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  1. shakti

    Munich 2020

    will be in Munich from Wednesday until Sunday, a lot of time to listen to fancy stuff :-)
  2. shakti

    NAT Audio Magma New SE

    As I do not like the Marten Coltrane speakers, they can be combined with any amplifier, the emotional reaction is :oops::rolleyes::(
  3. shakti

    NAT Audio Magma New SE

    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) Dejan...
  4. shakti

    NAT Audio Magma New SE

    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...
  5. shakti

    Next steps with Soundsmith Fixed Coil cartridges

    Sure ;-) I have just searched for the best length of the Yamamoto Titan screws and the Soundsmith Nylon scews :-)
  6. shakti

    Next steps with Soundsmith Fixed Coil cartridges

    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...
  7. shakti

    Next steps with Soundsmith Fixed Coil cartridges

    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...
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    Next steps with Soundsmith Fixed Coil cartridges

    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. The difference...
  9. shakti

    Next steps with Soundsmith Fixed Coil cartridges

    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...
  10. shakti

    Next steps with Soundsmith Fixed Coil cartridges

    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...
  11. shakti

    Next steps with Soundsmith Fixed Coil cartridges

    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...
  12. shakti

    Next steps with Soundsmith Fixed Coil cartridges

    Both ;) 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...
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    Next steps with Soundsmith Fixed Coil cartridges

    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. Comparing...
  14. shakti

    Next steps with Soundsmith Fixed Coil cartridges

    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...
  15. shakti

    Back to Jeff Rowland, now listening to Criterion and 825 :-)

    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.
  16. shakti

    GrooveMaster II Tonearms

    This is the old Transrotor Unisweep. You can find them still on ebay. https://www.ebay.de/itm/TRANSROTOR-RAKE-Unisweep-Plattenbesen/254508490948?hash=item3b41e360c4:g:65cAAOSwz1peQRW~
  17. shakti

    GrooveMaster II Tonearms

    Easy VTA is a good one (and can be bought on Ebay), I do use it for all JELCO compatible products, like the Audioquest Tonearm.
  18. shakti

    Next steps with Soundsmith Fixed Coil cartridges

    thanx for the hint, I found the Audiogon thread regarding the Strain Gauge PSU update. As I am using already Keces P3 and P8 PSU in my set up , I am planning to a get 2x Keces Ephono or 2x Keces P8 with 24vDC for my SG210. But the start will be done with the standard Soundsmith PSU..
  19. shakti

    Next steps with Soundsmith Fixed Coil cartridges

    The Soundsmith Hyperion OCL Signature has now some hours more, so I started to do some fine-tuning on VTA and VTF. Starting point is parallel and 2g force. At first I went up with the Tonearm with the typical effect of more resolution due to extended high frequency and leaner bass. But the...
  20. shakti

    Next steps with Soundsmith Fixed Coil cartridges

    We have a stormy and rainy weekend in north/west Europe, which means time enough to play with new cartridges. In my set up the Soundsmith Cartridges do prefer wood headshells and if a heavy headshell is the better choice in a particular tonearm, the Soundsmith screw set has the answer with...
  21. shakti

    Lampizator Vinyl Phono stage arrived

    looks nice in silver / copper :-)
  22. shakti

    Next steps with Soundsmith Fixed Coil cartridges

    During the last month my main Cartridge in use was the - Soundsmith "The Voice" After a comparison of some other cartridges in this price range, finally "The Voice" played mostly, so I sold the other carts of the comparison, which I described in this thread...
  23. shakti

    Lampizator Vinyl Phono stage arrived

    6X5 and 6C5S (rectifier) can be exchanged, both are supported.
  24. shakti

    Lampizator Vinyl Phono stage arrived

    This is mentioned on the Lampizator homepage, but my personal data sheet is saying for MM1 and MC1: ECC83 + 6N2P + 6C5S + EL 34 supported is much more.
  25. shakti

    Lampizator Vinyl Phono stage arrived

    I am not in the Tube Rolling so far. The Tubes are looking NOS Russian, but to be honest, I did not checked them. He is offering standard NEW and NOS tube option in his price list, so I would assume, you can agree with Lukasz on the tubes fitted, or even buy without tubes. I will have a look...
  26. shakti

    Lampizator Vinyl Phono stage arrived

    Using a 4 Tonearm AF3P I fully agree. Fortunatley I have a MC Step ups with 3 inputs incl MM bypass, so this can help on MM1 until Lukasz is building a multi input version.
  27. shakti

    Lampizator Vinyl Phono stage arrived

    This is not fully true, he tried it before, but was not fully satisfied, so not many were built.
  28. shakti

    Lampizator Vinyl Phono stage arrived

    Some more hours with the Lampizator MC1 have passed and the MC1 is still opening up. The steps are getting smaller, but still audible. (using the Clearaudio Cartridge burn in record over night) So time enough to open the next Lampizator Box. As I like my high output Soundsmith The Voice...
  29. shakti

    Lampizator Vinyl Phono stage arrived

    This is the Theory. In practical terms the result was noch satisfying, even using the best Cardas Adapters. Spoke to Max from Grandinote about the situation, he recommends the usage from XLR only.
  30. shakti

    Lampizator Vinyl Phono stage arrived

    True for me, all of my connections are XLR. But fortunately my current Preamp (JRDG Criterion) has 2 x RCA inputs as well, doing the symmetrical job with Lundahl transformers inside, my former Preamp, the Grandinote Genesi had only XLR inputs , so no chance to connect SET at all. My Audia...

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