Okay. Being an ex-dem model it’s fully run-in but because the CDS3 has been switched off for a few hours I needed to allow a couple of hours warm up.
Clearly there is greater resolution, and the textures of the instruments are more apparent. But most it is darker and just much more organic. It’s just a much richer musical experience.
In my experience demo equipment never gets properly ‘run-in’. The good news is you will enjoy the music getting better and better for many more months! Every feeling I had about the music sounding a bit digital with the nDAC + XPSDR disappeared with the 555DR. The music became better balanced between the instruments and more realistic. Much more subtlty revealed to make the music grab your attention.
Strat,sorry for going off topic a bit,I apologize....
i checked out your profile after your post,and noticed you are using the RP 10/Aphelion with Sopra2s...I have lately been thinking about getting back into Vinyl after some 30 years away,and in particular,have been researching the exact Rega deck you own.Do you feel it works well with Sopras,in my case it is Sopra 1s?Maybe I just need some reassurance that it is a worthwhile pursuit with my current setup (see profile),any thoughts appreciated,or should I just let the sleeping dog lie.
NQ, I’m a fan of the RP10/Aphelion/Aria. I did indulge in the SL RCA to DIN IC. I think the DIN input to the preamp is a must. Our moderator, Richard Dane, waxes lyrically about his RP10 as does Adam Zielinski, but they have Superline. The Rega Couple 2 RCA leads are a pretty good starting point which I could not better until the SL. As the rest of the system has improved then so has the vinyl source. So it’s unlikely you will ever have to buy another TT, and no fiddling needed. A Naim style isolation shelf is essential, along with good siting of the Aria. Keep the TT off the dedicated HiFi radial. Worth getting a lengthy TT demo if you can. The Aphelion can take a long time to run-in.
The Sopra 2s just stood out from the rest for me. I think Lyndsay has Sopra 2s also. They just deliver what they are given, and I haven’t really bothered to find a better position because it’s not negotiable!