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Album Reviews / Re: What are you listening to right now?
« Last post by tmazz on May 20, 2020, 10:29:54 AM »
The Red Hot Ray Brown Trio



192/24 FLAC
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Analog Devices / Re: Phono stage advice and opinions needed...
« Last post by doug s. on May 20, 2020, 08:55:26 AM »
my only comment is that the company has a name.  others knowing what it is can be useful information...   8)

doug s.

Doug, I had a similar experience with a company that shall remain nameless. I had a question about the upper limit frequency range of their subs and when they told me I was suspicious. This was critical as the low end response of my OB speakers was limited. But because it was his sub I drank the kool aid. Sure enough  it was now where close to what was i was told. Look, you have to sell and buyer beware.

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Analog Devices / Re: Phono stage advice and opinions needed...
« Last post by jimbones on May 20, 2020, 08:47:13 AM »

Doug, I had a similar experience with a company that shall remain nameless. I had a question about the upper limit frequency range of their subs and when they told me I was suspicious. This was critical as the low end response of my OB speakers was limited. But because it was his sub I drank the kool aid. Sure enough  it was now where close to what was i was told. Look, you have to sell and buyer beware.


well...  in my case, i probably should have known better.  but his explanation sounded plausible.

his 4w amp was rated at 4 ohms.  i doubted it could drive my 14 ohm speakers very well, even tho rated 97db/1w.  (and my speakers were actively crossed over to subs at 80hz, making it an even easier load for an amp.)  he assured me that, tho his amp was rated at 4 ohms, that was to let folks know it could drive more difficult loads, and that it would be fine driving an easier load.

was he just wrong, or was he lying?  and, if he was wrong, what does that say about his engineering skills?  you be the judge.

doug s.




Bummer. I've had similar experiences. But the guy didn't lie to me. He was just wrong.



steve deckert left a bad taste in my mouth quite a few years back, when he blatantly lied to me about how one of his low powered amps would do driving my hi-efficiency - but 14 ohm - speakers.  he said it would be great.  it totally sucked - full gain on my preamp wouldn't drive the 97db-efficient speakers to decent volume levels.  and i had two other 4wpc amps that would drive you out of the room if you got anywhere near full gain.

i'd rather not patronize  decware.  if you find something used, at 25% of retail, then maybe it'd be worth a try...

ymmv,

doug s.

If your looking for a mm phono stage check out the Decware ZP3. All tube, all point to point wiring. I had one for years. Loved it. $1300 new. Lifetime warranty. Decware is rarely mentioned but they know what they are doing. The real deal.
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Analog Devices / Re: CARTRIDGE HUNT
« Last post by mrubey on May 20, 2020, 03:46:44 AM »
Now there is a Grado Statement 3 which I seriously considered. Its about half the price of the Koetsu at $3500. I am just coming from a Grado Reference 2 which totally blew away all of my expectations. It was a great cartridge. BTW, The Grados are neither mm nor mc but mi, moving iron. Joe Grado invented moving coil. The family owns the patents yet they build only mi carts. Soundsmith also builds only moving iron. Peter Lederman in one of the seminars on YouTube shows a photo the smallest coil of any mc cart next to the largest moving part of any mi cart they make. The mc has 5x more mass.
The whole thrust of cartridge evolution is toward less moving mass. I haven't heard them all of course but simply based on theory I believe mi is the pinnacle of current cartridge engineering. There is a reason Grado owns mc and collects royalties on every mc built within the reach of US patent law yet they build only mi carts. More than one reviewer has proclaimed the Grado Epoche to be the best cartridge ever made. The Statement 3 is the same design with less exotic parts.
Back to Soundsmith....My next cartridge is a Soundsmith Paua. It is similar to the Grado Statement 3 in that it is also third from the top, is the same design as the flagship with less exotic parts and is a similar price. $4K, currently on sale for $3K. The one thing Soundsmith offers that made the sale to me is very affordable rebuilds. <20% of cost of cart for cart to made like new. I won't be looking to upgrade in 3 or 4 years......or ever.





Ah is it nobler to choose MM or MC. The hunt is on. Looking at Grado Statement2 or Koetsu Urishi, Lyra Kleos or Kiseiki. Using an Audio Hungary tubed phono with both MM and MC cards. Arm is Kuzma 12" VTA adj. Any input ???


charles
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Special Events / Re: ROCKY MOUNTAIN 2020
« Last post by rollo on May 19, 2020, 11:22:46 AM »
I wonder if this has less to do with Covid fears and more to do with exhibitors backing out because they cannot afford to go given the current economic downturn.   :-k


  Most likely both. Business is OK for me so far. Making sales.


charles
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Analog Devices / Re: Phono stage advice and opinions needed...
« Last post by mrubey on May 19, 2020, 10:45:35 AM »
I don't know. Im pretty sure he is self taught which infers certain limitations. People function within the box defined by their understanding. For most folks, not much exists outside of that. I was thinking that he could have wound you a tranny with 16 ohm taps. My only Decware product was the ZP3 which was wonderful.  But I do truly love my 20/20. Maybe I should have recommended a Sutherland KC Vibe, $895 or Insight $1400. Ron Sutherlands engineering chops are of a known and respected quality.
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Analog Devices / Re: Phono stage advice and opinions needed...
« Last post by doug s. on May 19, 2020, 09:30:36 AM »
well...  in my case, i probably should have known better.  but his explanation sounded plausible.

his 4w amp was rated at 4 ohms.  i doubted it could drive my 14 ohm speakers very well, even tho rated 97db/1w.  (and my speakers were actively crossed over to subs at 80hz, making it an even easier load for an amp.)  he assured me that, tho his amp was rated at 4 ohms, that was to let folks know it could drive more difficult loads, and that it would be fine driving an easier load.

was he just wrong, or was he lying?  and, if he was wrong, what does that say about his engineering skills?  you be the judge.

doug s.

Bummer. I've had similar experiences. But the guy didn't lie to me. He was just wrong.



steve deckert left a bad taste in my mouth quite a few years back, when he blatantly lied to me about how one of his low powered amps would do driving my hi-efficiency - but 14 ohm - speakers.  he said it would be great.  it totally sucked - full gain on my preamp wouldn't drive the 97db-efficient speakers to decent volume levels.  and i had two other 4wpc amps that would drive you out of the room if you got anywhere near full gain.

i'd rather not patronize  decware.  if you find something used, at 25% of retail, then maybe it'd be worth a try...

ymmv,

doug s.

If your looking for a mm phono stage check out the Decware ZP3. All tube, all point to point wiring. I had one for years. Loved it. $1300 new. Lifetime warranty. Decware is rarely mentioned but they know what they are doing. The real deal.
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Dealer Ads / AmpOhm Capacitors - 7 pieces - $80 for all - shipped
« Last post by Response Audio on May 19, 2020, 09:21:33 AM »
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Special Events / Re: ROCKY MOUNTAIN 2020
« Last post by tmazz on May 19, 2020, 09:19:07 AM »
I wonder if this has less to do with Covid fears and more to do with exhibitors backing out because they cannot afford to go given the current economic downturn.   :-k
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Special Events / Re: ROCKY MOUNTAIN 2020
« Last post by jimbones on May 19, 2020, 09:17:54 AM »
  Say bye bye. Another one bites the dust. October ??? Really.


charles

No vaccine no show
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