So this is what you've been up to since the Hack got finished That is AMAZING! Truly a work of art that makes my poor little Techniques turntable (SL-1200 that I inherited from my grandfather) look like a toy. I'd love to hear it but the cables would be way too long
i'm not sure you're allowed to make turntables as well... we'll find out you,ve got a Triumph Stag in the garage next. anyway since you do here's someone i've been following on the net for as long as i've been stalking you. www.audiomods.co.uk/ . thats should keep you busy untill sunday.
and one of these will help i'm sure www.tnt-audio.com/accessories/funk_e.html in fact its close to a perfect match i think (it does come in black) you say modified, is that a project deck hiding under 25kg of alloy?
Hi koyaanisqatsi, good to hear from you again! The project (yes you are right it was a project Rpm 6 but only the motor remains), has moved on a pace since then. The turntable is currently sporting a Luxman (micro seiki TA-1) arm which replaced the Jelco one, but guess what, I ordered an Audiomods arm about a month ago and it should be ready in about 1.5 weeks. I'm going for the full VTA monty with micrometer adjustment. Jeff is making the arm compatible with my Lyra Dorian cartridge too. I have to say the Seiki sounds wonderful and I find it hard to see how the Audiomods are will better it - but it will be fun finding out anyway. You sound like you may be a bit of a hifi fiend as well !!!!
Post by koyaanisqatsi on Mar 12, 2011 21:33:28 GMT
i look forward to hearing how you get on with Jeffs' arm. i'd imagine the greater grip and attack will shock you. still if you don't like it you can always chuck it my way...... its amazing how easy it is to end up with a british set up, musical fidelity amps give such a clear and clean sound. my A3 goes really well driving PMC monitors.
Sorry for the long time no reply. Yes you were right, the whole picture has tightened up with subterranean bass and sweet highs. I really need to take some better pictures (took these with my other halves tiny digital camera). The arm really is a work of engineering and a tribute to Jeff's skills as a craftsman. I have been busy adding to my vinyl collection.
One of the things I have realised is that how pale and harsh the sound of CD's can be compared to vinyl and how quickly we all dumped the format with the advent of CD's for convenience. There is still something reverential about putting on a record and listening to the whole side instead of flicking between the tracks that you instantly like and not investigating further.
I have been working hard on some new upholstery designs for a forthcoming exhibition which is why I have been quiet lately, here is an example:
Post by koyaanisqatsi on May 22, 2011 17:06:40 GMT
glad to hear the arm (and mat) make such a difference, cos i'll be buying one soon...... you've inspired a little project i've been planning for a long while..... the thing about when we gave up records in the 80s (firstly i used both for a long while, but only bought cds i must admit). our record players back then were pants, old bsr tat. and the like. even the linns were woolly (unless you were running a pink triangle or townshend rock- the unsung heros of their time). so the clean fresh and quiet (low noise) sound of cds was a revelation to many on a budget. and some of the earlier dac chips were warmer than the more modern items. but you're running musical fidelity amps, and they take no prisoners! they give you whats coming from the source cd and cd player - nothing added or taken away. i guess what i'm saying is , much as i like musical fidelity kit (i run a mf amp) the cd player is going to sound bright and harsh in comparison to a well sorted analog source. what you need is either an Icon Audio cd player (with valves in the out-put stage) or a musical fidelity tri-vista 21 dac (with military grade valves!) either of these will restore the balance between the digital and analog sources in your system, me thinks.
You are right about the CD player, a warmer DAC probably would help. I have also been lusting after the Icon Audio MC phono stage as well with the upgraded power supply. That will have to wait for some time though as I need to save some funds first! As cd's fall away and digital storage takes over, what will be the future of quality audio. There are good quality web sites where you can download music but the libraries are pretty limited, initial downloads do not have a quality bias due to high compression.
Post by koyaanisqatsi on Sept 17, 2011 23:33:46 GMT
ok, i've just noticed that's a nu-vista preamp. so it's official- i hate you. as for the icon audio cd player, that can be used as a dac also, so you can play any digital source through it, including a music server or pc. which would match up nicely (sound wise) with your icon phono amp, when you get it. quality audio has always been a minority sport, but higher quality downloads are coming/increasing. but so is a return to LPs . my turntable project comes later as i've just bought a technics sp10,
(btw, what speakers have you got?. i recently bought a pair of PMC tb1monitors, and they are a real blast, the best speakers i've ever heard, and i was switching between them and a pair of quad esl57s! )