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  1. How would you describe the sonic qualities of these? I've read that Studio Connections cables can be a bit revealing of noise or upper midrange/treble glare in systems...
  2. Sheesh. What is a good kid like me doing in a hostile discussion like this!? As said in the first post, I believe good cables make a difference - especially if you've got components of equal quality up and downstream. I use main power conditioning, own $400 speaker cables, I have a $350 USB cable. The latter cable showed such instant improvement to my streaming setup that It was as though I'd swapped the DAC for a better one (Curious cable FYI). I went back and forth on it also, not believing my ears. Snake oil? Money down the drain? I'm sure the good folks over at audiosciencereview.com would answer in the affirmative, with predjudice. I've simply found that scientific measurements don't always reflect an items value in terms of what I see as system improvements. I'm a pragmatist and believer in science, but the objective measurement of hifi is not the only part of the story. The enjoyment of Hifi for me, is an equally subjective experience. Well made cables have demonstrably improved, or rather help me narrow down the sound I'm looking for - but I stay in my lane with it. I don't have the system to justify any cable purchase over $500. And I've had plenty of HIFI Salesmen try to lead my down that road of diminishing returns. Anyway back to the topic - The Linn tonearm has a 5 pin out, so I need a good phono cable to go to phonopre, then a good RCA from pre to integrated. Does anybody own the Ekos tonearm, and can you recommend a good tonearm cable sub $500? I've heard this tonearm can be a bit tricky if your not using the Linn supplied one (i think its called the T-Kable). I don't want to spend $1k+ on Nordost. THAT's over the top for my setup. I would characterise my system as balanced but leaning to warm sounding. Will a silver core cable like the Aurealis R3i perhaps help balance this out? Thanks again all, I genuinely appreciate your advice. I live in the country so order everything online. I rely on the advice of SNA, because i can't audition Hifi myself easily. I'm enjoying the banterfest I've started! Play nice though campers.
  3. Hi Vinyl and TT community. I've recently inherited some pretty decent analogue gear from my father who's downsizing. I don't really come from a Turntable background - I do have records and recently sold a Technics 1200mk5 on classifieds, but was more into it in a kind of token way, with my real focus being on streaming, DACS, and Tidal etc (Forgive me oh wise ones!). I do, however, take HIFI and accessories seriously. I like to have nice interconnects and cable so not to bottleneck performance. So now my attention has shifted to analogue, mainly because I'm the benefactor of Dad's turntable setup. He's given me a Clearaudio Performance DC TT with a Linn Ekos SE Tonearm, a Linn Akiva Cartridge and a Linn Linto Phono stage. I'm really looking for some advice on RCA cables TT > phono and Phono > Integrated amp (Parsound Halo). If anyone has experience with Linn gear, synergy between the tonearm and RCA connections etc, it'd be greatly appreciated. I'm prepared to spend whats necessary to get cables that will do justice to this gear, without bottlenecking performance, but hope it won't cost me over 1k. Whadda you guys think? Thanks and appreciate your input greatly.
  4. Yeah, thats fair. I hadn't thought about the 1200 upgrade path. I've heard of amazing results. I'm busy though and like to keep it simple. I think at a certain point its not about what's better or worse sounding. Its like ice cream. I've had this for 10 years, and It's time to try a different flavour. I'm inheriting A Clearaudio Performance DC with a Linn Ekos SE tonearm and Linn Akiva cart with Linto Phono.
  5. Yeah, thats fair. I hadn't thought about the 1200 upgrade path. I've heard of amazing results. I'm busy though and like to keep it simple. I think at a certain point its not about what's better or worse sounding. Its like ice cream. I've had this for 10 years, and It's time to try a different flavour. I'm inheriting A Clearaudio Performance DC with a Linn Ekos SE tonearm and Linn Akiva cart with Linto Phono. If I'm disappointed by the SQ of that setup compared to the SL1200, Then I'l really have to do some audiophile soul searching...
  6. It's whatever stylus the good blokes at The Record Store in Sydney replaced it with about a year ago. Edit: Found the packaging - Gold-ring Diamond cost $50
  7. They are an awesome thing, and I had planned to own it forever. My dad is more or less giving me a Clearaudio performance TT with Linn Ekos arm and Akiva Cart. I only have space for 1 setup with a kid on the way - so It has to go. Hopefully to someone who appreciates it. letting go of an era!
  8. Further information: There is plenty of lore and legend around the famed 1200. These have been the sometimes rough, but always ready choice for DJ's and Vinyl heads for almost 50 years. The MK5 was released in 2002, and i bought this new in 2012. This comes with a Shure M44-7 cart with a recent stylus replacement. The rca out cords have been upgraded to a higher quality, shielded interconnect, and the whole unit serviced by Technics 1200 specialist technician Doctor Groove (https://www.facebook.com/drgroovecustoms/). The unit includes the $200 plastic dust cover attached to the plinth/housing. I've kept this clean, serviced it twice, and treated it with care over the last 8 years. Sad to move her on - but an upgrade adventure awaits. Please note: While I can ship this item, for obvious reasons I'd much prefer a local pickup. Also, if you happen to live on the Gold Coast, or are from Brisbane and want to meet me half way, I'm happy to drive it as far as Tweed/Coolangatta to drop it off. I'l do this at no extra cost. Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  9. Very well reivewed by Stereonet here: https://www.stereo.net.au/reviews/audio-technica-phono-cartridge-review Further information: my wife bought me this cart for my birthday in Feb. It delivers amazing detail and balance for its price tag. I don't think there is another MM cartridge under $500 that competes with it. Yesterday I wouldn't have sold it for anything, but today I've got a ridiculous offer to buy some Linn gear from my father. It comes pre-mounted on an AT Head shell, which is handy of you have the locking mechanism on your tonearm like that on the Technics 1200 mk5 I ran it on (also for sale). No need to get out the protractor - just plug, set counterweight/anti skate, and Play. Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  10. Price drop: $450 $400 Further information: Just bought this off another SNA'er who bought and owned it for 3 weeks before selling on. Having tweaked its very handy gain settings to my AT Cart, and hearing it deliver a superbly natural analogue signal, I've been granted (gifted) an offer on a Linn/ClearAudio analogue setup that I cannot in sound mind refuse. So I'm passing this along. Great mid tier phono with the flexibility to run any MM/MC with versatile gain/load settings. below from original buyer: Bought this on 09 February 2020 from Lifestyle Audio for $610. Note this is the silver/walnut version which is more expensive than the black one. The item has been used for probably less than 10 hours and is as new with original power adaptor, in original box. Will supply receipt for warranty purposes. Specifications can be found here: https://www.projectaudio.com.au/products/phono-box-ds2 Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
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