“Well the Stack Audio “wizardry” is now complete, along with a bit of fitting magic from my trusty local Linn dealer
New Stack Alto Sub-chassis, Arm-board and Cross-brace. I was very impressed with the quality of the new parts and I was very impressed in how it now sounded. My local Linn dealer also felt exactly the same way as I did. He also said that the new Alto parts were of exceptional quality, excellent to work with and to fit.
These new Stack Audio Alto parts replace what were previously very early Stack Audio Serene parts made out of Sold Surface material apart from the cross-brace, which was acrylic. Those earlier parts were also of very good quality, by the way.
I am extremely happy with how these new Stack Audio Alto parts compliment many other key components of my Linn Sondek LP12. I have also retained the Stack Audio Ultimate Baseboard, fitted in 2017. Together these Stack Audio components provide a very solid foundation to my LP12. This allows the Karousel bearing, Audio Origami PU7 tonearm and Dynavector DV 20x2L cartridge to extract the musicality from the grooves of the record more than I had experienced before.
So how does it sound now? Quite superb to be honest.
The bass seems a little deeper, a little more defined and the whole soundstage just seems a little bit clearer too. Trebles are that bit brighter. Vocals are clear, warm and very engaging. Overall the deck sounds very musical indeed. It just feels as if all the artists are in the room.
“The music sounds just like it really ought to”
I can most certainly highly recommend these new Stack Audio components, which I feel offer superb quality and performance and extremely good value for money.
Records used to test were:-
Paul Simon “Negotiations & Love Songs” Simon & Garfunkel “Greatest Hits”, Norah Jones “Come Away With Me”, Bruce Springsteen “Western Stars”, Wings “Band On The Run” and “Venus and Mars”, Cat Stevens “Tea For The Tillerman”, Bob Dylan “ Desire” and Blood On The Tracks”, Dire Straits “ Dire Straits” along with Snow Patrol tracks, “ Chocolate”, “Chasing Cars” and Run.”