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    Quote Originally Posted by crimsondonkey View Post
    I've just bought a Mk3 and after waiting a few weeks it arrived this morning. Set at 62db gain and still playing with impedance as the Fidelity Research cart currently fitted is specced as 10 ohms.

    Most owners report needing a long burn in but we'll see. Certainly the range of adjustment makes it very versatile. Previous Aurorasound Vida owner.


    I'll come back and report on progress once it has a few hours on it.
    Iím watching this with interest , I just bought Aurorasound Vida as a means to replace my Paradise stage .
    Vida is very close but Paradise slightly edges Vida mainly due to creating deeper more 3D soundstage and bit more liquid presentation, mind you I have managed maybe 4 hours of listening time .

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    Interesting stuff. Crimsondonkey let us know your impressions ...
    "lack of passion is fatal"


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    Quote Originally Posted by crimsondonkey View Post
    I've just bought a Mk3 and after waiting a few weeks it arrived this morning. Set at 62db gain and still playing with impedance as the Fidelity Research cart currently fitted is specced as 10 ohms.

    Most owners report needing a long burn in but we'll see. Certainly the range of adjustment makes it very versatile. Previous Aurorasound Vida owner.


    I'll come back and report on progress once it has a few hours on it.
    How much did it cost in total if you don't mind me asking, I've had one on my radar for a while and I'm still considering one as well as a couple of others

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeyb View Post
    How much did it cost in total if you don't mind me asking, I've had one on my radar for a while and I'm still considering one as well as a couple of others
    Valab price is on eBay
    + import duties
    "lack of passion is fatal"


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    Quote Originally Posted by WESTLOWER View Post
    Valab price is on eBay
    + import duties
    Yip, just couldn't be arsed trying to work it out


    Plus you can never be sure of the 'collection' fee

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    I started a thread on PFM about my search for Paradise stage replacement, I’ve done so far couple of hours of direct comparison between Vida and Paradise , last few posts in this thread:
    https://www.pinkfishmedia.net/forum/....228292/page-4

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeyb View Post
    Yip, just couldn't be arsed trying to work it out


    Plus you can never be sure of the 'collection' fee
    Import on that is going to be no more than £40 id have thought
    "lack of passion is fatal"


    Vinyl: Thorens TD-124mk2 / Tenuto gun metal mat / SME-3012R ikeda rewire / SME M2-9R / STEREO: Jan Allaerts MC1 Boron / Shure M3D / Ortofon SPU A95 / Cartridge Man Music Master / Shure - SC35C (US) / SAEC C3 MC MONO: Miyajima Zero B 0.7mil mono / Miyajima Premium 1.0 / Amps & SUTs: Radford STA25 mk3 / AD Audio 'Satchmo2' pre & LCR phono / Hashimoto HM-7 SUT / ETR-MONO SUT Digital: SW1X Audio Design DAC 1 signature / Roon / Tidal Speakers: Tannoy 12" MGs' in RFC custom 'Rutland' Cabinets with RFC crossovers / Tannoy ST-100 Super Tweeters Cables: Duelund DCA16GA tinned copper / Kimber 12TC / SW1X Audio Design USB-SPdif / Duelund DCA20GA interconnects / SW1X Audio SPDIF Aero 6 / Mains Power Conditioner / Box Furniture rack / Audiodesk Systeme Vinyl Cleaner / a very beautiful & understanding Wife!

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    Quote Originally Posted by WESTLOWER View Post
    Import on that is going to be no more than £40 id have thought
    It usually equates to approx 25% of the total including postage plus collection fee ( I know the exact %'s but rounded it up )

    So on £700 inc postage I'd expect roughly £160 on top plus collection fee but the collection fee varies which was why I thought easier to ask the actual total from crimson

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    Quote Originally Posted by mac72 View Post
    I started a thread on PFM about my search for Paradise stage replacement, I’ve done so far couple of hours of direct comparison between Vida and Paradise , last few posts in this thread:
    https://www.pinkfishmedia.net/forum/....228292/page-4

    Nice post Slav. Interesting they come out pretty similar..

    Now the next comparison...anyone put the Vida up against the Valab?
    that would be very interesting indeed..
    "lack of passion is fatal"


    Vinyl: Thorens TD-124mk2 / Tenuto gun metal mat / SME-3012R ikeda rewire / SME M2-9R / STEREO: Jan Allaerts MC1 Boron / Shure M3D / Ortofon SPU A95 / Cartridge Man Music Master / Shure - SC35C (US) / SAEC C3 MC MONO: Miyajima Zero B 0.7mil mono / Miyajima Premium 1.0 / Amps & SUTs: Radford STA25 mk3 / AD Audio 'Satchmo2' pre & LCR phono / Hashimoto HM-7 SUT / ETR-MONO SUT Digital: SW1X Audio Design DAC 1 signature / Roon / Tidal Speakers: Tannoy 12" MGs' in RFC custom 'Rutland' Cabinets with RFC crossovers / Tannoy ST-100 Super Tweeters Cables: Duelund DCA16GA tinned copper / Kimber 12TC / SW1X Audio Design USB-SPdif / Duelund DCA20GA interconnects / SW1X Audio SPDIF Aero 6 / Mains Power Conditioner / Box Furniture rack / Audiodesk Systeme Vinyl Cleaner / a very beautiful & understanding Wife!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeyb View Post
    It usually equates to approx 25% of the total including postage plus collection fee ( I know the exact %'s but rounded it up )

    So on £700 inc postage I'd expect roughly £160 on top plus collection fee but the collection fee varies which was why I thought easier to ask the actual total from crimson
    ooh!

    My guesstimate is well off in that case.
    "lack of passion is fatal"


    Vinyl: Thorens TD-124mk2 / Tenuto gun metal mat / SME-3012R ikeda rewire / SME M2-9R / STEREO: Jan Allaerts MC1 Boron / Shure M3D / Ortofon SPU A95 / Cartridge Man Music Master / Shure - SC35C (US) / SAEC C3 MC MONO: Miyajima Zero B 0.7mil mono / Miyajima Premium 1.0 / Amps & SUTs: Radford STA25 mk3 / AD Audio 'Satchmo2' pre & LCR phono / Hashimoto HM-7 SUT / ETR-MONO SUT Digital: SW1X Audio Design DAC 1 signature / Roon / Tidal Speakers: Tannoy 12" MGs' in RFC custom 'Rutland' Cabinets with RFC crossovers / Tannoy ST-100 Super Tweeters Cables: Duelund DCA16GA tinned copper / Kimber 12TC / SW1X Audio Design USB-SPdif / Duelund DCA20GA interconnects / SW1X Audio SPDIF Aero 6 / Mains Power Conditioner / Box Furniture rack / Audiodesk Systeme Vinyl Cleaner / a very beautiful & understanding Wife!

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