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this is all that matters
http://www.stereophile.com/turntables/106con

The distributor of these is a good friend. Absolutely amazing table and built like a tank. I helped him assemble one and we needed a third guy to move all the road cases it comes in.

Here's a picture of the final assembly.

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This might not be the best thread for my post but I figure that I can get some good answers from the knowledgeable folks here.

I've been buying lots of vinyl over the last few years, mainly because most of the music I like is released exclusively on that format. I do enjoy handling records though.

I have a pretty basic setup - Pro-Ject Debut III turntable, Technics amp, Denon CD player, Denon tape deck, vintage Image speakers, Grado SR-60 headphones.

There must be something I'm doing wrong, because I honestly don't understand how people can be so adamant about the superior sound quality of vinyl. I try to keep my records as clean as possible and remove all visible dust with a carbon fibre brush. I've also recently changed the stylus on my turntable. Even with brand new records, I hear regular hisses and pops in the background. They're faint but more noticeable when I use headphones. Unlike my CDs, there is never any true silence during pauses in the music or between tracks.

Any thoughts?

Double check your VTA and VTF settings. What cartridge are you using? If stock, then upgrading to an Ortofon 2M line would be a nice upgrade.

Also consider getting a Hunt EDA brush and LP cleaning machine. That will keep the static down.
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What stereo do you listen to?: I´m now listening to the new Naim ND5SX streaming client fed by a Synology NAS. I am busy ripping my CDs using dBpoweramp, and it is sounding very good.

What do you want to do?: Upgrade the built in DAC to the Naim DAC, and upgrade standard power supply to Power Line. Heard the demo with this and it was amazing.
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Double check your VTA and VTF settings. What cartridge are you using? If stock, then upgrading to an Ortofon 2M line would be a nice upgrade.
Also consider getting a Hunt EDA brush and LP cleaning machine. That will keep the static down.

Thanks for the tips. Everything was set up by the shop when I bought my turntable about 3 years ago and I haven't checked those settings. I'm using the stock Ortofon 5E cartridge. Static is a problem (the felt mat actually clings to the records sometimes).
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Double check your VTA and VTF settings. What cartridge are you using? If stock, then upgrading to an Ortofon 2M line would be a nice upgrade.
Also consider getting a Hunt EDA brush and LP cleaning machine. That will keep the static down.

Thanks for the tips. Everything was set up by the shop when I bought my turntable about 3 years ago and I haven't checked those settings. I'm using the stock Ortofon 5E cartridge. Static is a problem (the felt mat actually clings to the records sometimes).

Glad to help. Things get out of alignment over time and some dealers do setup better than others. I would strongly consider taking it back and seeing if they will double check. Often they will do this for free or charge a small amount at worst.
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After 25 years, I changed my turntable this week:

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The newest version of the VPI Aries 3, fresh out of the factory two weeks ago, Graham Phantom II Supreme arm, Clearaudio Virtuoso Wood cartridge.

I have a new DAC as well...the new PS Audio PerfectWave II with the PerfectWave Bridge. Still playing around with the file storage.

The rest of the main system remains the same: Audible Illusions Modulus 3B; Audio Research VS-55; and Wilson Sophia 2s. The new listening room is rectangular with a slanted ceiling; the Sophias are on one of the narrow walls three feet out from the back.
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I have a new DAC as well...the new PS Audio PerfectWave II with the PerfectWave Bridge. Still playing around with the file storage.

Good luck! I hope they have the kinks worked out.
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It hasn't exploded yet.
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And no letting go of the magic smoke either. I hope you'll tell us what you think of the new turntable and DAC after it's all settled in. I know lots of people have been happy with their PWDs.
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What file format do you like for high resolution files?
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What file format do you like for high resolution files?

FLAC works well and is probably the most popular one, and I use ALAC, but it's not really used outside the Apple universe. In your case, I'd go with whatever PS Audio recommends and makes their system happiest. This is true in general for other streamers.
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FLAC works well and is probably the most popular one, and I use ALAC, but it's not really used outside the Apple universe. In your case, I'd go with whatever PS Audio recommends and makes their system happiest. This is true in general for other streamers.

FLAC is great, I also use Apple Lossless. The lowest I go is 320 VBR.
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+ another for FLAC, its the best.

Most of my music collection is in that format.

I wouldnt go with any prop. format from Apple or Sony or whatever.
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Love my Sophia 2's.  Great speakers.  I have a Rega P9 with a Shelter cart.  Linn Climax amp and pre.  All vinyl except a few Cd's.  No downloads, too many albums, too little time.

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FLAC works well and is probably the most popular one, and I use ALAC, but it's not really used outside the Apple universe. In your case, I'd go with whatever PS Audio recommends and makes their system happiest. This is true in general for other streamers.
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FLAC is great, I also use Apple Lossless. The lowest I go is 320 VBR.
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+ another for FLAC, its the best.
Most of my music collection is in that format.
I wouldnt go with any prop. format from Apple or Sony or whatever.

I have about a 1000 CDs already ripped to ALAC, so the 16bit mid-rez stuff already wears a black turtleneck with Dad jeans.

Storage is not an issue these days, so my inclination for higher resolution would be an uncompressed PCM format like, oh, AIFF. It seems, though, that all the sources for hi-rez are FLAC.

I don't want to go through the trouble of ripping SACDs, but I'm not enthusiastic about committing resources to a compressed digital format.

Oh, well...it's probably one of those "you don't' have a choice" things.

I'm glad that I have my LPs...
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