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  • LP12MF Listening Test: Tiger Paw Tranquility Magnetic Bearing Support

    Since I moved my LP12 out to my garage, my LP12 Modification Frenzy has lost a bit of focus. I have stopped listening on headphones through a stable setup, I have totally stopped using my Schiit Gungnir DAC, and I have devoted most of my energy and attention to building a really excellent loudspeaker setup…

  • Reaching Paradise

    I write this post while listening to music coming out of my Paradise. Which is to say: I (Adam) am back in the Garden… Finishing the Build All of the hard work was done by the time I made my last post. It was then a matter of waiting for a few more pieces to…

  • Further Progress to Paradise

    I have been busy this week working on my Paradise. All of the nitty gritty details can be found on the “Adam’s Paradise” thread on Audio Flat. Here, I will present a fairly quick overview, focusing on pretty pictures. Case work I’d been thinking about and dreading this aspect of the project for months: how…

  • “Linishing”: Getting the Chrome Bumper Look

    I spent all day yesterday figuring out how to silkscreen onto polypropylene: a stressful, tiring, and lengthy process — but one that turned out well. I was hoping that today’s task would be easier. Thankfully it was. What I wanted to do today was to give my Naim shoebox cases the “Chrome Bumper” (“CB”) look,…

  • Making Fasciae for My Paradise

    As I mentioned in my last post, I had all kinds of complicated ideas for my Paradise fasciae, with all manner of rear illumination, parallax effects, and light pipes being mooted. In the end, I decided on a Chrome Bumper looked, which was comparatively simple. Which is not to say that it was easy to…

  • Ascending to Paradise

    As you may have noticed, the regularity of my posts here has slowed down a bit in recent months. This is not because I’ve lost my enthusiasm for hifi. Quite the opposite: I’ve been so utterly obsessed that I’ve had no time to reflect on or write about it. Mostly what I’ve been up to…

  • LP12MF Listening Test: Naim Aro and Greenstreet Subchassis

    In the latest edition of the LP12 Modification Frenzy, I put the Dynavector XX-2 cartridge onto the legendary Naim Aro tonearm and mount them on a Greenstreet subchassis. You can read about the process of installing the Aro here. You can check out my listening methodology here. Full listening impressions are below. Digestible, numerical summaries…

  • Nobeone’s Guide to Servicing a Naim Nait 2

    This post aims to contain everything you need to know to perform a DIY service (aka “recapping”) of a Naim Nait 2. Instructions are provided for both the CD-input version (which I have) and the more common phono-input version. It contains the following sections (click to jump directly to them): Backstory A look inside my…

  • Tiger Paw Javelin Setup Guide

    For reasons I describe in my LP12MF listening test, I’m a fan of the Tiger Paw Javelin — an attempt at updating the astounding and beautiful Naim Aro tonearm. But since Tiger Paw seems to have shut down shortly after the Javelin was released, there is no official manual for setting up the arm. On…

  • LP12MF: Installing the Naim Aro Tonearm and Greenstreet Subchassis

    I’ve already written a bit about the Naim Aro in relation to the Tiger Paw Javelin. Much discussion is to come about the geometry of the Aro and its compatibility with various subchassis. For now, though, how about a guided tour of the process of actually installing my Aro? I decided to work in my…