Marc’s Trans-Fi SALVATION + TERMINATOR system

Marc Czerwinski has a nice music system in the attic space of his home in England.

The room is a 5.5m wide x 14.5m long x 2.75m high loft-attic, with 1.2m high side walls.

The loudspeakers are 2.45m spaced apart and the listening position is 4.6m away.

With Marc’s kind permission, here are some pics of his highly-tuned music system and equipment, including:

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TECHNICS SP-10MkII turntable – Pt 4 what we’ve learnt so far

What we have learnt so far, with this SP-10 MkII turntable…

Building the ‘plinth’ (see TECHNICS SP-10MkII turntable – Pt 3) and trying to obtain the best sound from this turntable has taught us a number of things.

And also about optimising Direct-Drive turntables in general.

This journey is on-going, but I feel that we can say the following: Continue reading

TECHNICS SL-1200/1210 – a hi-fi turntable? – Pt 2

After the previous first audition, I have high hopes for this Direct Drive turntable.

The sound was punchy, with good mid-range ‘presence’ and reasonably good treble quality (using an elliptical stylus cartridge).

But before we can listen seriously,, we need to fix the adjustable helicoid arm-height base, which has become difficult to rotate after so many years.

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TECHNICS SL-1200/1210 – a hi-fi turntable? – Pt 1

Encouraged by the success of the TECHNICS SP-10MKII that I have been playing with, I thought it would be a good idea to try out the humble TECHNICS SL-1200/1210.

We have 2 of these ex-DJ ‘work-horse’, direct-drive SL-1210MKIIs in the house.

The choice of cartridge falls to a venerable Ortofon VMS20E MkII moving magnet (which I’ve owned since the 70s) – Ortofon say that the popular VMS20E MkII is “probably one of Ortofon’s most highly acclaimed magnetic cartridges“. Continue reading

LONDON DECCA cartridge

Since Feb 2018, I have been enjoying a London Decca ‘Super Gold’ cartridge.

This is a Moving Iron/Variable Reluctance type cartridge – with Moving Magnet level of high output – 5mVrms.

After a few decades of listening to high-end Moving Coil cartridges, the sound of the London Decca is a revelation. A different sound presentation. No need for A/B comparisons, the London Decca delivers exhilarating energy and power. It sounds more like ‘live’ music to me. Continue reading

The case for MM and MI cartridges

Moving Coil cartridge design has not changed fundamentally for 30+ years.

The traditional design of almost all MC cartridges, consists of a stylus on the end of a long cantilever, with a ‘moving coil’ attached to the inner end.

This whole assembly ‘sits’ onto a soft, resilient ”suspension’ or damper’ material and held in place by a rear tension wire. Continue reading