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.
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..
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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.