Analog music sources,
Technics SP10 MK3 fitted with two new Kuzma 4 Point 14". Studer A810
Archival half track IEC EQ tape machine.
music source is Aurender W20 into Bricasti M1.
Allnic H-8000 DHT Phono, and NEW Allnic L-10000 preamp feed Allnic M-5000 or M-3000 MK2 Mono Blocks.
Cable is 100% top tier Purist Audio design. Mostly 25th Anniversary
Luminist, all ten AC cords are the new Purist 30th Anniversary AC.
My space is 18 X 31 and
acoustically treated with RPG panels, tube traps and fiberglass acoustic treatment
over triple reinforced walls and ceiling. The floor is lamination beams
over steel plates to pier and beams. Two sheets of 5/8 epoxy
lamination sheets make up the floor with two inches of
concrete topped with India multi color slate.
rail system and fine textured acoustic cloth covers the work, making everything appear as a normal room with
painted sheet rock or decorative cloth covering.
The room acoustics were conceived by RBDG
and the entire space was torn out to bare dirt under the foundation and
bare studs in the walls about eleven years ago.
I've been experimenting with the Studer A820 playback. The on board electronics can be built up many different ways, I have heard two so far and have two more that will be added.
I previously tried the King-Cello and although it was good there were things about the Studer electronics I preferred. I think the Trafoless cards are more transparent and resolved but somewhat less musical than the transformer versions. I’m not picking one over the other at this time, just evaluating and experimenting.
I hope within the next few months to have four sets of boards I can plug and play in the A820, each built with different voice due to choice of caps, resistors and solid state devices chosen.
Watch soon for ad here at Audiogon for my custom built Steve Smith Studer A810 Archival machine. It plays quarter and half track, quarter inch tape and is four speed version as well as NAB and CCIR EQ.
Possible I will sell my custom aluminum stand and Vibraplane designed for this Studer as well.
I’ll post images of my new machine once it arrives.
Koetsu Blue Lace is mounted, currently less than ten hours toward break in. This is an amazing cartridge, the first time I’ve owned a contender for number one spot since buying the Air Tight Opus.
Last week during our usual Tuesday night listening session there was spirited debate as to which was better. A couple of members saying the Koetsu was best ever and a couple saying the Air Tight was more accurate and best choice.
Speaking of choice, it’s nice to have two excellent choices for whatever LP I choose to spin.
I recently purchased several iFi AC mains purifiers, they are very effective at reducing noise in my system.
Best results were obtained when placed in line with digital power supplies such as those found in big screen TV, Amazon Fire box, router and LED lighting near my system.
Cost is low, $99.00 each. I bought mine at Amazon and found that a total of four provided maximum performance. Beyond four, no further improvement and I went to maximum of seven to determine what was possible.
Very excited to have ended three year search for near perfect TTM three piece record stabilizer.
The previous single piece model was my reference for years and this deluxe one takes performance even further. Our group voted using multiple LPs, everyone agreed the new three piece damper was quieter with blacker background, tighter and deeper bass and a much better sense of the space the recording was done in.
Those devices on my AC cables are there to prevent loss of conductivity from vibration. They are made by Furutech and called NCF booster.
NCF boosters are available in several versions and the ones you ask about are for AC, especially those with Furutech connectors. Other NCF devices are a similar design but for interconnect and speaker cables.
I tested the interconnect and speaker cable versions without improvement to my system. Then again, I am wired 100% with Purist Audio cables and they are quite resistant to those problems anyway. With another cable design it might be a big deal.
The AC cables did get an improvement from the NCF, and I while would not put them at the top of my upgrade priority anyone with top tier AC cables, upgraded wall outlets and other associated equipment should benefit from them.
Sound is much like the AC cable itself, but in miniature. If you like your AC cable and want it to be more refined, solid and lower distortion this is what the NCF provides. It’s not day and night but then again, it costs a fraction of what a good AC cable costs.
If you try them post back results, I would love to read about that. I think too that the connection to the wall benefits more than at the IEC end but again, it is likely system dependent.
Albert. Wow. Amazing system. I was wondering what is that ( name of it ) that looks like it is holding up those 2 power cords on your out let. I have 3 Shunyata Research King Cobra and Sigma PCs and the weight makes them sag a bit. Is that what they are for ? Thanks. Mike in NJ
That’s a super looking turntable and since it’s a Technics SP-10R motor it may well be the "best" out there.
The only problem is price. Based on what SAT charges for their tonearm the turntable will be hyper expensive. Do you purchase a Technics SP-10R or pay $xx more for the same motor sitting in a SAT developed chassis?
I am certain I will never have the opportunity to compare all these versions against my SP10 MK3 in our plinth. The Technics SP10R is still somewhat in short supply and the SAT rig will be even more rare.
All that said, I will eventually purchase a SP10R or SL-1000R (or both) and compare with my turntable and plinth.
One thing for sure, it's great to see the Technics SP10 motor get the respect it deserves. When I switched over to MK2 and then the MK3 from my $100,000.00 plus rig many years go I had one reviewer say,
"Albert has taken leave of his senses.”
Funny things is, the turntables that everyone was screaming over at that time are now recognized as less performance.
For all of us, the SP10 MK3 is becoming more and more of a bargain as Technics releases new SP10R and SL-1000.
When I switched to the Technics MK3 you could find one in almost new condition for $3,500.00 to $4,500.00. Prices climbed over the years and until the release of the SP10R the MK3 had climbed to as much as $14,000.00 without plinth or arm.
I still wonder about the one specification that Technics does not disclose. Torque, it’s what pushes the platter. The SP10 MK3 produces 16KG/CM and uses a copper 22 pound platter. The SP10R is 17 pound platter and no torque spec.
Will be interesting to find what that missing spec brings to the performance table. In my system I have added a super heavy stainless steel platter mat and center weight and it provided a HUGE improvement. The MK3 motor still brings the platter to perfect speed in part of a single revolution, that’s what torque does and I wonder if that same torque might be the major contributor to super controlled crushing bass the MK3 provides.
Mutech Hayabusa, and fairly reasonable price. I prefer it to Kiseki Purple Heart which is a great cartridge. Difference is primary in the high frequencies, Mutech Hayabusa is more open than the Kiseki but still warm.
Mike Fremer is supposed to do a review soon, I will have access to them for people that want to deal with me.
A friend has become distributor for a very nice MC cartridge, I listened to it and bought one for my system. No, it's not an Air Tight Opus but it does share some character of it and yet blends contrast and tonal balance more toward the Lyra ETNA.
I believe the price will be $4500.00, so a bit more money than the Kiseki Purple Heart but only about third of the Opus and Lyra ETNA.
In short I think there will be audiophiles that find it a perfect match for their system. I'll post more when I get more hours on it and full correct data from manufacturer
I did not know about him. A purchase at Amazon brought up his name and album and from there I listened, read about him and bought both of his LPs.
Turns out he's from Ft. Worth, TX. I grew up there, only a short drive from Dallas where I live now.
Leon reminds me a bit of Al Green and Sam Cooke, both artists I admire. Leon is a bit more Hip Hop but also a younger man.
I miss the posts at Audiogon where people discuss new music. A few years ago I was very strong on the forums over Black Dub, the group with Daniel Lanois, Brian Blade and Trixie Whitley. I still listen to them and grateful to have in my library.