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回覆 (791): mOnO @[email protected]
 
Well, in a way, the horns and mono recordings are really made for each other. As a matter of fact, horns are meant to be used in huge space because it was exactly this kind of application for which the horns were originally designed, in an era way before the advent of stereo sound.  
 
The primary concern then ought to be adequate sound level, and hence high efficiency drivers, big enclosure for bass output and inevitably, enormous size. The rest was rather irrelevant.  
 
limage
11-01-04
14:01:20
回覆 (790): Bad Friends @[email protected]
 
BTW 朋友 which version of Pablo Casals do you have ?  
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These are mine. Oh....so "good" sounding.  
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You may want to try out Paul Tortelier who some prefer over even Pierre Fournier. Certainly these guys including Pablo Casals are more romantic than Starker.  
 
 
 
daiwok
11-01-04
12:07:08
回覆 (789): Bad Friends @[email protected]
This is very true. It reminds me of this killer system in China where the orchestra is drawn right into the house.  
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but Dr Feikeung is asleep @[email protected]
daiwok
11-01-04
12:04:32
回覆 (788): Bad Friends @[email protected]
 
I think full orchestral music is almost impossible to produce in a mono system unless you have a speaker big enough and room large enough to fill up  
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This is very true. It reminds me of this killer system in China where the orchestra is drawn right into the house.  
 
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limage
11-01-04
12:01:08
回覆 (787): Bad Friends @[email protected]
BTW 朋友 which version of Pablo Casals do you have ?  
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These are mine. Oh....so "good" sounding.
icefox
11-01-04
11:29:07
回覆 (790): mOnO @[email protected]
I think full orchestral music is almost impossible to produce in a mono system unless you have a speaker big enough and room large enough to fill up. Mono does have depth and soundstage, even if not as convincing as Stereo. However if you are into solo instruments and small chamber, a good mono recording is very hard to beat.
daiwok
11-01-04
10:44:12
回覆 (789): mOnO @[email protected]
 
Vocal in mono is acceptable, sometimes even preferred, but a full orchestra is similar to justice — it has to be seen to be done!  
 
 
limage
11-01-04
10:09:09
回覆 (788): mOnO @[email protected]
And a complete set of Debussy, Pelleas and Melisande featuring Ansermet and L'Orc. de la Suisse Romande. Would Limage like it ?
Vash
11-01-04
04:47:47
回覆 (787): mOnO @[email protected]
Dear David,  
 
I'm ready for mOnO with some MoNo LP from my collection featuring Pablo Casals as well.  
 
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Vash
11-01-04
04:15:29
回覆 (786): Bad Friends @[email protected]
BTW 朋友 which version of Pablo Casals do you have ? the version on the left is not great, but the version on the left is just as crap ! mind you the recording was made between 1936 - 1939. The one on the left was printed in UK, the version on the right was printed in Germany.  
 
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The sound can fair better with a true MONO cart
daiwok
11-01-04
00:52:14
回覆 (785): Bad Friends @[email protected]
朋友 ..... this was no joke, I was really burning in 3 arms and 3 carts at the same time. It is possible and I am doing it ^__*
daiwok
11-01-04
00:48:27
回覆 (784): Bad Friends @[email protected]
你見過未 ?  
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I only have gold and silver Moerch so the best I can do is have a unique half cast Ebony body .....朋友, 你見過未 ?  
 
daiwok
11-01-04
00:23:38
回覆 (783): Bad Friends @[email protected]
Wow, 咁樣衰“ge"唱臂,你見過未?
icefox
11-01-03
23:51:43
回覆 (782): Bad Friends @[email protected]
Keep going.... I'm taking note here. ;)
jaspert
11-01-03
22:15:50
回覆 (781): Bad Friends @[email protected]
Master Limage,  
 
More tinkering on the counter weights. The Reed comes with two counter weights, one which is fairly light but useful if you have a heavier cartridge and other which has a dropped adjustable counterweight in 2 directions, so plenty to play with.  
 
First of all the original setting I had  
 
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as you can see here, I am just using one counterweight, with the dropped counterweight, moved further back, this means the main holding position is moved closer to the pivot bearing but the dropped counterweight is moved further back. This is normally how I prefer it.  
 
after your initial suggestion of moving the counterweight closer to the bearing, I also mounted the smaller counterweight as you can see here  
 
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Now the main counterweight is as close as possible with the dropped counterweight also as close as possible, balancing the move of the main counterweight closer to the bearing has allowed me to push the smaller counterweight into position to adjust to the correct tracking force.  
 
I find the sound more compressed, the mid range in particular looses the magic, although the treble did seem to improve .... so next.....  
 
The main counterweight only, but the dropped counterweight being positioned to get the correct VTF but at the same time pushing the counterweight close to the bearing. You can see that the dropped threaded counterweight is now flush at the end nearest to the bearing  
 
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the sound improved, the mid range was better, treble seem to be there so since there was improvement, I decided to now push the dropped threaded counterweight as far back as possible, yet still maintaining the correct VTF  
 
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this to me the preferred position. Nothing missing here, good air, good treble and magical mids. As far as I can remember, I have not come across many 12 inch arms which allow such adjustments on the counterweights.  
 
I think the experimentation is worth while exercise and not difficult to do. It does prove to me that the dropped counterweight serves a significant purpose, the increase in inertia probably provides better tracking, but certainly the improvement in sound is very audible.
daiwok
11-01-03
21:48:13
回覆 (780): Bad Friends @[email protected]
It may pay to alter a bit the habit of having the counterweight far back. For this compliance figure, it is perhaps advisable to move the weight closer to the pivot just to minimize moving mass. That would allow the stylus to "trace" the high frequencies with greater ease.  
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The counterweight is stock, so not a huge mount I can do, but I can set it up differently for sure by adjusting the dropped counterweight.
daiwok
11-01-03
12:30:24
回覆 (779): Bad Friends @[email protected]
 
Dynamic compliance: 15 x 10-6 cm/dyne  
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It may pay to alter a bit the habit of having the counterweight far back. For this compliance figure, it is perhaps advisable to move the weight closer to the pivot just to minimize moving mass. That would allow the stylus to "trace" the high frequencies with greater ease.  
 
limage
11-01-03
12:03:36
回覆 (778): Bad Friends @[email protected]
What a difference a day makes - Everything is back and sounds as very normal. Treble is pretty good, but it also reminds me when I had the ZYX Airy 3 which was much better in the treble region and bass region as well. The ZYX was very clean in presentation, but again it was the mid range which could not get me involved which reminded me why I kept the Temper W.  
 
After long listening hours, some minor tweaks, more VTA adjustments, loading adjustments - its really singing now. Kind of justifies why this cart was once the Stereophile Class A and the benchmark measured by Michael Fremer and even Arthur Salvatore.  
 
I don't think I have heard the Temper better than with the Reed in my system.  
 
Our analysis of the cart yesterday was spot on, it need time to warm up and break in since its long exile ^__^
daiwok
11-01-02
18:49:35
回覆 (777): Bad Friends @[email protected]
daiwok, do you have the transfig with a positive VTA same as before?  
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Yes ! ^_^
daiwok
11-01-02
17:22:30
回覆 (776): Bad Friends @[email protected]
daiwok, do you have the transfig with a positive VTA same as before? will mount mine on the MG-1/Lenco this coming week.
scallywag
11-01-02
16:29:28
回覆 (775): Bad Friends @[email protected]
After a mid morning audition of the Transfiguration Temper W yesterday with the Evil Kong, we were a little confused as initially the sound was was very rolled off top and bottom. The MIDAS Denon Paratrace performed much more detailed and balanced, especially in the treble and bass region, yet we could not ignore the lush mid range from the Temper which was still very refine. We then played a track from Bebel Gilberto, a more modern Bossa Nova record from 2000 to 2002. It sound rather thin with the MIDAS Denon Paratrace, so when we switched back to the Temper W, it was perfect, treble and bass sounded perfectly normal.  
 
Our initial thoughts are the carts have not warmed up in the cold morning start up and that the Temper damping system might need a few more hours to loosen up.  
 
Lets take a look at the spec  
 
Specifications  
Physical body: aluminum, resonance controlled  
Cantilever: boron  
Stylus: PA 3 x 30um solid diamond  
Core/coils: ultra grade SS-µ-metal square core with 7N copper coils  
Magnet: neodymium  
Weight: 7.6g  
Electrical output voltage: 0.5mV (3.54cm/s,- 1kHz)  
Internal impedance: 6ohms  
Frequency response: 10Hz – 20kHz + 1.5dB (20Hz - 40kHz) +2dB  
Channel separation: > 30db (200Hz-10kHz)  
Channel balance: < 0.5dB at 1kHz  
Dynamic tracking ability: (at 315Hz. At tracking force 1.8g) - >75µm  
Dynamic compliance: 15 x 10-6 cm/dyne  
Recommended loading: >9 ohms  
Recommended tracking force: 1.8g  
Optimum working temp.: 23 C  
Break in period : 30 hours  
 
the cartridge has a pretty high compliance especially against the Denon which is 5 x 10-6  
 
I have my tracking force was at 1.95g so I have adjusted to the recommended tracking force at 1.8g now. I have also been running the burning Cardas record for a couple of hours now.  
 
Things have improved since yesterday, not by a huge margin, but yes you can hear it. The treble still sounds rolled off, the bass is less boomy and more natural now. A tad more air in the mid range now. The Temperature in the living was 19C which is not at the optimum 23C as suggested. May be time to bring out the table lamp and give the cart a bit of a sauna ^__^  
 
Finally, I find that my current loading of 100ohm is a bit dark so I up this to 1000 ohms and it is now much better. Treble has improved.  
 
I have learn't not to jump the gun on conclusions, our systems are so sensitive, to mechanical properties, matching, fine adjustments, temperature, electrical adjustments etc we should learn to milk everything thing from what we have, rather than just chip and change - You see Master Limage we do listen, but we are nowhere as pedantic as you are ^__^
daiwok
11-01-02
14:55:35
回覆 (774): Bad Friends @[email protected]
I have decided, to warm up my carts and burn in some of the new tonearms and the new Denon 103 in the funky wooden shell. The Cardas Burn in Record is perfect for this kind of application and even better it has a couple of tracks cut for MONO ^__^  
 
Why run one arm at a time or one cart of time, when you can be greedy and do them all !  
 
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daiwok
11-01-02
13:33:53
回覆 (773): Bad Friends @[email protected]
One project in my mind--San Francisco Symphony Orchestra is going to issue a limited edition of Mahler Cycle by Michael Tilson Thomas, altogether 22 LPs. Only the price is so high, more than US$ 700.  
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I did read about this project on Lenco Heaven ....... seems a great buy if you are indeed a fan
daiwok
11-01-02
09:19:41
回覆 (772): Bad Friends @[email protected]
Happy New Year everyone !  
 
Jasper my Temper W is stock, but Scallywag has a Temper Supreme which is paratraced and sapphire cantilever........  
 
more testing to be done on the Temper, as I will use my Cardas burn in LP to see if the damping system will open the cart up more as extensions are a bit rolled and I have not played it much - but mid range detail and richness is just sublime.
daiwok
11-01-02
08:54:58
回覆 (771): Bad Friends @[email protected]
HNY 1PK ! Best wishes in 2011.  
 
Daiwok,  
 
Is your Temper W stock or Paratraced?
jaspert
11-01-01
13:10:23
回覆 (786): Bad Friends @[email protected]
daiwok  
2,000  
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I think may be closer or over 3000 as I have records in other areas of the house, boss cannot see everything ......oh I have a few in other den's on loan ........
daiwok
10-12-31
23:30:38
回覆 (785): Bad Friends @[email protected]
 
Me only 1500 ? So few?  
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Because I’ve never seen your full cupboard. I only saw a hundred or so loose pieces on the floor every time. Well, just intelligent guesses.  
 
The same applies to the rest. Please have us updated.  
 
BTW, I think Wher has got more than 3,000 pcs.  
 
 
limage
10-12-31
20:17:40
回覆 (784): Bad Friends @[email protected]
have no more than 2,800 now and what have you got?  
 
daiwok  
2,000  
 
kh33  
1,500  
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Me only 1500 ? So few?  
What a shame !  
Must start to buy, buy, buy.  
One project in my mind--San Francisco Symphony Orchestra is going to issue a limited edition of Mahler Cycle by Michael Tilson Thomas, altogether 22 LPs. Only the price is so high, more than US$ 700.
kh33
10-12-31
19:21:11
回覆 (783): Bad Friends @[email protected]
 
I wonder how many LP's we have between us  
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I have no more than 2,800 now and what have you got?  
 
daiwok  
2,000  
 
kh33  
1,500  
 
Jleung  
2,500  
 
alansoo  
2,500  
 
Dennis  
3,000  
 
kong  
1,000  
 
davidchan  
3,500  
 
kensil  
4,000  
 
???????  
limage
10-12-31
12:37:12
回覆 (782): Bad Friends @[email protected]
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daiwok
10-12-31
12:00:26
回覆 (781): Bad Friends @[email protected]
I wonder how many LP's we have between us ...............I know Dennis has more than me after I checked his collection recently. I am mere beginner here ...... but I have time on my side ^__^  
 
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daiwok
10-12-31
11:59:47
回覆 (780): Bad Friends @[email protected]
 
Another good Doctor with 20,000 LPs !  
 
He probably needs 12 Lencos to keep spinning.  
 
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limage
10-12-31
11:03:57
回覆 (779): Bad Friends @[email protected]
 
Talea is the first tonearm to offer the ability to adjust the azimuth on the fly  
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I know a few arms which offer tracking error, VTA or even anti-skate adjustments while playing the record but azimuth, wow, it sounds like the Xavier has finally arrived!  
 
limage
10-12-30
14:05:27
回覆 (778): Bad Friends @[email protected]
BUY IT NOW ! CHEAP !!!  
http://www.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/cls.pl?anlgtabl&1298864733&/Garrard-301
daiwok
10-12-30
12:44:45
回覆 (777): Bad Friends @[email protected]
>I am having too much fun with too many toys.....<  
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Yes, I am also facing the same problem :-)  
 
thekong
10-12-30
12:37:51
回覆 (776): Bad Friends @[email protected]
That sounds like a pretty good deal! However, the fact that you have so many yet-to-be-finished projects on hand makes me worry about the delivery date :-)  
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Patience ............ all good things come in time ^__*  
 
Projects are not an issue, I am having too much fun with too many toys - kind of ODing right now ....... MONO or STEREO ..... which MONO cart, which STEREO arm, which STEREO cart ...... @[email protected] ......oh ...... another unopen record ......ummmm
daiwok
10-12-30
12:34:54
回覆 (775): Bad Friends @[email protected]
>I am more than happy to take USD 4000 off you and do my own R&D version for you ^__^<  
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That sounds like a pretty good deal! However, the fact that you have so many yet-to-be-finished projects on hand makes me worry about the delivery date :-)  
 
 
thekong
10-12-30
12:29:30
回覆 (774): Bad Friends @[email protected]
Now, you can have this fabulous arm for a mere US$8,000, what more can you ask for? :-)  
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Since we are "good" friends I am more than happy to take USD 4000 off you and do my own R&D version for you ^__^
daiwok
10-12-30
11:56:34
回覆 (773): Bad Friends @[email protected]
>Kong, back in April, Joel Durand had an introductory price of US$ 6,500 for his tonearm.<  
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Yes, but they have already introduced the Generation 2, with "profound" improvements of course :-)  
 
thekong
10-12-30
11:41:58
回覆 (772): Bad Friends @[email protected]
Kong, back in April, Joel Durand had an introductory price of US$ 6,500 for his tonearm.
scallywag
10-12-30
11:34:17