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  • Van den Hul XGW Signature Stradivarius Review

    van den Hul XGW Colibri Signature Stradivarius Moving Coil Cartridge
    Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
    Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
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    Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers, cj ART300 40th Anniversary monoblock Amplifiers; cj GAT preamplifier Series 2; Doshi V3.0 and Thoress Mk. 2 phonostages; VPI Vanquish turntable/12-inch 3D tonearm/12-inch Fat Boy, SAT LM-12 arm, Lyra Atlas SL, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges; Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads/Doshi V3.0 tape stage run balanced; Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Allnic cables, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, MG Audio, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies Power Cords. Stillpoint Aperture panels, SPod Magico feet, 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.

  • #2
    Great review. Many thanks.

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    • #3
      A totally enjoyable read. Thanks Myles.
      SP-10 MKII table with custom power supply designed and built by Peter Noerbaek with an SME 3012R with Dyna XV-1S cartridge, VPI Avenger table with rim drive and JMW -12-3D arrm with Lyra Etna SL cartridge, Zesto Andros 1.2 phono stage, Otari MX-55 tape deck, Ampex 350 repros, ARC Ref 6 pre, ARC Ref 75 amp, NOLA KO speakers with a pair of Def Tech Ref subs, and a pair of JBL 4345 speakers.

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      • #4
        Thanks for posting, Myles. I enjoyed the write-up.

        Dre
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        Every day is a good day to play analog.
        - 12" 33-1/3 RPM or 45 RPM vinyl
        - 10.5" 15ips or 30ips tape
        **************************************************
        Every day is a good day for live music.
        **************************************************

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Dre_J View Post
          Thanks for posting, Myles. I enjoyed the write-up.

          Dre
          It’s interesting how similar our comments were about the Siggie given we used very different tables and arms, etc. Particularly about its spatiality and low level resolution. In fact we both talked about piano reverb on two different recordings!

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

          Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers, cj ART300 40th Anniversary monoblock Amplifiers; cj GAT preamplifier Series 2; Doshi V3.0 and Thoress Mk. 2 phonostages; VPI Vanquish turntable/12-inch 3D tonearm/12-inch Fat Boy, SAT LM-12 arm, Lyra Atlas SL, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges; Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads/Doshi V3.0 tape stage run balanced; Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Allnic cables, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, MG Audio, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies Power Cords. Stillpoint Aperture panels, SPod Magico feet, 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
            Nice review Myles. reinforces that Atlas is the best cartridge for myself.

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            • MylesBAstor
              MylesBAstor commented
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              Ha! I would like to have both. For the first time I know why people have multiple cartridges. In retrospect, the one thing that didn’t maybe come through was the vdh’s amazing refinement. The Colibri’s sense of space just brought recordings — like the Hovhaness — to life for me. In a way say like properly setup MBLs 101s can do for a recording.

          • #7
            Well done Myles!

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            • #8
              Originally posted by MylesBAstor View Post

              It’s interesting how similar our comments were about the Siggie given we used very different tables and arms, etc. Particularly about its spatiality and low level resolution. In fact we both talked about piano reverb on two different recordings!
              Agree.

              Given the only thing duplicated in our systems for these write-ups was the product under review (during evaluation). This shows some correlation of thought into the cartridges' performance.

              Dre
              **************************************************
              Every day is a good day to play analog.
              - 12" 33-1/3 RPM or 45 RPM vinyl
              - 10.5" 15ips or 30ips tape
              **************************************************
              Every day is a good day for live music.
              **************************************************

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              • MylesBAstor
                MylesBAstor commented
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                Thanks so much Gus. I know Andre (please excuse me if putting words in your mouth) and I both work very hard at our jobs as reviewers. Andre is as thorough and smart as any reviewer (or person) that I know. There’s no one better at setting up cartridges than Andre. Plus the most helpful and always willing to help.

              • Metamatic
                Metamatic commented
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                Myles, Dre. You need a room LOL

              • MylesBAstor
                MylesBAstor commented
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            • #9
              Very well done indeed!
              Analog: VPI Aries 3, custom suspension/Magnetically stabilized JMW 10.5i/Ortofon A90/Modded & shielded Pass XP-25 Digital: Spectral 3000SL/Heavily modded Alpha DAC Amplification: Spectral DMC-30SV/DMA-500AR Speakers: Heavily modded MartinLogan (custom Mundorf xover, cabling, woofers; structural mods)/Modded REL Cabling: Shielded MIT Oracle 50ic,MA-X/Oracle 90.1 Power: MIT Z-Strips, Magnum Z-Traps; Shunyata Black Mamba CX HC cords, Typhon

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              • #10
                Originally posted by ack View Post
                Very well done indeed!
                +1

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                • #11
                  Myles. I am trying to ignor MikeL’s sale of his vdH sig. You are not helping.

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                  • #12
                    bump
                    **************************************************
                    Every day is a good day to play analog.
                    - 12" 33-1/3 RPM or 45 RPM vinyl
                    - 10.5" 15ips or 30ips tape
                    **************************************************
                    Every day is a good day for live music.
                    **************************************************

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                    • #13
                      Originally posted by Dre_J View Post
                      bump
                      You reminded me have to finish what I was doing and get the Colibri Master Signature mounted!
                      Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
                      Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
                      ________________________________________

                      Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers, cj ART300 40th Anniversary monoblock Amplifiers; cj GAT preamplifier Series 2; Doshi V3.0 and Thoress Mk. 2 phonostages; VPI Vanquish turntable/12-inch 3D tonearm/12-inch Fat Boy, SAT LM-12 arm, Lyra Atlas SL, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges; Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads/Doshi V3.0 tape stage run balanced; Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Allnic cables, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, MG Audio, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies Power Cords. Stillpoint Aperture panels, SPod Magico feet, 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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                      • Tango
                        Tango commented
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                        Will mount the Master Sig next Tuesday too.
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