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    Shootout Palooza

    I spent the last 6 hours trying a bunch of different shootouts.

    First I tried my Jena Labs Twin 15 speaker cables against Chord Sarum speaker cables (the chord Sarum tuned Aray has been one of the best interconnects I have heard especially running from arc ref2se to air tight preamp).

    The Jena Labs won. More coherent, cohesive, harmonically/tonally pleasing, bigger more spacious soundstage. All the adjectives I use to describe something that sounds "musical" to me. The Chord Sarum won on speed and tight fisted bass. Not sure if it is due to some silver in the mix but there was a grip and detail on the bass that was exceptional. The downside is there was a little artificial brightness and splash on high end. Jena nailed the midrange. I think I will be moving up the Jena Labs line to the 31 strand speaker cable.

    Next was Beck Sea Change MoFi playing on Modwright Sony, vinyl and DSD straight from Chord Hugo into Constellation Centaur using Hugo as preamp.

    Hugo won on detail, clarity, and absolutely everything coming thru. Goldfinger on Spiral Groove took second place on being the Hoover for detail, and won on largest soundscape / creating a wall of sound. ModWright with gold untradisc was surprisingly good. Won as most analogue sounding digital source. Was a close second in overall best sounding.

    Which leads me to final battle that had two parts. First with Beck spinning on all three turntables the AMG v12 with Benz LP-S won as most enjoyable "if I could pick only one to keep". Was full spectrum and musical and toe tapping get lost in the music. Not as much detail and not as large as spiral groove and Goldfinger statement but more balanced in delivery (a touch of warmth). Again I am surprised at how good the Modwright sounds - today better than my Clearaudio with graham phantom and mc Anna. Go figure.

    Final part of the shootout was swapping audience au24se 20amp power cord with a Jena Labs new Model Two power cord / conditioner. The Jena Labs won. It removed all traces of sibilants without removing detail or ambience cues. The Audience at first seemed to allow more dynamics and energy through but going back and forth I realized the Jena labs was just as energetic but with more ease (if that makes sense).

    So it was fun and exhausting, and I am more committed to upgrade path (Jena Labs) and to what components matter most (amgv12 and Benz LP-S) so I may be selling some cables, and a table or two. It is fun to have different sources not just for ease of use but to either match my mood / ears tonally or to better suit the recording.

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    Re: Shootout Palooza

    Wow, what a great time ! It's amazing to me that the Benz LP-S is that good, I may have to try one sometime.

    I've always loved the AMG table, I wish I could afford one.
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    Re: Shootout Palooza

    Yes I think the LP-S is one of my favorite purchases ever. I believe it is the only piece of gear that is with me from the beginning of my audio journey 4-5 years ago. Replacing my first Benz cartridge with the LP-S on my first nice turntable (basis 2001) was revelatory.

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    Re: Shootout Palooza

    Great shoot out Darrin. Thanks for posting. You have some awesome gear, the AMG table must be great.
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    Re: Shootout Palooza

    What is that under the S5s? Do they replace the stock spikes?
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    Re: Shootout Palooza

    Cool Darrin! The V12/BENZ must be so enjoyable. I've heard good things about the Jena Labs from a friend of mine.
    Thanks for the write up.


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    Re: Shootout Palooza

    What I thought was jaw dropping was the difference between the LP, and then changed to the LPS. ....and then again when I removed the LPS from the 10.5 and listened with the VPI printed arm.

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    Re: Shootout Palooza

    Quote Originally Posted by BlueFox View Post
    What is that under the S5s? Do they replace the stock spikes?
    Stillpoints. And yes.
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    Re: Shootout Palooza

    Yes I replaced spikes with stillpoint ultras with optional hats facing floor. I never did a comparison to spikes versus stillpoints. Magico says to not use anything but spikes due to height. I am confused by that since listening seat height and height of ears on the body are infinitely variable. Anyone try the spikes vs stillpoints and hear any differences? Part of putting the stillpoints for me was ability to scoot the speakers on my carpeted (second story) floor.

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    Re: Shootout Palooza

    Quote Originally Posted by Stringreen View Post
    What I thought was jaw dropping was the difference between the LP, and then changed to the LPS. ....and then again when I removed the LPS from the 10.5 and listened with the VPI printed arm.
    I read that printed arm is amazing.

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