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  1. The HiFi VinylNews channel on youtube claims that the Schitt Mani performs better than the Vincent. I have the Mani hooked up to a Swagman PSU and it performs very well for me, however, I have not conducted a detailed comparison for myself.
  2. It is a standard for downloading and unpacking HQ content from HQ streaming services like Tidal. There are plenty of YouTube vides that explain it.
  3. I recently purchased an Audioquest Cobalt for mobile use and it works very well. I did a quick test to see how it works when I plug in a HD650 into it. To my surprise, it handled the HD650s very well indeed. It was not quite as good as my balanced headphone set up, however, it was not that far behind. I also used its as DAC through to my amp and speakers, again it acquitted itself very well. f you are on a budget and want a portable DAC amp you can use on the go or at home, the Audoquest is definitely worth a look.
  4. I recently got a new iMac and found that the headphone port no longer has S/PDIF, so I can't use optical to connect to my external DAC. My DAC does not have USB support so this omission was annoying. I managed to track down an affordable solution for around $75 by getting a Douk Audio XMOS USB to S/PIDF converter that outputs Optical or Coax. It now works a treat.
  5. I'm not suggesting real mods, just a better headshell and platter mat, along with a great budget cart and phono pre. I just set this up for my sister and its very close to my Technics SL1201 M5G. This is a needle drop with my Technics, and the Reloop gets very close for a fraction of the price. I can understand if all of this is a bit overwhelming. All the best with your search.
  6. I recommend the Reloop RP7000 Mk2. Its actually a Hanpin Super OEM deck that you will need to pay around $1,000 if it wore a Pioneer badge. For around $650 with a lid you can add a Jelco headshell, Funk Firm Achromat and either an AT95 with a Jico Hyperelliptical stylus or an Ortofon OM10 with a Jico Hyperelliptical stylus. You should have enough for a Schitt Mani phono pre or if you stretch a bit more a Rothwell Simplex photo pre. Precision align and set it up well.... it will blow you away.
  7. I use this system and I have never achieved such amazing results. Previously noisy and unplayable records have become dead quiet and a veil has been lifted, allowing you to hear what is in the grooves, so much so that you can hear the hiss of the master tape and the sound bouncing off the studio walls in some cases.
  8. I have listened to the AT150MLX, its a good cart. I find it a little bright, but that can be tamed with with a bit of parallel resistive loading. I think the new VM740ML may be a more balanced sounding, however, I have not heard it. I'm also keen to try the LP Gear The Vessel R3SM, this runs a microline stylus on a ruby cantilever, however, at around $1,000 AUD its more than I want to pay right now. The reason I went with the AT95 with the Jico Hyperelliptical was to get to a good level of performance without spending too much. My modded AT95 owes me $250, however, it is so good that I no longer listen to my $1,000 moving coil and it has the lowest surface noise of all of the carts I have used.
  9. Thank you for the kind words. Just checked out your channel, very cool. I use a DSLR with a 50mmm F1.4 lens for the video, iMovie for video editing and Audacity for the audio recording via an Xtel Inport.
  10. I'm glad you are enjoying your AT95 cart, I know I am. I have also just posted a vinyl needle drop of a Dire Straits track using this cart and stylus.
  11. Crazy prices for vinyl are really putting me off analogue right now. I will be investing in a decent DAC rather than spending more on my vinyl setup.
  12. In a crisp English accent... Kemmen of the Star Corps. Hi Kids! Kremmen here!
  13. Rothwell Simplex with a Cinemag SUT or a Schitt Mani with Swagman PSU and a Cinemag SUT?
  14. I reckon an RP7000 Mk2, with a in-built phono stage bypass, KAB tonearm re-wire, KAB tonearm tubing, a Jelco headshell and good platter mat like the Achromat would kick serious butt. My sister has the stock RP7000 Mk2 and I'm very impressed by it.
  15. Soundring / Decibel sells them in Oz
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