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  1. Bring your iPhono down to their shop and do an A/B, or A/B/C comparison. As usual, you have to be convinced that the discernable difference is big enough between so called upgrades to be worth paying for. Caveat : plenty of analog "poison" in there to tempt you to spend money
  2. I used to run 2 TT, but not anymore. It was because my main TT played good records very well, but played poor records very badly till I could not enjoy the music. I could hear all the imperfections in recording and pressing. So I setup a second suspended deck TT with a forgiving MM and it's own Graham Slee phono. This sweetened the sound enough to make bad records sound good. I retired the MM TT for 2 reasons. 1. Because I needed the rack space for something else; and 2. I had pushed the performance of my main TT to the point that even bad records sounded good on it. I now operate
  3. How loud do you play, and are you able to get 3D imaging with soundstage ?
  4. Go with bookshelves if space is a major constraint. I.e listening distance is max 2m and/or the room is under 10 sqm in area. You have higher chance to place the speakers better and get imaging, stage, tonality and even frequency response. Floor-standers at short distances will struggle to get the tweeter at ear-level and sound coherent. Worse case is there will be a bass hump that overpowers the room. If you do decide on floorstander in a small room, be prepared to spend time and money to treat the room extensively with absorbers.
  5. Do note that both the Rogue and Audio Note built-in phono are meant for MM cartridges. If one day you do decide to go into low-output MC cartridge, you will need to add either a step-up transformer, or phono stage. This means another box and another pair of cables. In the case of phono, another power cord too.
  6. The fast, dry, quiet Devialet sound is already a good match for the Accordos. It gets even better once SAM is introduced for your speakers. If you like the sound with good digital sources, then you are already on the right track. However, the Devialet digitises the analog signal from a TT. IMHO, the phono input of the Devialet is its Achilles heel. Connect a good external phono stage (with right gain and impedence loading set), then feed the output direct into the Devialet line level inputs and see if the sound improves significantly. If your budget allows for a very g
  7. I buy 70% isopropyl alcohol from Guardian. Then add 8 to 10 parts distilled water to it. I only use alcohol when the mold is very bad. Spray the alcohol over the entire surface. Let it stand for 2-3 mins, then rinse off thoroughly with distilled water or tap water and let dry. Only after this will I start regular cleaning cycle with commercial fluids. The alcohol is only to kill mold spores so that the mold will not come back for a long time. Note that alcohol is damaging to records in high concentrations and make records sound bad. So use diluted alcohol only as a pre-wash when it
  8. What I do for cleaning. Really bad mold that looks like world map, I do 3 step cleaning. As well as replace the inner sleeves and sun the album cover. 3-step as in alcohol wash --> distilled water rinse --> cleaning fluid wash Medium mold that looks like islands in the pacific ocean, I do a 1-step wash with good cleaning fluid. Replace the inner sleeve. Light dirt is there is no mold on the surface, but hear pops and clicks while play. The stylus picks up a clump of dirt from the grooves. I do a 1-step wash with cleaning fluid. All the above is done with a Nessie RCM
  9. Yes to mold with VPI and other brands of fluids. No with Mint and L'art du Son (these I have used, there may be others that do not grow mold). I think those commercial fluids that are meant for 1-step cleaning are better at suppressing mold than 2 step or 3-step fluids.
  10. A big jump in performance over the SME 20. Especially in area of rhythmic drive.
  11. Goldmund was the traditional partner with SF speakers in the past when both brands were sold by HER. Not sure if the current prices suit your budget, but do give it a shot. I did have this combination, and indeed there was synergy. Fast, detailed, dynamic sound from the Goldmund, paired with the tinge of warmth from SF made for pleasant listening over the years I had the this system.
  12. Remember to do annual servicing as suggested in the manual. Clean the belt and pulleys with lighter fluid. And put 1 drop of 3-in-1 oil into the groove of the motor housing. This will keep your SME problem free. The tables are so well made that my SME30/2A has been running flawlessly for the last 12 years with this simple maintenance.
  13. Congratulations. A good choice. The sound will get even better as the cartridge and phono cable run in. If you like it now, you will love analog after 100 hours of spinning.
  14. Zenn (Gabriel) uses a self-made centrifugal force LP cleaning machine. All others use vacuum type. Does not matter which, as long as your records are cleaned to satisfaction.
  15. Analog fact #1 - cartridge (unless super high end and unused) have no or little trade in or resale value. What you spend be prepared to write off. Unless the brand has manufacturer guarantee of trade-in. Then people buy at a scrap price to trade-in Analog fact #2 - unless you are buying a TT well into 5 digits and a demo unit is available, you won't get a home trial. You have to trust your gut feel, knowing that if it sounds good at dealer, it will sound even better at home. It is too difficult to move a TT once setup.
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