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  1. Which makes our hobby so frustrating, for records and for CDs (and high-res media). It would be so much easier if record companies and mastering engineers did their job properly to high standards, and marketing people stop dictating poor production standards. I find it quite tedious trying to make sure my purchases are the better quality offerings, it would be much better to have confidence that what was sold was the best quality available. But if that happened, I guess that a lot of people would think the fun of collecting would be diminished!
  2. I would like to believe this, but I can't agree. For example, Monster Cable. Their competitors had a better reputation for quality than Monster. And Monster have been documented doing some rather dodgy demonstrations to make over-inflated claims. However, their market share (as an early entrant in the "quality" interconnect market) and huge marketing budget ensured that they have held a large market share for decades.
  3. First pressings of vinyl records (including promos) are considered desirable because the stampers are new and not worn. First pressings/masterings of CDs are collectable by some because often the original mastering has retained the dynamic range of the original recordings. Latter mastering often compresses the dynamic range, which is less desirable to audiophiles. However, it is not always straightforward. Many early CDs were mastered from multi-generation tapes (or tapes with eq for record cutting), which have reduced audio quality (even though the dynamic range may be preserved on the CD). Latter CDs may have been generated from lower-generation tapes, but are degraded by mastering fashion. The value depends on many things, and collector demand. Early CD pressings with the so-called "target" design are very collectable, as the quality is considered to be excellent.
  4. If nobody identifies them here, try emailing the manufacturer https://www.dali-speakers.com/
  5. No it doesn't. Live acoustic, non-amplified instruments lets you hear music as it produced, and the interaction with the environment it's played in. It trains your ears/brain to be aware of subtleties in the playing, the arrangements, the tonality of different instruments, and real musical dynamic range. Non-amplified is important, because amplification introduces a generation difference (although many live PA systems are very good). Once you have trained your brain to understand how music is produced, you can understand the differences in different reproduction systems, and with other types of music.
  6. My mother had no musical/artistic interest. The mantle radio always had ABC radio on, but I think that was just to fill the silence, there was no interest in the music. My father claimed to have musical interest, but I saw little evidence of it. His favourite song was the Seekers "Morningtown Ride", as he felt the lyrics were so meaningful (" Rockin' rollin' ridin' / Out along the bay / All bound for Morningtown / Many miles away "). He also always wanted Rubenstein's recording of Chopin to be played at his funeral. But he never listened to music. My parents didn't have a stereo or record player. I had to get part-time jobs to buy my own as a teenager. They never understood my interest in music, but were happy for me to learn instruments. They didn't support me buying records (I've overcompensated since).
  7. The best training for your ears is to listen to lots of live acoustic (non-amplified) instruments. Learn how the instruments really sound, rather than being familiar with how they sound reproduced. Become familiar how the instruments sound different in different environments. Then when you hear reproduced music you will have a worthy comparison to make.
  8. I should have googled pics the arm myself first ! Your headshell is consistent with the images of the arm. The headshell is quite different to another FR tonearm's headshell I looked at pics recently, which is why I orig. thought your's wasn't standard with the arm. It's a nice looking arm, GLWTS.
  9. The MD was quite something in it's day, as a digital improvement on the cassette. However, the CD division in Sony fought the hardware division due to concerns it would enable digital copies of CDs, and effectively killed it by limiting it to analogue copying, etc. There were some 3rd-party programs written that would enable digital copying from the portable players (the NetMD versions?). Despite the good technology, the original lossy recording algorithms had limitations which prevented audiophile adoption. By the time the HiMD format was developed (that offered lossless recording, longer recording/playback, and finally digital copying) CD burners and ipods had killed the MD format. It had a lot of potential but Sony fought itself and paid the price. I've got a portable HiMD recorder, and was attracted to the better lossy formats for live recording and lossless recording with a line-in. Although quite good, I've not been happy with the lossless quality and believe that the modern digital recorders (eg. TEAC/ZOOM/etc) are much better. Despite all of that, many people still love the format and still use it. There is an active forum dedicated to the format (don't have the link on me as I type).
  10. I had a Grace 707, used it to replace the standard arm on an AR-XB. A wonderful upgrade.
  11. HiFi Engine have the amplifier's schematics and service manual for free download (free registration required). From my brief look they don't have the 4000A scans pictured by the OP, it would be good if a scan could be uploaded there for others. https://www.hifiengine.com/manual_library/pioneer/qx-4000.shtml
  12. Out of curiosity, how likely in these Thai shops are you to buy genuine gear, and how likely to get look-alike inferior copies?
  13. I believe these are nice arms. I'm not a potential purchaser (glwts), but am curious to learn about the headshell, I haven' t seen one that looks like it. Do you know what is it is? It looks like it may have come with a cover to finish the top of it.
  14. Congratulations, I'm pleased it found a good home. I was tempted to go back and get it myself, but really didn't have a use for it. Please let us know how you like it.
  15. And if you buy it, I'd be interested to see a post with your evaluation of what it's like.
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