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|Stereopal Featured System: Jeff from Michigan||Date: Feb 27, 2006|
Jeff's dedicated audio room is of course, housed inside the floating cabin cruiser you see below.
In his own words, ".... The pilot I'm pictured with works for beer and cigarettes.".... Jeff Lewno
|Turntable:||A mystery, could be the Victrola you see below !|
|Phono Preamp:||Chamelot Lancelot Battery unit|
|Power Amp:||Manley Reference 350, Threshold Solid State|
|Surround Processor:||Rotel RSP-1098|
"For MC Pre, I use a Chamelot Lancelot battery unit, with the battery being lower noise, and it is. I also have a Threshold, a little more "toobey sounding" and it's solid state so ----I also have a card in my BAT pre-amp that is reviewed by a webzine and dissed to the max, but it's very comparable to the Chamelot, the Chamelot having a lower noise floor, and slightly smaller dynamics. The pre in my pre is actually pretty good. Same Zine says it's about the same as the VK5 unit which they also pan. But move quickly on the used market at just over a kilo-buck.
For cartridges, If I were to pick right now, I'd suggest the Kontra Jubilee out of Germany from a dealer there. Shipped they're about 1100US. Best overall cartridge I know of bar none. The Shelter has NO HIGHS, but is robust and tooby sounding, (HIGHLY OVER RATED) from where I sit. Those go on a SME/Sumiko tonearm on a Sota table.
In my opinion the best suspended table may still kill the 20K super solid platform. I need a 500 lb table like I need a hole in the head. The VPI's Aries 3+ are suite, the JMW arms are OK but ---- The SME is a tad more analytical but I like it better, and Grahams are pretty good with the new Graham at 4K being very good.
If I start right now, I still go Sota, with SME V or Super Graham. SME's new are on the net for about 2200, the IV's for about 1700, and there is not a lot of difference, some pefer the IV over the V money be damned.
Oddly enough, still the most dramatic changes come from the cartridge, you can put a great cartridge on a lowly Rega, or Sota entry and have killer sound.
Or you can put a mediocre cartridge on a killer table and have ----- mediocre sound."
The mighty Manley 350s. These old monsters are a rare find, but sometimes you'll see them in recording studios
still pulling 24/7s. Not too many tube amps can pull 380Ws of raw power these days, perhaps only a hand full
Keith Monks, the ultimate cleaning machine ! Jeff's real turntable ?
Jeff's nice vinyl collection.
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