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  1. I have the AudioSensibility Signature Cable in 0.5m length. It is a definite upgrade over the cable I made myself previously using Duelund tinned copper. Both were noticeably better than the stock cable, once they had time to break in. Building your own is not easy or cheap. First you need the pinout diagram that shows the high current vs. low current. Not an issue if you use 20 awg or thicker everywhere, but the raw OCC cable is going to cost you. You have 10x connectors at 0.5m = 5m + enough to terminate cleanly at both ends. Call it 6.5m to be safe.
  2. Simply stunning example of top end industrial design. Using the LP metaphor is a nice touch and has a connection with Linn's history as one of the most important vinyl LP playback brands. I love the mirror display that fades out when not in use, the stainless steel buttons, overall machining excellence, materials used, everything. Well done Linn and if any of yooos talk smack aboot it, I'll brain ye, fer that!
  3. Just put some passive attenuators inline and be done with it.... http://www.rothwellaudioproducts.co.uk/html/attenuators.html
  4. Someone just gave me a new mastered pressing of Spiritualized's "Ladies and Gentlemen we are floating in Space" and it is breathtaking. A real journey! Fabulous vinyl. https://www.vinylmeplease.com/products/spiritualized-ladies-and-gentlemen-we-are-floating-in-space Lacquers Cut From Original Tapes By Barry Grint At Alchemy Mastering
  5. Surprisingly, when you use a good high end turntable + arm + cartridge + cable + phono stage + preamp + mint condition records, there are no pops, crackles, tracking error, vinyl roar or anything else. Just inky black silence...
  6. Not true. Coldplay's first album had a whole side that was taken from analog tape direct. That was 2002. I buy first pressing from the days when digital wasn't even in the studio. You need to compare apples to apples. Maybe some of you have never heard good analog and that's the problem :)
  7. You guys are getting way too analytical over something that is more emotional. It either sounds better or it does not. We use the same judgement call when we buy any equipment, be they speakers, amps, cables, whatever. I have an Lumin X1 and I have a great turntable. The turntable sounds better. I also do not care at all for LeedH or any form of straight digital into my amps. It sounds flat, 2D and boring to me. Yes, I've tried it straight for 2 weeks and went back to the preamp. So to the original poster. Does analog sound better? It d
  8. Are you guys still arguing over this? I've been buying up rare records on Discogs and reliving my youth :)
  9. That's because Linn was garbage in the 80s. I bought a Pink Triangle in preference and took it to a Linn dealer. I came away with a Rega RB300 and a Linn Asak MC cartridge. The dealer started stocking Pink Triangle after hearing my turntable :)
  10. No, actually I brought it back and bought a new EAR 912 Tube Preamp :) It took around 16 weeks to get it hand built in the UK, through two lockdowns but it was worth it. When I received the X1 in March 2020, I'd already taken down the turntable and boxed it. Now I can do a fair, A-B comparison between the 2 across PCM, MQA and Hi-Res FLAC. The answer is that the analog is more 3D and believable whereas the X1 can get bit annoying over time. The X1 just doesn't sound as organic as the analog. Put on a first pressing that was recorded without digital in t
  11. It will sound like digital
  12. Frank, Let's get this right. Your frame of reference for high end vinyl playback is your home made phono preamp that you figure to be better than many state of the art references and your mate up the road that has a vinyl rig? Forgive me for not believing any of the perls of wisdom that you seem to want everyone else to swallow. If you get hours of fun tweaking each others gear, more power to you m8. I guess it gives you something to do on a weekend. I just listen to music :)
  13. @sandyk Description: Tubed stereo preamplifier. Tube complement: five 7DJ8/PCC88. Phono inputs: 2. Line inputs: 2 balanced, 3 unbalanced. Tape loops: 1. Outputs: 1 balanced, 1 unbalanced. Input impedances, phono: 47k ohms, moving-magnet; 3, 6, 12, or 40 ohms, moving-coil. Output impedance: 600 ohms. Line-stage gain: 14dB. Phono-stage gain: 50–80dB. Signal/noise ratio: 68dB phono (ref. 2.4mV), 90dB line (ref. 1V). Frequency response: 20Hz–20kHz, –0.3dB. Distortion: <0.1% at 1kHz, 3V output. Phase-inverting: No. No, no, no. The EAR 912 is famous for being one of the be
  14. I guess it depends upon what you call "better"? If you are like me and you enjoy the tone from Koetsu cartridges and tube phono stages more than you enjoy removing the preamp and playing digital straight, then yes. In my system, with a good recording that has been spotlessly cleaned it engages at an emotional level that digital does not. It shouldn't (in theory) but it does. Maybe it's being brought up on analog sound and never liking CDs when they came out? Others will say it's all the distortion that the tubes and cartridges etc add. I'm sor
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