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  • Audiophile Analog Collection, Vol. 2

    Fabulous new release from Rene Laflamme and 2XHD Fusion. Track 3 with the 16 Hz organ note will flatten your walls.

    Not going to find anything large scale here but the other tracks exude timbral accuracy, spatiality and ease of presentation. This 2XHD Fusion release just further reinforces the greatness of analog recording and in particular the tape medium.

    FYI Rene transferred using NAB EQ (as opposed to the more common IEC) because he felt would better match my Flux Magnetic heads.


    IOW.
    2-track heads (2 mm separation)-->NAB
    Stereo heads/Butterfly (2.75 mm) -->IEC

    To quote Nick Doshi.

    There are 2 types of heads- 2 mil track separation and 2.75 mil track separation, the 2 mil heads are typically used in the us and the 2.75 mil are used by the bbc/euro folks, they provide slightly better s/n and better mono compatibility at the expense of channel separation. I like to record with euro heads and play back with us heads.




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    -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
    -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
    -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
    -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
    -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
    -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
    -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
    -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
    -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
    -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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    2-track heads

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    Stereo heads

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    My Flux Magnetic heads (top/2-track)

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    Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
    Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
    ________________________________________

    -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
    -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
    -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
    -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
    -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
    -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
    -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
    -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
    -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
    -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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    • #3
      Just a little more on the actual recording from Rene.

      ”...it is a pure battery set up for microphones and Nagra IV-S on battery, one pair of cable in Nagra master Eq.”

      Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
      Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
      ________________________________________

      -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
      -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
      -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
      -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
      -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
      -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
      -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
      -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
      -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
      -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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      • #4
        Myles,

        Good thread.

        Awesome sounding tape indeed. As a pro friend who had listened the most numbers of master tapes while lacquer cutting and making tape dubs working for an audiophile label had said, "the best tape he had ever handled." Even with my limited experience in playing tapes, it's got to be one of the best or close to it sonically.

        There are few confusion in your post above:

        "2-track heads (2 mm separation)-->NAB
        Stereo heads/Butterfly (2.75 mm) -->IEC"

        The NAB heads would have track width of 2mm (1.91 mm to be exact) and the separation is 2.13 mm or generally discussed as round off number of 2mm Guard Band or gap between two tracks.
        The IEC or butterfly heads have larger than NAB track width. It is 2.75mm wide per track and Guard Band or gap of .75mm between the tracks.

        I should draw a sketch of both heads...later.

        Ki



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        • #5
          Originally posted by Ki Choi View Post
          Myles,

          Good thread.

          Awesome sounding tape indeed. As a pro friend who had listened the most numbers of master tapes while lacquer cutting and making tape dubs working for an audiophile label had said, "the best tape he had ever handled." Even with my limited experience in playing tapes, it's got to be one of the best or close to it sonically.

          There are few confusion in your post above:

          "2-track heads (2 mm separation)-->NAB
          Stereo heads/Butterfly (2.75 mm) -->IEC"

          The NAB heads would have track width of 2mm (1.91 mm to be exact) and the separation is 2.13 mm or generally discussed as round off number of 2mm Guard Band or gap between two tracks.
          The IEC or butterfly heads have larger than NAB track width. It is 2.75mm wide per track and Guard Band or gap of .75mm between the tracks.

          I should draw a sketch of both heads...later.

          Ki


          Ok sorry for confusion and thanks for correction.
          Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
          Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
          ________________________________________

          -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
          -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
          -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
          -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
          -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
          -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
          -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
          -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
          -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
          -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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          • #6
            John French removed all the heads on my Technics head block when he installed the Flux Magnetic head and wired it out.
            Speakers: Vandersteen Model 7s, 4 M&K ST-150Ts, 1 VCC-5; Amplification: 2 Vandersteen M7-HPAs, CI Audio D200 MKII, Ayre V-6xe; Preamp: Doshi Audio Line Stage v3.0; Phono Pre: Doshi Audio V3 Phono Pre; Analog: Wave Kinetics NVS; Durand Telos and SME 3012R Tonearms, Clearaudio Goldfinger Statement v2; Miyajima Zero; Reel to Reel: Technics RS-1500; Doshi Tape Pre-Amp; Studer A810; Studer A812; Tascam BR-20; Multi-channel: Bryston SP-3; Digital: Custom PC> Lampizator Pacific

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            • #7
              Originally posted by dminches View Post
              John French removed all the heads on my Technics head block when he installed the Flux Magnetic head and wired it out.
              I have dummy heads on the other side of the headblock.
              Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
              Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
              ________________________________________

              -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
              -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
              -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
              -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
              -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
              -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
              -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
              -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
              -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
              -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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              • #8
                This company uses Nagra IV-S to record, and playback with T Audio, which is what I do. After both machines were serviced at Nagra Switzerland, I measured the frequency response comparing to MRL test tapes for CCIR and Nagramaster at 15ips. I recorded tones from a signal generator to the IV-S in both Eqs, and then played back with the T Audio. Interestingly, with the Nagramaster, there is a more prominent bump at around 50 Hz than the CCIR (about +6dB vs. +2 dB), but the high frequencies are better extended with the Nagramaster. It is flat to 16 kHz, and actually a slight +1dB at 20 kHz with Nagramaster, whereas with CCIR, it is -3dB at 20kHz. In practice, it might make little difference, and could be just how this particular machine was set up. In any case, I use Nagramaster to do all my live recordings. The playback electronics of the T Audio is almost ruler flat, but does not sound as good as my external tube tape head preamp.

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