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  1. I have the software and have used it successfully. It does take a great deal of time. The website has the tutorials, but the help pages within the app are more useful and indicate what numbers you should strive for (and I think the rough order to adjust). For some measurements the numbers are static, but of others like azimuth my numbers changed as the track played. I didn't really get which numbers to use as the track played and generally chose the highest / end of the track. Its important to remember that VTA, VTF, anti skate and azimuth are all intertwined so if you are struggling with a particular measurement one of the other parameters may be out of whack. I've never used setup software like this before and from a standing start I literally spent 4 days mucking around with it. I got a noticeable improvement in sound and I'm convinced my existing setup was well out of whack. I think its a good product but don't expect a clean cut / black & white result. I found it was more like tuning the various parameters to get best average of all settings btw you also need to keep an eye on the clipping LED on the pre-amp. Different tracks seem to be recorded at different levels so play it through and set the level before trying a measurement
  2. Further update on my CD player journey... Whilst the Rotel is a good player, I wasn't really diggin' the sound. It was especially apparent when I took the time to connect it in my main 2 channel system. I ended up swapping out the the newly acquired for Rotel for the Sony CDP-XA3ES player that was advertised in the classifieds and that was a major improvement. The Sony is definitely a keeper.
  3. Thanks to everyone for their advice and suggestions. I splashed out $160 on a very tidy Rotel RCD-965BX today. Sounds ok, reads CDs lightning fast. Job done for now..
  4. Luc $500 is the tops. I'm looking to replace the CD player in the bedroom system (although the CD gets more use than in the main system). Your point is exactly the crux of my question, there a lots of 200-300 vintage players out there, but will they need need parts now or in the near future? Are the parts available and is it an easy fix? Is it better to spend $300 on something modern with a 24 month warranty?
  5. Thanks I'm familiar with that one. I've got one connected in my "analogue" setup in the living room. I play it when I'm doing the dishes or cooking dinner and can't rush back to change the record. I'd be happy for a second unit if it came up
  6. That's the kinda straightforward advice i'm looking for. thanks
  7. Neither of those seem like they are well south of the $500 mark
  8. The CD player in my bedroom system has died. I'm shopping for a replacement. The player will only used analogue output into a two channel Yamaha analogue amp, JBL bookshelf speakers My search for a replacement to date has been focused on used single disk CD units. I'm thinking something modern verses vintage (that may have to be repaired in near future). It needs to sound good. Price well south of $500. Any suggestions on a good value modern player new or used? If I spend $400 on modern unit, am I giving up anything (sound wise) on a 'vintage' unit?
  9. Have to agree with Luc. You've got to pick your battles. Even if you can do the repairs yourself, some items aren't worth the investment / cost. There is some good gear out there (vintage or otherwise) at very a reasonable price. Do your research before spending the cash. I thought this was a cool thread.
  10. Given you only paid $200 for the initial system, you could pick up a vintage receiver as well. Give it a try. If you don’t like it, sell it...
  11. Ive got this. The guy who who owned the stereo shop i worked at in high school gave it to me. Should have a listen one day..
  12. It's all about quality control. Both in manufacturing and shipping / handling. Bit of a crap shoot really. Buying locally (especially from a storefront shop) certainly de-risks any monetary loss, but it's still a PIA to return a defective. I've had very bad luck with JB Hi Fi, but they were good with the returns ( I reckon that's a symptom of poor handling). I've also had piss poor luck with buying Neil Young records both from the official website and some of the standard discount mobs. (I reckon that's a symptom of poor manufacturing). I've also had some great experiences, dead flat, dead quiet & clean in a proper sleeve (most Donald Fagan records I've purchased). All my examples are generalizations I know.. Luck of the draw, do heaps of research or pay a premium from a shop front.
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