The Vinyl Appreciation Thread

Has anyone been to 38度C Record Store? It looks very interesting. I’m going to check it out when I get a chance.

I got black too, I had asked for white but it would have taken some time to get them locally so just went with what they had. This ended up being a good decision as I like how they look in my space.

Darko can be a little annoying, agree, but he’s toned down a bit recently and his production is quite good. I can afford most of the products he reviews. :grinning_face_with_smiling_eyes:

I found this video pretty interesting because some other reviews have really cited a large improvement for the new versions where as he pegs it as modest. I’ve only heard the original LS50 in a shop here and it was ok to me, the Meta version is way better than ok to my ears though.

Yes, I linked it above I think. It’s worth a visit if in the area, but I’m not sure about the general quality of their used vinyl. They do have a small collection of new as well.

They have some used (vintage?) equipment and speakers in the basement and maybe a few new speakers, but I honestly can’t remember for sure. They do have smaller new stuff upstairs like cartridges, cables, couple of turntables, and I think some NAD gear.

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I haven’t been but this place looks pretty interesting…

Little Sound 小音響美聲專賣店
10491, Taipei City, Zhongshan District, Lane 42, Section 2, Zhongshan North Road, 6號號 B1
02 2521 5650

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I’ve never been to Little Sound. It looks interesting.

I remember that you linked 38C, but I’d forgotten that you commented about it. (must be half-dementia).

As much as I enjoy visiting audio shops (anywhere in the world), I seldom buy from them. Nearly all my audio components are considered boutique gear which I bought directly from the person who built them, or purchased as a kit. There’s a huge cost savings to be achieved, and the sound quality is as good or better than the big name gear.

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The Aiva arrived today. Again, won’t get to sample it until after I move :pensive:.

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Do you suppose these AIVA HPs are similar to Audeze LCD-* headphones? Have there been any reviews or comparisons?

This is for squall1:

You had mentioned an interest in the D Sachs Model 2 preamp. There is a used one for sale at the asking price of $1900 USD. It lacks the wood case, but it has the same left- and right-gain dials as the one I have here.

I just noticed a second unit that looks like mine, but with cherry instead of walnut. This guy is asking $2000, which is a little too high considering the front right corner is damaged and his tubes are not the more popular premium 6SN7 tubes from Shuguang or PSVane.

Both are listed on USAudiomart. https://www.usaudiomart.com/details/649674013-don-sachs-model-2-w-psvane-181-1-xtra-tube-remote/

Thanks very much for the heads up…I think I’d rather get one new from the man himself. I’m ok to wait it out a bit.

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Part-time Audiophile posted up his best of the year lists…good reading for a rainy Sunday evening.

At home I rotated in my Ushers, which I always love initially…until I don’t. They sound good at the moment though. No vinyl today though.

I’m searching for a new tv stand… until I find it I’m too lazy to clean things up.

Have this playing in the background this evening, this record sounds really good listening from spaces away from the main room.

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I was browsing https://www.discogs.com/ last month and up popped this Kinski album (Airs Above Your Station), which I haven’t thought about in some time. Having not owned it on vinyl before, I went ahead and ordered it and it arrived last week.

This album was in heavy rotation for me in the middle 00’s after I caught their live show by accident at SXSW. I was at this showcase for some other band who I can’t even remember, but Kinski were undoubtedly not the reason I was there. They absolutely killed it. They opened with the song Semaphore which is from this album and jaws dropped. If you like Mogwai I’m pretty sure you’ll like Kinski. Apparently they’re still making music, I’ll try to check that out soon.

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Have you ever considered upgrading the crossover capacitors in your Ushers? I’ve heard the standard caps are fairly inexpensive poly caps. You could replace them with copper caps (for example) or silver in oil as another example.

No, but I’ve considered filling them with sand or shot.

I’ve never tried to source shot in Taiwan. I imagine it could be challenging. Unscented kitty litter is an excellent choice.

A good quality cap will rid most tweeters of brightness. It’s the brightness or metallic sound that wears me down and makes me want to wander off to do something else.

I don’t find them overly bright most of the time…sometimes they get boomy though in my room. However, I hadn’t been playing them with Vidar and that seems to have helped, or for whatever reason I’m not noticing it as much.

They can sometimes be brutal with bad recordings (is mix a better term?) of digital hi resolution source material, but honestly its just worse vs my other options. I’m usually pushing next regardless of which speakers are playing these types of files. They definitely sound the best with my vinyl vs. the Buchardt and KEF.

Eslite is doing some sort of vinyl sale/exhibition through the 27th. They have a separate area set up on the opposite side of the regular music store on the third floor.

I was through there yesterday but didn’t have time to stop and look.

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Almost finished moving, just some general cleanup to do. Finally got to try out the Aiva very briefly, no solid impressions yet except they felt heavy in my hand but not on my head :).

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I got to stop into the Vinyl Decision Bar a couple of times last year during my visit. Friended them on FB. This is what they’s spinning now:

Niiiiiiice.

Cool. Will check it out.