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  1. This was my favourite room of the show. Got to listen to the BR1’s driven by one of the tube amps and it was such a welcome break for the ears. No strident assault on the ear drums in this setup. Such a relaxed and smooth delivery, I could have stayed for hours. I didn’t get to hear the Contrast speakers but having spent an afternoon with them at my place earlier this year, I’m confident they also would have sounded exceptional in that room. I was also very impressed with the new Soundscape audio rack - we desperately need more locally built audio furniture options! Well done all you guys on a superbly presented room!
  2. Ditto. Fantastic evening of great beers, food, company and music! Along with the GTGs, the dinner event is the highlight of our annual pilgrimage! Thanks also for a great afternoon today. Such a shame Hulgich weren’t displaying at the Show this year - yours are sounding absolutely superb!
  3. I got mine from the UK. Not aware of any Oz retailers.
  4. I have, over the last few years, used the Hana EL and SL as well as the Benz Ace, Glider and Wood. In terms of the Benz, moving up the range gets a little better at each step in terms of refinement and retrieval of more detail. There is definitely a common sound signature across this three Benz carts which is not a huge surprise as they are essentially the same cartridge in different bodies. I found the step up to the Wood from the Glider to be a bigger jump in quality than from the Ace to the Glider. The Hana SL is a very nice sounding cartridge. More detail than the Benz Ace (similar to the Glider though) and perhaps slightly better balanced from top to bottom. Not the most impactful bottom end though. A couple of others worth thinking about, although I don’t know what arm you’re mounting on so can’t comment on compatibility, would be as follows: Van den Hul DDT-II Special - highly detailed with a fabulous top end. Majors on neutrality. Not as smooth as Hana in the lower registers. Sonic signature is closer to the Dynavector Karat range than the Benz or Wood - more about fleetness of foot than holistic gravitas. Ideally matched to a low mass tonearm (8g - 10g). ZYX Bloom R50 - the current model is a iii but I’ve only heard the i. Very smooth top to bottom. More warmth than the Benz or Hana with a deeper but more rounded bass than both of those. Lightweight cart with medium compliance so matches a broad spectrum of arms. EAT Jo No.5 - this is a cracking cart. Has some warmth and majors on bass impact without missing the detail of the VdH. Probably my pick in this price range, it is actually built around the Ortofon Quintet Black with some Cadenza Red influence and encased in a very heavy moulded body. Weighs 15g so needs a medium to high mass arm that can handle that weight. Let me know if you want to listen to any of the three I mention as they are all still in rotation in my system, as is the Benz Wood.
  5. Cracking amp that sounds every bit as good as it looks and can drive difficult loads with ease. Great price too!
  6. The 20011 mags might be interesting to see what hi-fi will look like in 18,000 years!👍
  7. I use Noppin for all my Japan purchases (about a dozen or so) and all have gone without a hitch. You have to set up a deposit in your Noppin account which then enables you to bid up to 3 x your deposit amount.
  8. This is the most effective brush I’ve experienced with a vet vac system: https://www.bunnings.com.au/shur-line-paint-edger-specialty-applicator_p1660577 Not audiophile approved but brilliant at the job and replacement pads readily and cheaply available.
  9. They’re bi-wire speakers. Either run a bi-wire cable, two sets of single wire cables or one single wire to either the bass or treble binding posts. If you select the last option, you will need to have short “jumper” wires between the bass and treble posts if there isn’t already a metal plate connecting them.
  10. Yes, I realise it is the same thing as parallel loading on the SUT outputs. I chose to load at the phono stage inputs as one of SUTs I rotate in the chain has fixed output cables rather than rca terminals. Correct, the cart is seeing 20 Ohms.
  11. I’ve got parallel load resistors at the phono stage input.
  12. I'm running my 9000 through a step-up into an MM input. Sounds much better with the loading at around 20 Ohms. Into the MC stage, it was good at around 100 Ohms and got a little too bright for me above that. Here's a calculator for parallel resistors: https://www.allaboutcircuits.com/tools/parallel-resistance-calculator/
  13. The builder is extremely responsive and helpful if you have questions as well. I was asking about the 290mm Jelco mounting distance (as they say it’s compatible with the Jelco mount) and the guy replied that they can also do the arm as a 290mm p2s (otherwise it’s 305).
  14. Having seen and heard this deck, I can vouch for its outstanding condition and the excellent sound it delivers!
  15. Fantastic journey, John and the system is sounding better than I've ever heard it and that's saying something in itself! Well done to you and to@cheekyboy for his excellent guidance. @Luc, couldn't agree more about that Hensa bloke!
  16. Tremendous bargain here. This model retailed for ¥99.000 back in the early ‘80’s so was a serious deck from one of the big analogue players. Read up on it at The Vintage Knob: http://www.thevintageknob.org/denon-DP-70M.html Worth adding that the Technics EPC205C-II is a very good MM cart and replacement stylii of high quality are available from Jico.
  17. There are always risks associated with buying vintage gear, and turntables are no exception. There are a number of DP-60’s that are sold from Japan that have been fully serviced and it makes sense to pay a little extra to buy from one of the known reputable sellers. The DP-59 thread you linked is a little less relevant as that is a different turntable with an electronic servo tonearm which can be problematic with age. I’d caution against 40 year old decks with servo controlled tonearms. I’ve owned the Denon DP-60 for around 4 years and it hasn’t missed a beat. I’ve owned my Sony PS-8750 for 12 years and likewise, never had an issue. They are both used almost daily and sound excellent. If you want a guarantee, buy new with warranty. If you want something with vintage appeal that, in my opinion, will perform dramatically better (for the same dollars) but not have that guarantee, there are many great options. Pioneer, Kenwood, Denon, Victor, Yamaha and Sony amongst others, all built fabulous direct drives in the 80’s. If you do your research and buy from the right source, you will be amply rewarded.
  18. Another that looks interesting is the Groovemaster. I haven't heard it so can't comment further: https://audio-creativeshop.nl/product/groovemaster-ii-tonearm/ Art Dudley seemed impressed: https://www.stereophile.com/content/listening-182-audio-creative-groovemaster-ii-tonearm
  19. Totally agree - bloody ridiculous! If you have to look at the figures to determine a result then surely the team that lost fewest wickets in achieving the tied score should win - similar to how the Duckworth Lewis system factors in wickets down in rain affected scenarios.
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