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  1. The Zu 103 has been mentioned and heavier counterweights in the same context. It is worth noting that the Zu cartridges are re-bodied and resin potted and have considerably greater mass than a stock 103. The stock counterweight should be fine with a stock 103/r. I have run and enjoyed a plain 103 on a Michell Tecnoarm - which is a reworked RB250, that arm does have VTA adjustment. A simple multi position spacer such as this will not break the bank and should provide all the adjustment you might wish. I have always removed the lid while playing records so clearance has never been an issue and I would not fuss unduly over perceived issues in that regard, as mentioned something like small wedges cut from a white pencil eraser can be used to raise the lid a small amount without affecting the hinges. I am of the opinion that the cartridge likes some extra mass (this is in part the reasoning behind the Zu mods) and used a sheet lead shim between the cartridge and the headshell. I found the 103 markedly better for loading @ 1K ohms rather than the suggested 100, the 103r is electrically different from the 103 so experiment might be in order. Both the gain of the Vincent and the output of the Denon 103r are fairly middle of the range and I would not forsee any issues pairing them.
  2. I used to find I needed to be careful not to spill the water out of the potplants that lived on top of the speakers when doing that.
  3. Firstly the tracking weight issue, quite some few well respected and expensive cartridges track @ over 2.5 gm eg Ortofon SPU and Miyajima to name a couple. Mistracking from poor tonearm and cartridge compliance matching does far more damage than raw tracking force. I own and regularly play many records that for much of their early lives were played on equipment using piezo or crystal cartridges and not particularly sophisticated tonearms. To the OP, the whole turntable costs less than many here would think the price of an entry level cartridge, it offers simplicity of integration to you, it includes its own phono preamplifier (bypassable) and wireless connection (or wired) and almost the ease of use of a CD player. Whether the bluetooth connection might suffer from dropouts or interference would remain to be seen in your specific setup. The lack of ability to use any alternative cartridge would be a deal breaker for me and the expected life of 400 hours of the included stylus is not inspiring but may be acceptable for occasional use. I also do not like/trust fully automatic mechanisms, but that is my inner Luddite no doubt. It will certainly allow you to revisit your old albums but whether it will give a true taste of the allure of vinyl is rather less certain. I do recall my initial delight at discovering the improvement from upgrading my cartridge from a basic manufacturer supplied one. That was the point at which my initial intention to digitise my LP collection started to recede in favour of just playing them. A couple of lines I took from the review Paul linked above - WRT digital files recorded therefrom, "These files have a similarly even-handed character, although in terms of quality, expectations should be closer to Spotify streams than CD-ripped files." and overall ".... would still back the pricier Rega Planar 1 as the most practical starting point for anyone with a curiosity about vinyl..." From what I have seen here, not many have stayed happy with the Planar1 for long either.
  4. SPR08Y's new room

    I don't think you took that shot today (or yesterday as it is now). Guessing from the amount of sunlight on the floor that it is still a bit previous for setting up the gear to listen to The Wall rather than admire them. Neville minds, won't be long now.
  5. I am a known fan of Graham Slee phono stages, what you may not know, is that they may be trialled free of charge aside from postage. Contact forum Sponsor @cheekyboy by PM (private message) to arrange this. I was only using a Sansui SR-525 or a Rega P2 with a Denon DL-110 when I purchased an Era Gold V, I never felt that I had overspent. My kit has moved a little up the food chain since then but I still use GSP phono stages.
  6. I know not what you folk are talking about - I'm hearing Mark Twain here.

    Ecclesiastes 1:9 covers this I think Sir Zinger is right too - we have covered this ground be-previously But in the interests of furthering the discussion, I would offer the observation that the French company Pathe produced such records prior to 1916 although they were also vertical cut. The following linques provide more chatter on this novelty - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3-F_g0F-Sw 1948 US 78rpm https://www.vinylengine.com/turntable_forum/viewtopic.php?t=13082 discussion of other inside to outside records. http://forums.stevehoffman.tv/threads/records-that-play-inside-to-outer-edge.659627/ more discussion on this topic - see particularly post # 4 https://www.discogs.com/Underground-Resistance-Fuel-For-The-Fire-Attend-The-Riot/release/93466 a specifric example https://www.npr.org/sections/allsongs/2014/05/06/310156717/ultra-lp-version-of-jack-whites-new-album-has-some-crazy-surprises yet another recent example Yes, I probably should get out more
  8. 45 rpm storage

    Nothing about storage, but prompted by a little reminiscing about 7" 45rpm singles (& EPs), when I bought my first, the cost was equivalent to the award adult hourly rate for a cleaner.
  9. Whom is dis "Don Habib" brudder 1 to 5 ? TDD glad you remembered about the lost commandments. It is good to keep a proper histerical perspective of these things.
  10. Pi music server and MoOde

    That seems like the best course - I am finding that 4.0 while useable and the build process has been made fairly simple, is still WIP.
  11. Hotmail issues

    Google are much worse for geoblocking your access. A significant amount of the email I get on my Gmail account is Google helpfully letting me know that I tried to access my account from some computer or location that they disapproved of for reasons undisclosed but alleged to be for my benefit and they stopped that from happening. Um I thought the supposed advantage of public freemail accounts was access from anywhere - obviously my mistake.
  12. Pi music server and MoOde

    My first adventure with MoOde - after an initial trek through build recipe 2.3 and a forest of SSH commandlines I did finally refer to the simpler instructions and ran the mosbuild script which built an image on a second SD card installed in a USB adapter. A working install seemingly ensued after numerous reboots with progress monitored via Putty & SSH to ensure it had run to completion. One quirk, at least as I have it ATM, although MPD seemingly scanned my SMB network share and the files are browseable and playable from the browse pane, the library pane remains unpopulated. Audio output is Hifiberry Dacplus pro - might be a while before I decide if it is noticeably better sounding than OSMC/Kodi which I have been running and which offers multimedia features that MoOde does not.
  13. HiFiBerry

    The IQaudio DAC seems to be getting some good press on UK forums at least. This bundle might be worth a look.
  14. Starter mono cartridge

    Oh dear, not a happy moment at all - Do you even have the 78 rpm speed on your TT ?
  15. Starter mono cartridge

    You cannot unbake bread. One further point that has not been mentioned and is in addition to whether a cartridge uses a "true mono generator" (where the magnetic elements are aligned differently from a stereo one), is whether that cartridge has "vertical compliance" or not. A cartridge not having vertical compliance (such as the Miyajimas and the Ortofon CG pickups) will damage a stereo recording if one is inadvertently played with one. The Audio Technica Mono cartridges and the Ortofon SPU Mono do have vertical compliance and will do no harm to a stereo recording. These are the cartridges of which I have knowledge, I cannot speak for others not mentioned.