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Someone has loaned me a Dynavector 10x5 to try.........

Fitting was very straigtforward, a little bit of tweaking the tracking weight & bias and a quick phone call has seen me right. Running it at 2.0g (recommended 1.8-2.2g) Bias 1.0

Initial impressions are what I hoped - totally different to the Exact

A very open, transparent presentaion, more air around individual instruments - not a hint of brightness

Bass a little tauter

All in all very enjoyable, got the house to myself so going to go through a 'few' records

Love it!

 

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Nice one

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Its getting better Andy!

So much clarity in vocals, more detail too!

Keith said it hadnt been used for a few years and MCs need a bit of break in!

Even with the Brio's phono stage it really is quite astonishing.

 

 

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stevebrock wrote:

Its getting better Andy!

So much clarity in vocals, more detail too!

Keith said it hadnt been used for a few years and MCs need a bit of break in!

Even with the Brio's phono stage it really is quite astonishing.

 

 

So keep the brio and get a new cart?

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So keep the brio and get a new cart?

Amp on the back burner for minute

I have also gone back to copper speaker cable too, so much nicer sounding over Rumour (silver plate)


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stevebrock wrote:

Keith said it hadnt been used for a few years and MCs need a bit of break in!

As you have found Steve , a few hrs to loosen up the little so and so up after its lonely life in my box of bits ,lol. This applies to MMs too.

Top tip for anyone really. Carts like a bit of warmth up their bottoms. Get one of those clip on lamp thingys and nail it on the edge of your TT shelf , aim it in the general direction and away ye go. More beneficial in winter mind.

I use two as the shadow given from using just one can make cueing a bit of a faff , well If you are blind like me it does.

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RE: Thanks to Floyd Droid - Dynavector 10x5

stevebrock wrote:

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So keep the brio and get a new cart?

Amp on the back burner for minute

I have also gone back to copper speaker cable too, so much nicer sounding over Rumour (silver plate)


Good move Steve, I changed from Chord Odyssey to Nac A5 and that smoothed things out nicely Smile

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RE: Dynavector 10x5

Hi stevebrock

I was very interested to hear your comments on the 10x5. I, too, have an RP6/Exact/Brio-R combination that I enjoy a great deal, but I know that I could better on the cartridge front. I ran an Ortofon 2M Blue on the RP6 for a while, but went back to the Exact because the 2M Blue, while having a more neutral tonal balance and larger sound stage than the Exact, lacked what I can only describe as "engagement". The Exact has more "balls" and is more "musical" than the Orotofon. In particular, I really like the sound of percussion and cymbals on the Exact (the latter seem to "float" above other instruments and cut through the mix). However, where the Exact is less than stellar (IMO) is with some modern recordings/pressings where the tonal balance is on the "warm" side - with that sort of source material the Exact can sound a bit "tubby", a little bass-heavy, and lacking in top-end crispness. I know that, on my system at least, the 2M Blue did a better job with those sorts of records.The problem with the 2M Blue is that it can sound "lean" and lacking in body a lot of the time. I guess it all comes down to system matching and component synergy.

So, what I'm really interested to know is whether the 2x5 is what I'm after. I think that I'm looking for something that has the "musicality" of the Exact and the accuracy of the Ortofon. I'd be interested to know what you think. Did you use a spacer to raise the tonearm?

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Nice to ear that Steve!

Like i've said before, Dynavector 10x5 or Goldring 1042 are the carts for the RP6!

That is a possible upgrade for me, a 10x5 !

 

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RE: Dynavector 10x5

As you know its impossible to demo carts!

I agree with you on the Exact - little bass heavy and lacking a bit of crispness on the highs.

Well the 10x5, in 'my' system adressed this, bass has tightened up a bit, its not 'brighter' but there is just so much air around instruments it seems to be very open & transparent.

I have been listening to it since 1 and I havent tired of it

Its very different to the Exact - is it better? In my 'system' yes it defiantely is better and I have been revisitng lots of LPs today

 

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RE: Dynavector 10x5

Thanks, steve, the 10x5 is definitely a contender for my next cartridge. But do you need a spacer under the tonearm to get the best out of it, or will it cope just fine without one? Another cartridge on my list is the Ortofon 2M Black. A number of reviews have suggested that it's a little warmer than the 2M Blue, so it might just be what I'm looking for. I'd be interested to hear from anyone running a 2M Black on an RP6 on whether they're a good match.

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RE: Dynavector 10x5

Yes a 2mm 3 point spacer needed!

 

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stevebrock wrote:

Yes a 2mm 3 point spacer needed!

 

 

Thanks for the clarification.

All the best

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RE: Dynavector 10x5

Hmmmm I'm torn between one of these or a Goldring 10xx now…

Having not heard either…

Guess both will be a huge upgrade from the 2M Red 

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jcarruthers wrote:

Hmmmm I'm torn between one of these or a Goldring 10xx now…

Having not heard either…

Guess both will be a huge upgrade from the 2M Red 

definate upgrade matey!

But bear in mind the 10x5 is MC, however the Brio phono stage is doing it for me - sounds ace!

BTW JC are you bidding for my Rumour on the bay?

 

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RE: Dynavector 10x5

Its a high output coil Steve , thats why they work on a mm phono. You forgot that bit didnt ya , too busy spinnin slabs.

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