Errata 1: I just wanted to let you know I added a ‘reference‘ tab to the top bar to pull up posts that are of ongoing usefulness so they will be easier to find. The bypass mod for the CS660P, system setup articles, and the CS600 & CS660P tube settings tables are there for now, with more coming as they are added.
Errata 2: I’ve updated the Hi-Fi Crème page with some new recommendations.
Errata 3: Speaking of reference articles, I get a lot of e-mail inquiries about the do-it-yourself (DIY) White Lightening Moonshine cables article I wrote for Six Moons way back in September of 2007, which has been second only to the inquiries generated by the Garrard Project articles (1, 2, 3) I started writing even further back in September of 2004.
I think the reason for those articles continued popularity is that for a relatively small investment, and a little bit of your own effort, you can own and enjoy some cables or a classic turntable, respectively, that performs as good as anything currently offered in Hi-Fi ‘dom.
I couldn’t have been more delighted than when I saw that Art Dudley started writing a version of the Garrard Project (1, 2) for Stereophile’s readers (which is still in progress). The main relevance of Art’s Garrard 301 articles to this post is that Art is doing a better version of the Garrard Project than I did back then for Six Moons (I really like Art’s choice of arm, cartridge, and plinth), and more importantly, he’s introducing the delicious Garrard 301 to a much wider Hi-Fi audience through Stereophile. That’s cool.
In like fashion of Art’s Garrard 301 articles to the original Garrard Project, I’ve been thinking about writing an update to the White Lightening Moonshine article to tell you about a set of DIY interconnects I’ve come up with for my own use that are better than almost anything commercially available for an investment of peanuts. I say ‘almost‘ because I’ve been listening to a prototype of the new Sablon Audio Panatela interconnect that just took the honors of ‘best’ in my interconnect experience. By the way, my DIY interconnects (I call them Dark Matter interconnects because of the black conductors used ) smoked my buddy Stephaen’s pair of Cardas Golden Cross interconnects that he brought over for comparison. Did I mention that Cardas Golden Cross is one of my all time favorite commercial interconnects from a musicality perspective?
Interested? If there’s sufficient interest I’ll write up an article about them detailing how to make them.