So @badbeef convinced me to switch my Soundsmith Zephyr MIMC Star cart to my new Gold Note Mediterraneo TT. I wanted to get a good feel for the differences between the two carts so I ripped “New Frontier” from the recent MoFi Ultradisc with both carts. I did this using my Gold Note PH-10 phono preamp with output to the analog in of the NuWave Phono Converter and ultimately to my Mac Mini and used Vinyl Studio to make the rips. These were done in 24/96 with no de-clicking or de-hiss/rumble. They were normalized to 0 dB. What you hear is what I hear through my speakers, more or less. I find these reproductions get 99% of the original analog feel due to the excellent ADC of the NPC. So without any further ado, here are the links:
Mediterraneo with GN Donatello Gold:
Mediterraneo with SS MIMC Star:
I figured I’d throw in the original rip I made using my other TT, the Fern & Roby Montrose with the MIMC Star too to see the difference between the TT’s. Keep in mind, I think I declicked this and might have de-rumble/de-hissed. I can’t remember. The Ultradiscs are so damn quiet it’s hard to tell! Anyway, here it is:
Let me know what you guys think. I have my opinions regarding them, but I’ll reserve them until I get your opinions.