van den Hul Colibri Grand Cru

ddk

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Has anyone compared directly a Grand Cru (or any recent Colibri) on a Graham Phantom Elite versus on an SME 3012R?
Yes! You already know the answer :)!

david
 
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3009r should be in the same ballpark as the 3012r...
I made my decision. A SME IV or V, so I searched and found a Series IV for a decent price. It was actually mounted on an Oracle Paris, so I bought the TT as well.
The Oracle seems to be above the Clearaudio Performance, or maybe the SME is above the Clearaudio Unify (actually I believe it simply is).
The SME is a dream to set up (actually the Unify is a pain in the a**).
When I mounted the Crand Cru, straight out of the box (brand new), I was simply chocked! What a cartridge. I rediscovered many of my vinyls, and everytime I couldn't believe my ears. What when it's broken in...
Guess I found my final gear...
 

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Congratulations!

Shocked in what way?
 
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I made my decision. A SME IV or V, so I searched and found a Series IV for a decent price. It was actually mounted on an Oracle Paris, so I bought the TT as well.
The Oracle seems to be above the Clearaudio Performance, or maybe the SME is above the Clearaudio Unify (actually I believe it simply is).
The SME is a dream to set up (actually the Unify is a pain in the a**).
When I mounted the Crand Cru, straight out of the box (brand new), I was simply chocked! What a cartridge. I rediscovered many of my vinyls, and everytime I couldn't believe my ears. What when it's broken in...
Guess I found my final gear...
Running in a Grand Cru is a terrible bind:)
Usually i would spin up Cardas or Clearaudio and leave running. Or perhaps keep replaying a record i don't listen to, that has all frequencies well recorded.
But the issue is that as soon as the needle drops, I'm experiencing a performance, and it feels rude to give any less than my full attention
 
Aug 22, 2020
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Congratulations!

Shocked in what way?
That there is so much hidden in a record. Or how much a cartridge can extract from a vinyl. Transparency and image found a new dimension with the Grand Cru.
I always thought that sound is better in analogue than any digital, just image depth was a bit better with digital. I was wrong!
- dan
 
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Running in a Grand Cru is a terrible bind:)
Usually i would spin up Cardas or Clearaudio and leave running. Or perhaps keep replaying a record i don't listen to, that has all frequencies well recorded.
But the issue is that as soon as the needle drops, I'm experiencing a performance, and it feels rude to give any less than my full attention
You hit EXACTLY the point ;)
 
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Thank you Dan

May i ask,
What does the assembly think of vdH's Grail phonostage?
 

PeterA

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That there is so much hidden in a record. Or how much a cartridge can extract from a vinyl. Transparency and image found a new dimension with the Grand Cru.
I always thought that sound is better in analogue than any digital, just image depth was a bit better with digital. I was wrong!
- dan
Dan, this is exactly how I think of it. The grand cru simply presents information that was heretofore hidden in the grooves. It is an incredible cartridge.
 
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Thank you Dan

May i ask,
What does the assembly think of vdH's Grail phonostage?
I had the Grail some years ago. It's a quite musical item, good staging, but when you look inside, there are a lot of components, and it lacks a bit of transparency. My actual has very little components in the signal path, maybe not as neutral, but highly musical and transparent.
 

CKKeung

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Another friend of mine just got his.
He is very very happy!

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cuntigh

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Hello,
Just received my GC today. Replaced my MC Anna on the 3012-R. I needed to remove a part of the counterweight because it’s so light. I have the .75 mV configured for classical music. First impression is very positive.
The traditional photography :
 

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Ron Resnick

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After your Grand Cru breaks in, please kindly tell us your impressions versus the MC Anna.
 

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