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    Sablon Ethernet - 2020 model

    Well, with great reluctance I have been asked to send the demo 2020 ethernet cable to the next lucky user. I hate moving backwards but fortunately I am sure Mark will provide a replacement cable(s) soon. In comparison to the current (2019?) ethernet cable I found the new version has seemingly...
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    YG Acoustics

    Ron, I appreciate your support and vote of confidence. When I hear the siren call of a better/bigger amplifier, I will reflect on your wisdom and wise counsel. I am very much afflicted with 'audio nervosa'. My current system is making music in my home beyond my greatest expectations. I am happy.
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    Oh my, oh my - Aries Cerat Helene DAC

    I would include TotalDac in the list above of top flight DACs to audition in Florida. I am in North Florida but would drive anywhere in Florida to hear one of these cutting-edge DAC's in a good environment. Flew out to Denver to attend RMAF in October specifically to listen to one of these DAC's...
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    YG Acoustics

    Yes, I think you are right the REF 250's are capable of driving the Sonja's. I certainly am happy with the sound of the ARC electronics with the Sonja's but would like to hear a quality SS amp on the Sonja's in my room. Am I missing something with respect to dynamics now? sujay, If you do not...
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    YG Acoustics

    Another YG owner here, Sonja 2.2 driven by ARC Ref250 SE mono's via a ARC Ref10 preamp. Using both analog and digital sources however looking to upgrade DAC shortly. Just committed to a Taiko Extreme server, hope to take delivery in 8-10 weeks. Also a current owner of KEF Blades and Coincident...
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    Soundsmith Hyperion

    Thanks for your update and sharing your discussion with Peter. It reminds me that I owe him some further communication and photo's. Your comments about power and regulating the supply raises a question I need to clarify with Peter. I have dedicated power lines into my room and 3 of these lines...
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    Soundsmith Hyperion

    There are several alternative power supplies that are available for the Strain Gauge. Can't give exact pricing but approximately (US $): SBooster BOTW $800-$1000 Paul Hynes $1100-1300 Alternative Audio $3800-4000 Vinnie Rossi also made these for the SG but not sure if he is still producing...
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    Soundsmith Hyperion

    SpiritofMusic and I have been conversing about our mutual appreciation of the Soundsmith Strain Gauge in this thread. An opportunity to improve the sound quality of the Strain Gauge is it's power supply. SpiritofMusic has replaced the wall wart power supply (LPS) of the Strain Gauge with a...
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    Soundsmith Hyperion

    Typically attend one of the major audio shows on a annual basis and last year was Rocky Mountain Audio Fest in Denver. I ran into a couple SG users there and I was lamenting about the wall warts as a possible source of noise that I had been struggling with in my system. One of the users was very...
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    Soundsmith Hyperion

    You surely were on 'pins and needles' for those first 100 hrs, not knowing how your investment would pan out. Concurrent changes involving some new equipment is bound to create some anxiety. But it sounds like you ended up in a good place...well done! Thanks for the comments on the 5 vs 6. I...
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    Soundsmith Hyperion

    Hello spiritofmusic, Yes, I have the SG200...I was an early adopter...serial #005. Currently using the #5 styli. I have a 2nd #5 for back-up. I see you have a #6. What are differences/your impression of the #5 vs #6? As far as stylus replacement, a new stylus for the SG is relatively inexpensive...
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    Soundsmith Hyperion

    I believe the context of Stump's question above was greater than just a SG and including MC's. Thus my reply regarding a phono stage. However the SG does require a preamp with a gain stage or how else to get those tiny groove modulations to a line level output. This specialized preamp is...
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    Soundsmith Hyperion

    Stump, If you are going to purchase, or you currently own one of the better cartridges than you should definitely invest in the phono stage. You will not extract the best from the cartridge until you partner it with a excellent phono stage. Clearly I have as I use the IO Eclipse with dual power...
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    Soundsmith Hyperion

    Have owned a plethora of cartridges over the years, currently a Koetsu Coralstone and just previous a Ortofon Anna. I listen to these MC's with a Kuzma 4 Pt and Aesthetix IO Eclispe. I have owned the Strain Gauge(SG) for at least 5 years and it will remain in my system. Overall prefer the SG...
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    Aesthetix IO

    Sounds good. Was not aware that the Alpha HC had additional filtering capacity. That alone would justify the additional expense of the HC. In my system the HC reduced overall noise when used on my amps. Using them on the power supplies will likely provide even more benefit. Appreciate your...

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