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  1. 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 :)
  2. 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
  3. It will sound like digital
  4. 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 :)
  5. @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
  6. 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
  7. @Audio_ELF RAID 6 is not a good strategy either. Modern disks are > 10TB, which causes longer and longer array rebuild times, sometimes into a week or more. This statistically puts one at the same type of risk as using RAID 5 with smaller disk sizes as you mention. Most people use RAID 10, which gives way better performance since it doesn't need to build parity disks / slices. Yes, you give up half the disk space, but hey, nothing in life is free.
  8. @wklie Nice to see Lumin listen to customers :) How much are these going to run for?
  9. @The Computer Audiophile I see, so you don't actually pay for any gear. That must be nice :)
  10. @The Computer Audiophile No DCS gear listed and pictures of the BADA Reference Series 3 in your home. What gives?
  11. @BlueSkyy OnLogic don't offer SFP ports. Neither do any of the Inter NUC based devices. You will have to use Ethernet to a SFP module and convert it that way.
  12. @Chungjh It depends upon the rest of your system and how it interacts with your room and the sound balance you prefer. My system uses ESL speakers and a DSP instead of crossovers (active or passive) and with this comes the ability to perform live room analysis with a microphone to tune the response to the room. My system has been built having the preamp in place. Taking it out of circuit and using LeedH on my X1 resulted in a pretty boring sound. It sucked the life out of it. I use an EAR 868 PL tube preamp which has served me very well for ye
  13. @barrows It should all be driven by user experience => the best possible experience for someone using the system. If it is possible for a user to make a mistake and this leads to catastrophic damage, then the system has not been designed correctly. Here's an example from control engineering 101. When power to a valve fails, does the valve stay open or does it close? The answer is it depends upon the system. If it is fuel, the probably shutting it is the better option. If it is water cooling a reactor, then leaving it open is probably best.
  14. @wklie Despite that setback the X1 is a fine player. I could trade it in for the full price I paid for it towards a new BADA Ref Series 3, but I decided to keep it. When it sings its world class. Other days it sounds like ass. It's probably mains related. Thank you
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