As we only heard different NAT amps, even some prototype gear on the phono stage side, I cannot give you any sound impressions which will have a comparable value. It was interesting for me, that Tube Rolling with NOS tubes in Magma M can make such a difference (like different 300b types)
In last years summer I visited Dejan (owner of NAT) in Serbia to listen to the new NAT amplifiers versions.
I joined the German importer doing his annual manufacturer visit in Serbia.
The new versions are definitely better than the former ones,
specially when equipped with the silver...
and for all you, thinking, that I am crazy about the details...
You might be right. I even tried a different damping of the Yamamoto TY1 Titan finger.
You can add a Yamamoto rubber ring to the finger and decide, what you prefer .
I do prefer the rubber ring TY-1 on SG210 / Titanium headshell...
Now I am trying the Yamamoto 5s Titanium headshell with thick copper leads.
Mostly the Dereneville headshell mat works good, if a metal/metal connection between cart and Headshell is given,
so I am using the Dereneville in this case as well.
The Titanium Headshell is a massive heavy one, so I...
Today I changed the Headshell from Yamamoto Carbon to Yamamoto wood.
The wooden Yamamoto Headshell looks like the OEM Version of the Soundsmith headshell, so I am expecting a good match.
Headdhell leads are the vdh platinum. The Headshell finger is the Yamamoto TY1 Titan version.
As said, it is easy to customize a step up with the correct value, but my Lampi MC1 was ordered for low DCR MC Cartridges. Lukasz can fit other configurations as well, so no problem for the MC1 to play nicely with Soundsmith fixed coil carts.
I am not going to change my MC1 , as this phono stage...
My Hyereion is saying load should be : > 470ohm
DCR is 11ohm
inductivity 2,75 mh
I tried on my Lampizator MC1 in internal step with the 500ohm load position.
It is working, but not the level you would expect from a Hyperion.
I fully agree, that a customized Step Up (and a view of the...
Today I continued my Soundsmith journey :-)
The SGS-6 cantilever on the SG-210 has now some more hours on it, so I enjoyed the B-60 VTA on fly adjustment possibility of my Ikeda 407. The Strain Gauge Cart is very sensitive (as all "sharp" carts) on VTA and Azimuth, but with B-60 it is just fun...
Hyperion will not play on current gain phono stages,
So your CH P1 should have the voltage gain stage as well.
( I believe standard, but not sure)
Strain Gauge is always Single Ended, so the quality depends on your Pre as well.
My Jeff Rowland Criterion PreAmp is using input...
After having spent some more hours with the SG 210, doing some fine tuning on VTA, VTF and Azimuth I did some more comparisons.
The SG 210 is able to do something very unique in the midrange, very clear and smooth. Even with the SGS -6 OCL cantilever there is nothing sharp or hard.
my personal comparison of SoundSmith cartridges goes to the next technical level,
as my first Strain Gauge Cart is arrived.
- Soundsmith SG 210 with SGS -6 OCL cantilever (and optional SGS-5 )
A Strain Gauge system needs an external 2x24v DC Power Supply, the Cartridge principle is based on...
Just ask Jeff himself.
As he is customizing some of his older amps to new switch mode PSU, he might has a BPS available.
He also might sell the needed customization box for the Synergy directly, as this a very old models.