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Re: 13 The Loft...Great Opening Offers - only for those who "appear"
« Reply #15 on: March 02, 2017, 04:13:51 PM »
Thanks for the comments on the Clearaudio Phono, a product I wasnt aware of but have now read up a lot on. Are you in a position to mention the cartridges used in the comparison with the Ref3 and the settings (loading/gain)? comments on instrument timbre, warmth/neutrality between the 2 Phonos? thanks   
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Re: 13 The Loft...Great Opening Offers - only for those who "appear"
« Reply #16 on: March 05, 2017, 10:46:29 PM »
Clearaudio Titanium on the Ref 3, and Clearaudio Goldfinger Statement with the Absolute inside. Timbre and neutrality were extremely lifelike on the solid state, with the right amount of warmth and transparency to pull you into the music immediately, in comparison (I know this sounds bizarre) the valve kit seemed cooler than real life. The Absolute inside also definitely has more bandwidth, first time I have heard solid state spank valves, and I was running a valve amp prior the upgrade.....

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Re: 13 The Loft...Great Opening Offers - only for those who "appear"
« Reply #17 on: March 06, 2017, 06:59:25 AM »
Thanks for the response D. I dunno about the Ref3 but the 2 needed around 800hrs to run the caps in according to some reviews. Wondered how old "your" sample was but then realised that you might not have gone into such detail (plus loading/gain etc) in a demo session. Also interesting that it wasn't in a "similar" system if the cartridges were different. I am (+ a friend) intrigued by the Absolute and will be visiting Achim in about 6 months for a listen.
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Re: 13 The Loft...Great Opening Offers - only for those who "appear"
« Reply #18 on: March 06, 2017, 12:21:21 PM »
Yip. I think your ears would definitely have burned in after 800 hrs.
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Re: 13 The Loft...Great Opening Offers - only for those who "appear"
« Reply #19 on: March 06, 2017, 10:05:22 PM »
Hahaha, yess!!
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Re: 13 The Loft...Great Opening Offers - only for those who "appear"
« Reply #20 on: April 30, 2017, 10:26:59 PM »
Geez I feel like I killed this thread! Was only trying to find 'common' ground. I personally think there were too many variables for a fair comparison. Different carts/arms/TT/loading/VTA/VTF/System/etc. I feel that analogue front ends are too complicated in setup parameters and that one has to go to great lengths to do fair comparisons. As an e.g. last year I learnt that TTS have to be calibrated to the exact same speed (Feickert app. Etc.) before comparison. Anyway, long live 13hof long live!
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Re: 13 The Loft...Great Opening Offers - only for those who "appear"
« Reply #21 on: May 26, 2017, 09:55:17 PM »
And then .......................... the CA Goldfinger Statement cartridge arrived ...................... and after 75 hours run in AUDIO BLISS. Absolutely stunning sound, improving by a fair margin on the Zyx Universe 2. Achim, now for those Avantegards  :rubhands:

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Re: 13 The Loft...Great Opening Offers - only for those who "appear"
« Reply #22 on: May 28, 2017, 02:48:53 PM »
well .....Darrell... I m ready ;)


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