New Turntable in the house!

audioluvr
audioluvr Posts: 3,712
edited August 29 in 2 Channel Audio
Well I broke down and picked up a turntable. Found a Harman Kardon T65c in great condition locally. Couldn't wait for my new phono pre to arrive so I pulled the Belles pre and stuck in the Rotel RC-1070 because it has an internal phono pre. The nice gentleman who sold it to me gave me a couple records to get me started. One was The Manhattan Transfer "Extensions" so I put it on and thought I'd give'r a spin. Wasn't really expecting a lot but...

WOW! The dynamics and clarity was amazing! Had to switch over to Tidal digital just to see if there was any difference and had to shut it off. Voices were grainy, there were details that I couldn't hear any more even when played louder than vinyl.

Well I'm screwed. :D

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Cambridge Audio 851N Streamer/DAC
Belles 21A Pre modded with Mundorf Supreme caps
B&K M200 Sonata monoblocks refreshed and upgraded
Belles 350A Reference modded with Mundorf Supreme caps
Polk SDA 1C's modded / 1000Va Dreadnaught
Wireworld Silver Eclipse IC's and speaker cables


There is about a 5% genetic difference between apes and men …but that difference is the difference between throwing your own poo when you are annoyed …and Einstein, Shakespeare and Miss January.

by Dr. Sardonicus
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  • Mike Reeter
    Mike Reeter Posts: 4,132
    audioluvr wrote: »

    Well I'm screwed. :D

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    Yes, yes you are ;)

    SDA SRS 2.3TL's/SDA SRS 3.1TL's/SDA CRS+4.1TL's and some other stuff
  • audioluvr
    audioluvr Posts: 3,712
    So I picked up a Record Doctor 6 record cleaner from a local guy I sold my Klipsch Forte's to and ordered a zero dust stylus cleaner. Also ordered a Rolls Bellari VP549 phono pre. What else do I need?
    Cambridge Audio 851N Streamer/DAC
    Belles 21A Pre modded with Mundorf Supreme caps
    B&K M200 Sonata monoblocks refreshed and upgraded
    Belles 350A Reference modded with Mundorf Supreme caps
    Polk SDA 1C's modded / 1000Va Dreadnaught
    Wireworld Silver Eclipse IC's and speaker cables


    There is about a 5% genetic difference between apes and men …but that difference is the difference between throwing your own poo when you are annoyed …and Einstein, Shakespeare and Miss January.

    by Dr. Sardonicus
  • mhardy6647
    mhardy6647 Posts: 28,218
    edited August 30
    What led you to pick the Bellari?
    [EDITED -- I had second thoughts about my commentary, but still curious enough to leave the question posted!]
  • BlueFox
    BlueFox Posts: 14,787
    tratliff wrote: »
    audioluvr wrote: »
    What else do I need?

    Unlimited funds for all the records you will want! :smile:

    Especially as you scratch, drop, and otherwise damage records. :)

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  • mhardy6647
    mhardy6647 Posts: 28,218
    edited August 30
    tratliff wrote: »
    audioluvr wrote: »
    What else do I need?

    Unlimited funds for all the records you will want! :smile:

    naaah... he just needs one copy of this.
    ;)

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    That'll let 'im test how good of a match the compliance of that Grado is in the low-mass arm of that h/k. :)

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  • audioluvr
    audioluvr Posts: 3,712
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    What led you to pick the Bellari?

    It was pretty? Had a cool name and seems to have a lot of features. Spur of the moment purchase. Help me out here guy! Geez...
    Cambridge Audio 851N Streamer/DAC
    Belles 21A Pre modded with Mundorf Supreme caps
    B&K M200 Sonata monoblocks refreshed and upgraded
    Belles 350A Reference modded with Mundorf Supreme caps
    Polk SDA 1C's modded / 1000Va Dreadnaught
    Wireworld Silver Eclipse IC's and speaker cables


    There is about a 5% genetic difference between apes and men …but that difference is the difference between throwing your own poo when you are annoyed …and Einstein, Shakespeare and Miss January.

    by Dr. Sardonicus
  • audioluvr
    audioluvr Posts: 3,712
    mhardy6647 wrote: »

    naaah... he just needs one copy of this.
    ;)

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    That'll let 'im test how good of a match the compliance of that Grado is in the low-mass arm of that h/k. :)

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    Heard it. Bang! BFD. Not that great of a music score IMHO. :#
    Cambridge Audio 851N Streamer/DAC
    Belles 21A Pre modded with Mundorf Supreme caps
    B&K M200 Sonata monoblocks refreshed and upgraded
    Belles 350A Reference modded with Mundorf Supreme caps
    Polk SDA 1C's modded / 1000Va Dreadnaught
    Wireworld Silver Eclipse IC's and speaker cables


    There is about a 5% genetic difference between apes and men …but that difference is the difference between throwing your own poo when you are annoyed …and Einstein, Shakespeare and Miss January.

    by Dr. Sardonicus
  • dromunds
    dromunds Posts: 9,367
    I have a PS Audio GCPH phono preamp that I was gonna put up for sale. PM me if interested
  • Nightfall
    Nightfall Posts: 9,545
    audioluvr wrote: »
    What else do I need?

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    afterburnt wrote: »
    They didn't speak a word of English, they were from South Carolina.

    Village Idiot of Club Polk
  • audioluvr
    audioluvr Posts: 3,712
    Nightfall wrote: »
    audioluvr wrote: »
    What else do I need?

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    Oooh! I like that!
    Cambridge Audio 851N Streamer/DAC
    Belles 21A Pre modded with Mundorf Supreme caps
    B&K M200 Sonata monoblocks refreshed and upgraded
    Belles 350A Reference modded with Mundorf Supreme caps
    Polk SDA 1C's modded / 1000Va Dreadnaught
    Wireworld Silver Eclipse IC's and speaker cables


    There is about a 5% genetic difference between apes and men …but that difference is the difference between throwing your own poo when you are annoyed …and Einstein, Shakespeare and Miss January.

    by Dr. Sardonicus
  • jdjohn
    jdjohn Posts: 2,178
    Also, even with records that have been cleaned, you need a carbon fiber brush to use before each play.
    "This may not matter to you, but it does to me for various reasons, many of them illogical or irrational, but the vinyl hobby is not really logical or rational..." - member on Vinyl Engine
    "Sometimes I do what I want to do. The rest of the time, I do what I have to." - Cicero, in Gladiator
    Regarding collectibles: "It's not who gets it. It's who gets stuck with it." - Jimmy Fallon
  • audioluvr
    audioluvr Posts: 3,712
    Pictures or it'll never happen. :p
    Cambridge Audio 851N Streamer/DAC
    Belles 21A Pre modded with Mundorf Supreme caps
    B&K M200 Sonata monoblocks refreshed and upgraded
    Belles 350A Reference modded with Mundorf Supreme caps
    Polk SDA 1C's modded / 1000Va Dreadnaught
    Wireworld Silver Eclipse IC's and speaker cables


    There is about a 5% genetic difference between apes and men …but that difference is the difference between throwing your own poo when you are annoyed …and Einstein, Shakespeare and Miss January.

    by Dr. Sardonicus
  • mhardy6647
    mhardy6647 Posts: 28,218
    edited August 30
    audioluvr wrote: »
    mhardy6647 wrote: »

    naaah... he just needs one copy of this.
    ;)

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    That'll let 'im test how good of a match the compliance of that Grado is in the low-mass arm of that h/k. :)

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    Heard it. Bang! BFD. Not that great of a music score IMHO. :#

    Yeah -- but can you track it?
    Actually, it's pretty impressive when properly reproduced (vinyl or on a digital disc thingy).

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  • audioluvr
    audioluvr Posts: 3,712
    edited August 30
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    Yeah -- but can you track it?

    I don't know Doc. Send me a copy and I'll test it out. Wait, is this one of those "My turntable is bigger than yours" things?
    Post edited by audioluvr on
    Cambridge Audio 851N Streamer/DAC
    Belles 21A Pre modded with Mundorf Supreme caps
    B&K M200 Sonata monoblocks refreshed and upgraded
    Belles 350A Reference modded with Mundorf Supreme caps
    Polk SDA 1C's modded / 1000Va Dreadnaught
    Wireworld Silver Eclipse IC's and speaker cables


    There is about a 5% genetic difference between apes and men …but that difference is the difference between throwing your own poo when you are annoyed …and Einstein, Shakespeare and Miss January.

    by Dr. Sardonicus
  • jdjohn
    jdjohn Posts: 2,178
    "This may not matter to you, but it does to me for various reasons, many of them illogical or irrational, but the vinyl hobby is not really logical or rational..." - member on Vinyl Engine
    "Sometimes I do what I want to do. The rest of the time, I do what I have to." - Cicero, in Gladiator
    Regarding collectibles: "It's not who gets it. It's who gets stuck with it." - Jimmy Fallon
  • audioluvr
    audioluvr Posts: 3,712
    Thanks Jody. I think the Record Doctor 6 I bought has one already but if not I'll get one.
    Cambridge Audio 851N Streamer/DAC
    Belles 21A Pre modded with Mundorf Supreme caps
    B&K M200 Sonata monoblocks refreshed and upgraded
    Belles 350A Reference modded with Mundorf Supreme caps
    Polk SDA 1C's modded / 1000Va Dreadnaught
    Wireworld Silver Eclipse IC's and speaker cables


    There is about a 5% genetic difference between apes and men …but that difference is the difference between throwing your own poo when you are annoyed …and Einstein, Shakespeare and Miss January.

    by Dr. Sardonicus
  • audioluvr
    audioluvr Posts: 3,712
    dromunds wrote: »
    I have a PS Audio GCPH phono preamp that I was gonna put up for sale. PM me if interested

    Going for the jugular right off the bat!
    Cambridge Audio 851N Streamer/DAC
    Belles 21A Pre modded with Mundorf Supreme caps
    B&K M200 Sonata monoblocks refreshed and upgraded
    Belles 350A Reference modded with Mundorf Supreme caps
    Polk SDA 1C's modded / 1000Va Dreadnaught
    Wireworld Silver Eclipse IC's and speaker cables


    There is about a 5% genetic difference between apes and men …but that difference is the difference between throwing your own poo when you are annoyed …and Einstein, Shakespeare and Miss January.

    by Dr. Sardonicus
  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 9,947
    Surprised you went for the Bellari over the iFi ZEN Phono.
  • muncybob
    muncybob Posts: 2,534
    Get some new sleeves to use after you clean your records. Mo Fi are my faves.
    Yep, my name really is Bob.
    Parasound HCA1500(indoor sound) and HCA1000(outdoor sound), Dynaco PAS4, Denon DP1200 w/Shure V15 Type V and Jico SAS stylus, Oppo BDP93, Marantz UD7007, modded Polk SDA 2B.
  • audioluvr
    audioluvr Posts: 3,712
    Cool. Ordered some.
    Cambridge Audio 851N Streamer/DAC
    Belles 21A Pre modded with Mundorf Supreme caps
    B&K M200 Sonata monoblocks refreshed and upgraded
    Belles 350A Reference modded with Mundorf Supreme caps
    Polk SDA 1C's modded / 1000Va Dreadnaught
    Wireworld Silver Eclipse IC's and speaker cables


    There is about a 5% genetic difference between apes and men …but that difference is the difference between throwing your own poo when you are annoyed …and Einstein, Shakespeare and Miss January.

    by Dr. Sardonicus
  • audioluvr
    audioluvr Posts: 3,712
    Clipdat wrote: »
    Surprised you went for the Bellari over the iFi ZEN Phono.

    I like supporting US made products if I can
    Cambridge Audio 851N Streamer/DAC
    Belles 21A Pre modded with Mundorf Supreme caps
    B&K M200 Sonata monoblocks refreshed and upgraded
    Belles 350A Reference modded with Mundorf Supreme caps
    Polk SDA 1C's modded / 1000Va Dreadnaught
    Wireworld Silver Eclipse IC's and speaker cables


    There is about a 5% genetic difference between apes and men …but that difference is the difference between throwing your own poo when you are annoyed …and Einstein, Shakespeare and Miss January.

    by Dr. Sardonicus
  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 9,947
  • audioluvr
    audioluvr Posts: 3,712
    Ha Ha. I was considering that one, I was just short $19,850
    Cambridge Audio 851N Streamer/DAC
    Belles 21A Pre modded with Mundorf Supreme caps
    B&K M200 Sonata monoblocks refreshed and upgraded
    Belles 350A Reference modded with Mundorf Supreme caps
    Polk SDA 1C's modded / 1000Va Dreadnaught
    Wireworld Silver Eclipse IC's and speaker cables


    There is about a 5% genetic difference between apes and men …but that difference is the difference between throwing your own poo when you are annoyed …and Einstein, Shakespeare and Miss January.

    by Dr. Sardonicus
  • mhardy6647
    mhardy6647 Posts: 28,218
    edited September 2
    Clipdat wrote: »
    Well in that case you should've bought this one: https://boulderamp.com/products/2108-phono-preamplifier/

    Or this one.
    https://www.loungeaudio.com/lcr-series

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    I was, FWIW, quite impressed with one, given the pretty modest price, that visited here on a round-robin a coupla years ago. This one was tarted up a little bit from the bone-stock/entry level, though, in full disclosure.

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  • mhardy6647
    mhardy6647 Posts: 28,218
    edited September 2
    audioluvr wrote: »
    Cool. Ordered some.

    I need to get some more of those, myself.


    FWIW: The "best practice" for storage (at least for some of the folks I know) also includes an outer sleeve for the album. I like these, have these... and should really use more of these. Just sayin' :)
    https://www.bagsunlimited.com/category/90/lp-record-poly-sleeves

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    (not sure how visible the album storage paradigm is in this cropped, enlarged photo :p )
  • jdjohn
    jdjohn Posts: 2,178
    muncybob wrote: »
    Get some new sleeves to use after you clean your records. Mo Fi are my faves.
    These were actually kind of hard to come by for a while during the pandemic, but seem to be back in stock now.
    "This may not matter to you, but it does to me for various reasons, many of them illogical or irrational, but the vinyl hobby is not really logical or rational..." - member on Vinyl Engine
    "Sometimes I do what I want to do. The rest of the time, I do what I have to." - Cicero, in Gladiator
    Regarding collectibles: "It's not who gets it. It's who gets stuck with it." - Jimmy Fallon
  • jdjohn
    jdjohn Posts: 2,178
    pitdogg2 wrote: »
    mhardy6647 wrote: »

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    OH MY GOD !! You have some of the same CD's I do.....

    You have HORRIBLE taste's Sir !!
    But, but...they're not alphabetized. Well, some of them sorta are??? I can't look!
    "This may not matter to you, but it does to me for various reasons, many of them illogical or irrational, but the vinyl hobby is not really logical or rational..." - member on Vinyl Engine
    "Sometimes I do what I want to do. The rest of the time, I do what I have to." - Cicero, in Gladiator
    Regarding collectibles: "It's not who gets it. It's who gets stuck with it." - Jimmy Fallon