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14 hours ago, mloutfie said:

@cafe latte the relation was assumed because at the time the initial production batch was produced Benz still own empire and move it to Switzerland before it's eventual closure. And he definitely designed it's previous model which was Empire MC3. But yeah most people consider it as a never widely sold products. Interestingly a few turn up on eBay last year as old stocks. All of them was on a plain not retail packaging. I've seen one also on Japanese auction site.

 

Btw what impedance loading that you use when you test it? 

Yes clearly nothing to do with Benz design wise which is a really good thing. Let me know if you see others for sale, I will keep an eye out as very interesting design.

Re loading I used my DNM preamp not sure what its MC loading is, I also have a head amp which I can switch loading but go to is often the DNM which has a lovely MC stage. My feeling is people obsess too much about MC loading as reality is it makes minimal difference. 

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Lyra Atlas Lambda SL.       Brand new Lambda version which sounds a little different to the old one and gone from green body to purple. crazy price for new, but Lyra have generous rebuild prices

just thought i should add mine to this collection   Duc  

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2 minutes ago, cafe latte said:

Yes clearly nothing to do with Benz design wise which is a really good thing. Let me know if you see others for sale, I will keep an eye out as very interesting design.

Re loading I used my DNM preamp not sure what its MC loading is, I also have a head amp which I can switch loading but go to is often the DNM which has a lovely MC stage. My feeling is people obsess too much about MC loading as reality is it makes minimal difference. 

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Totally agree with the DNM. One of the best keep secrets out there.

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1 hour ago, Wimbo said:

Totally agree with the DNM. One of the best keep secrets out there.

Yes love my DNM, they are very very expensive but they are also totally awesome, cant imagine ever changing it.

Chris 

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6 minutes ago, cafe latte said:

Yes love my DNM, they are very very expensive but they are also totally awesome, cant imagine ever changing it.

Chris 

I scored a Series 3 Twin back in 87. **** happened and I had to sell it early this millenium. Retiree now and don't have the Reddies for a new one.

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I scored a Series 3 Twin back in 87. **** happened and I had to sell it early this millenium. Retiree now and don't have the Reddies for a new one.

You might be able to pick a series 2 up cheaper, they can be modded close to a series 3.

One experiment I want to try is this https://www.altronics.com.au/p/k5171-ultra-low-distortion-preamplifier-with-tone-controls-kit/

I have rebuilt my DNM and it is nothing so cleaver but it works so nicely, possibility the tants, I dont know. Anyway looking at this crazy cheap silicon chip project it ticks all the boxes, it measures unbelievably too. It is not a phono pre so it would need another board for that, but I am so curious how it sounds as on paper it is ridiculously good.

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10 minutes ago, Wimbo said:

I scored a Series 3 Twin back in 87. **** happened and I had to sell it early this millenium. Retiree now and don't have the Reddies for a new one.

Few preamps measure even close to this good, been ages I have been curious how it sounds.

  • Frequency response: flat from 20Hz to 20kHz, -1.25dB @ 100kHz
  • Bass adjustment range: ±15dB at 20Hz; ±13dB at 75Hz
  • Treble adjustment range: ±15dB at 20kHz; ±14dB at 10kHz
  • Input impedance: 22kΩ
  • Output impedance: 100Ω
  • THD+N: <0.001%, 80kHz bandwidth;
  • typically <0.0003%, 20kHz bandwidth
  • Signal-to-noise ratio: -121dB with tone controls out; -114dB with tone controls in
  • Channel separation: >80dB @ 1kHz; >67dB @ 10kHz
  • Input separation: >98dB @ 1kHz; >80dB @ 10kHz
  • Maximum gain: two times (6dB)
  • Signal handling: up to 4V RMS input, 8V RMS output
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On 12/12/2020 at 11:38 PM, dwbasement said:

Haven't heard a MM for ages.

MP500, it is one of the best MM I reckon.

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Went back to MMs about three or four years ago. In the main system Garrott P77i. 

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28 minutes ago, mwhouston said:

Went back to MMs about three or four years ago. In the main system Garrott P77i. 

MP500 is not MM it is Moving iron.

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2 hours ago, cafe latte said:

Few preamps measure even close to this good, been ages I have been curious how it sounds.

  • Frequency response: flat from 20Hz to 20kHz, -1.25dB @ 100kHz
  • Bass adjustment range: ±15dB at 20Hz; ±13dB at 75Hz
  • Treble adjustment range: ±15dB at 20kHz; ±14dB at 10kHz
  • Input impedance: 22kΩ
  • Output impedance: 100Ω
  • THD+N: <0.001%, 80kHz bandwidth;
  • typically <0.0003%, 20kHz bandwidth
  • Signal-to-noise ratio: -121dB with tone controls out; -114dB with tone controls in
  • Channel separation: >80dB @ 1kHz; >67dB @ 10kHz
  • Input separation: >98dB @ 1kHz; >80dB @ 10kHz
  • Maximum gain: two times (6dB)
  • Signal handling: up to 4V RMS input, 8V RMS output

It's not the specs mate, it's the sound. From memory, fully star earthed and boards made in Switzerland as they could'nt get anyone in the UK to do the job. (back in the 80's)

Also, even though they were prone to faults, the original volume pots helped things a lot as well. Never heard a preamp like it.

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2 hours ago, Wimbo said:

It's not the specs mate, it's the sound. From memory, fully star earthed and boards made in Switzerland as they could'nt get anyone in the UK to do the job. (back in the 80's)

Also, even though they were prone to faults, the original volume pots helped things a lot as well. Never heard a preamp like it.

Me neither which is why I rebuilt mine the pots are alps which alps as good as it gets. 

The circuit I linked though cant measure that good and be crap IMO. It is 68 bucks I am too curious thinking to build one for giggles, jst need to pick a phono board. 

The DNM is serious and listening to it now never want to be without it but curious too.

Chris

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11 hours ago, cafe latte said:

Me neither which is why I rebuilt mine the pots are alps which alps as good as it gets. 

The circuit I linked though cant measure that good and be crap IMO. It is 68 bucks I am too curious thinking to build one for giggles, jst need to pick a phono board. 

 

 

I note it has tone controls.   When you build it, there's a nearby thread here you might visit :)   

 

I don't have access to the article it comes from,  but do you know what opamps and what type of circuit it employs?  I mean, it can't be a run of the mill opamp preamp if the specs are so much better than expected.

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13 minutes ago, aussievintage said:

 

I note it has tone controls.   When you build it, there's a nearby thread here you might visit :)   

 

I don't have access to the article it comes from,  but do you know what opamps and what type of circuit it employs?  I mean, it can't be a run of the mill opamp preamp if the specs are so much better than expected.

I will see if I can find the article when I get home.

CHeers

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Piezo GM500/empire MC5 finally in the house running on sp10mk2 and audio technica at-1010 sounds truly spectacular. Just retipped with boron cantilever W microridge Stylus. Initial impression sounds like the dynavector 17d2 will have to be put on the bench. Sounds dynamic top to bottom. I even have to check that the sub is not on because the cartridge have noticeably better low end grunt and detail. And this is with just tracking just 1 gram

 

this has been an unexpected and pleasant surprise finding such a rare cartridge

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I want one, it does things that few carts do I would love more info on this cart. It is clearly not a benz ownership if company aside it is way better.

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28 minutes ago, stevoz said:

@mloutfie Boron and micro-ridge....truly a winning combination! ?:thumb:

agree... just took a snap of the stylus. This cartridge remind me of a lyra cartridge I used to have which uses boron cantilever and micro ridge. I think boron have this immediateness to the sound instrument seems to jump at you more first is lyra second is the new cartridge

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47 minutes ago, mloutfie said:

agree... just took a snap of the stylus. This cartridge remind me of a lyra cartridge I used to have which uses boron cantilever and micro ridge. I think boron have this immediateness to the sound instrument seems to jump at you more first is lyra second is the new cartridge

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My thoughts of it were very free, not constrained at all very very open with amazing detail. It was very shocking to hear what it was doing so amazingly and at 1g!! I had never heard of this cart before, it is really a sleeper IMO.

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Out with the existing and in with the new.

 

I have enjoyed my RCM Sensor Prelude so much over the last couple of years, it even saw off a Tron 7 that I sold because I preferred  the Prelude.
 

Anyway I have  just upgraded to a new Sensor Mk2.

 

Looking forward to plugging it in tomorrow.

 

cheers,

Terry

 

 

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On 03/02/2021 at 10:18 PM, mloutfie said:

Piezo GM500/empire MC5 finally in the house running on sp10mk2 and audio technica at-1010 sounds truly spectacular. Just retipped with boron cantilever W microridge Stylus. Initial impression sounds like the dynavector 17d2 will have to be put on the bench. Sounds dynamic top to bottom. I even have to check that the sub is not on because the cartridge have noticeably better low end grunt and detail. And this is with just tracking just 1 gram

 

this has been an unexpected and pleasant surprise finding such a rare cartridge

20210203_184620~2.jpg

Who did the retip?

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1 hour ago, mloutfie said:

Our good man Chris @cafe latte

Thanks, it’s great to have someone in Australia that can do this type of work. My next retip will head up to Chris. 

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Sure it doesn't have the resolution of a higher end phono stage but there is always something special with using a step up transformer and tube phono preamp #supex #haggermanCornett3

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6 hours ago, mloutfie said:

Sure it doesn't have the resolution of a higher end phono stage but there is always something special with using a step up transformer and tube phono preamp #supex #hagermanCornet3

 

But you have a Paris, Mahdie - which enables you to get the ideal loading for your cart!  :o  You prefer the SUT with your Cornet 3?  (Incroyable!)

 

Andy

 

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1 hour ago, andyr said:

 

But you have a Paris, Mahdie - which enables you to get the ideal loading for your cart!  :o  You prefer the SUT with your Cornet 3?  (Incroyable!)

 

Andy

 

With a step up specifically designed by the same manufacturer for the exact  cartridge. At the moment I would say yes. But a non exact to spec transformer to some other cartridge Paris would win hands down

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Humble Elys40 MM. it actually sounds better than I thought it would. I still see a DV MC happening sooner rather than later though. 

 

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and speaking of Dynavector, here’s my new P75 sitting below my Cyrus pre. 
 

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1 hour ago, metal beat said:

I thought I would bring out the Pioneer HZ-1 head amp and  have a play :thumb:

 

http://www.thevintageknob.org/pioneer-H-Z1.html

 

 

 

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Very noice, Shane.  :thumb:

 

Not that many options in terms of loading but why don't you try whichever Ortofon you have mounted and see how you like 470 ohms vs. the 100 ohms you previously said was the right loading?  :)

 

Andy

 

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A couple of weeks ago or so, there were a number of very nice carts for sale on the forums here - a DV 20x2L, a couple of DV XX2s and a Rega Ania Pro. 
 

the 20x2L had been on my buying list and would have been a great match with my DV phono stage but I picked the Rega because it came up first and was BNIB. 

 

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I’m very happy with the Rega and it would have been impossible to end up with a dud with what’s been available recently. 

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On 09/04/2021 at 3:59 PM, metal beat said:

gotta luv Lyra

 

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But coloured vinyl sux, Shane - so WTF???  :lol:

 

Andy

 

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47 minutes ago, andyr said:

 

But coloured vinyl sux, Shane - so WTF???  :lol:

 

Andy

 

 

Very true Andy, however POS coloured vinyl do look pretty ?

 

Fashion over substance is quite common these days,  even with vinyl.

 

BTW,  The Fall reissue only comes in splatter green.

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On 09/04/2021 at 3:59 PM, metal beat said:

gotta luv Lyra

 

....with a bit of Linn thrown in.....:tongue:

 

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On 05/04/2021 at 9:42 PM, Pops110 said:

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Ortofon Rondo Red, bought it on SNA. Seems pretty good for my first cart.


first cart?

Starting strong for sure. Enjoy. 

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Technically my second, had a Project table that come prefitted with a cart but didn’t use it very much.

First cart I’ve bought. ?

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