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  1. Recently purchased a Parasound JC3 Jr (a John Curl design) phono preamp to compliment my Cary valve phono. Not many hours on it yet, but very good sounding phono - spacious and dynamic and avoids the thin/insubstantial sound I've heard in some SS phono amps.
  2. D70 now sold, thanks for looking.
  3. Item: Topping D70 balanced DAC Location: Bendigo Price: $450 Item Condition: As New Reason for selling: Surplus to requirements Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal Extra Info: I bought this DAC in September last year (4mo old) while I was experimenting with multiple player apps. I didn't end up using the second DAC nearly as much as I anticipated, so moving this on. Has great build quality and functionality, runs the highly regarded and fine sounding AK4497 chips (x2). It's also a measurement champ as you can see in the review link below. Can be set as a DAC only or used in preamp mode to control a power amp directly and has full remote control of volume/inputs/filters etc. Comes with the excellent original packaging and accessories. https://www.audiosciencereview.com/forum/index.php?threads/review-and-measurements-of-the-topping-d70-dac.7694/ Photos:
  4. Here is one reference, but there are many on the web: https://forum.audiogon.com/discussions/jico-sas-vs-neo-sas-s-vs-neo-sas-r?sort_order=desc And here is a link from an SNA thread (same author - @Halcro - as above); https://www.stereo.net.au/forums/topic/109943-garrott-p77/?do=findComment&comment=4293174
  5. Yeah it doesn't look like the original at all, but others have used it with the P77 bodies to great effect (A&R, Garrott etc). I'll try to find the review link on Audiogon.
  6. Pic of my mid 80's vintage Garrott P77 with Jico Stylus-1 SAS/B (boron cantilever). Much more difficult to set up than the stock as the cantilever is much finer and shorter and obscured by the stylus guard. Jico recommends 1-1.5g tracking force. I'm using 1.3g at the moment. Soundstage, focus and detail is a different league to my recollection of the stock stylus (mine had seen a lot of use). Sounds pretty awesome!
  7. 1500c has a built in phono stage and comes with the Ortofon 2M Red cartridge. So a nice all in one. Probs not for someone who already has those items covered, unless looking to simplify your setup. BTW, has both a phono out and the line out. Uses the same new motor as the GR model.
  8. Is this the 'lite" package? What cable/termination does it come with? Edit: didn't look close enough - missed the 'lite' cross on the box photo.
  9. I actually like the cleaner look of the 1500C vs the more expensive 1210GR I got. Specs are very similar and the 1500C uses the same motor as the GR - the platter is 2kg vs the 2.5kg for the GR. I suspect performance would be very close and the 1500C has the convenience of the inbuilt phono stage (which can be bypassed if you wish to use a separate phono preamp). Looks like a very nice package to me.
  10. Recent Technics 1210GR buyer here, so perhaps a bit biased. The sister model 1500C comes with integrated phono stage and Ortofon 2M Red cartridge and will give, foolproof operation with the legendary Technics performance, stability and longevity. https://www.technics.com/au/products/premium-class/direct-drive-turntable-system-sl-1500c.html
  11. I've got an original Garrott P77 bought from Brian & John Garrott in the early 80's. Tossing up whether or not to get a Garrott P77i replacement stylus for it for $360. Have also heard that Jico do a SAS replacement that may be better(?).
  12. Prior to the Technics the only previous direct drive ive owned was a Luxman PD264 in the late 70's. Ive had 3 belt drive turntables since - Rega Planar 3, Sota Saphire, VPI TNT (all the original models starting from around 1980 with the Rega). Believe me the Technics 1200/1210GR is no slouch.
  13. How about a Technics SL1200/1210GR? Sounds great on classic rock and blues.....actually sounds great with everything! Might be hard to beat at an RRP of $2749. https://news.panasonic.com.au/2019/11/13/acclaimed-technics-grand-class-sl-1200g-spearheads-australian-turntable-lineup/
  14. Well, there's a story to that. Just days before Technics announced the sl1200GR would be officially available in Australia, I bought a 'grey' import for considerably more from Discrepancy Records. I was pretty pissed and was seeking to return it, but Paul at Discrepancy said he'd match the newly announced retail. He didn't have to do that, so props to him. I imagine any technics dealer could get you one now - and maybe negotiate a discount.
  15. This is probably true. When I had the SME-V I used it without the finger lift as it was supposed to sound better (I never compared). But I used the finger lift with both my subsequent Graham arms. I got used to the convenience. The Ortofon HS has just a vestigal lift that I found awkward (and it still had the issues above). The proper lift on the Jelco is a feature I like - and I'm willing to compromise a bit.
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