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    My current turntable is a 2000 vintage VPI ARIES (I). I have mounted on it a Graham Engineering 2.2 tonearm with a shelter 501 mkII cartridge. The performance of this setup is very pleasing to my ears and
    hence I haven't upgraded in years. My head amp and phono stage are tubed CJ units. I know there are higher performance analog gear out there, but somehow I am actually satisfied.
    Magnepan 1.6 QR Loudspeakers, Amherst A-2000 MOSFET 150 WPC Amp, Conrad Johnson PV-10A Modded Tube Line & Phono Stage, Electrocompaniet MC II Class A Head Amp, Audio Technica AT-OC9XML Cart (St) , Graham Engineering 2.2 Tonearm (St) , VPI Aries-1 Turntable (St) , VPI Clamp, Denon DL-102 Cart, (M) , Luxman Tonearm (M) , Kenwood KD-500 Turntable (M) , Michell Clamp, Marantz 20B Analog FM Tuner, Pioneer SACD, Onkyo DX-6800 CD Transport, DIY 24B/192K DAC, Sennheiser HD-300 Headphones, Headroom Max Balanced Headphone Amp, DIY Silver Interconnects

  • #2
    It's always good to be satisfied. I owned a TNT table with SDS for years and enjoyed my time with it.
    Micro Seiki SX-8000 table with flywheel, SME 3012R arm, SME 312S arm, Lyra Etna SL and Dynavector XV-1S cartridges, ARC Ref 3 phono stage, Otari MX-55 tape deck, Ampex 350 repros, Roon Nucleus Plus server, PS Audio DSJ DAC, ARC Ref 6 pre, ARC Ref 75 amp, JBL 4345 speakers, and Def Tech Ref subs.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by JCOConnell View Post
      My current turntable is a 2000 vintage VPI ARIES (I). I have mounted on it a Graham Engineering 2.2 tonearm with a shelter 501 mkII cartridge. The performance of this setup is very pleasing to my ears and
      hence I haven't upgraded in years. My head amp and phono stage are tubed CJ units. I know there are higher performance analog gear out there, but somehow I am actually satisfied.

      I loved the cj phono section. Which one are you using? I only got rid of mine because of the sensitivity of the ART amp combined with wanting to review low output cartridges wasn't in the cards.
      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
        Originally posted by MylesBAstor View Post


        I loved the cj phono section. Which one are you using? I only got rid of mine because of the sensitivity of the ART amp combined with wanting to review low output cartridges wasn't in the cards.
        For my phono stage, I am using the MM tubed phono section of my CJ PV-10B (modified for mono and remote) and an external head amp for MC cartridges, the tubed CJ premier 6. I have plenty of gain, almost too much for the shelter.
        Magnepan 1.6 QR Loudspeakers, Amherst A-2000 MOSFET 150 WPC Amp, Conrad Johnson PV-10A Modded Tube Line & Phono Stage, Electrocompaniet MC II Class A Head Amp, Audio Technica AT-OC9XML Cart (St) , Graham Engineering 2.2 Tonearm (St) , VPI Aries-1 Turntable (St) , VPI Clamp, Denon DL-102 Cart, (M) , Luxman Tonearm (M) , Kenwood KD-500 Turntable (M) , Michell Clamp, Marantz 20B Analog FM Tuner, Pioneer SACD, Onkyo DX-6800 CD Transport, DIY 24B/192K DAC, Sennheiser HD-300 Headphones, Headroom Max Balanced Headphone Amp, DIY Silver Interconnects

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        • #5
          Originally posted by mep View Post
          It's always good to be satisfied. I owned a TNT table with SDS for years and enjoyed my time with it.
          when I bought the Aries, I also bought a SDS to drive it, but it recently died and I haven't had it repaired or replaced yet.
          Magnepan 1.6 QR Loudspeakers, Amherst A-2000 MOSFET 150 WPC Amp, Conrad Johnson PV-10A Modded Tube Line & Phono Stage, Electrocompaniet MC II Class A Head Amp, Audio Technica AT-OC9XML Cart (St) , Graham Engineering 2.2 Tonearm (St) , VPI Aries-1 Turntable (St) , VPI Clamp, Denon DL-102 Cart, (M) , Luxman Tonearm (M) , Kenwood KD-500 Turntable (M) , Michell Clamp, Marantz 20B Analog FM Tuner, Pioneer SACD, Onkyo DX-6800 CD Transport, DIY 24B/192K DAC, Sennheiser HD-300 Headphones, Headroom Max Balanced Headphone Amp, DIY Silver Interconnects

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          • #6
            The Aries 2 was was my first serious table. I would have stayed with it longer had I not been offered a screaming deal for the distributor's personal HRX that came with a Phantom I.

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            • #7
              I recently took deliver of a VPI Prime. My first "serious" turntable in...well, ever. An amazing 'table. I haven't listened to my digital system (or wanted to for that matter) in almost a month.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by JCOConnell View Post

                For my phono stage, I am using the MM tubed phono section of my CJ PV-10B (modified for mono and remote) and an external head amp for MC cartridges, the tubed CJ premier 6. I have plenty of gain, almost too much for the shelter.
                The cj premier 6 was an interesting device. It used 6CW4 nuvistors - a very small metal can triode. I remember that it was not easy to get low noise nuvistors and even with the best it was not adequate for very low output MCs. Similarly the flagship premier 7 pramplifier also used the 6CW4. Great sounding phono units when used with adequate cartridges. The Shelter healthy output voltage should be an excellent match.
                My opinions rely on listening mainly to acoustical, non amplified music. I do not care about electronic music or listening to rock at stadium levels, but I enjoy Mahler and Shostakovitch.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by WeatherB View Post
                  I recently took deliver of a VPI Prime. My first "serious" turntable in...well, ever. An amazing 'table. I haven't listened to my digital system (or wanted to for that matter) in almost a month.

                  Congrats and welcome!!!!

                  The Prime is a great table and great value. The Prime delivers a lot for the money and even looks nice. From what I understand, VPI can't keep the table in stock.
                  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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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by microstrip View Post

                    The cj premier 6 was an interesting device. It used 6CW4 nuvistors - a very small metal can triode. I remember that it was not easy to get low noise nuvistors and even with the best it was not adequate for very low output MCs. Similarly the flagship premier 7 pramplifier also used the 6CW4. Great sounding phono units when used with adequate cartridges. The Shelter healthy output voltage should be an excellent match.

                    I absolutely hated those nuvistors that were in the Evolution 20 preamp. Yes it afforded the design more gain but they inevitably went noisy very quickly.

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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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                    • #11
                      Since the CJ Premier 6 is only a step up device, its suitability for usage with low output cartridges is dependent on the gain of the MM phono stage it is coupled with. As it is, is has about 28 DB of voltage gain per channel.
                      Regarding the 6CW4 tubes, yes, they do vary in noise performance, but I have not found it difficult to cherry pick NOS tubes for good performance. Contrary to popular myth/experience, my tubes didn't degrade shorty after putting into service. The Premier 6 uses 4 6CW4 tube 2 for gain and 2 for buffering, only the 2 for gain are noise critical.
                      Magnepan 1.6 QR Loudspeakers, Amherst A-2000 MOSFET 150 WPC Amp, Conrad Johnson PV-10A Modded Tube Line & Phono Stage, Electrocompaniet MC II Class A Head Amp, Audio Technica AT-OC9XML Cart (St) , Graham Engineering 2.2 Tonearm (St) , VPI Aries-1 Turntable (St) , VPI Clamp, Denon DL-102 Cart, (M) , Luxman Tonearm (M) , Kenwood KD-500 Turntable (M) , Michell Clamp, Marantz 20B Analog FM Tuner, Pioneer SACD, Onkyo DX-6800 CD Transport, DIY 24B/192K DAC, Sennheiser HD-300 Headphones, Headroom Max Balanced Headphone Amp, DIY Silver Interconnects

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                      • #12
                        SME 30/12A on a preloaded Vibraplane
                        SME 30/12A, SME V-12, SME 3012R, vdH Grand Cru, vdH Master Signature, Pass Labs XA160.5, XP-32, XP-27, Magico Q3, DIY cables

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by PeterA View Post
                          SME 30/12A on a preloaded Vibraplane

                          Is that a Supreme?

                          Remind me how you figured out the "loading" for the Vibraplane.
                          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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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by MylesBAstor View Post


                            Is that a Supreme?

                            Remind me how you figured out the "loading" for the Vibraplane.
                            Yes, Myles, that is the Supreme, though I am alternating that with my MSL Signature Gold cartridge.

                            The Vibraplane model I use is optimized for 275 lbs of total load. My turntable and controller are about 120 so I had Kinetic Systems build me a custom metal plate weighing 136 lbs to preload the Vibraplane to approach the design load for most effective isolation. I works great and sounds tremendous.
                            SME 30/12A, SME V-12, SME 3012R, vdH Grand Cru, vdH Master Signature, Pass Labs XA160.5, XP-32, XP-27, Magico Q3, DIY cables

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by PeterA View Post

                              Yes, Myles, that is the Supreme, though I am alternating that with my MSL Signature Gold cartridge.

                              The Vibraplane model I use is optimized for 275 lbs of total load. My turntable and controller are about 120 so I had Kinetic Systems build me a custom metal plate weighing 136 lbs to preload the Vibraplane to approach the design load for most effective isolation. I works great and sounds tremendous.

                              How far down does the Vibraplane isolate?
                              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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