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Vinyl Records and Turntables Are Gaining Sales.

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by LabelKing, Dec 18, 2009.

  1. LabelKing

    LabelKing Senior member

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    Analog also allows one to fulfill one's accessorizing yen--carbon fibre brushes, antistatic guns, record clamps/weights, Tiptoe feet, styus force gauges, tiny stylus bruhes, etc.
     
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    Analog also allows one to fulfill one's accessorizing yen--carbon fibre brushes, antistatic guns, record clamps/weights, Tiptoe feet, styus force gauges, tiny stylus bruhes, etc.

    hell yeah, lk
     
  4. LabelKing

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    dbx nasty [​IMG]
    Are you a Dolby proponent? Dolby and dbx seem to be much more common in reel to reel setups to get rid of any probable tape hiss, which is why I suppose one doesn't hear much about them now.
     
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    LK, am i correct in my reading? do you record your LP's to Reel to Reel tapes? Where do you find the tapes? I feel like I've read/heard something about them no longer producing reel to reel tape.
     
  6. LabelKing

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    LK, am i correct in my reading? do you record your LP's to Reel to Reel tapes? Where do you find the tapes? I feel like I've read/heard something about them no longer producing reel to reel tape.
    I do this for some of my rarer records, and also sometimes to see what kind of sound I can get with the dbx expansion. My tape machine was bias calibrated for Maxell UD-35 180 tape so I buy that from places like ebay since Maxell doesn't produce tape anymore. You can still buy new tape from a Dutch producer, and I think Quantagy.
     
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    that Rega P1 is sex. want.

    i hate dolby.
     
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    The dbx expander can cause breathing when it mispredicts what the signal's going to do --- you can hear it exaggerate background noise, or clamp down very rapidly on noise. It was an effort to get better dynamic range.

    You can still find this concept in modern digital systems, like CD's and DVD-A's preemphasis flag, or HDCD's hidden subcode, which are all more reliable indicators to the expander than something that just tried to look at the signal itself in the analog domain.

    --Andre
     
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    that Rega P1 is sex. want.

    i hate dolby.


    +1
     
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    DVD-A

    Ugh!

    I have a reel to reel of Solti/Vienna/Das Rosenkavalier live (given to me by a member of the Vienna Phil).

    Still, one of the greatest sounding sources I have, if not the greatest.
     
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    The dbx expander can cause breathing when it mispredicts what the signal's going to do --- you can hear it exaggerate background noise, or clamp down very rapidly on noise. It was an effort to get better dynamic range.

    You can still find this concept in modern digital systems, like CD's and DVD-A's preemphasis flag, or HDCD's hidden subcode, which are all more reliable indicators to the expander than something that just tried to look at the signal itself in the analog domain.

    --Andre


    The breathing was more evident if you expanded too much at the highs. This was somewhat lessened with the 3bx model, which required the user to manually adjust low, medium and high bands.
     
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    Nice picture of your turntable, AF. Could you describe how the shot was set up?

    Sure, I used a halogen light at a 45 degree angle shining through the blue vinyl which illuminated the translucent platter - my listening room at the time had a black felt wall which helped. I then put a Canon A620 on a tripod about 18 inches from the table and framed the shot trying to focus on the cartridge.
     
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    What sort of mat do you use on that platter?
     
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    What sort of mat do you use on that platter?

    No mat at all. The acrylic is designed to couple with vinyl well already. I may add the SuperPlatter in soon to add more mass though.
     
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    I want one of the high-end Micro-Seiki tables:

    [​IMG]
     
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    ^I would buy an Avid Sequel any day over that. Plus you could mount a better SME arm on it.
     
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    ^I would buy an Avid Sequel any day over that. Plus you could mount a better SME arm on it.

    Loved the Sequel but not a fan of SME arms.
     
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    Loved the Sequel but not a fan of SME arms.

    What don't you like about them? A friend has a 4.6 on his Sequel and it sounds heavenly to me.
     
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    ^I would buy an Avid Sequel any day over that. Plus you could mount a better SME arm on it.


    I had a Linn Sondek turntable with a Naim ARO tonearm and a Troika cartridge in the early nineties. Great sound.
     
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    I had a Linn Sondek turntable with a Naim ARO tonearm and a Troika cartridge in the early nineties. Great sound.

    That's a nice rig. My recording buddy Nick has a Linn LP12 with mods and a Benz cartridge. Sounds very good indeed.
     

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