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Marco Esquandolas
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Sony MDR-7506...$99 at Sweetwater.

Sony cans have always been stellar.


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El Mattadorr
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re: Audiophile/Vinyl Thread - Post Pics, Advice, Questions, Setups, etc.
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That's right, although with or without the stylus force gage you will still rotate the counterweight to adjust the applied force. Here's a short YouTube video showing the steps. Turntable cartridge install This is with a ProJect turntable, but most the of steps will be the same. You may or maynot have an anti-skate adjustment and it might be a knob/pot adjustment and not hanging a weight. Also, I'm guessing that your Sansui turntable probably has a detachable head on the tonearm, that was typically of base models from that time period. If so, you can remove the head and cartridge together. Mount the new cartridge and then reattach the head to the tonearm. As mentioned in the video, keep the stylus guard/cover in place while mounting the cartridge. It's very easy to bump something and damage/break the stylus cantilever. Once everything is in place, you remove the guard to do the alignment and tracking force adjustments, just be careful when lowering or swinging the tonearm.


I'm having a bit of trouble with the cartridge alignment. I bought this protractor on Amazon. Protractor Seems simple enough to use, but it seems like the headshell is so big that I can't line up the cartridge with the grids.

I also bought this force gauge. Stylus Force Gauge I wanted to make sure I'm using the force gauge correctly. Do I simply adjust the counterweight until the gauge reads 1.5 (the recommended tracking force for my Grado Blue cart)? If so, I did it correctly.

I still need to get the cartridge aligned properly. I'm worried that I failed to do so and that I'll damage records if I keep playing them. I've only used the installed cartridge on one record so far. The sound is okay, but not as much separation as I expected. I've read that can be caused by improper alignment. Any ideas?


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Yes on the tracking force.

Cartridge alignment is a pain. Have the turntable in well lit area, or use a bright LED light. Cartridge body geometry can sometimes make picking out a straight line very difficult and the old style tonearm heads that are large/bulky just get in the way. I use a protractor that is mirrored, but that doesn't always help.

Get what you think is close on the two grids and then connect the turntable and play a record and see how it sounds.


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Thanks as always for your sage advice. I'll give that a shot.


misterc
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I recently found this thread and read all 223 pages. Lots of good information here, Thank you all for sharing.

I have a vintage system which is my primary listening system. It’s currently in a Solarium but will be moved to a listening room with better acoustics when my home remodel is complete.

I recently had all of the pieces restored to original spec by Audio classics and Great Plains audio.

Speakers- Altec model 19’s (These late 1970’s speakers have some history, based on the original markings and paperwork I found with them, they were used as studio monitors by the audio engineer for The Beach Boys and Frank Zappa)
Amp- Mcintosh MC2205
Pre amp- In the picture you can see a Mcintosh c-27 however I’m using a Yamaha c-85
DACS- Cambridge audio
Sony single disc cd player
Macbook pro for Tidal, Spotify, nugs, etc
Salamander console cabinet

I also have a system that powers a 5.1 outdoor living area and ceiling speakers inside the house
It is comprised of an:
Onkyo receiver
Audio solutions amps
Definitive technologies speakers
Elura sub with 3 - 10's
Jamo in ceiling speakers

I’m currently in the market for 2 items which I’d love to get some input on:

1. Dedicated Media server- Looking at a Wolf audio systems, Wadia or just buying a newer top of the line Mac mini. I’d like to be able to feed both systems with the same device. Something to play Tidal, Spotify, Nugs, and stored Flac\DSD files. The pro I'm using is older and has too much going on...

Does anyone have experience with these? I would like a smooth interface and want the system to be fast and easy to use. How long before my system will need to be upgraded etc realistic life before obsolescence or forced upgrade…..?

2. Turntable. I’m really a blank slate here, I’m just starting out into collecting a few of my favorite records, mostly Grateful Dead, however I like jazz, rock, and really anything that is well produced. I want something easy to use, not a major undertaking to get it to work properly.

I know the question on both of these is Budget?

It looks like the media server will be in the $3,000 to $6,000 range for what I need. What am I getting for 3k more? I’m ok spending 6k if its going to provide better functionality.

On the turntable, Max $7000, If I go with a more expensive media server I’ll likely trim costs here. At this point maybe spending a couple thousand getting a solid unit is all I need since I haven’t had a record player in over 20 years. Here I'd really like something that works and sounds great without a lot of setup.

TIA, I appreciate any insight...

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Marco Esquandolas
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I am in Denver at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest now. I met the fella at Great Plains Audio today.

I can reply with a bit more suggestions at length on Monday when I return home.

Nice rig!



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Side note...just checked JamBase on a whim and saw that STS-9 is playing Red Rocks tomorrow night—-we got 3 tix at face.

...eff yeah!!


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I haven’t played a record in 2-3 months, ever since I bought the Lumin, So I have quite a backlog of albums I’ve picked up, and haven’t listened to yet. This is one of them. not a big skynyrd fan, but Tuesday’s Gone, Simple Man and Free Bird are must haves for any collection. Recording sounds great too!



Image: https://i.imgur.com/KzTlkyY.jpg Width=500

One of my favorite soundtracks. The Cave-Ellis soundtracks are always excellent. Mute finally started releasing their earlier work on vinyl. Have The Proposition, The Road and now Jesse James.
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Damn, page 7...

Let’s get it! Sturgill Simpson “Sound & Fury”, blood red & black splattered vinyl
Enjoying the shite outta this, play it loud!!
This ain’t no country record paw paw...


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Marco Esquandolas
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Yeah...I haven’t been in the audio room lately as I have been pretty busy in the evenings. I am about to go in there in a few though.

Also...ever since imgur changed their policy of posting pics from their web address to having to upload from the app, I can’t get it to work. I’m a pretty technical person, and have researched the hell out of it, but can’t figure out what I am doing wrong.

The “Direct Link” option is nowhere to be found when I try to upload the image.


Any of you young whipper-snappers want to help out this old audiophile with this issue?





river_man
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Yes, I struggled with it for 20+ mins until I figured it out.
So, on the app, upload your photo, then hold your finger on the actual image and a menu should pop up. Select the “Copy Post Link” option and paste that into the img space. This was done on my mobile. If using a tablet, maybe right click on the image.


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Nope...I am not getting any drop down to select “Direct Link” like the old web based version had. I have tried just about everything. I am using an iPad and the Imgur app.




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Yep, still works for me. I do just as River man described. I just click on the image, then hold down on the image until an Apple menu pops up that gives me the choice to copy link.

You using an iPhone?


Marco Esquandolas
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Right...I can copy the link (using iPad), but it doesn’t give me a way to select “direct link” like it used to.


river_man
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I think “direct link” is gone. Do you see a “Copy Post Link” anywhere?


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Whenever you hold your thumb down, or select the share button on the image in the imgur app the above iOS prompt should come up. Then just select “copy link”, head over to This board and select “img” and then paste.


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I did exactly that...and get the empty box above...


Marco Esquandolas
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I first hit the small “+” icon at the top right corner of the Imgur home screen (for iPad).

When I do this, a window pops up that has “all photos” at the top of the pane, and 5 square windows options to choose a pic from...”Camera, Memes, Link, Files, Reactions”, and my entire photo library is under these 5 headings, which I can scroll through and check off which ones I want.

When I tap a photo, a small green check mark appears at the the top right corner of the photo in my library and the word “next” becomes hi-lighted white to show it can now be used.

I click “next”.

A new window pane opens...it has a white “x” to escape in the top left corner and a grayed-out “post” on the top right corner. Under that is a bar that says “post title (required)”...and under that bar is another bar that has the word “public” with a drop down arrow just after it—it can be changed to “hidden” which I do. Below that is the image I have chosen. When I change to “hidden”, the grayed-out “post” on the top right corner changes to a hi-lighted “upload”.

I then press on that image for a second and a new window with 3 bars pops up...the first line says “you can also swipe to delete when rearranging images”...the second line, which is an action bar says, in green, “re-arrange image”...and the third bar below that says, in red, “Delete Image”...and then separated from the main window just below is a small bar with green letters “Cancel”.

I press “cancel” and click on the top left “upload”, the Apple window like in the above post pops up (although my “copy link” button looks a little bit different than yours—mine looks like a chain link half inside of a square, not inside of a circle like yours...am I possibly using a different version??

I click the copy link and then open up TD, click open the reply window, hit “img”, then paste the link into the “img” box, then OK.

The result is what you see above—a small box in my posts with no image. It is not copying the Direct Link which this site requires, but I see no way to change that.


What am I not doing?





river_man
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This is what my Apple window looks like...

Image: https://i.imgur.com/02sksiO.jpg


I select “Copy Post Link” and paste it into the img spot on this board. And the image comes up.


Marco Esquandolas
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I updated the iOS in the last hour (only one update behind)...my pop up used to look like the one a few posts above, now it looks like yours, MINUS the “Copy Post Link”. I do have “copy Link” though.

How do I add “Copy Post Link” to the drop down menu?


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