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  1. For sale is the Phasure NOS1a G3 DAC, the latest version with Phisolator installed. If you are looking at this ad I will assume that you know about this DAC, its designer Peter Stordiau, and the DACs reputation amongst audiophiles. Requires a Windows PC with XX High End or HQPlayer software. It is in excellent condition(essentially indistinguishable from dead mint condition) and it will come to you double boxed in the original shipping cartons. I am the original and the NOS1a configuration cost me $5864 plus import fees and shipping from the Netherlands to the US. I paid an additional 665 euros plus import fees and roundtrip shipping for upgrading to the G3 plus Phisolator configuration(the current configuration available from Peter). Asking price is $3000. Shipping is $50.00 in the continental United States. Please feel free to email me with questions. Thanks for looking.
  2. SP is a landmark album, regardless of its low fi status. There will never be an audiophile version. In this way it’s similar to the equally low fi and equally iconic Tapestry by Carole King.
  3. Rajiv, I thoroughly enjoyed the article. I did have one question, though. Please correct me if my recollection is faulty but isn't it so that you do your listening at home through a headphone based system? If so, then I suspect that something like the upcoming Smyth Realiser A16 paired with some multichannel classical recordings would really take your at home listening to another level. BTW, if you have a taste for acoustic or slightly amplified jazz performed in a small venue then I would definitely recommend such a concertgoing experience to also help in "recalibrating your ears." In addition, there is nothing to match the dynamic sound of live drums(and piano, as you point out).
  4. I fully agree that the Steven Wilson remixes are uniformly spectacular. Compare them to the provided needle drops(US and UK) and there is no contest.
  5. Back in the seventies I had a lower end Ampex R2R deck which I later replaced with a Revox. I primarily used it for needle drops(and, very occasionally, for live music recordings including bouncing tracks). It was great fun but I no longer own those machines (or the tapes). My understanding is that the owner of J-Corder recommends that his machines be used specifically for the purpose of making and playing back copies of CDs. But then you already know that. You can, of course, spend even more on the pricey R2R hobby by purchasing more expensive decks(e.g., United Home Audio's refurbished Tascams, Sonorus, Metaxas, etc.) and Doshi tube preamps, not to mention "lesser" expenditures such as finely crafted 10 inch reels and also reel locks. Someday some commercial entity will perfect the euphonic tape plug in and make it available to listeners of music in digital formats. That, at least, is my hope and expectation. In the meantime, enjoy your new audiophile niche. I'm truly happy for you.
  6. I find your full disclosure to be intriguing. You must have an incredible system to warrant a vinyl rig priced at $20,000 if bought new.
  7. Here's an interesting test if you or a friend have a compatible setup and access to the music recordings. Listen to any of the new Steven Wilson Yes remixes on vinyl and compare them to Steven Wilson needle drops and remixes of Yes in digital.
  8. Using a colored marker on the edge my CDs, in addition to having the proper Shakti Stones, always did wonders for my listening experiences! ? Overpriced water and detergent beats snake oil every time. Now, could you pass me that anti-static gun?
  9. I have a Marantz KI Pearl integrated amp with phono pre built in so I’m already part of the way there. I’m somewhat concerned about making a cartridge selection since I wouldn’t want to damage expensive vinyl. Digital files are so much more forgiving! Obviously, I still wouldn’t need to go crazy with spending on the cartridge. I had a Garrard turntable back in the day. I later replaced it with a Dual turntable and, still later, replaced the Dual with a linear tracking B&O.
  10. Yes, I’m aware of the limitations of vinyl and I’m also not looking to match the experience of listening to digital files played using my NOS1a/G3. I also expect that the XXHE Mach III PC has taken things to a whole other level. In the meantime, my interest in vinyl is part nostalgia for the old days and the ritual of playing vinyl, and part social(i.e., having friends come over, bringing their own records to listen to). It’s nice to be pleasantly surprised by the introduction of music heretofore unknown to you. I don’t think this degree of involvement will require a $6,000 cartridge.
  11. My understanding is that, with the proper stylus and record cleaners and static removers, you could have an enjoyable listening experience even when spinning some non-audiophile discs.
  12. It sounds like shopping for a vinyl rig is fairly similar to shopping for a good DAC. One could be very happy at $4k, after which the sky’s the limit.
  13. Yes, I know what forum this is and, no, this thread is not one of those vinyl vs. digital pissing contests. I was just reading elsewhere about the Grado Aeon cartridge that sells for $6000. This got to wondering if someone already satisfied with the amp/preamp/speakers in their rig were to take an audiophile dive into vinyl, how much would they need to spend to again reach an undisputed level of audio nirvana. I'm guessing that 20 to 30 thousand dollars spent on a vinyl rig(turntable, arm, cartridge, cleaning supplies, LP sleeves, etc., all in sans furniture and vibration control and, of course, LPs) would probably get you there. Yes, you could spend a lot more but you wouldn't have to. I should also add that, when I was imagining such a rig, I did so with the understanding that an expenditure of 20 to 30 thousand dollars is not what many in this hobby would consider extravagant.
  14. I take no issue with reviews of audio components in this price range. I’ll never own such components but that’s not a reason for the reviews not to exist(or against me taking an interest in reading them). To be realistic, however, we’re looking at spending another 75 to 100 thousand dollars for amp(s), speakers and source to go with this pair of components priced at $25,000(btw, not $25,00)apiece. I would definitely enjoy spend a day listening to such a system in an optimized room(with, again, more money spent on room treatment).
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