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3 or 4 Isocups under the Torii?
05/28/12 at 02:22:48
 
Thanks to Lon, I ordered a set of Isocups with high end bases and lampblack balls for the Torii. I got four so I can experiment between 3 and 4. Next up, I will order herbies tube dampers!
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Re: 3 or 4 Isocups under the Torii?
Reply #1 - 05/28/12 at 02:28:06
 
Alright!  Be sure to let us know your impressions.

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Re: 3 or 4 Isocups under the Torii?
Reply #2 - 05/28/12 at 02:45:41
 
I started with 3 and ended up with 4 finding improvement with the extra damping. Placement really makes a big difference with mine.
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Re: 3 or 4 Isocups under the Torii?
Reply #3 - 05/28/12 at 03:35:24
 
Likewise I had started out with three, but by the time my Toriis hit the house I'd moved to four. . . .
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Reply #4 - 05/31/12 at 03:31:04
 
Received the iso-cups today. Experimenting with placement tonight.  :)
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Re: 3 or 4 Isocups under the Torii?
Reply #5 - 05/31/12 at 03:33:42
 
Cool!

I think for me they work best as close to the four corners as I can get them.
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Re: 3 or 4 Isocups under the Torii?
Reply #6 - 05/31/12 at 04:53:08
 
Sometimes I like mine best near the edges, but most times, I find the what seems the best vibration management, in my setting, something like this:

the back pair in the gap between the wood frame and the base inset and in from the corners... pretty close to under the treble knobs. This is sort of between the weight of the transformers and chokes.

On the front, right now I get the most from having them almost exactly under the front power tubes...just a little toward the input tubes.

This setting seems to give me what i think of as good tube sound, unimpaired by vibration...deep/tight real sounding bass, rich textural mids, and smooth highs.

I guess it depends on tastes, but really it may have more to do with how our individual amps vibrate in our environments. Getting the vibration out of the equation seems to me to equal the beauty sound with no holes in the presentation spectrum.
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Reply #7 - 05/31/12 at 05:10:48
 
That's interesting, I played with the front ones all night, and settled on having them right under the front power tubes! Then I came on and saw your post, freaky!!!!

The rear ones are more subtle. I started with them near the corners, and now have them under the rear outward corner of the transformers.
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Reply #8 - 05/31/12 at 07:30:24
 
Interesting, this is a place where my back ones have been a lot too...Under the outer/back corner of the transformers! Will check it out tomorrow.
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Re: 3 or 4 Isocups under the Torii?
Reply #9 - 05/31/12 at 12:53:40
 
Interesting. I have tried those locations and I get the widest, cleanest sound at the corners (but inside a bit as I can't quite get them right on the corners). I think it's quite true that the environment of the amp is an influence. I have mine on top a 4" maple platform! On the top shelf of a Mapleshade Samson rack.

Fun to play around with these.
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Re: 3 or 4 Isocups under the Torii?
Reply #10 - 05/31/12 at 19:11:37
 
You guys are killing me. Wink

I don't know whether to be happy I cannot tell a difference in these locations, or to believe that in my setup there is no difference, or whether I was just too happy with morning latté and music. In any case, I use 4 just inside at a 45-degree angle from each of the feet on the amps and Ultra. I can easily discern not having the IsoCups, but am unable to discern any difference on the positional changes.
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Re: 3 or 4 Isocups under the Torii?
Reply #11 - 05/31/12 at 19:40:13
 
The ZStand is doing all the heavy lifting Greg, so the Iso Cups work wherever they are. There. See how easy it is to explain? Smiley
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Re: 3 or 4 Isocups under the Torii?
Reply #12 - 05/31/12 at 19:43:16
 
I agree, very subtle differences but I also have a good stand, solid maple with a three inch top shelf and brass coned to the floor.

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Reply #13 - 05/31/12 at 20:39:00
 
Lon, LOL, I love that explanation! So, my IsoCups are are just cognitive decor. I am good with that.

Speaking of the racks, I just ordered a short ZRACK at 32 inches to complement my two taller ones. I plan to put it in the middle, and have it hold some of the smaller components that are pushing the capacity limits of the taller racks. [orangecrush, I have no doubt your stands are great, but my post and, I suspect, Lon's reply, were written with some humor.]
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Re: 3 or 4 Isocups under the Torii?
Reply #14 - 05/31/12 at 20:51:30
 
Yes, they were written with humor indeed!

They do make a difference, the differences I found in placement were not too extreme.

I wonder what they are like under a turntable. Maybe I'll find out soon. I'm treating myself to a vinyl set up . . . should be up and running next week.
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Reply #15 - 05/31/12 at 21:00:29
 
I got the humor Grin

I do think though, that a good stand lessons the impact of the Isocups.
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Reply #16 - 05/31/12 at 22:10:41
 
Vinyl??!! Lon you devil. Tell us more. I thought you were done with it from your previous protestations.
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Reply #17 - 05/31/12 at 22:26:20
 
Lon, if you have posted it elsewhere, regrets for missing it, but what vinyl rig are you getting?

It also occurred to me that, since I already have Herbie's UltraSonic Rx and HAL-O III tube dampers installed, I could easily be past my point of discernible diminishing returns.
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Re: 3 or 4 Isocups under the Torii?
Reply #18 - 05/31/12 at 22:28:07
 
orangecrush wrote:

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I do think though, that a good stand lessens the impact of the Isocups.


No doubt. In that respect, I am extremely pleased with the ZRACKs that Bob built for me
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Reply #19 - 05/31/12 at 22:57:05
 
Greg, with the Iso Cups, the ZStand, the Herbie tube dampers. . .you're covered!

I didn't mention it actually. Last month a friend asked me to get him back in the vinyl game. He gave me a reasonable budget and I did some research, found some great gear, and I got him set up over the last few weeks. And it sounds damned good. So I decided to do the same for myself: a Rega RP3 with Elys cartridge and TT PSU, and a PS Audio GCPH preamp. I've got the stuff on order and it will start trickling in. Took all my LPS (about 500) out of spare room storage and got them out in the living room and dining room ready to roll. Looking forward to it.
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Reply #20 - 05/31/12 at 23:02:15
 
sberger wrote on 05/31/12 at 22:10:41:
Vinyl??!! Lon you devil. Tell us more. I thought you were done with it from your previous protestations.


Yes Sam. My big problem with it before was I couldn't find all the music I wanted on vinyl in this town and/or at reasonable prices. So much was coming out on cd and I went that route, and then I got to trading with musicians and collectors for things on cd that were never released, private recordings, etc. and rare 78s and lps on cdr, etc. and Now I have so much music on digital and one helluva rig to play it on. As I mentioned above I helped a friend get back into vinyl the last few weeks--he has lots of Mosaic sets on vinyl, and some really great stuff, but has been mainly cd for some time as he replaced a Tandberg receiver he had been using since '78 with a Peachtree Audio integrated amp I sold him, and he missed the lps. Got me the hankering, I got paid back some money I had loaned out to a friend, and turned around and spent it.

Shouldn't have, but I did. Looking forward to going through my old records (a lot of which I haven't bought on cd) and acquiring some new ones, like those mono Miles lps scheduled for the fall. . . .

I'm worried just a little bit I'll be a bit unhappy with digital now, but I think I'll weather that storm. It took me a long time to get digital right and enjoy it.
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Reply #21 - 06/01/12 at 00:27:46
 
That's great!! A music lover like yourself deserves not to be limited by format, if possible. You'll still use and love your digital rig although I suspect that when the vinyl rig gets put together just the newness alone will have you ignore your other set up for awhile. But while I'm vinyl first I wouldn't give up the enjoyment, variety and simplicity that my digital rig, whether cd, sacd, or streaming, brings me.

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Reply #22 - 06/01/12 at 02:20:12
 
Well Lon, I'm as perplexed as the other guys to learn about your 'revolution'  :), good for you!  Did you consider a single preamp to tackle both duties instead of having the new CSP2+ and the additional preamp?  Just curious ... Enjoy it!
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Reply #23 - 06/01/12 at 04:13:53
 
sberger wrote on 06/01/12 at 00:27:46:
That's great!! A music lover like yourself deserves not to be limited by format, if possible. You'll still use and love your digital rig although I suspect that when the vinyl rig gets put together just the newness alone will have you ignore your other set up for awhile. But while I'm vinyl first I wouldn't give up the enjoyment, variety and simplicity that my digital rig, whether cd, sacd, or streaming, brings me.

Enjoy!


Believe me I'll use my digital rig. I'm one of those weird guys who has an audio/visual system, and I'll be using the DVR and the Blu-ray player every day, as well as the Redbook and SACD, I know I will. But it will be fun to revisit my vinyl again, and buy some new as well.
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Reply #24 - 06/01/12 at 04:17:49
 
Fireblade wrote on 06/01/12 at 02:20:12:
Well Lon, I'm as perplexed as the other guys to learn about your 'revolution'  :), good for you!  Did you consider a single preamp to tackle both duties instead of having the new CSP2+ and the additional preamp?  Just curious ... Enjoy it!


Oh definitely, I looked around and honestly I didn't see anything new that I really trusted to be what I wanted and didn't want to go through a lot of trial and error. I know the CSP2+ as I've had my CSP2 for so long, it's exactly the preamp I want with its adjustable input and output gain and its Decware build and sound. And I have experience with the PS Audio phono preamp, it's a fantastic and versatile preamp that sounds amazing, so the combo just seemed to promise better sound and reliability for me than any other possible ones I could afford.
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Reply #25 - 06/01/12 at 06:44:01
 
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That's interesting, I played with the front ones all night, and settled on having them right under the front power tubes! Then I came on and saw your post, freaky!!!!

The rear ones are more subtle. I started with them near the corners, and now have them under the rear outward corner of the transformers.


I am right with you orangecrush. Though I have used both the front and rear positions before, I think this is the first for the combination. I had to turn down the trebles a bit, and up the bass a hair, but I really like it!

Thanks for the tip!
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Reply #26 - 06/01/12 at 07:42:36
 
That's cool Will. Tonight, after another session, I am now sure my soundstage has widened and there is more air or space between instruments.

What are you using under your Tranquility Dac?
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Reply #27 - 06/01/12 at 11:59:58
 
When you gents say "transformers" Are you talking about the smallest transformers or the larger ones closest to the right and left sides? I've moved the front to where you have them and the rear to the larger transformers. Interesting. A bit "tarter." I don't have bass controls, so I generally tune to the best bass, and I'm not sure it's here. But I need things to settle a bit to be sure.
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Reply #28 - 06/01/12 at 14:33:48
 
For me it is the back, outside ones, and a little back from he back outside corners. Are these chokes?  In front I am a little toward the inputs but mostly under the front power tubes. I have not done extensive listening with this position, but first impressions are very good. I would not call it tart on mine, but can get the thought. The sound is quite spacious, with great ambient information, near and far...less smoothed together, and the bass is quite tight, but rich and deep. I find the mids articulate but also rich, and the dynamics are exceptional. I can't really tell improvement on sound stage as my sound stage is sort of off the top anyway, but the black is a little blacker.

Under the Tranquility, I have tried Herbie's tenderfeet, which I liked under the ZDAC, but too soft/organic for the Tranquility. I prefer harder. I tried some carbon cones from Music Direct and they were pretty good, some Synergistic Research MiGs, nice in ways, but a little hard...I ended up with hardwood feet with points from partsconnexion. LIHUA Wood Isolation Foot. Whenever I mess around with what I have, I get back to these. Articulate but organic. I really like them.

Edit: I forgot to mention, I have the Tranquility on top of my ZDAC due to space constraints, and the ZDAC is on Herbie's tenderfeet, no doubt having some effect on the Tranquility.
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Re: 3 or 4 Isocups under the Torii?
Reply #29 - 06/01/12 at 14:55:05
 
Thanks will. I had the back IsoCups under the furthest back transformers/chokes for a spell and though that was very spacious and dynamic, the bass suffered. The balance was too trebly, and "tart" seemed the right word.

I've now put the back ones about the same position as the ones on the front, in line with the back edge of the side transformers and about an inch and a half in from the edge, and yes, better bass, still very dynamic and spacious. My previous preferred positioning was actually with a different source and different cabling so it was time to experiment. With the IsoCups nearest the corners I get a very classic tube sound, rich and with bloom. Nice but this is a nice change.

I've changed my lampblack "balls" to the old acrylic ones. To my ears these are the most neutral and "quick" with the frosted clear bases.
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Reply #30 - 06/01/12 at 15:40:13
 
Got it Lon. Interesting about the acrylic. I wonder if you can still get them. Could you break down the difference between the lampblacks a little more?

It will be fun to see where we all end up on this exploration orangecrush has revived.

Have you looked at Herbie's lately. I just took a look and did not see the cloudy white silicone, the stainless bases, or the lampblack balls. Now black silicone, and "supersonic hardballs."

orangecrush, didn't you get the high end bases with lampblack balls. Do yours have stainless bases and cloudy/whitish silicone. The supersonic balls look a little matte in the pics whereas my lampblack look shiny.
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Re: 3 or 4 Isocups under the Torii?
Reply #31 - 06/01/12 at 16:20:36
 
Right will, some months back Herbie moved to the new black bases and new balls and he states these do NOT need the bases.

You can still buy the old material bases and balls though. Click on the "Misc." link under "Contact Us" on the black banner at the top of the home page. You can find the acrylic balls and the high-end base by clicking the "Products" link on the black banner on the home page.

As for acrylic versus lampblack, I first got a hint when I started with my "roller-bearing" isolation support for my ERRs. I used a 1.5 inch concave automotive freeze plug with one of the Herbie's balls on all corners. I first used the acrylic balls I had lying around, and ordered some more lampblack to try as well. I got a very open and clear sound with the acrylic balls, and a very neutral fast signature. When the lampblack balls came and were substituted there was a lessening of the openness and a tilt upwards in frequency. That led me to experiment with the acrylic and lampblack balls in the IsoCups. I came to the conclusion that with the frosted cups and high end bases, the acrylic had a touch more open and fast character, the lampblack a slight brightness. Bright is an enemy in my system. Smiley With older IsoCups that I have (clearer material, with a gray "neutralizing" layer at the bottom) I really couldn't discern a difference.* So I'd say the acrylic is a bit more neutral. I could be wrong about the "neutrality" but it does result in what I think is a more neutral sound.

*But these bases are a bit slower sounding overall. Sometimes a nice tool for the toolbox.
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Re: 3 or 4 Isocups under the Torii?
Reply #32 - 06/01/12 at 16:24:40
 
will, have you tried the firmer Tenderfeet with the Clarity? Might do the trick and the "symmetry" of the two components stacked with Tenderfeet might be just right. One never knows, do one?
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Reply #33 - 06/01/12 at 18:00:04
 
I ordered the lampblack balls and the clear frosted cups with high end bases simply because I read several people say its a killer combo. It seems the super sonic hardball gets mixed results in direct comparison.

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And I have experience with the PS Audio phono preamp, it's a fantastic and versatile preamp that sounds amazing, so the combo just seemed to promise better sound and reliability for me than any other possible ones I could afford.


I agree on the PS Audio phono preamp and CSP combo. Though I have never heard them together, I have heard the PSA and I know the Decware sound. It's funny though, because while I was at one time quite a vinyl junkie, having invested large sums in a variety of analogue equipment, even building my own tone arms, modifying cartridges, etc., I have come to the conclusion that vinyl is just another sound, another tonal distortion of reproduced reality. When I was younger, I detested all the electro-mechanical obstacles to good vinyl sound (and let's be honest, there are plenty of crappy recordings and pressings in all media), and longed for something more repeatedly, reliablly accurate. Like any early computer aficionado, I wanted solid state storage without moving parts. I am even of the mind that life is actually more digital than analogue, that digital is the true recipe and that analogue is the imperfect , well, "analog."

Like our Decware tubes, all these devices deliver and impose differing compromises. Paul McGowan recently wrote at length on the topic of tube-vs-solid state, ending with his explanation of why he prefers to engineer in SS. And I thought his points were quite valid, especially those about the inherent "inaccuracies" of tubes. But it doesn't keep me from being much more engaged, in love with my tubes in a way that I never was with even the best of my SS amps and preamps, several costing much more two decades ago than my Decware equipment cost today.

Conversely, I am completely enthralled by my PSA PWD and its sound. So, I have this ultra-simple tube gear and very sophisticated digital storage and rendering device. They both sound great, as I suspect will Lon's new vinyl rig. It's wonderful to have all these delightful choices. It wasn't so long ago that digital was bad enough that it's primary virtue was convenience, even while vinyl seemed to be sinking into oblivion. Thankfully, neither is the case.
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Reply #35 - 06/01/12 at 19:03:27
 
Man, just reading at your display of well versed, first hand experience-based accessory discussions, makes me wonder guys. This is such a complex field, that it would probably take years just to start getting a handle on its ever-changing essentials (as the technology keeps pushing new alternatives to try, all the time).

Under this perspective, isn't it complicating matters exponentially when you also decide to go for both existing sourcing setups (digital & analog)?  I mean, shouldn't the goal be to specialize in one of these choices and excell at it?  Isn't the whole objective to achieve the best possible sound, and if so, wouldn't you say this objective would be better served by sticking to one sourcing platform and optimize its application?

Shouldn't one invest time and resources in a matter that maximizes the chances of getting as close as possible to that holly grail of sound?  Do you really need to divest yourself in the pursue of parallel paths, which are theoretically aimed at the same objective?

I guess the answer to this question is always going to be 'yes, if you're having fun at it.'   Smiley

From a philosophical point of view, I agree with Pale Rider's position:  Digital is the best approximation we know of today to portray what the natural sound of music is all about.  Imperfect as it is, IMHO is well ahead of the peculiar physical constraint inheritance of the pressings era.

But hey, don't pay any attention to me ...  I don't intend to be judgemental, just thinking out loud.  Have fun guys!   Smiley
 
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will, have you tried the firmer Tenderfeet with the Clarity? Might do the trick and the "symmetry" of the two components stacked with Tenderfeet might be just right. One never knows, do one?


Actually, I have to look back on my orders from Herbie's, but I feel sure at least one of my sets are the hard ones...perhaps all.... I will try to figure it out and see about the Tranquility. Thanks for the thought Lon.

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Interesting. I am going to have to check these out!
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Re: 3 or 4 Isocups under the Torii?
Reply #37 - 06/01/12 at 19:55:59
 
Orangecrush, Definitely a killer combination. Acrylic balls can be used for a subtle difference that may not be worth it at all, it's all so system dependent.
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Reply #38 - 06/01/12 at 20:11:30
 
Fireblade wrote on 06/01/12 at 19:03:27:
Under this perspective, isn't it complicating matters exponentially when you also decide to go for both existing sourcing setups (digital & analog)?  I mean, shouldn't the goal be to specialize in one of these choices and excell at it?  Isn't the whole objective to achieve the best possible sound, and if so, wouldn't you say this objective would be better served by sticking to one sourcing platform and optimize its application?

Shouldn't one invest time and resources in a matter that maximizes the chances of getting as close as possible to that holly grail of sound?  Do you really need to divest yourself in the pursue of parallel paths, which are theoretically aimed at the same objective?

I guess the answer to this question is always going to be 'yes, if you're having fun at it.'   Smiley


What if that's not MY goal. That's NOT my goal. I don't want to anally pursue the very best possible sound. I want to get involving and immersing sound that allows me enjoy my recordings and new ones. I spent a few decades getting there with digital. And I left my vinyl behind. I now have over 15,000 digital discs to listen to. And I have the same 500 lps I had when I started the digital journey, and a few more as well. I've ignored those. I did the math: I could seek out digital copies of the essential ones of these and spend about as much or more as the equipment to play them back with great sound. And I get to have fun learning again about analog playback. I like the ritual of discs and spinning; I dislike the ease and convenience of musical files and streaming, PC Audio. This is another world of ritual and artifact to enter into. I have time on my hands. I have a tolerant lover who enjoys the fruits of my labor to bring musical playback into the home. Her first comment when I told her I was going to set up an analog rig was "Oh good, I'll bring records over, I miss my LPs." So it's a win win for me right there, sharing her music with her and my music with her.

I'm not after perfection. I come from a line of German perfectionists. I saw my grandfather just frustrate the living daylights out of himself trying to do everything perfectly, push it to the limits, control it. I swore I would not be that way and I worked hard not to be that way. My audio goal is discovery and enjoyment, not striving for the perfect sound. This journey into an analog realm is par for that course.

Fireblade wrote on 06/01/12 at 19:03:27:
From a philosophical point of view, I agree with Pale Rider's position:  Digital is the best approximation we know of today to portray what the natural sound of music is all about.  Imperfect as it is, IMHO is well ahead of the peculiar physical constraint inheritance of the pressings era.

But hey, don't pay any attention to me ...  I don't intend to be judgemental, just thinking out loud.  Have fun guys!   Smiley
 


I think digital is fantastic, that's obvious, I have all these discs and all these players and I can't not use them. Analog is different. I have to say I relax into good analog tape or vinyl in a way I never quite have with digital. So I'm looking forward to some of that relaxation. I'm not turning my back on digital. I have so much to listen to, a real benefit to my life. I'm just opening up a new realm of enjoyment, analog.
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Reply #39 - 06/01/12 at 22:07:58
 
Lon, just relax.  I'm not judging your decisions, I actually applaude your initiatives.  What I meant was that after seeing you discuss sound accessories' positioning (.. an inch here, a corner there ...) for, say, the isocups in your Torii, I felt like there was deep interest in great sound per se, also.

Maybe you're not even aware of it, but you are a perfectionist from what I've seen in your love for sound details, and that is fantastic if you get fun out of it.  Evidently, this does not seem to get in the way of exploring other music reproduction alternatives for you, as I can see.  My mistake.

On the other hand, I'm entitled to have an opinion and I just expressed it.  Peace, my friend.  :)
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What if that's not MY goal. That's NOT my goal. I don't want to anally pursue the very best possible sound. I want to get involving and immersing sound that allows me enjoy my recordings and new ones. I spent a few decades getting there with digital. And I left my vinyl behind. I now have over 15,000 digital discs to listen to. And I have the same 500 lps I had when I started the digital journey, and a few more as well. I've ignored those. I did the math: I could seek out digital copies of the essential ones of these and spend about as much or more as the equipment to play them back with great sound. And I get to have fun learning again about analog playback. I like the ritual of discs and spinning; I dislike the ease and convenience of musical files and streaming, PC Audio. This is another world of ritual and artifact to enter into. I have time on my hands. I have a tolerant lover who enjoys the fruits of my labor to bring musical playback into the home. Her first comment when I told her I was going to set up an analog rig was "Oh good, I'll bring records over, I miss my LPs." So it's a win win for me right there, sharing her music with her and my music with her.

I'm not after perfection. I come from a line of German perfectionists. I saw my grandfather just frustrate the living daylights out of himself trying to do everything perfectly, push it to the limits, control it. I swore I would not be that way and I worked hard not to be that way. My audio goal is discovery and enjoyment, not striving for the perfect sound. This journey into an analog realm is par for that course.


I'm with you here Lon. While I no longer have any of my vinyl—except my MFSL UHQR Sgt. Pepper disc [any chance you're interested?]—if I did, I would probably be thinking about doing exactly what you are doing. I listen to what I listen to for pure enjoyment. As most of y'all know, I have a sizable Decware investment, though it pales next to what some audiophiles spend. My children love my system and enjoy it. We use it every day, far more for casual enjoyment than for critical listening, and that is precisely how I want it. It is not difficult to hear what is not present in my system. I do not have room shaking bass, nor super highs that could float on a mosquito's fart. But I do have a system that sounds extremely musical, and complements our life. It is quite revealing of recordings and system components, but I suspect that that does not necessarily mean it is accurate, given all the vagaries of tubes, etc. I find its colorations immersive, so I get revelation without ruthlessness.

In contrast, the ritual of disc spinning holds little appeal to me, so much so that I have spent significant time and effort to be able to rip even my SACDs and store them on my server [obviously spinning discs in the process], reserving disc playback only for those discs that require the Oppo in order to be at their best [the Blu-Ray Opera gala is a stunner, just as Paul McGowan recommended, and as you know, I love the AIX 3D recordings]. But on 2-channel, it's zero spinning platters for me, as much as possible. As SSDs continue to come down in price, it won't be long before my network is non-mechanical. But if one finds enjoyment in such activities, I say "by all means, go for it!".

Hardly perfection, and like you, not the goal I pursue. I am looking forward to hearing your listening reports on the new rig.
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Reply #41 - 06/01/12 at 23:21:21
 
Lon wrote on 06/01/12 at 20:11:30:
What if that's not MY goal. That's NOT my goal. I don't want to anally pursue the very best possible sound. I want to get involving and immersing sound that allows me enjoy my recordings and new ones. I spent a few decades getting there with digital. And I left my vinyl behind. I now have over 15,000 digital discs to listen to. And I have the same 500 lps I had when I started the digital journey, and a few more as well. I've ignored those. I did the math: I could seek out digital copies of the essential ones of these and spend about as much or more as the equipment to play them back with great sound. And I get to have fun learning again about analog playback. I like the ritual of discs and spinning; I dislike the ease and convenience of musical files and streaming, PC Audio. This is another world of ritual and artifact to enter into. I have time on my hands. I have a tolerant lover who enjoys the fruits of my labor to bring musical playback into the home. Her first comment when I told her I was going to set up an analog rig was "Oh good, I'll bring records over, I miss my LPs." So it's a win win for me right there, sharing her music with her and my music with her.

I'm not after perfection. I come from a line of German perfectionists. I saw my grandfather just frustrate the living daylights out of himself trying to do everything perfectly, push it to the limits, control it. I swore I would not be that way and I worked hard not to be that way. My audio goal is discovery and enjoyment, not striving for the perfect sound. This journey into an analog realm is par for that course.


I think digital is fantastic, that's obvious, I have all these discs and all these players and I can't not use them. Analog is different. I have to say I relax into good analog tape or vinyl in a way I never quite have with digital. So I'm looking forward to some of that relaxation. I'm not turning my back on digital. I have so much to listen to, a real benefit to my life. I'm just opening up a new realm of enjoyment, analog.


Perfectly said from the non perfectionist. Wink

Look it's like I alluded to the other day. Why limit yourself to only one medium when you can have as many as you want. Vinyl requires more effort(although not nearly as much as some would have you believe) for great sound than digital, but digital allows for simplicity and also allows for, although not as much required, playing around to get great sound. If you want to. I personally also like streaming from my Squeezebox Touch because it allows access to 40,000 + songs from my collection instantly. Also solves some storage issues which is helpful for SEF(spousal enjoyment factor...always comes back to that doesn't it?). The bottom line is that you can put together a system that gets you pretty damn close to perfection if you want to for all mediums. Or at least as close as you want. Not really that difficult.

The takeaway here is that there are some very cool, intelligent folks on this forum, and luckily for most of them it always comes back to the music.
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I just listen to music. Hell, my stereo probably sounds like crap compared to everyone else's and I don't care. It sounds great to me.
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Reply #43 - 06/02/12 at 00:14:36
 
Fireblade wrote on 06/01/12 at 22:07:58:
Lon, just relax.  I'm not judging your decisions, I actually applaude your initiatives.  What I meant was that after seeing you discuss sound accessories' positioning (.. an inch here, a corner there ...) for, say, the isocups in your Torii, I felt like there was deep interest in great sound per se, also.

Maybe you're not even aware of it, but you are a perfectionist from what I've seen in your love for sound details, and that is fantastic if you get fun out of it.  Evidently, this does not seem to get in the way of exploring other music reproduction alternatives for you, as I can see.  My mistake.

On the other hand, I'm entitled to have an opinion and I just expressed it.  Peace, my friend.  :)


FB, I certainly wasn't upset. I just didn't want your assumption that I'm looking for perfect sound go unchallenged. Of course I'm interested in great sound, but that doesn't mean one has to be on a perfectionist's search.

Yes, I had fun moving IsoCups around today because I got to participate in this with a couple other audiophiles, it was fun, and it would be nice if I found a new positioning that would get the amp to favor the bulk of my recordings. Interestingly, I ended up with the IsoCups right back where they were beforehand, that's just what seems to work best with my material in my room. I wasn't looking for perfection as much as I was "homogeneity" --- a sound that I could listen to my worst and my best recordings within/through/with. A quest for homogeneity is hardly a quest for perfection!

I know my family members and I know what perfectionism is in this family. If I were to become an audio perfectionist I'd have my house up for sale and buy 30,000 dollars of dcs digital equipment, and/or a turntable a billionaire would own, and I'd hire Steve to spend a month just working for me building me my ultimate amplification and speaker set. Or be on some spiritual quest for the angels to talk to me through a headhone amp and headphones. I'm far away from Armstrong/Cassler family perfectionism. And intend to stay that way. It already cost me dearly in my youth, and my veering away was the best thing I've done.

I just couldn't disagree more with your statement, it's not my way. I can fully respect it as your way or anyone else's.

I've already set up a vinyl rig in my bedroom system, I have an old B&O turtable in there that needs some work, and my PS Audio GCPH arrived and is set up. I also got a homemade preamp that I got off audiogon in the mail today, it was a good delivery day, and so that is all warming up with the Torii Mk II, preliminary sound is really nice. Not the best listening room, but that's fun too. My pal Dave is coming over soon to check it out, we were over at his house yesterday listening to lps on the rig I set up for him, some Crusaders, Burning Spear, Vivaldi and as almost every time we get together, some Miles Davis. I expect by next week I'll have the Rega here and a few cables I ordered, and will set up in the main  system and do some serious exploratory vinyl listening! Looking forward to it. It's my kind of "work." Smiley
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Re: 3 or 4 Isocups under the Torii?
Reply #44 - 06/02/12 at 00:29:45
 
Cool, and well-made three input tube preamp I got from audiogon, sounds quite nice. It's not quite a CSP2 (at least not yet) but should tide me over well til my CSP2+ arrives. We'll see. i will say it's very cool to buy it yesterday and have it today! The builder knows what he's doing. Lots of persons build with this circuit.

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Wow that looks great. Keep us informed as to how the sound develops.

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Reply #46 - 06/02/12 at 01:40:59
 
That's cool, Lon.  I'm also not interested purely in sound quality, but to enjoy my music, good sound really helps.  So, I agree with your approach.  I just couldn't keep two different platforms concomitantly, it would drive me crazy!

BTW, that preamp sure looks simple and well built. I bet it sounds great.   Wink
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Re: 3 or 4 Isocups under the Torii?
Reply #47 - 06/06/12 at 01:02:33
 
Lon and Will's posts have inspired me to get closer to the music and have it become part of my life again.
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Re: 3 or 4 Isocups under the Torii?
Reply #48 - 06/06/12 at 02:02:29
 
It IS such a pleasure to have such enthralling music reproduction in the house! And kind of wild how much feet and foot placement can effect it!~
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Re: 3 or 4 Isocups under the Torii?
Reply #49 - 06/06/12 at 02:24:21
 
Yes, it's sort of unsettling how "everything matters" when you get to a certain level of fidelity. But when it's right, the benefit is really big for musical enjoyment.

FB, this preamp. . . well it's no CSP2 or CSP2+. . . I miss a certain tonality that those preamps impart, or lack of one. This one has not quite the bass depth that the Decwares do, nor is the treble as refined. Pretty good overall, and it could arguably be still breaking in. And I might be hearing the lack of tube rectification.
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