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  1. Hi All, I am curious, which cartridge alignment method do you use BAERWALD, LOEFGREN OR STEVENSON or something else and why? Please include: 1. Cartridge type, including brand and model; 2. Turntable; 3. Tonearm; 4. Phono stage; 5. Type of music you listen to; 6. If you have photos, please include; 7. Reason you use a particular method over another and why? I’m grateful for your contribution. Kind Regards
  2. What are the amps in photograph 3? Thanking you in advance.
  3. Great TT. GLWTS
  4. What active speaker are you thinking of getting?
  5. Hi I have added more links to the DACs which have recently been referred to. Matrix Element X https://www.matrix-digi.com/en/products/321.html https://www.hifi-advice.com/blog/review/digital-reviews/spdif-dac-reviews/matrix-element-x/ https://www.audiosciencereview.com/forum/index.php?threads/review-and-measurements-of-matrix-audio-element-x-dac-streamer-amp.7782/ Metrum acoustic pavane dac and Ambre Roon endpoint https://metrumacoustics.com/product/pavane-l3/ http://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/metrum-acoustics-pavane-dac/?page=3 https://darko.audio/2014/12/metrum-acoustics-announce-pavane-dac/ https://6moons.com/audioreviews2/metrum/1.html https://www.audiostream.com/content/metrum-acoustics-pavane-0 https://metrumacoustics.com/roon/ DCS Bartok https://www.dcsltd.co.uk/products/bartok-headphone-dac-amplifier/ https://www.stereophile.com/content/dcs-bartok-da-processorheadphone-amplifier https://darko.audio/2019/07/a-short-film-about-the-dcs-bartok/ https://www.tonepublications.com/review/the-dcs-bartok-dac/ https://www.absolutesounds.com/pdf/main/press/dCSBartok.pdf
  6. Thanks Warren2503 for your very generous offer. I’m sorry I haven’t back sooner, been travelling around the countryside. I will post further DAC’s been looking at. I understand your DAC is well regarded. Thanks again mate
  7. Thanks Ittaku, rossb, awayward & futherpale for your contribution. I have set out below some links to the DACs and headphones you have mentioned. 1. Topping DXS7 DAC https://shenzhenaudio.com/products/topping-dx7s-2-es9038q2m-32bit-768k-dsd512-dsd-usb-full-balanced-dac-headphone-amplifier 2. Stax SR-009 http://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/stax-sr-009-electrostatic-earspeaker-playback-54/ 3. MSB Reference DAC http://www.msbtechnology.com/the-reference-dac/ https://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/msb-reference-dac-and-transport/ 4.Ayre QX5 Twenty https://www.ayre.com/products/digital/qx-5-twenty/ https://www.stereophile.com/content/ayre-acoustics-qx-5-twenty-da-processor 5. Mytek Manhattan II https://mytekdigital.com/hifi/products/manhattan-2/ https://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/mytek-digital-manhattan-ii-dac/ https://www.stereophile.com/content/mytek-hifi-manhattan-ii-da-preamplifier-headphone-amplifier 6. Mytek Brooklyn+ https://mytekdigital.com/hifi/products/brooklyn/ https://darko.audio/2018/02/myteks-brooklyn-dac-host-with-most-offers-more/ https://www.stereophile.com/content/mytek-hifi-brooklyn-da-processor–headphone-amplifier-mytek-brooklyn-plus 7. PS Audio Directstream https://www.psaudio.com/products/directstream-dac/ https://darko.audio/2019/10/ps-audio-cooks-up-windom-update-for-directstream-dac/ https://darko.audio/2019/01/chord-dave-vs-ps-audio-directstream/ https://www.stereophile.com/content/ps-audio-perfectwave-directstream-da-processor http://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/ps-audio-perfectwave-directstream-dac/ 8. Chord Dave https://chordelectronics.co.uk/product/dave/ https://www.stereophile.com/content/chord-electronics-dave-da-processor https://darko.audio/2019/01/chord-dave-vs-ps-audio-directstream/ https://www.moon-audio.com/chord-dave-dac.html 9. Chord Qutest https://chordelectronics.co.uk/product/qutest/ https://www.stereophile.com/content/chord-electronics-qutest-da-processor https://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/chord-electronics-qutest-dac/ https://darko.audio/2018/11/a-short-film-about-the-chord-qutest/ 10. Chord MScaler https://chordelectronics.co.uk/product/hugo-mscaler/ https://darko.audio/2018/10/chords-hugo-m-scaler-gives-us-what-hi-fi-shows-do-not/ https://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/chord-electronics-hugo-tt-2-dacpreampheadphone-amp-and-hugo-m-scaler/
  8. Thanks ittaku for contributing. Totally agree that when looking at purchasing any significant device, that one should test it in ones own system. I also accept that the characteristics of each system is different and thus the inclusion of a device will result in variable outcomes dependent upon the components in the said system. 100% agree. At this stage I’m approaching it from a research perspective. I would be grateful if you could advise whether you use a dac, the type of dac your using and why you like it. Again, I’m most gradual for your contribution.
  9. Hi All, Would like to know the experiences you may have had with: 1. PS Audio Directstream DAC (with or without a bridge); https://www.psaudio.com/directstream-dac/ 2. Chord Qutest; and https://chordelectronics.co.uk/product/dave/ 3. Chord Dave. https://chordelectronics.co.uk/product/qutest/ Using these devices with headphones and also with speakers. Perhaps a short outline of what the equipment these have been used with. I note that Chord Qutest generally is not used with headphones but can be with some additions as I understand it. I also note when including such a significant addition to ones system, that one should take the time to experience the device in the said system, as each system may provide differing results Which do you believe is more appropriate to you and why? I'm grateful for you sharing your experiences. Regards
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