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  1. #301
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gazjam View Post
    Densen Pre/ Power back in the house.
    Run it for a few weeks then slot the Meridian back in, see which one floats my boat more.
    Very different sounding power amps, Meridian is completely neutral, the Densen sounds more “seductive”, reminds me of my 300B Set, but with more grip and power.
    Like em both for different reasons.

    Pleased you got them sorted Gary, they look great, be interesting to hear what you decide on.


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    Yup, looking good... You can't beat Densen for 'knob-feel factor'

    I'd expect it to sound quite different from the Meridian, but you're assessing it the right way (same as I do)... Live with the 'new thing' for a few weeks, allowing your ears to become attuned to the sound, then make the change, using a familiar test track for comparison purposes... The difference [unlikely then to be imagined] should slap you around the ears!

    Enjoy

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    Turntable: Heavily-modified Technics SL-1210MK5G [Mike New bearing/ETP platter/Paul Hynes SR7 PSU & reg mods]. Funk Firm APM Achromat/Nagaoka GL-601 Crystal Record Weight/Isonoe feet & boots/Ortofon RS-212D/Denon DL-103GL in Denon PCL-300 headshell with Funk Firm Houdini/Kondo SL-115 pure-silver cartridge leads.

    Paul Hynes MC head amp/SR5 PSU. Also modded Lentek head amp/Denon AU-310 SUT.

    Other Cartridges: Nippon Columbia (NOS 1987) Denon DL-103. USA-made Shure SC35C with NOS stylus. Goldring G820 with NOS stylus. Shure M55E with NOS stylus.

    CD Player: Audiocom-modified Sony X-777ES/DAS-R1 DAC.

    Tape Deck: Tandberg TCD 310.

    Preamps: Heavily-modified Croft Charisma-X. LDR Stereo Coffee. Power Amps: Tube Distinctions Copper Amp fitted with Tungsol KT-150s. Quad 306.

    Cables & Sundries: Mark Grant HDX1 interconnects and digital coaxial cable, plus Mark Grant 6mm UP-LCOFC Van Damme speaker cable. MCRU 'Ultimate' mains leads. Lehmann clone headphone amp with vintage Koss PRO-4AAA headphones.

    Tube Distinctions digital noise filter. VPI HW18.5 record cleaning machine.

    Speakers: Tannoy 15MGs in Lockwood cabinets with modified crossovers. 1967 Celestion Ditton 15.


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  3. #303
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    Totally agree mate!
    Only way to audition kit I feel.

    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    Yup, looking good... You can't beat Densen for 'knob-feel factor'

    I'd expect it to sound quite different from the Meridian, but you're assessing it the right way (same as I do)... Live with the 'new thing' for a few weeks, allowing your ears to become attuned to the sound, then make the change, using a familiar test track for comparison purposes... The difference [unlikely then to be imagined] should slap you around the ears!

    Enjoy

    Marco.
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  4. #304
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    Finally got the turntable support finished. Yay.

    From this:

    which really didn’t sit right with the modern look of the deck...?

    After much clamping, sawing and Dremmeling I got to this...


    And finally done.
    Much better!
    Gets the deck up off the glass surface and looks pretty cool too. Better match for the deck, almost looks like part of it.



    Nice wee project, worth the time and the (not a lot) spent on it.
    Its great when you get these kinda changes and doesn’t cost a lot.

    Might get a Rega badge made up at some point, to sit on the right front foot, as a final touch.
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    looks like it came with tt now gaz.. top job mate
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    Noice... Any thoughts on the amps yet, provisionally or otherwise?

    Marco.
    Main System

    Turntable: Heavily-modified Technics SL-1210MK5G [Mike New bearing/ETP platter/Paul Hynes SR7 PSU & reg mods]. Funk Firm APM Achromat/Nagaoka GL-601 Crystal Record Weight/Isonoe feet & boots/Ortofon RS-212D/Denon DL-103GL in Denon PCL-300 headshell with Funk Firm Houdini/Kondo SL-115 pure-silver cartridge leads.

    Paul Hynes MC head amp/SR5 PSU. Also modded Lentek head amp/Denon AU-310 SUT.

    Other Cartridges: Nippon Columbia (NOS 1987) Denon DL-103. USA-made Shure SC35C with NOS stylus. Goldring G820 with NOS stylus. Shure M55E with NOS stylus.

    CD Player: Audiocom-modified Sony X-777ES/DAS-R1 DAC.

    Tape Deck: Tandberg TCD 310.

    Preamps: Heavily-modified Croft Charisma-X. LDR Stereo Coffee. Power Amps: Tube Distinctions Copper Amp fitted with Tungsol KT-150s. Quad 306.

    Cables & Sundries: Mark Grant HDX1 interconnects and digital coaxial cable, plus Mark Grant 6mm UP-LCOFC Van Damme speaker cable. MCRU 'Ultimate' mains leads. Lehmann clone headphone amp with vintage Koss PRO-4AAA headphones.

    Tube Distinctions digital noise filter. VPI HW18.5 record cleaning machine.

    Speakers: Tannoy 15MGs in Lockwood cabinets with modified crossovers. 1967 Celestion Ditton 15.


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  7. #307
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    Still running the Densen Marco,
    theres new components in there after its service, want to give em time to bed in.

    plumb in the big Meridian again next weekend, methinks.
    Last edited by Gazjam; 22-11-2020 at 14:22.
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    Ah okies, good move

    Marco.
    Main System

    Turntable: Heavily-modified Technics SL-1210MK5G [Mike New bearing/ETP platter/Paul Hynes SR7 PSU & reg mods]. Funk Firm APM Achromat/Nagaoka GL-601 Crystal Record Weight/Isonoe feet & boots/Ortofon RS-212D/Denon DL-103GL in Denon PCL-300 headshell with Funk Firm Houdini/Kondo SL-115 pure-silver cartridge leads.

    Paul Hynes MC head amp/SR5 PSU. Also modded Lentek head amp/Denon AU-310 SUT.

    Other Cartridges: Nippon Columbia (NOS 1987) Denon DL-103. USA-made Shure SC35C with NOS stylus. Goldring G820 with NOS stylus. Shure M55E with NOS stylus.

    CD Player: Audiocom-modified Sony X-777ES/DAS-R1 DAC.

    Tape Deck: Tandberg TCD 310.

    Preamps: Heavily-modified Croft Charisma-X. LDR Stereo Coffee. Power Amps: Tube Distinctions Copper Amp fitted with Tungsol KT-150s. Quad 306.

    Cables & Sundries: Mark Grant HDX1 interconnects and digital coaxial cable, plus Mark Grant 6mm UP-LCOFC Van Damme speaker cable. MCRU 'Ultimate' mains leads. Lehmann clone headphone amp with vintage Koss PRO-4AAA headphones.

    Tube Distinctions digital noise filter. VPI HW18.5 record cleaning machine.

    Speakers: Tannoy 15MGs in Lockwood cabinets with modified crossovers. 1967 Celestion Ditton 15.


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    Nice job mate, looks good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ali Tait View Post
    Nice job mate, looks good.
    Always liked the look of your double plinthed 401 mate, sure that was at the back of my mind somewhere.
    Enjoying Hifi 'n stuff.

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