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Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe

Galibier Design - Kapton BeltWe’ve been advocates of rigid drive belts for over two decades.

As much as our early experiments are burned into my memory, I never cease to be amazed at how tunable a turntable drive system can be, merely as a result of drive belt selection. 

With the release of our new drive system, it was time to return to first principles and review variations of this concept, and (why not?) throw a rubber belt into the mix for sake of comparison.

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System Setup and Balance

Galibier Design - Sky DancerA few days ago, I wrote about musicans’ risk taking and how we make similar decisions when configuring and setting up our hi-fi systems.

In this post I’d like to comment on some misunderstood setup parameters, and in the next one, I’ll cover system configuration.

As I wrote earlier, I’m all about dynamics, tone color, musical pacing and rhythmic “intelligibility”. 

Of course, when we focus on individual attributes, there’s always the risk losing site of the whole picture.   I’ve found that the above 4 attributes however, serve as a good measuring stick for a system that’s faithful to music. Read more …

Pulleys for 2019 Update

Galibier Design - PulleysIt’s been a long haul, but the pulleys for our 2019 update are nearing completion.

We specified a runout tolerance of .0002″ to .0005″ (that’s 2-5 ten-thousandths) and our machinist has finally cleared his bench to develop a quality control process.

The pulley is a small part, but it would be a mistake to underestimate it’s contribution to the precision of the drive system, and it’s deserving of a rigorous quality control procedure.

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RMAF-2019 Impressions

Galibier Design - Gaylord Rockies Hotel

This was a transitional year for the Rocky Mountain Audiofest – a new, larger venue along with an earlier date.

Upon first first-siting of the massive, Gaylord Hotel (the photo doesn’t convey the scale of this place), I experienced sensory overload, and visions of ‘Vegas swirled through my head, and with that, Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro’s masterful performances in “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”. Read more …