Recently upgraded to a Michell TechnoArm on my Thorens TD160HD, and I have to say that with my 2m Black now well and truly 'run in', my vinyl has never sounded so good. Surface noice is low and the deck is getting so much more detail out. Rest of my system is Naim 112x/150x/FC2x/CD5x into Spendor A6s.
Glad to hear that you're enjoying your Ortofons as much as I am !
In true Homer Simpson voice.... BLACK, mmmmm......
Thorens TD160HD looks such a lovely deck. I love the design.
Before I bought my Systemdek I was looking for ages to buy an old Thorens in my price range, to no avail unfortunately.
Creek 5350 amp, Creek Evo 2 CDP, SBT, Beresford Caiman Mk I DAC, Epos Elan 30, Pro-Ject 2Xperience Acryl with 2M Blue, various Van Damme & Mark Grant cables
I agree about the look of the TD 160 - simple and functional. Sounds so good now, that I'm hardly listening to CDs anymore.
Without trying to highjack the thread, I see you have a Uniti - How are you getting on with it? Do you stream wirelessly?
Love it to bits. What can I say, it's got everything I need in one box (apart from phono stage).
I have streamed wirelessly, but my PC and router are in the same room so I hardwire from the router and run a toslink cable from the PC . It's just that more reliable than wireless which can suffer from dropouts from time to time. The internet radio is just brilliant. Radio Paradise streams at 128 kps but honestly it doesn't sound like that low a bitrate. Spotify Premium at 320 kps sounds fabulous too.
My new 2M Blue arrived today, so its off with the Red and on with the Blue.
Sounding good to me.
Just as a point of interest, is there such a thing as running in a new stylus, or does it like most things hi-fi divide opinion?
I don't think there is any divided opinion on this one (I may live to regret saying that) - needles definitely need running in. From what I've read, you should get a marked improvement around 20-30 hours playing time, with peak performance after about 100 hours.
(I may live to regret saying that) -
Nah you are safe Margetti. But some carts take a lot longer than others to bed in / loosen up / etc. ATs (im talking coils here not MMs) for instance can take quite a while. Also some may sound overly bright ( one mans bright is anothers foot tapper btw ) and some may sound flabby and generaly c**p until they have been running a while. So there is no set time scale, just go by yer lugholes. Then if you still dont like it ebay is your friend, or the bin .
Edit. And some sound pretty good from the get go.
Whilst on the subject of all things Ortofon, have any of you got one of the Ortofon Stylus Brushes? One of these..
I've just got one, but from looking at it the bristles seem very hard. Is there a specific technique to use? I'm just a bit worried that if I do it wrong I'm going to damage the tip.
Brush from the back to the front GENTLY !. Do not brush from side to side DIB. That brush you show is sold under a few different brand names btw. Personaly i dont like em, got one but just dont like it ( came as a freebie with a cart ). Onzo zero dust is a good product although a tad pricey. Thats what i use coupled with a softer brush and occasionaly Lyra SPT. There is a new product out thats a lot cheaper than the onzo, does the same thing, but what its called evades me at the min.
Yep, back-to-front motion with the brush. I snapped a stylus by going front-to-back, even gently. Those styli are more fragile than they look!
Mr. Droid ,
I bought a magazine today which had " Hi-Fi" in its title and they mentioned a product called " Vinyl Passion Dust Buster " made by Missing Link and costs £15 . Is this what you were thinking of ?
Yup indeedy Nick, thats the baby. I read about it there too but as i said i couldnt remember the name of it. Pretty much half the price of the Onzo anaw.
I guess the Onzo product was priced that high because it had a monopoly of the market ,with the introduction of some competition hopefully the price will come down . I'm waiting until you can pick one up for a fiver !