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What’s everyone digging as far as speaker stands these days?
I used these stands for Denton 80s, which are about the same size as your Klipschs. They are solid steel, heavy and sturdy, top plate is 6" x 8.5" and priced fairly. Just put some blu-tack on each corner and you're good.
I think they are the same as the pangea heavy-duty stands sold by audio advisor for twice the price.
 

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Alright chums. I’ve been meaning to slap these 25 OHM loading resistors on my Weekends since I upgraded to my Sphinx but I kept forgetting to. Well, I finally got around to that today.
What should I be expecting to hear? A tighter sound?
 

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Alright chums. I’ve been meaning to slap these 25 OHM loading resistors on my Weekends since I upgraded to my Sphinx but I kept forgetting to. Well, I finally got around to that today.
What should I be expecting to hear? A tighter sound?
Just try it. The power of suggestion is strong. If we tell you what to expect, that’s what you’ll hear (an old stereo sales trick).
 

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It’ll make a bigger difference if your amp has transformer coupled outputs (tubes or some McIntosh).
I will second. I heard differences (which I will leave out in the spirit of things here) with different loads on my solid state amps, but there was a HUGE difference with the tube amp. I'll add the Primaluna / Zu combo LOOOOVES 16ohm taps on my current setup... to the point I'm worried the Mahi's won't sound as good with the matched loading to 4-5 ohms. We shall see.
 

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Last night I moved the belt on my u-turn over to the 45RPM wheel to check my Melvins LP for the mispress error (which it has) and when I moved it back to 33....it wouldn't stay on, stretched out and kept falling off. Had to put it in the fridge overnight to get it to where it should be. Someone recommend a decent table that allows me to switch between 33/45 and won't have this nonsense. Bonus for auto-stop or auto-lift.
 

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Last night I moved the belt on my u-turn over to the 45RPM wheel to check my Melvins LP for the mispress error (which it has) and when I moved it back to 33....it wouldn't stay on, stretched out and kept falling off. Had to put it in the fridge overnight to get it to where it should be. Someone recommend a decent table that allows me to switch between 33/45 and won't have this nonsense. Bonus for auto-stop or auto-lift.

Technics 1210/1200, although no auto stop
 

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So! My hum is history!

I had a feeling all along that it was a ground loop but had no way of defeating it because everything was plugged into the same strip.

Whilst I was waiting for PL and the dealer to come back I saw something in the local hifi store and thought “fuck it, let’s give it a go, if it doesn’t work I can always return it”

I bought 2 of these ifi silent power gnd defenders. They plug into your IEC port on the gear and then the power cable plugs into them. They supposedly drop the ground if they notice a loop, whilst keeping a safety ground, but do nothing if there is no ground loop.


Whilst not cheap at €100 each they have worked perfectly for me and are relatively speaking not that much when you consider they have killed the hum between a €1800 pre amp and €4000 power amp!

They also launched D.C. blocker in the same line which filters out any D.C. on the AC which is great for any gear where you have a beast of a transformer that’s physically humming/vibrating.



I get a low level hum as soon as I power on my amp, it's quite quiet but I notice it, you can't hear it when music is playing, but I'm sure it's there.

I haven't seen these before but was considering the iFi air purifier. I'm not sure which to go for, they both seem to do similar things. I don't even know if it's a ground issue.


Did you try out the purifier or was the gnd-defender your first stab?

edit- or will it be the DC blocker that I need?

I think it's the DC blocker, the hum on mine is from the amp. It doesn't get great reviews on Amazon, but I'm tempted to try it out.

I also get some crackle on my speakers if I turn the volume up without any source playing. Would that be a loose connection?


edit No2 - After looking in to it & adopting a bit of the fuck it attitude of I can return it if it doesn't work & I have £80 worth of Amex points saved up, I've completely ignored @Joe Mac 's recommendation & ordered an audio lab Dc blocker. Let's hope it helps

 
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I get a low level hum as soon as I power on my amp, it's quite quiet but I notice it, you can't hear it when music is playing, but I'm sure it's there.

I haven't seen these before but was considering the iFi air purifier. I'm not sure which to go for, they both seem to do similar things. I don't even know if it's a ground issue.


Did you try out the purifier or was the gnd-defender your first stab?

edit- or will it be the DC blocker that I need?

I think it's the DC blocker, the hum on mine is from the amp. It doesn't get great reviews on Amazon, but I'm tempted to try it out.

I also get some crackle on my speakers if I turn the volume up without any source playing. Would that be a loose connection?

i didn’t try a purifier because I already have a power conditioner. My entire system is plugged into one of these.


Given the frequency of the hum and the fact it was coming through the speakers I was convinced it was a ground loop and I didn’t have a way of breaking it since both components were already plugged into that same strip.

When I saw the gnd defender I gave it a go because it claimed to break a ground loop and it did.

If the hum is a physical noise coming from the amp it could be the transformer humming and the DC blocker might help if their claims are as sound as for the one I bought and if it is caused by D.C. getting to the amps transformer.

With the speaker I’d definitely trouble shoot every connection in the system and make sure the turntable is correctly grounded.
 
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i didn’t try a purifier because I already have a power conditioner. My entire system is plugged into one of these.


Given the frequency of the hum and the fact it was coming through the speakers I was convinced it was a ground loop and I didn’t have a way of breaking it since both components were already plugged into that same strip.

When I saw the gnd defender I gave it a go because it claimed to break a ground loop and it did.

If the hum is a physical noise coming from the amp to could be the transformer humming and the DC blocker might help if their claims are as sound as for the one I bought and if it is caused by D.C. getting to the amps transformer.

With the speaker I’d definitely trouble shoot every connection in the system and make sure the turntable is correctly grounded.

Cheers, I did a bit of digging and come to a similar conclusion. My memory is going with age, when I last looked at the purifier I ended up getting a couple of the Tacima mains conditioners. Basically a cheaper and likely less effective version of what you have.


I'm hoping the DC purifier will help, thanks for the insspiration
 

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Last night I moved the belt on my u-turn over to the 45RPM wheel to check my Melvins LP for the mispress error (which it has) and when I moved it back to 33....it wouldn't stay on, stretched out and kept falling off. Had to put it in the fridge overnight to get it to where it should be. Someone recommend a decent table that allows me to switch between 33/45 and won't have this nonsense. Bonus for auto-stop or auto-lift.
Technics SL-1500C has auto lift.
 

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Last night I moved the belt on my u-turn over to the 45RPM wheel to check my Melvins LP for the mispress error (which it has) and when I moved it back to 33....it wouldn't stay on, stretched out and kept falling off. Had to put it in the fridge overnight to get it to where it should be. Someone recommend a decent table that allows me to switch between 33/45 and won't have this nonsense. Bonus for auto-stop or auto-lift.
That’s why I finally got rid of my uturn…it was very frustrating.
I switched to the mofi studiodeck and couldn’t be happier 👍🏻
 

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Last night I moved the belt on my u-turn over to the 45RPM wheel to check my Melvins LP for the mispress error (which it has) and when I moved it back to 33....it wouldn't stay on, stretched out and kept falling off. Had to put it in the fridge overnight to get it to where it should be. Someone recommend a decent table that allows me to switch between 33/45 and won't have this nonsense. Bonus for auto-stop or auto-lift.

For auto lift you could alway add something like this

 

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Last night I moved the belt on my u-turn over to the 45RPM wheel to check my Melvins LP for the mispress error (which it has) and when I moved it back to 33....it wouldn't stay on, stretched out and kept falling off. Had to put it in the fridge overnight to get it to where it should be. Someone recommend a decent table that allows me to switch between 33/45 and won't have this nonsense. Bonus for auto-stop or auto-lift.

Some belts benefit from being powdered (talc or other) every few months. Either way depending on use you should also replace your belt based on use every so often.

If you want to stay in the same range as the Uturn I would suggest something vintage with those features you would like. If you can upgrade @HiFi Guy suggestion SL-1500C which seems to be the ONE Technics you can still get right now.
 

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If you want to stay in the same range as the Uturn I would suggest something vintage. If you can upgrade @HiFi Guy suggestion SL-1500C which seems to be the ONE Technics you can still get right now.

I'm not familiar with the Uturn (or the price range), but I would recommend a vintage Technics 1210, if you can find a half decent example. Or maybe even a not great example and get it fixed up.
 

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Some belts benefit from being powdered (talc or other) every few months. Either way depending on use you should also replace your belt based on use every so often.

If you want to stay in the same range as the Uturn I would suggest something vintage with those features you would like. If you can upgrade @HiFi Guy suggestion SL-1500C which seems to be the ONE Technics you can still get right now.
I'll keep an eye out for the technics' tables, and I'll try the talc in the meantime, but this is a new belt with less than 30 hours on it, as my previous one gave up the ghost and just snapped in half one day.
 
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