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Mr Thorens

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  1. I've heard the Red v the Quintet Bronze. Tonally similar but the Cadenza had better micro dynamics, scale and insight. The Q Bronze was also very good but the C Red stepped everything up a bit and was more resolved and had more bite.
  2. Thanks Owen. I’m going to try something similar. Just need to find a local steel supplier to do it.
  3. I’d be very interested as to the source of the heavy base plate and how you did it.
  4. Thebrega carts don't have a replaceable stylus. However the arms do have two internal solder joints and this is suboptimal. After all it's a budget arm.
  5. Hmm my RB301, RB303 and RB251 also had the same poor wiring regime.
  6. Interestingly Rega didn't implement the straight through wiring in the RB250 and 300. There are two solder joints. One from the headshell wires into the internal arm wire. And another from the internal arm wire into the small circular base PCB into which the RCA cable is soldered. This is poor design and part of the reason many Rega rewires sound so much better as well as replacing the flimsy low grade internal wiring with litz
  7. You mean this? It’s a bargain.
  8. Some Ortofon dealers have the full range to try out one by one on an Ortofon TT (I think it's a rebadged higher end Project). Challenge HiFi in Adelaide did that with me and I could then hear that the Q Bronze>2M black>2M Bronze>>Quintet Blue.
  9. Sure did. I still like my Ortofon Bronze too, different sound. One day I would like to upgrade further.
  10. Very interesting YouTube channel. Maybe I'm biased, but do the Ortofons seem to sound the most natural and detailed - except for the AT OC9
  11. Item: Shure SC35C broadcast standard cartridge with new Jico stylus Location: Ridgehaven SA can post Price: $100 Item Condition: cart is good working order, Stylus is brand new in box Reason for selling: not being used, still prefer MC Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, EFT Extra Info: A mind blowing MM cartridge similar sound to DL103. Articulate, balanced and energetic but also able to capture detail and nuance. A classic broadcast standard with quite flat frequency response. The SC35 stylus it came with tracks at 4-5g (also included in the price). I wasn't happy about this (although several forums say it doesn't contribute to record wear) so I bought a brand new Jico N-44GX stylus which is higher compliance and tracks at around 1.5g. But I'm not seeing any future use for it so will share with interested SNA member. Once the new stylus is run in (allow approx 30 hours) it will really surprise you. Photos:
  12. Item: Audio Technica AT LP60 USB Location: Ridgehaven SA can post Price: $100 Item Condition: excellent Reason for selling: not being used Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, EFT Extra Info: Convenient small form factor turntable with selectable Line/ phono level RCA output for analog, or USB for direct connection to computer or mini system without Aux input. Sounds pretty good good with a bookshelf/ study/ office/playroom system. Doesn't ruin records, and has full auto play and return. Was used in the second playroom briefly but that room has gone full digital so not being used. Not high end but not rubbish either. Unlike some cheaper varieties it has aluminium (not plastic) platter, a proper AT3600 cartridge, and doesn't resonate. Photos:
  13. Item: Yamaha Subwoofer YST-SW45 Location: Ridgehaven SA Price: $50 Item Condition: very good Reason for selling: Not being used Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, EFT Extra Info: Very decent bass especially for a bookshelf or HT system. Smaller form factor 35cm (h) x 25cm (w) x 30cm(d), so it doesn't take up such a large amount of space. Works perfectly. Pickup only as it's heavy. photos:
  14. Item: Ortofon Rondo Red MC Cart Location: Ridgehaven SA Price: $ Item Condition: excellent Reason for selling: NLR Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, EFT Extra Info: Around 200 hours use. Still in excellent order and sounds great. Was one of my favourite carts until upgrading to the Quintet Bronze. Photos:
  15. 2.0m cable sold. RSC Prime M3 still available. New price $360. My price $180.
  16. Item: Tara Labs RCA Cables Location: Ridgehaven SA can post Price: see below Item Condition: like new, lightly used Reason for selling: not being used Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, EFT Extra Info: Tara Labs RSC Prime M3 1.0m in box $180 Tara Labs Prism 2.0m $Sold Purchased in Australia from authorised dealer. Superb cables for for the money. Photos:
  17. This is a really good integrated amp, I've had several others and this is the keeper. Detailed, refined, transparent, powerful and musical. And the internal phono stage is excellent too and has seen off a couple of $1k plus external units. Bargain buy.
  18. The SC35C came with the SP10mkii I recently acquired. When I first set up the TT I went straight to the MC cart I usually use. It’s very good indeed. I then bought a stylus for the SC35C as a curiosity. Wow. The TT has really come alive. Seems totally neutral but with excellent dynamics and really good detailing for a MM cart. Textures are very apparent and the top end is quite extended. Soundstage is wide. I am not sure I’ve heard anything quite this dynamic and detailed yet controlled and with such scale. Love this cart, it’s amazing. The only drawback is the limitation of the conical stylus can show up in some very busy passages with a little congestion. Otherwise I’m very impressed.
  19. Op2134 has been a backward step for me in the past. Thick and veiled sounding and somewhat limited separation. NJM2068 whilst also a Jellybean chip I found vastly superior to the 4558/4559 and OPA2134. Tried in a Denon PMA750 integrated and a CA540P preamp. Can be found on many front ends of Japanese internal phono stages. The LM4562 was excellent, fast, wide and hifi sounding however over time I found it to be a bit clinical and lacked soul. Also prone to oscillation in older circuits. Wima or Auricap should both work well. Don't forget the electrolytics in the power supply. Changing to Elba Silmic or Panasonic FC can make quite a difference.
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