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  1. #1241
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    100%

    Similar stuff works for digital too.
    Everything matters.

    Look forward to your next upload!

    Quote Originally Posted by Jimbo View Post
    Cheers Gary, sometimes easier to show it in a video than describing it but the proof of the pudding is in the listening.

    Sometimes you have to take a look at strange combinations and just see if they work and this combo definitely does with my TT. Every step I have taken in vibration control has unveiled great benefits in the listening experience and this is especially the case for turntables as you know.
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    PHONOSTAGE
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    OPPO 203 (Modded: Linear PSU, i2s output to Dac) - Roon Endpoint, HDMI input used for all things Streaming/ PS5 /AppleTV ... also good for movies apparently?
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    Tweaked AP-Linux based Roon Server into Oppo 203 as Roon endpoint
    Ipad Roon Remote.
    Apple Music/ YouTube via AppleTV, fed to Dac via Oppo HDMI input/i2s output to Dac.
    SPEAKER CABLES
    Biwired: Duelund DCA10GA (Bass) Duelund DCA16GA (mid & treble) Duelund 12DCA used as jumpers (On
    "Blackcat Cable" Chris Sommivigo's advice - yup, even with biwire it sounds better - and it does)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gazjam View Post
    100%

    Similar stuff works for digital too.
    Everything matters.

    Look forward to your next upload!
    Working on the next one currently - it will be an Ancient meets modern mash up!
    Main system : VPI Scout 1.1 / JMW 9T / 2M Black / Croft 25R+ / Croft 7 / Heco Celan GT 702

    Second System : Goldring Lenco GL75 / AT95EX / Pioneer SX590 / Spendor SP2

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    AC POWER
    Hardwired 10kVA balanced mains powering entire system
    AMPS
    Meridian 557 power Amp (Modded) / PS Audio BHK Preamp (Modded)
    SPEAKERS
    Wharfedale Evo 4.4
    DAC
    PS Audio Directstream (Modded)
    TURNTABLE
    Pro-Ject X8 balanced output via XLR / Ortofon Quintet Blue cartridge
    PHONOSTAGE
    Pro-Ject DS3 B balanced Input (TT and Phonostage powered by Pro-Ject Power box RS2 linear psu)
    DIGITAL
    OPPO 203 (Modded: Linear PSU, i2s output to Dac) - Roon Endpoint, HDMI input used for all things Streaming/ PS5 /AppleTV ... also good for movies apparently?
    MUSIC PLAYBACK
    Tweaked AP-Linux based Roon Server into Oppo 203 as Roon endpoint
    Ipad Roon Remote.
    Apple Music/ YouTube via AppleTV, fed to Dac via Oppo HDMI input/i2s output to Dac.
    SPEAKER CABLES
    Biwired: Duelund DCA10GA (Bass) Duelund DCA16GA (mid & treble) Duelund 12DCA used as jumpers (On
    "Blackcat Cable" Chris Sommivigo's advice - yup, even with biwire it sounds better - and it does)
    INTERCONNECTS
    All Balanced: Ghost+ recording studio XLR cables

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    The ramblings continue ... Ancient meets modern.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9m31UX-_zk
    Last edited by Jimbo; 22-06-2024 at 19:30.
    Main system : VPI Scout 1.1 / JMW 9T / 2M Black / Croft 25R+ / Croft 7 / Heco Celan GT 702

    Second System : Goldring Lenco GL75 / AT95EX / Pioneer SX590 / Spendor SP2

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    One for tonight Jim when the bairn's in bed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wakefield Turntables View Post
    One for tonight Jim when the bairn's in bed.
    Main system : VPI Scout 1.1 / JMW 9T / 2M Black / Croft 25R+ / Croft 7 / Heco Celan GT 702

    Second System : Goldring Lenco GL75 / AT95EX / Pioneer SX590 / Spendor SP2

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    Great vid again James. That Meridian CD player looks like a lovely bit of kit. Interesting that the SMSL SU-1 only marginally improves on the Philips chip when used as a transport. TBH the Meridian seems to be quite rare these days and they seem to hold their price on Ebay, testament to the quality of what was an expensive piece of kit back in the day
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    Quote Originally Posted by brian2957 View Post
    Great vid again James. That Meridian CD player looks like a lovely bit of kit. Interesting that the SMSL SU-1 only marginally improves on the Philips chip when used as a transport. TBH the Meridian seems to be quite rare these days and hold their price on Ebay, testament to the quality of what was an expensive piece of kit
    I was amazed at the performance of the Meridian 206. Who would have thought that an ancient CD player could sound so good?
    Main system : VPI Scout 1.1 / JMW 9T / 2M Black / Croft 25R+ / Croft 7 / Heco Celan GT 702

    Second System : Goldring Lenco GL75 / AT95EX / Pioneer SX590 / Spendor SP2

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    Jim, are you going down the route of vintage silver disc spinners?
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    MONO
    Pre Croft Epoch Power Sondex S100 Deck Garrard 301 Tonearm SME 3009 Cartridge SPU MONO mk II Phonostage Croft Music Maker Speaker Quad ESL 57 Cables Tonearm SME IC - Duelund Realsound Speaker SEAC 850C



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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimbo View Post
    I was amazed at the performance of the Meridian 206. Who would have thought that an ancient CD player could sound so good?
    Me.

    I've got a copy of 'Hi-Fi Review' from 1990 that has a review of the 206.

    Impossibly expensive high end to me back then. I'd bought the mag so I had something to read in the DHSS while they sorted out my claim

    There's one on eBay right now on a 350 BIN if anyone fancies a punt on one.

    Another good video, James.
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    TEAC VRDS 701T > Sony TAE1000ESD > Krell KSA50S > JM Labs Focal Electra 926.

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