-15k SUT; Phono Stage from Gate Audio preamp; Digital - Trichord Genesis III CDP + Arcam rBlink.

  3. #13
    Join Date: Jul 2010

    Location: Cheltenham

    Posts: 786
    I'm Charlie.



    Budget also for a wet vacuum record cleaning machine. You'll find it the best value for money upgrade for any record playing system. A cheap Moth, Okki Nokki, Project etc will do absolutely fine. Cleaning fluid works out very cheap - (all proportions by volume) 20-25% isopropyl alcohol, 75-80% distilled water, 5 ml per litre of fluid of photographic wetting agent (e.g. Kodak Photoflo, Ilford Ilfotol). 1 L will clean 150 records.

    R2R: Studer A820 1/2 inch 2 track; Otari MTR-12 1/4 inch 2 track; Sony APR 5003; Sony APR 5002; Studer A807/II. Vinyl: Platine Verdier Allaerts MC1B/Schroeder Model 2 Decca C4E/Hadcock 228 TRON Seven Reference phono. Other analogue source: Nakamichi Dragon with ANT4066 mods. Amplification: TRON Meteor preamp TRON Voyager 20B SET power. Speakers: Avantgarde Duo. Digital: does not compute

  4. #14
    Join Date: May 2012

    Location: Dagenham Essex

    Posts: 8,116
    I'm I'mteachingmarcotheartofpishanto.


    but it is beaten by my deck. Digital is clearer and more precise where as vinyl has more body, authority and warmth.

    Woo Hoo another one saved from digital disappointment
    Music , fills the gaps between silence !

    TAT Sale post Leader " Marcos Mentor "

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  5. #15
    Join Date: Apr 2015

    Location: Central Virginia

    Posts: 1,254
    I'm Russell.


    It sounds like you’ve got a plan! Happy to hear it has worked out so well for you. And I second the idea of getting a second hand record cleaning machine, it made the largest leap of difference in my vinyl playback. I hesitated for 20 years, they are pricey, but now cannot live without one. It will clean up the Pops and ticks closer to digital cleanliness.


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