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Old 04-18-2018, 07:34 PM
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Default Soundsmith Paua Mk II

Have any of you tried the Soundsmith Paua Mk II? I'm thinking of upgrading from my Lyra Delos and am considering this cart along with the Kiseki NS Purple Heart.
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Old 04-18-2018, 08:18 PM
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I have; Peter Ledermann brought one over to my place and left it with me for a week. The reviews speak for themselves.
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Old 04-18-2018, 10:21 PM
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Ivan, did you find it finicky to set up? Did you find it on the warm or neutral side? Do you have any thoughts about it in comparison to the Lyra Delos? I don't expect it to compete with your Goldfinger Statement, but since I can't try it out, let alone in my system, I'm trying to get a feel for it. Thanks, Chris.
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Old 04-20-2018, 02:22 PM
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^^Yes Ivan. Inquiring minds want to know.
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Ivan, did you find it finicky to set up? Did you find it on the warm or neutral side? Do you have any thoughts about it in comparison to the Lyra Delos? I don't expect it to compete with your Goldfinger Statement, but since I can't try it out, let alone in my system, I'm trying to get a feel for it. Thanks, Chris.
It was not finicky at all to set up. I would say it leans on the warm side. I never had a Lyra Delos in my system, so cant help you there.
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Reference System: ACCUPHASE A300 AMPS, C3900 PRE-AMP, DP1000 CD/SACD TRANSPORT, DC1000 DIGITAL PROCESSOR, DG-68 DIGITAL EQUALIZER, T1200 FM STEREO TUNER, PS1230 POWER SUPPLY, HRS-SXR CUSTOM RACK w/ M3X SHELVES, TAD REFERENCE ONE MK2 LOUDSPEAKERS, WW PLATINUM CABLES
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Analog Rig: CLEARAUDIO INNOVATION WOOD, UNIVERSAL ARM w/ Da VINCI' CART, 2nd UNIVERSAL ARM w/ GOLDFINGER STATEMENT CART, HRS-MXR REFERENCE RACK-GLOSS BLACK w/ M3X SHELVES, AESTHETIX RHEA SIG PHONO-PRE, BRYSTON BHA-1 HEADPHONE AMP, WW PLATINUM CABLES
Reference System: BURMESTER 911MK3 AMP(3), 088 PRE-AMP, 089 CD PLAYER, 100 PHONO PRE-AMP, 948 POWER CONDITIONER, ACCUPHASE DG-68 VOICING EQUALIZER, AVID ACUTUS REFERENCE SP TT, GRAHAM PHANTOM II SUPREME ARM, BENZ MICRO LP-S CART, GRANDIOSO P1X/D1X STACK, G1X RUBIDIUM MASTER CLOCK, N05 NETWORK PLAYER, SILENZIO MUSIC SERVER, HRS-SXR CUSTOM RACK w/ M3X SHELVES, SONUS FABER AIDA SPEAKERS, JL FATHOM F113v2 SUBS(2) SOUND ANCHOR STANDS(2) WW PLATINUM CABLES

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Old 04-29-2018, 11:36 PM
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I've pulled the trigger on the Soundsmith Paua MKII. Ivan's recommendation counted for a lot, the few reviews mattered, and the dealer (a) owns one in his personal system and (b) gave me almost my full purchase price that I paid on the Delos several years ago as a trade-in. That made it a no brainer. But add to that the very reasonable cost to retip/rebuild thru Soundsmith, and watching Peter Ledermann's videos on cartridges and analog (the guy's amazing), just pushed me over the edge. I'll report back once I receive it (Peter builds them himself by hand so it will take a few weeks) and it's had a chance to burn in. All of a sudden my Delos sounded like crap today (that was, of course, nonsense since I am just excitedly anticipating the new cartridge).
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I've pulled the trigger on the Soundsmith Paua MKII. Ivan's recommendation counted for a lot, the few reviews mattered, and the dealer (a) owns one in his personal system and (b) gave me almost my full purchase price that I paid on the Delos several years ago as a trade-in. That made it a no brainer. But add to that the very reasonable cost to retip/rebuild thru Soundsmith, and watching Peter Ledermann's videos on cartridges and analog (the guy's amazing), just pushed me over the edge. I'll report back once I receive it (Peter builds them himself by hand so it will take a few weeks) and it's had a chance to burn in. All of a sudden my Delos sounded like crap today (that was, of course, nonsense since I am just excitedly anticipating the new cartridge).
I know exactly what you mean! I'm awaiting my new arrival which is an Avenger with Ref arm and the Transfiguration Proteus and all of a sudden I can't listen to my Prime any longer! LOL. My dealer gave me almost everything I paid for the Prime 2 years ago so was also a no brainer for me. Lucky for us we had dealers that were good to work with on our analog upgrade!

BTW ... I've heard the Paua on a Prime Signature and it sounds amazing! You're in for a real treat!

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Old 05-01-2018, 11:32 PM
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Thanks George!
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Any updates on The Paua II???
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Old bump here, SS is closing these out at 50% off so I'm strongly considering picking one of these up. Have read nothing but good reviews, but few people with personal experience.
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