Responses from don_c55

Setting VPI JMW 10.5i
Lift the arm by raising the "cueing" lever, and them adjust the arm, "off" the platter!Adjust the azimuth ring around the base of the arm only, not the counterweight!Never adjust the arm with the stylus touching anything!Download the 10.5i tonearm... 
An Experiment in Speaker Placement
Buy the book "Get Better Sound" by Jim Smith. 
Bryston BCD-1 compared to more expensive players?
The Sony SCD-XA5400ES is more natural, and has more depth, space, and smooth sound compared to the Bryston BCD-1.The Bryston BCD-1 is sharp and dry sounding, with less depth! 
Is There An "Absolute" Best Cartridge?
LOMC are always superior (in long term listening) to MM/MI when the arm that is used has an "indexed" micrometer head height adjustment and the operator knows how to "fine" tune the arm. 
Best of XLR cable?
Many expensive XLR cable assemblies do not use "true" balanced cables, only three single end cables.A "True" balanced cable has the + and - wires contained "within" a shield (ground). 
Is There An "Absolute" Best Cartridge?
The "Absolute best of" Posts are ridiculous!There are only "very good" products that are widely recognized as very good ("above the norm"), such as moving coil cartridges.Price plays into this, in a large part, because of "diminishing returns", an... 
What's your favorite MFSL
The best MFSL re-issues are those from the old "Mobile Fidelity" before Music Direct bought the company. 
Bryston BCD-1 compared to more expensive players?
The Sony SCD-XA5400ES beats the Bryston BCD-1 at half the price in a head to head comparison! 
Best of XLR cable?
The "best" XLR cable is MarkerTek Pro using Canare Star Quad cable silver soldered to Neutrik connectors!Very cheap but "pro" quality! 
Sony SCD-XA5400ES owners question
Parrhesa:Where can I get a copy of the Sony SCD-xa5400es "white paper"?Link or source? 
Inexpensive XLR cable for SUB
Try have pro audio XLR cables for cheap!They come in long and short lengths and are perfect for home audio. 
SONY SCD-XA5400ES vs all Accuphase models
I have not heard the big buck Accuphase CD players, but I have compared the 5400 to many multi-thousand dollar CD players and it sounds preferable to all the others.The Sony 5400 takes at least six weeks to "bloom" and break in!