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Old 01-22-2022, 08:49 AM
MonstaChuck1 MonstaChuck1 is offline
Join Date: Dec 2012
Posts: 40

Iíve recently had the misfortune of my Lyra Delos needle being snapped off by the cleaners, crossed with ankle surgery where Iíll have some downtime for a couple months. So down the rabbit hole I went and came around to the Koetsu lineup as a possible replacement. What I liked about the Delos was great imaging and attack and decay, but I couldnít quite dial in a nice guitar crunch. Michael Jacksonís Thriller and Daft Punkís Random Access Memories sounded great, classic rock to 90s grunge to Radiohead to Bon Iver sounded good but not great. Anyway, on to a few questions to help me decide whether I should jump up to a Koetsu.
(1) My preamp is a McIntosh C1100 with moving coil sensitivity 0.45mV and 60db gain. The Delos had 0.6mV output. The Keotsu Rosewood signature and Urushi non-Vermilion models have 0.4mV and the RSP has 0.3mV. I do not want to get a standalone phono stage as I have no room. Is the lower 0.3mV on the RSP a non-starter for my 0.45mV sensitivity?
(2) My turntable is an older Pro-ject RPM 9.1 with ďground itĒ base to reduce vibrations. The tone arm is 9Ē but a lightweight effective mass 8.5g. Given the forumís discussion of Koetsuís loving heavier tone arms is it a non-starter for these Koetsuís? Are Koetsuís overkill for this turntable? For reference my digital side is dCS Vivaldi dac and upsampler. Iíd still catch my toe tapping a little more to the Delos vinyl, but 95% listen to digital out of convenience (and itís very good). Also with the digital I didnít have to choose better bass or better vocals via the MC ohm settings. Anywho, appreciate the forum and any advice here. Thanks in advance.
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