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Finally after 22 long months, I get my analog rig reinstalled. If there’s any interest in it, I’m very happy to chat further.
To kick off, here’s the link to the designer’s web page:

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It does, I believe there are multiple stylus options. I did upgrade to the "top" option, SDS-6, ruby version, the last time I ordered replacement stylii, 4 years ago.
Not one area where the old stylus profile was superior.
 
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It does, I believe there are multiple stylus options. I did upgrade to the "top" option, SDS-6, ruby version, the last time I ordered replacement stylii, 4 years ago.
Not one area where the old stylus profile was superior.
Maybe a elliptical cut for the not so stellar recording. How much are the replacement stylli ?
 
Marc, maybe you just have a comfort zone when it comes to clarity/treble energy with these recordings. It seems whenever you reach a certain point where the good recordings are best represented, the bad ones show their warts. And you immediately find a way to dial it back, this time you did it by reducing treble reflection from your eaves. I still think you would be happier with 2 different cartridges for good and not so good recordings.:rolleyes: A nice comfy cartridge that holds back a little treble , and emphasize and rounds up the bass a little would do the trick !
Milan, the issue was needing MORE bite/less boxiness in my (now challenging) stock faves, not smoothing them out.
I believe preamp tubes with a hint more treble energy presentation, and reducing harshness w the eaves treatments, is achieving a better outcome.
 
Maybe a elliptical cut for the not so stellar recording. How much are the replacement stylli ?
$950 each.
But remember Milan, a more rounded less energetic presentation is imho not the solution. So I'm likely to stick w these SGS-6 stylii in my order this year.
Appreciate the suggestion.
 
In a couple of weeks time, I'll swap out the Siemens E88CCs from my preamp and switch in the Mazdas Mullards 6DJ8s.
They have a slightly warmer presentation.
I'll be able to fully gauge the effects of my PETs eaves panels as a result.
And this will tell me how much of my current uptick is tubes or treatments.
 
Milan, the issue was needing MORE bite/less boxiness in my (now challenging) stock faves, not smoothing them out.
I believe preamp tubes with a hint more treble energy presentation, and reducing harshness w the eaves treatments, is achieving a better outcome.
I did want to ask you what you meant with " boxinees" in the presentation ? It seems to me you are trying to make your system present something that is maybe not in the recordings, wich is fine, but will then also be added to your other good recordings, if you do it in the cable, amp, preamp or room treatment section.
 
Milan, the one thing I'm really achieving is no "sameness" between recordings. 95% of my classical and jazz is way more free of my spkrs, a good proportion of rock is too.
My issue is that some rock LPs are really jarring in how unappetizing they sound. Living Colour "Pride" is a good example. I "seem" to remember it as not brilliant, but it feels really lacking in air, treble energy, compared to when I last listened to it in my more homogenous pre-2015 system/room. As a result, boxed in and fettered.
These kind of albums have caused more than one head scratching moment.
So I've attempted to try a few ways to see if I'm somehow restricting greater performance w these testing albums.
And the results today bear out that I can make these kind of albums sound juicier and more organic.
No, Pride is never gonna be DSOTM, I just don't want them light years apart.
I'm getting there, without any compromise to my Ravel or Miles.
 
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Milan, the one thing I'm really achieving is no "sameness" between recordings. 95% of my classical and jazz is way more free of my spkrs, a good proportion of rock is too.
My issue is that some rock LPs are really jarring in how unappetizing they sound. Living Colour "Pride" is a good example. I "seem" to remember it as not brilliant, but it feels really lacking in air, treble energy. As a result, boxed in and fettered.
These kind of albums have caused more than one head scratching moment.
So I've attempted to try a few ways to see if I'm somehow restricting greater performance w these testing albums.
And the results today bear out that I can make these kind of albums sound juicier and more organic.
No, Pride is never gonna be DSOTM, I just don't want them light years apart.
I'm getting there, without any compromise to my Ravel or Miles.
The problem is that on a lot of the early digital recordings, and on some analog ones made on not very good/transparent mixer/mastering pults or if the record has been overproduced or manipulated the information you are seeking is simply not embedded in the recordings.
 
But I could swear I heard it before. I remain a budding drummer, cymbals and percussion, snare drum attack/tone, are touchstones for my assessment of SQ.
How can my new system bring Tony Williams into my room on Miles Smiles, more everything, definition, sparkle, attack, reverb...and next album, bury Living Colour drummer William Calhoun in a ditch of grey brickwalled lack of everything?
How can I hear way more than before on one album, then way less than before on the next?
 
But I could swear I heard it before. I remain a budding drummer, cymbals and percussion, snare drum attack/tone, are touchstones for my assessment of SQ.
How can my new system bring Tony Williams into my room on Miles Smiles, more everything, definition, sparkle, attack, reverb...and next album, bury Living Colour drummer William Calhoun in a ditch of grey brickwalled lack of everything?
How can I hear way more than before on one album, then way less than before on the next?
Because your system was previously adding a little extra to the bad recordings, and muddying up the good ones ! I am speculating of coarse, its not like you have ever described the sound of your system the last couple of years Marc :rolleyes:
 
Nope. Never have so many words been used to describe anything Lol. I suspect
1...my aural memory on this is not as reliable as I'd like to think
2...that extra layer of euphonic coloration probably covered up a multitude of sins, hazing over lack of specific musical information.

Kinda like Peppercorn Sauce masking how tough that piece of Rump Steak was. And then that same sauce on my Apple Pie and IceCream.
 
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Nope. Never have so many words been used to describe anything Lol. I suspect
1...my aural memory on this is not as reliable as I'd like to think
2...that extra layer of euphonic coloration probably covered up a multitude of sins, hazing over lack of specific musical information.

Kinda like Peppercorn Sauce masking how tough that piece of Rump Steak was. And then that same sauce on my Apple Pie and IceCream.
LOL ! :)
 
Milan, things really came together today. Moments of harshness were way less, my workaday albums were much more expressive and extended (while not sugar coated as in the past), the good stuff was superlative, and the stellar stuff was, well, off the scale. Replicated on CD too. My current choice of preamp tubes is wholly positive, and it seems like dealing w eaves reflections is proving a late system evolution bonus.
 
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Milan, things really came together today. Moments of harshness were way less, my workaday albums were much more expressive and extended (while not sugar coated as in the past), the good stuff was superlative, and the stellar stuff was, well, off the scale. Replicated on CD too. My current choice of preamp tubes is wholly positive, and it seems like dealing w eaves reflections is proving a late system evolution bonus.
Marc
I think this is a familiar road ... you change something and all your ecm albums sound amazing and CCR et all sound crap
I think you can mostly always assume this change has revealed other weaknesses and deeeerp thought is required .. of course nothing is going to really fix those terribly compressed old clunkers
Improved clarity isn ever a nackward step in my experience
Cheers
Phil
 

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