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audioquest4life

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Congratulations, the upgrade comes with the HRS polymer footers- as you discovered, they really stick. Have fun and be patient.
@Kcin,

Thank you. It sure is a great unit as an Io Signature, but, as an Eclipse, a partial one at that, it’s in another league. It just exemplifies and adds more character to an already great unit.
 

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@Kcin,

Thank you. It sure is a great unit as an Io Signature, but, as an Eclipse, a partial one at that, it’s in another league. It just exemplifies and adds more character to an already great unit.

When you are ready can you please explain to us precisely the differences you are hearing between your original Signature and this new unit?
 

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The latest update concerns the actual playing of the new partial Eclipse after hours of running in with the Granite Audio CD. I have some dialogue to get off my chest before the final BLUF.

I had a spurious electrical issue that manifested as I was powering up the amps and the field coil power supplies.

Background, my phono stage was gone for nearly two months, and while it was gone, I took the opportunity to move cables around, unplugging some and shifting locations to dress up the rack. While I was powering on the amps, and field coil power supplies, nothing else was turned on, all of the sudden the left speaker started making a rushing electronic hash noise, I immediately turned off left and right amps...hmm, swapped left and right field coil power supplies, turned on, and the same issue in the left side.

Well, a theory and sort of a long shot idea came over me. I unplugged the left interconnect from the preamp, which was not on, and then turned on the amp...silence. So, the rearranging of the interconnect cable I did while the phono amp was gone must have had some negative connective issue which resulted in the noise.

I then returned the interconnect to where it was before, but, also, I thought about the WBT connection, which I love hate, due to the constant tightening of them down when removing and plugging in, could have been not fully plugged in, in which case it may have caused this weird electrical phenomenon even though the preamp was not even on, talk about weird.

Electrical gremlins. System was up and running beautifully today without any issues and rechecking those damn WBTs and moving the cables back to the original position.

Finally, I get to the enjoy the music. And boy, was it an enlightening experience. The phono amp was on for about 6 hours, the preamp and amps on for about 1 hour.

The album I pretty much default to many times is the 1977 Columbia release of Santana Moonflower album and the song is called Right Here Waiting. Not that I made a silkscreen tshirt in junior high in California, or that my sister is dating the previous drummer from Santana, Billie Johnson, or that my step father used to be a Congo player for Santana in the late 60s, it’s because I like the music, and wellX because of the influence on my life growing up partially in California.

When playing this song that I sample with the lo, I always listen to the characteristics of the voices, guitar, cymbals, and triangles.

Holy cow Batman, the deep resonance, extended decay and the ring of the triangles could be felt in the room. I like the music somewhat robust, and man, the new improved Io with partial Eclipse upgrade rocked it.

I was already expecting a more spacious sound field but, not to the extent of the information retrieval and deep decay of the recording, which is to say that the reverberant sound of the recording was more pronounced greatly adding to the explosiveness of the triangles and guitars when played. This is only the initial sound update. I will take a much better recording with my camera on a tripod in a few days.

I hope the video posts. Sorry for the poor vid quality and the weird flip of the phone. Let me know if you have issues viewing this video. Apparently, I have a Youtube channel from years ago when I used to post my racing videos of me running around the Formula 1 track at Hockenheim, Germany as a hobby race car driver driving a modified Corvette Z06 with go fast parts from Katech engineering, the same folks who build the motors for the Corvette racing team.


Ciao,

Audioquest4life
 
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audioquest4life

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Had some time to listen for a few hours today, and bonus, installed the brand new Soundsmith Hyperion MKII ES series with DEMS on an SME V arm.

I have to mention this, the Io just takes in whatever cartridge you have and reproduces music so beautifully within the cartridges means. That is to say, no matter what you have for a cartridge, the Io is ready to accept it and exploit its musicality. The Io definitely allows one to hear differences in cartridges. I don’t think I have reached its limits at all...anyone can feel comfortable using a cartridge at any price range with the Io as a Signature and certainly the Eclipse versions, and expect to get the best that the cartridge has to offer.

In my preliminary trials, The Hyperion is way better than the Benz LPS, Ruby Z, Sussaro MKII, and van den hul Crimson Stradivarius. It will be interesting to see how it compares to the inbound Air Tight Opus 1. I played Blow Up from the Three Blind mice 45rpm album, and the Io combined with the Hyperion just dug into the grooves and played the music with silence between tracks. But, the Hyperion got to test the Io‘s ability to do deep bass and shimmering cymbals with utmost clarity. Really liking how the Io sounds even with low hours of break-in.
 

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