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Old 01-25-2020, 11:11 AM
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Some wise man said, “Life is what happens while you are making plans”. Too true.

But finally, I’ve had some time to mount and align my brand new Grado Aeon cartridge. It’s a little more challenging than the Dynavector XV1-S because the Aeon’s cantilever and stylus is tucked completely underneath the cartridge body, rather than having a long cantilever sticking way out in front in the open, like the Dyna.

However, the cartridge is deliberately constructed with square sides and front edge specifically to aid alignment. Setting up the cart with the VPI alignment protractor was pretty easy. Some backlighting behind the cartridge helps to see the stylus. I set VTF at 1.8 grams (1.5-1.9 grams recommended).

How does it sound?

With not even 3 hours on the new cartridge, it sounds truly special. Voices are already more lifelike and natural with the Aeon compared to the XV1-S. In fact, I’d say the Aeon makes the Dyna sound kind of “hifi”, while the Grado sounds more like real music. I’m already hearing nuances and low-level information that I didn’t know existed on familiar records. And this thing is dynamic as all get out — snare drum rim shots and cymbal crashes are whiplash quick and capture all metallic snap and brassy ring of the real thing.

I am already smiling as I listen to favorite LPs with the Aeon. If it continues to improve as it breaks in, and I’m sure it will, I am going to be absolutely delirious with joy.

Thanks very much Ivan!

More to come,

Steve
Steve,

Would you say the Grado is more romantic than the Dynavector with better timbre and nuanced detail? I have a XX-2 MK2 that I used for many years and now as a back up. I always thought that cart was very revealing leaning towards over analytical. I wanted more of a romantic sound with all the detail. Looking forward to hearing more of your feedback.
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Old 01-25-2020, 09:45 PM
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Very nice, at the risk of saying one thing...

You truly need a Stillpoints LPI Clamp. The difference will Amaze you!

I happen to know a guy...
I hear you, Ivan. I’ve been thinking for some time I need to experiment with something other than the VPI clamp.

You like the Stillpoints clamp better than the HRS clamps?

Steve
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Old 01-25-2020, 10:00 PM
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Steve,

Would you say the Grado is more romantic than the Dynavector with better timbre and nuanced detail? I have a XX-2 MK2 that I used for many years and now as a back up. I always thought that cart was very revealing leaning towards over analytical. I wanted more of a romantic sound with all the detail. Looking forward to hearing more of your feedback.
I would say the Grado definitely gives you all the detail of the XV1-S and then some. I am hearing nuances and a depth of texture on familiar LPs that I’ve never heard from the Dynavector, yet the Aeon never sounds analytical. It is the most natural sounding cartridge I’ve ever heard.

I had a friend over today for a day of listening to music. He’s an experienced audiophile and he’s heard my current system with the XV1-S. His reaction to the Grado Aeon was priceless.

You’ve heard the expression, “jaw-dropping”? He literally sat there with his mouth open in disbelief from the first needle-drop and when he finally spoke his first words were to the effect, “You’ve GOT to be kidding me! That is so much better than your Dynavector!”

I agree with him completely. My XV1-S, while I’d never before thought of it as excessively analytical, definitely sounds hi-fi compared to the Aeon’s very natural, very beautiful and very detailed sound.

I’m not one to throw recommendations around, but I would unhesitatingly urge anyone with an interest in cartridges in this price range to go out of their way to hear a Grado Aeon.

I can only imagine what the Epoch sounds like!

I hope this helps.

Steve
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Old 01-25-2020, 10:22 PM
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I would say the Grado definitely gives you all the detail of the XV1-S and then some. I am hearing nuances and a depth of texture on familiar LPs that I’ve never heard from the Dynavector, yet the Aeon never sounds analytical. It is the most natural sounding cartridge I’ve ever heard.

I had a friend over today for a day of listening to music. He’s an experienced audiophile and he’s heard my current system with the XV1-S. His reaction to the Grado Aeon was priceless.

You’ve heard the expression, “jaw-dropping”? He literally sat there with his mouth open in disbelief from the first needle-drop and when he finally spoke his first words were to the effect, “You’ve GOT to be kidding me! That is so much better than your Dynavector!”

I agree with him completely. My XV1-S, while I’d never before thought of it as excessively analytical, definitely sounds hi-fi compared to the Aeon’s very natural, very beautiful and very detailed sound.

I’m not one to throw recommendations around, but I would unhesitatingly urge anyone with an interest in cartridges in this price range to go out of their way to hear a Grado Aeon.

I can only imagine what the Epoch sounds like!

I hope this helps.

Steve
Thanks for the impression Steve, this sounds like my kind of cartridge, I prefer a more natural sound with all the details as well. Here we go again! SMH!
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Old 01-25-2020, 10:59 PM
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You are very welcome. I’m always happy to help a kindred spirit spend their money!

And if you decide on an Aeon, Ivan will definitely treat you right.

Steve
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I hear you, Ivan. I’ve been thinking for some time I need to experiment with something other than the VPI clamp.

You like the Stillpoints clamp better than the HRS clamps?

Steve
Hands down yes.
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Hands down yes.
Thank you for that, Ivan. We’ll talk soon!

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