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  1. Andy, I think we agree. When I said less body, to me that is the bass losing definition and getting a little softer. I think that is analogous to you describing the bass getting floppy. Justin
  2. Hi Andy, I mostly use about the recommended 500 ohms that VdH suggest, though at present I have it at about 700 ohms and it sounds great. Much higher than this it sounds very airy, but seems to lose a bit of body. I can adjust it using a dial on my project phono RS during playback, which is very convenient, and there seems to be a range where it is at its best, rather than a clearly defined point. Sometimes when I have been playing other cartridges which are all recommended for 100 ohm loads, I forget to change it back, and whilst it still sounds reasonable, I think 500-700 is better. Justin
  3. @andyr, @t_mike, and @aussievintage, thanks for the above. That make sense. I think the fact that I am using a jelco arm on my linn, which has a 213mm, rather than 211mm length, necessitating a small amount of increased angle of the cartridge vs the head shell, made me overlook that in the usual circumstance you don’t need to do this and the cart and headshell are essentially lined up. Obvious really! Justin
  4. One thing I do not understand is how a particular arm and table would suit a specific alignment system, as some state? Unless there is something weird going on with multiple pivot points (which happens a lot in Mountain bike suspension, but not so much with tone arms), then surely it comes down to length from the pivot to the stylus tip, and the angle of offset. That said, I use the baerwald, because I have a nice protractor that lets me do it, and I had to choose one. I might have to give the Stevenson one a go. Am I missing something? Justin
  5. The recommendations that I have seen have been that the server and NAS are connected with ethernet cable, in preference just Wifi, whereas the connection to the streamer is less critical. The amount of information that even hi-res track contains is really small relative to what wifi is capable of. That said we have all had network problems, though in my experience that seems to be when my children start streaming videos, gaming and talking to each other on discord! YMMV. In short, the server end is more dependent on good network connection to function well.
  6. I bought a new top plate from Linn, along with new bolts, though I understand that Ben is getting some top plates made (more economical than the Linn product- no surprises there). It just made sense over using my somewhat battered version. I had the lend of an LP12 workstand, which certainly made it easier, and doing the springs was pretty easy, as far as it goes, though this is always a task that requires a bit of patience. (The set up guise from cymbiosis is really great, I find)
  7. Thanks for the vote of confidence. I did fit it- I have been looking after my own LP12 for as long as I have had it, and Ben from Hifiguru offered to do it (and I understand he prefers to, to make sure things are done properly), but I just couldn't miss getting my hands dirty. The standard of fit and finish is really good, and it probably helped that I bought a new top plate, so everything was nice and square from the get go.
  8. I mentioned this on another thread, but thought it was worth putting here too My new (old) LP12. The afromasia plinth was from 1975, and despite refreshing it and bracing the corners, I have been in the market for a plinth for some time. I have looked at Woodsong, Booplinths, and getting second hand Linn plinths, but it was always too much, too hard, or why bother. Then I saw some plinths at the Hifi show at the VAF stand, which looked good. I spoke to Simon, who said he and another guy, Ben, were setting up to make them as part of a turntable setup business- www.hifguru.com.au . After some thinking about it, I got in touch, and decided on a Redgum plinth. I decided on upgrading the power supply from a valhalla to the lingo 4, which is more modern than its predecessors, having self adjusting speed control. The remainder of the deck is as before- a kore subchassis, with a jelco 750D tonearm, which whilst it is not perhaps up there with the better Linn arms, works well with the deck, and allows switching out headshells, which I do pretty regularly, though a VdH frog is the main cartridge. Building it is half the fun for me, and having done it a few times before, it all went together well. The end result looks fantastic, and sounds just as good. Justin
  9. I have recently refreshed my LP12 with a Lingo 4, and a new redgum plinth, bought through Ben at www.hifiguru.com.au , after I saw them at the Hifi show last year. The plinth looks fantastic, and is significantly more substantial than my old afromasia plinth. Overall, aside from being able to play 45 rpm records now, the sound has improved, especially in the tightness of the bass. I certainly wasn't unhappy with the sound before, but it the overall level of detail appears more, without losing that ease of listening that I like about the LP12. Justin
  10. A few new titles. Bought the 2013 mix of In Utero too, and though it sounded fantastic (45rpm, two LPs), both records were warped- the second unplayable. Took it back the the shop and all their copies were the same- a bad batch. Had to get smashing pumpkins instead.
  11. Been away from the keyboard for a while. One thing about roon, aside from its cost, that I did not mention is that you need to run a room server, which can be anything from a (reasonably high end) network attached storage with music in the hard drives, a purpose built roon branded storage device (or a mini PC called a NUC that you install the software on, which is likely very similar, but cheaper), or like me an old computer that you can leave on (I have a 2009 Mac mini which I put a solid state drive and new 2TB hard drive into for about $300- saved throwing it out, and it works really well). The software itself just organises it and presents it to you in an ordered fashion, plus it has info about the albums pulled from the internet. You do have to set it up, but when you do, you can access your music from any device in the house that has airplay or google chromecast- there are likely to be a few of these if you have a new TV, Apple TV, along with other devices. It is pretty cool. You can do lots of upsamplkng and processing of the signal, which can make the system work harder, though that seems to be when people get into trouble. If you just want to stream your music, and can connect it to the CXN v2 with Ethernet as a preference to wifi, it generally just works.
  12. I think that the reality of these players is they are optimised to stream, or use internet radio, and for those who have local collections, we have pretty basic apps that tend to be glitchy at times. This is why I pay my dues to have a service like Roon (you can use plex too, I think, though it is not as neat), which puts all my music files back into something that looks like an album I can hold in my hand! But... it costs, so if spending the price of a few albums per year gets your goat, stuck with the local app. Otherwise, get on board. Justin
  13. Loving this live double album, which is part of the new Go-Betweens box set, which came out in December. Previously unreleased, and- so it says- the only 24 track recording of them live. Hence it sounds so much better than all the radio broadcasts and bootlegs that I have heard before. Don't even need tone controls to make it sound good @awty!
  14. Maybe it was just break in, or post Christmas blues! As others have said, the CXN doesn’t usually get described as flat sounding. If you haven’t listened yet, check out the internet radio on it- I think it is one of its real strengths. Radio paradise is great. Check out the way you have the FLAC files stored- it may not like the formatting or something. Justin
  15. Whilst I do agree that leaving well enough alone is a reasonable approach, as the OP suggests, If you have a very old base board, they are pretty horrible, and it is hard to imagine they contribute positively to the sound. Lots of people used to go without any baseboard, though it is worth noting that the basic and Valhalla (and hercules) power supplies will give you a nasty (and potentially fatal) buzz if you or anyone’s little fingers touch them. Nonetheless, I did this for some time, but have more recently had a trampolin2, which appear to provide a bit more structure and rigidity to the whole plinth, and just looks better with the placement of the feet (to my eyes). There are any number of acrylic, metal and wood aftermarket equivalents, and I am sure you could make one yourself. If you are handy, and your plinth is not braced, doing this is pretty easy too, and makes the plinth much more solid. Aside from any sound benefits, I would think that these set up your old plinth for another 40 years of service. Justin
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