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How I play my 5000 odd LP's.
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Room Details

Dimensions: 18’ × 23’  Large
Ceiling: 7’


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    • TW Raven AC-3 with BN platter
    3 motor German turntable
    • Thales Audio Simplicity II
    tangential tracking tonearm - just superb
    • Technics TECHNICS SL-1000MK3D SP10-MK3 SH-10B5 Plinth.
    Classic Technics table
    • Graham Engineering Phantom B 44
    tonearm
    • Exclusive P3
    Wonderful sounding turntable from 1979
    • Exclusive P10
    Great sounding vintage 1979 DD table, 2nd to the P3.
    • Lyra ATLAS SL
    phono cartridge
    • Lyra Etna SL
    phono cartridge
    • Dynavector DRT XV-1s
    top of the line dynavector cartridge
    • Ortofon MC A90 anniversary
    absolutely reference grade cartridge that sounds like your system.
    • Linn LP-12 Lingo
    LP12 TT with Naim ARO arm
    • Lyra Delos
    overachieving entry level lyra cart - plays higher than its price
    • Denon ESC 103R
    cartridge
    • Ortofon SPU Classic GM E MKII
    enough said
    • Ortofon SPU Royal GM
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    • Nordost Valhalla
    between turntable and phono stage
    • Accuphase C-37
    3 input phono stage
    • TW Acustik Phono
    3 input pure tube phono section with 6 impedance settings. Very quiet for a full tube gain phono stage
    • Esoteric E-03
    two input phono stage
    • Ortofon Verto Set-Up Transformer
    excellent SUT for the SPU's
    • Conrad Johnson GAT
    very nice preamp
    • Deqx HDP-4
    DSP speaker and room correction. especially good at correcting and eq of bass
    • Nordost Tyr 6m
    ic between pre and power
    • D'Agostino Momentum Stereo
    SS amp
    • Conrad Johnson premier 8A with cj teflon upgrades
    275 watt monoblocks brought up to date with cj factory teflon cap upgrade
    • Wilson Audio Maxx 3
    Gentle Giant
    • Nordost Tyr
    Excellent
    • Kimber KS-3033
    8ft speaker cable
    • Transparent MM Reference XL-V
    speaker cable
    • Orb DF-02
    Japan's Orb make the Air Tight LP flattener. This is the new Japan model for flattening those warped and dished LP's
    • TW Acustik / Hannl Ultra
    rebadged Hannl - same as Acustech Ultra - excellent and quiet but takes longer than nitty gritty
    • Yamaha CDR-HD1300
    yamaha hard disc recorder with 80 gb disc drive and cd player. great for dubbing vinyl to CD

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Digital EQ Shane? is that right? how does it work? how do you like it? Most intrigued!

(BTW, have you ever tried Vibb Eaters...I am using 4 extra large on top of and braced against the back of my X1 upper modules...12kgs per speaker...stills the cabinetry beautifully. A strength of signal, a deepness of detail and also tone that is remarkable.) Now considering a much bigger, custom option...

lloydelee21

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my favourite kind of upgrade! Congrats!

lloydelee21

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Pradeep - regarding your CJ GAT...perhaps try EAT Tube dampers? I had a super-microphone tube and the EAT Tube damper actually stopped the microphony while improving everything else...much stronger, denser signal. (And I could clap my hands before...and hear the clap thru the speakers...it was that microphonic a tube!) My two cents...good luck. Otherwise, how are the Siemens and how do they compare to others?

lloydelee21

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Congrats Shane!!! Big news!!! I am no vinyl guy but certainly sounds like a great upgrade!!!

lloydelee21

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Hi Pradeep,

I have not heard the CT5 but owned the ACT 2...and i think the GAT is far more than 30% ahead of the ACT 2. The treble is by far better imho...70%...really...i mean that. I was startled by that one, and it reminded me of the first instant i took the ACT 2 home and thought the treble was quite stiff...i got used to it in the end...but that GAT instantly brought that memory back. The bass is 10%+. The noise floor is 25%-35%. The delicacy and nuance is 35%-50%. The mid color/tonality is 15%.

My two cents only...but you're in for a real treat in any event. Enjoy and congrats!

lloydelee21

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Hi Pradeep,

First of all...congrats!!! Great for you.. Enjoy! Shane and I have traded notes on our respective GATs. I also have traded notes with 2 reviewers who have the GAT.

I believe Shane was using CJ ART 3. Having spoken with a reviewer who owned both also, the main elements of improvement are that the CJ GAT has managed (somehow) to carve away any last bits of golden tone...while retaining if not improving on the purity of tonality that many of us love about CJ. The extension in the treble is greater with greater detail and even purer tone. Bass is improved (as in deeper better defined), but i suspect the improvement is greater in the treble. Finally, the noise floor is remarkably improved.

As for EAT tube dampers, i still use mine on my GAT, and love them. They made the difference between very stiff Mullard cv2493s and Amperex US PQ White labels much, much smaller so i almost dont care either way.

I also have found, as have both reveiwers i've spoken to, that isolation makes a huge difference. The soundstage drops another 5-10 feet back, and the whole presentation is that much better for it in terms of each instrument having its own space. Some use SRA...i use HRS nimbus couplers/dampers plus 2 double-theck HRS damping plates on top. Hope that helps. Congrats again.

lloydelee21

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Thanks, Shane! Enjoy!!!

lloydelee21

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Hey Shane,

What is the bass like on the Momentum? How does it compare to other SS amps or other amps in general? Thanks for any guidance!

lloydelee21

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Congrats!!! A 'Momentous' occasion!!! Hah! Tell us all about it! you are a venerable tube expert and value the subtle nuances and tonality of tubes...how does the Momentum compare?

lloydelee21

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Hey Shane,

Yes...i have tried the original red tube dampers, no tube dampers and EAT tube dampers. sounds good all times...EAT tube dampers are a definitive improvement for me. The red tubes dampers are usually a help...but i have tried them elsehwere in my system and did not like them.

Never had that problem with EAT.

Look forward to hearing how Stillpoints Ultra SS and Wilson goes this weekend!

lloydelee21

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Hey Downunder,

i am amazed i missed your questions! Regarding the EAT tube dampers, the signal 'solidified' even more. Sweetness in the treble 'intensified'...for 19 bucks for each tube...quite a nice tweak.

How are the KT120s?

lloydelee21

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Hey Shane,

Have you tried EAT Tube Dampers on the GAT? If not, i highly recommend them...cannot recall if i posted you on this. Hope all is well. Enjoy!!!

lloydelee21

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Hi Shane,

Yes, the noise floor is far lower than before. I am enjoying that quite a bit as well. It makes a bigger difference than i would have expected. The hush during quiet passages makes them a lot of fun to listen to.

lloydelee21

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Hi Shane,

The GAT is stable and stunning! ;) Yes, i've lost count but probably somewhere just around 1,000 hours.

to be fair, i stopped trying to obsess about differences/variations after about 650+ hours...and just enjoyed the great music! same as you no doubt. ;)

lloydelee21

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Congrats!!!!! Both sensational! And i imagine extremely synergistic with the CJ amps as well!! How is the GAT breaking in, btw?

lloydelee21

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Thanks, Shane. Will do.

Lloyd

lloydelee21

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Hi Shane,

Congrats! i figured it was only a matter of time with the ART 3 and the your customized 8s on testosterone! I am contemplating an ARC Ref 5 and going balanced into the Gryphon. Have you heard 5? I know the Ref 3 pretty well...your sage advice as always welcome!

Hope all is well and enjoying the incredible evolution of your system.

Lloyd

lloydelee21

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Hi Shane

thanks for the off-line advice...i am buying the Nordost thor...Valhalla wiring inside, and exactly what the doctor ordered to add jump and life to the system. plus it really made a complete change to my bass...very powerful upper bass, and so much detail down below even compared to what i had that i am relistening to my cds...then there is the traditional improvements...soundstage clarity, lower noise floor and ease of presentation that make the music more effortless and natural. but the "light" that the Nordost adds is what i think i am happy with the most because my system needed it. \\thanks again for your advice!!!

lloydelee21

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Hi Shane,

Happy New Year!!! I am looking to add a little quickness to the mid and lower bass response of my Strads. I see 4 virtual SF Stradivari systems on Agon all have Valhalla cables...including yours.

I was listening to Wilson Sasha's, Dartzeel electronics and Wadia's latest flagship on Transp Ref cable, and I noticed that it is quicker in mid/lower bass than my setup. Your advice is most welcome!!! My system:

- SF Strad speakers
- CJ Act 2 pre
- Gryphon Antileon Amp
- Zanden DAC
- Oppo 83 transport (Cardas Neutral Ref digital 75ohm)
- Older Transp Ref IC/speaker
- PAD Dominus/Ann Contego PCs
- PS Audio Quintet for pre, DAC, transport only)
- Velodyne DD18 in parallel.

"Somewhat Dark" components...
...I have heard AudioNote silver cables...

Thanks for any guidance!!!

lloydelee21