Was without a T/T for about 12 months when my Linn LP12 failed. I sold it for spares/repair.
Then, as I have over 900 LP’s, decided to get another T/T, bought a Rega RP3, with Elys 2, and Rega Fono MK2 preamp, didn’t like that, so bought an Inspire Apollo double plinth full Acrylic, with Audiomods V arm, and Ortofon 2M blue, nice, sill with Fono MK2.
Well my vinyl collection is what I bought personally in the 70’s & 80’s, all new, and none are pristine, half are good, rest, average or worse.
Amplification, Primare pre 32, and 2 x Primare A34.2 power amps monoblocked into Kef R500’s, very revealing and detailed, much better than my previous Cyrus DACXP+, and Mono X200’s monoblocked. The Primare’s are three times as powerful, at 550w/channel.
Digital sources are Sonneteer Byron, Primare CD 22 & Cyrus CDi, all excellent and superior to my T/T.
So in an attempt to get my vinyl closer to my CD, I started the “upgrade” First a Lehmann Black Cube SE with Ortofon Quintet bronze, recessed and warm, didn’t like. Next Trichord Dino with + and Ortofon Quintet Black, nicer but again a tadge too warm for me, but not recessed, far more open, not worth the £1250 outlay.
Now this is the misadventure !!!! Both these combo’s were EXTREMELY critical of the LP, massive “cracks” and large pops, which actually frightened you to jump whilst listening to your music, even the entry and release from grooves made massively unacceptable large “cracks” that I was afraid would damage my speakers, and in the end changed the source input to protect my system, when dropping the stylus or lifting it.
This can’t be right!!
After much head scratching, I put the Fono back on with the 2M blue, and normality was restored, yes the detail and depth, was gone, but the cracks and pops were negligible and made the music engaging and fun to listen to, which is what I want, not to be made to jump, from lightening type “cracks” and fear of damaging my system.
Has anyone else experienced this, or do you think it may be my D class amplification, as at the moment I’m not really interested in trying anything else, as I’d rather have less retrieval and “comfort” than aggressive cracks and pops, I just want to enjoy my music and if that means sticking with lesser, then fine.
Any comments appreciated, as it would be nicer to go to another level, but only if it is a pleasant listening experience!!!!