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Been listening to a lot of hits recently so here's a bit of what I've been spinning with the year of the particular pressing I have in parenthesis. You can look all these up and get the particulars from discogs.com.

Car Seat Headrest - Teens of Denial (2016) and Twin Fantasy (2018). Modern Rock/Pop with a bit of an alt edge to it, enjoyable listens that I like more each time I hear them. Vocals are at times kind of mushy but that's just how the guy sings, lyrics can be pretty funny at times. Sound quality is decent for modern pressings.

Prince - Dirty Mind (2011). 30 minutes of absolute awesomeness, he wrote, arranged, performed, and produced the entire album! If you don't already own it just go buy the current reissue as finding an original used will be difficult. Sound quality is great, the music jumps out of the speakers and the separation of everything in the mix makes listening very engaging.

Elton John - Honky Chateau (2017). This has replaced Madman Across the Water as my favorite Elton album. Not a bad track on it, my personal favorites are Susie, Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters, Amy, and of course Rocket Man. Instrument separation is excellent throughout making tracks like Rocket Man even more spacey and ethereal, the synth in the middle of that song is fantastic!

Queen - A Night At The Opera (1975 US original). Found a nice copy recently so I jumped on it! The hits (You're My Best Friend, Bohemian Rhapsody) are great but the rest of the tracks are better than album filler. This is a strong, enjoyable album from start to finish. Death on Two Legs simply rocks, 39 is a space/time travel song and was of course written/sung by Brian May, and Prophet's Song is great (my favorite on the album). It has really clear vocals and is on par with other pressings of the time, at least ones I have heard, not audiophile quality though.

Traffic - Heaven Is In Your Mind (2009 mono reissue). I'm new to Traffic even though I've always been a fan of Steve Winwood's solo career (most of it). I've only listened to it twice but the standouts for me right now are Heaven Is In Your Mind and Dear Mr. Fantasy. I didn't realize these guys did the original Smiling Phases as I've only been familiar with the Blood, Sweat, and Tears version (which I still prefer). This prompted me to get John Barleycorn Must Die and The Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys, excited to give those a listen. This mono mix has lots of depth and sounds fantastic!

Jeff Buckley - Grace (2014 45rpm version). Hallelujah is what introduces folks to this album but it doesn't keep them listening to it, in my opinion anyway. Grace, Mojo Pin, Last Goodbye, Eternal Life, and my favorite Lover You Should've Come Over are all wonderful. I had the 2010 Legacy version which was a 4/5 on sonics...this version adds air to the recording which adds a lot of presence/weight to the instruments and vocals.....amazing listen!
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More new toys.



I picked this up on Facebook Marketplace tonight. A ProJect Debut Carbon, with the stock Ortofon 2M Red, an upgraded acrylic platter and a ProJect Speed Box.

My thought was that I could use this while I try and track down a low-level hum in my RM1.3, and then decide which to keep, knowing I can also use the speed box on the RM.

Well, I’m pretty impressed with this table. It definitely sounds bigger than my other, and with the speed box I don’t have to manually change the belt to adjust the speed, meaning I’ll go through fewer needles.

I’m already leaning toward definitely keeping this. I also like that it has a dust cover. proJect wants like $350 for a dustcover for the RM 1.3. Nothanks.


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I picked this up on Facebook Marketplace tonight. A ProJect Debut Carbon, with the stock Ortofon 2M Red, an upgraded acrylic platter and a ProJect Speed Box.

My thought was that I could use this while I try and track down a low-level hum in my RM1.3, and then decide which to keep, knowing I can also use the speed box on the RM.

Well, I’m pretty impressed with this table. It definitely sounds bigger than my other, and with the speed box I don’t have to manually change the belt to adjust the speed, meaning I’ll go through fewer needles.

I’m already leaning toward definitely keeping this. I also like that it has a dust cover. proJect wants like $350 for a dustcover for the RM 1.3. Nothanks.
Isn't it amazing how much a table can change the sound? Did you take the cartridge off of your other table and put it on this new one?

Yay for electronic speed changes!
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Isn't it amazing how much a table can change the sound? Did you take the cartridge off of your other table and put it on this new one?

Yay for electronic speed changes!
Nope, the Ortofon cartridge. It may lack slightly in the low end compared to the Sumiko Pearl on the other table, but overall it's a much bigger sound. From everything I've seen, the Ortofon should be a lesser cart, but I think it's the combination of the table, the acrylic platter, the carbon fiber tonearm, and the Speed Box, vs the stock RM 1.3 table.

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Nope, the Ortofon cartridge. It may lack slightly in the low end compared to the Sumiko Pearl on the other table, but overall it's a much bigger sound. From everything I've seen, the Ortofon should be a lesser cart, but I think it's the combination of the table, the acrylic platter, the carbon fiber tonearm, and the Speed Box, vs the stock RM 1.3 table.
Anything that can up the engagement factor while listening I'm all for, I'm happy for you!
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Anything that can up the engagement factor while listening I'm all for, I'm happy for you!

With that tube amp... I think his girl friend is trying to up the engagement factor =)
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With that tube amp... I think his girl friend is trying to up the engagement factor =)
Possibly, but I think in reality she just enlisted the wrong guy down the street to help choose a gift (@cmore).
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With that tube amp... I think his girl friend is trying to up the engagement factor =)
Ruh-roh!
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Possibly, but I think in reality she just enlisted the wrong guy down the street to help choose a gift (@cmore).

Or just the right guy =)


You certainly made a couple of us jealous.


I got a rock.
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You certainly made a couple of us jealous.

And you haven’t even met her yet.



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And you haven’t even met her yet.
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Yes, I can't wait to meet Jolida =)
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Or just the right guy =)


You certainly made a couple of us jealous.


I got a rock.
That seems generous...

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Ordered Deadmau5 - W:/2016ALBUM/ on vinyl from a seller in the UK (good luck finding the CD for under $50 here and vinyl in the US is unheard of lol).

Love this album for what he does with imaging and sound stage expansion and contraction. Plus a couple of the songs have some really REALLY low bass in them for fun.
Have opened it and did a good cleaning on both albums. Once they are dry, I will be wearing out my TT on it.



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Bring it up next weekend and we'll take a listen!
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I’ve decided I’m going to work on getting my entire collection into Discogs. Having the scanner in the app is handy, before I had to use my laptop and the camera on that. This is easier, except with my largely vintage collection, most, at least many, are from the days before bar codes.

I’m just going to work through it one cubby at a time. Only 22 left to go!


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I need to do that. Silly question since I haven't even signed up for Discogs yet but you can add CDs too right?

NM just went to the website. LOL

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I had forgotten how cute she was when she was young. Too bad the picture was spoiled by ugly there.
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Bring it up next weekend and we'll take a listen!

Yeah I wouldn't mind hearing it.
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Negative. It's on Tidal so I just added it to one of my playlists there.

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Vinyl Cup in Beaverdale is having a Snow Day sale today...15% off everything.
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I know you were all quietly wincing at the thought of me changing the cartridge on my turntable.

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Hana EL. My guy at Needle Doctor got me a great deal on it.


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Hana EL. My guy at Needle Doctor got me a great deal on it.
Like the amp, please share some impressions after break in. The Hana SL I have took around 60 hours before it settled in. You’re still using the Cambridge phono preamp, right?
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Still the Cambridge, yes.

The amp was a used item, so it’s well broken-in.

The cartridge we’ll have to wait.


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@dlbeck , you’ve been quiet. What have you been listening to recently? Any new records?
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Still the Cambridge, yes.

The amp was a used item, so it’s well broken-in.

The cartridge we’ll have to wait.
I went a little Single White Female on you and looked up the specs on your phono preamp and new cart. The Hana EL outputs .48mv and your preamp’s MC gain is 55db, that’s a great match. This means you should have nice, black backgrounds at normal to loud(ish) levels because your preamp isn’t providing too much gain relative to the cart output. Should be easier to hear subtle differences between instruments and dynamics might be improved as well.

Hope you’re enjoying it!
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