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Nima - its ok fella - a

Nima - its ok fella - a friend of bought an Elicit R he isnt getting on with it - too forward for him - this was after he listened to my valve amp. You need 50 posts to post classifieds on PFM so Im doing it on his behalf.

 

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Good to hear you are still

Good to hear you are still happy with your Icon.

I just acquired Naim NAC42.5/NAP110 and I'm over the moon. And best of it all, I don't see any need to fiddle with phono stages and similar in the future. With AT440MLa it is just fantastic. Unfortunately few days ago suspension on the cart gave up. It was always a low rider, I don't know if it's me being too hard handed or there was a real fault with the cart. Anyway, I ordered DV 10X5 and I hope I will be even more ethusiastic about it. If not, I will just go back to AT. End of story for me. I'm really really happy. (Not to mention that fully serviced amp costed me much less than the price of Aria alone.) ATB

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Hi Steve,

Hi Steve,

how is it going with the Aria home demo? 

Yesterday i've demo the Chor Hugo DAC and I don't know if it was from the rest of the equipment but didn't quite got all the fuss that this DAC is receiving...

Yes it is better that the Rega DAC, more detail, more uper treble defenition and very clear and tight bass, but the Rega DAC has musicality and a anologue sense.

So i'm not going to spend a penny on a DAC before knowing what Rega has to replace the actual one! 

So I went today to my Rega dealer and will have a home demo of a Rega Aria myself, he said that is a real step up from my Clearaudio Basic Plus that I love very much. But he said I'll love Rega more, i'm going to acept his chalange. 

Maybe a upgrade in my vinyl front is the way to go!

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good Luck

Good luck with the Aria, it will be a nice step up, and I placed it 3rd, behind Croft and LFD, slightly nicer than the Primare, Ear and Rogue.

I think over your C/A, you'll hear a definite more open soundstage, with better detailing, deeper more controlled bass and more airiness around the instruments, I just found the croft and LFD even more open, and slightly less problematic with clicks & pops, but if it is the smooth mellow analogue sound you're after, the croft was the one, it has a valve output stage.

With my Class D amps, the LFD just seemed to suit me better, especially using the 2M Cart.

I'm sure when you hear it, you'll like it. Have fun.

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But I already have a hybrid

But I already have a hybrid on the rack, so I think i don't need to sugar the sound a bit more, the Pathos give a 3d sound stage and with the Dyns the imaging is very clear and defined, with some records I can almost fill texture in the sound stage.  

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That's why I thought the

That's why I thought the Croft, because of the Pathos, and maybe you're liking that type of sound.

I don't think you'll like the Aria if you want a more forward or attacking sound, Trichord or Ear would probably suit you better, but you have to let your own ears decide as the system set up, room and cables have such a big bearing on sound, and it is a very nice p/s, as you will no doubt find out, when you demo it.

My old Rega Fono, couldn't hold a candle to any that I demo'd, it was so poor in comparison. Mind it was £6-800 cheaper !!!

If you can hear texture out of the C/A you'll love a better p/s.      upgrading,     isn't it great ? !!!

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The Aria has gone back now -

The Aria has gone back now - yes definate improvement over the Fono MM but I never tried a low output MC with it. To be fair I need to try some valve phonos with a very low output MC to see what all the fuss is about. A lot of valve owners I have spoken to say a SS Phono Stage sucks the life out of the music.

Watch this space

PS more air and space around vocals & instruments

 

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And some state that valve

And some state that valve phono stages intruduce background noise into the soundstage... Everything is a endless debate... 

In your case I think it will be to much valves in a system, it is alwais good to have a mix of both.

Like in a pre/power combo, many state that the optimum is to have a pre amp with valves and transistors power amps.

Well in my case I will not have the chance to demo another phono stage in this budget, so if i like the Aria it will have to do. 

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mgkwackerd wrote:

mgkwackerd wrote:

If you can hear texture out of the C/A you'll love a better p/s.      upgrading,     isn't it great ? !!!

Yes I think it is! 

I'm very happy with what i've achieved with my system to be honest, and not having spend the value of retail price, thats just the cherry ontop of the cake... Biggrin

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It just goes to show how

It just goes to show how relevant cart / phono matching is, then when you throw in valves vs solid state it opens up a myriad of endless presentation scenarios !!

I dont think Valves are better than SS for 1 minute, but I know what I prefer - presently my system has a nice balance and sound that I like so I have to be careful about changing things on the analogue side!

 

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nice balance and sound

Steve you've hit the nail right on the head.

That's what we all aim for, and analougue T/T is harder to system match than digital.

It really does come down to patience, and proper home demo's with "broken in" electronics, to find your own sound.

Hi-Fi   don't you just love it ? !!!!

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mgkwackerd wrote:

mgkwackerd wrote:

Steve you've hit the nail right on the head.

That's what we all aim for, and analougue T/T is harder to system match than digital.

It really does come down to patience, and proper home demo's with "broken in" electronics, to find your own sound.

Hi-Fi   don't you just love it ? !!!!

Yeah I do, I have a Rega DAC going into a Valve amp and IMO i cant see me investing in any other digital sources as the the Rega does a fantastic job and exceeds my expectations.

My vinyl rig is a different beast altogether - some many possibilities - crikey some people have different carts to suit their mood!!!

 

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stevebrock wrote:

stevebrock wrote:

mgkwackerd wrote:

Steve you've hit the nail right on the head.

That's what we all aim for, and analougue T/T is harder to system match than digital.

It really does come down to patience, and proper home demo's with "broken in" electronics, to find your own sound.

Hi-Fi   don't you just love it ? !!!!

...crikey some people have different carts to suit their mood!!!

the work that is needed to fit a cart properly, it is not for me! 

My mood is constant.... Biggrin 

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Hi-FiOutlaw wrote:

Hi-FiOutlaw wrote:

stevebrock wrote:

mgkwackerd wrote:

Steve you've hit the nail right on the head.

That's what we all aim for, and analougue T/T is harder to system match than digital.

It really does come down to patience, and proper home demo's with "broken in" electronics, to find your own sound.

Hi-Fi   don't you just love it ? !!!!

...crikey some people have different carts to suit their mood!!!

the work that is needed to fit a cart properly, it is not for me! 

My mood is constant....*biggrin* 

Fitted a few now - 2 Nagaokas, 1 Dynavector & 1 Benz - yeah be careful and use tweezers for the tags!

I would be ok fitting a £2k cart, would be shitting it like, but could do it and set up!

 

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