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About bjorn

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  1. Which means getting a replacement would probably be pointless. Oh well.
  2. I ditched my Denon DL-160 and switched to a Shelter 201 cartridge and added a JICO neoSAS stylus. This is an amazing combo. The Shelter sounds really good with the stock stylus, lively and dynamic but not bright. The upgraded stylus adds crazy detail and additional refinement to the mix.
  3. I definitely prefer poly lined sleeves as well, but to me the bigger problem is the insane amount of dust and debris I often find on band new records. This one was pretty clean. I think the noise seems to be embedded in the grooves, not a dirt or scratch issue. I'll give it a wet clean but I'm not optimistic it will do anything. Also, I'm on the B side now, and while there is still some noise it's not as bad and fades a few tracks in. The album sounds gorgeous otherwise.
  4. Spinning my Ghosts reissue now... getting persistent crackling in the right channel (only on the A side so far, haven't tried the others yet). Hopefully this is just my copy, anyone else?
  5. Use the code winter2017 for 20% off through the end of the year! http://bjornbauerart.storenvy.com/collections/257704-gigposters All posters are produced in collaboration with the bands, 18"x24", screen printed, signed and numbered.
  6. It's yours for $75 shipped. Includes case and original box, just has the tiniest signs of wear around the corners. Works great, but I want to try something else. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3_R_v67Cpu8cDhZM200THBkSTg/view?usp=sharing https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3_R_v67Cpu8X1JyZFFsOG1ZMmM/view?usp=sharing
  7. I've read good things about ELAC, so that's likely a solid choice. Bumping up to the B6 would probably be worth it in the long run (I see there is currently a used pair on Amazon for $220), but I realize that's out of your budget. You might consider checking Craigslist for something used. Adding a sub at some point might be a good idea, though not everyone likes them. Just some thoughts from someone who's been through a few different sets of speakers, good luck!
  8. allenh brings up lots of good points so check all that stuff. I would cut up some small pieces of cardstock or similar material and place them under the feet of your table until the platter is level. You can level either the table or the furniture, whatever works. Leveling is important, but I don't think it will solve the brightness issue, and as long as it's at least close to level I don't think you need to be too concerned about damage. From what you're describing I think you'll want to get some better speakers at some point soon. You can also try deadening the room a bit with more sound absorbent/diffusing material. I have a bit of an issue with that since I have hardwood floors. Addressing the room acoustics probably won't fix it entirely, but it should help. Also, I imagine you have some kind of EQ on your system? It's not ideal according to most audio people, but nudging the treble down for the time being might be worth a try. Are you experiencing a lack of bass presence as well, or is it just that the treble is too pronounced?
  9. Lots of factors can lead to what you're describing. If you play a CD or digital file on the same system, does it exhibit the same brightness? If it does, that probably points more to your amp/speakers than your turntable setup. If not, then it might point to your table, cart, or preamp combo.
  10. General Headphones Thread

    Huh... weird. No, mine don't look anything like that. I've had them a couple years now and I'm very happy with the build quality. I don't use them every day though. My main gripe with them is that they hurt my head after about 20 minutes.
  11. General Headphones Thread

    Do yourself a favor and pick up a pair of these. https://smile.amazon.com/KZ-ZS3-Cancelling-Earphone-Comfort/dp/B01KUGWNC6/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1495215103&sr=8-3&keywords=kz+zs3 They are absurdly cheap at $15, but they are the best-sounding in-ear headphones I've ever heard. Granted, I haven't broken the $100 threshold with in-ears... I've used sets from HIFIman, Thinksound, Klipsch, Panasonic, Creative Labs, RHA, and a handful of others; I like these KZ's better than any of those. They're comfy, isolate well, and have a nicely balanced sound signature with a really spacious sound stage. They sound a touch dark at first, especially plugged straight into my iphone, but adding a Firefly DAC/amp helped a ton. I listen to them for hours and don't get tired of them, and they sound good at quiet or louder levels. They sound almost as good as my AKG k551's, but are way more comfortable. I don't think anyone can go wrong here, highly recommended.
  12. If you're referring to the Alabama show then yes! I'd totally do that. Just message me and we can figure something out!
  13. Got some Blink gigposters out if anyone is interested, including a handful of super limited foil prints! http://bjornbauerart.storenvy.com/products/19792286-blink-182-w-the-naked-and-famous-wavves
  14. New Records....Scratched to Shit

    Last year I bought a copy of the most recent pressing of the Smashing Pumpkins MCIS 4xLP box and most of the sides had significant scuffing. I returned them and got a relatively pristine copy. That's the most egregious example I can think of, but I expect to see some light scuffing along with some dust/paper bits on the majority of new records I buy. It's definitely an issue, but probably could be isolated to certain pressing plants that are rushing the process to keep up with demand.
  15. Is it just my crappy cart?

    Could be the pressing. Most new records you buy these days have at least some surface noise, or other defects that may cause poor tracking. That being said, a better cartridge will defintely help you get the most out of your records, just don't expect a better cartridge to fix every issue you may have.