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Postby sherlock65 » 04 Dec 2006 23:09

Hi folks

I have a fairly basic hifi setup with an EB101 which I love.
Currently I think it sounds great, but appreciate that others may think I can do a lot to improve it.
I would like to find out what the forum thinks I should do to tweak it to best effect.
Money definitely IS an object.

Current setup -
EB101, standard as far as I know, stock tonearm
AT 110 E MM cartridge
NAD PP1 phono preamp
NAD C320 BEE integrated amp
Radio Shack-stylee interconnects with gold plugs
Basic bi-wire speaker cable (50 strand copper, unbranded)
JPW Millenium 510 speakers on Atacama stands.

My questions are:
- what would you change?
- to what?
- why?
- how much will this cost me (approx)?

All suggestions gratefully received! 8)

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Postby ddarch » 04 Dec 2006 23:44

How old is the AT cartridge?

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Postby sherlock65 » 05 Dec 2006 19:17

I bought the TT in the early 90s (about 93 I think), and bought the cartridge then.
Hasn't been used a great deal, if that makes a difference.

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Postby Mark E Smith's Dentist » 05 Dec 2006 20:48

Fill the stands with sand if you can, buy a bottle of electrical contact cleaner and clean all the electrical contact points from the mains plug to the cartridge tags, change your mains socket for a switchless one. check the set up of everything, maybe get a new stylus and belt. None of these suggestions wil cost you much but should result in a cleaner sound.


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Postby sherlock65 » 05 Dec 2006 21:42

Hi Jon

stands have sand already, so heavy as f - will try the other suggestions.

Do you think either of the Cambridge Audio phono stages (Richer Sounds currently have two models, one of which (MM/MC) gets a very good rating from HiFi Choice) is worth changing to?

The NAD combination sounds fine - altho' having said that the BEE amp is new, as the old C320 blew an internal fuse and had to be replaced 6 weeks ago.

Maybe I should stick with the current setup (once my new drive belts arrive) for a while before changing anything.

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Postby ddarch » 05 Dec 2006 22:39

I would start with the cartridge.

Let us know how much you can spend, and we'll make some recommendations.

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Re: Mods to AR EB101 setup

Postby sherlock65 » 07 Dec 2006 21:02

Hi David

I'd considered a new phono stage at around 60 GBP, plus 40 GBP for an interconnect.
I'm quite happy to spend the same on a new cartridge, if that will give me a noticeable improvement.
Needles and Spins (great name) have the AT-440ML for around 85, or a Goldring 1012GX for 10 more.

Like I said to begin with, all suggestions are welcome :D

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Postby ddarch » 09 Dec 2006 13:52

Steve,

The 440 is a good cartridge. The price overseas seems a little high compared to what you can get it for in the US. (Under 100 dollars) One thing about the 440, it takes the whole 30-40 hours to really break in. Then...wow.

I would also recommend the Ortofon OM-20 or OM-30 Super. I have sold a lot of tables with the OM-30 installed, and never an unhappy buyer.

Honestly, I would not attempt other tweaks until you get a cartridge on there that will reveal the strengths/weaknesses of the other changes. If you attempt too many changes BEFORE that, you may end up starting all over again.

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Re: Mods to AR EB101 setup

Postby sherlock65 » 09 Dec 2006 22:50

Thanks for the feedback David :D

The AT 440MLa is available online for 110 dollars, which at the current exchange rate is quite favourable in pounds.............;-)

I've read feedback on the 440ML and the MLa, and the MLa seems to come out better - should I insist on this model?

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Re: Mods to AR EB101 setup

Postby sherlock65 » 13 Dec 2006 22:59

Hi David

can you recommend a US supplier of the AT 440MLa?

The dollar - sterling exchange rate is pretty good right now, so it would be cheaper (even considering the customs fee) to buy from the US than from the UK.

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Postby Mark E Smith's Dentist » 18 Dec 2006 17:10



:shock: What a bargain! I notice they also have knockdown OC9s but it doesn't say if it's the MkII or not.

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