Recently I decided to play with the loadings on my SuperLine. I use a DV XX-2 and since installation had happily used the 453R plug recommended in the early SuperLine loading threads.
Getting on for two years ago I started experiencing loud cracks on vinyl replay that drove me crazy. It took the best part of a year to resolve, and I’m in debt to the many forum members who offered advice and suggestions. One positive to come from it is the experience gave me a better knowledge of my system and the turntable in particular.
Being more hands on led me to experiment with the loadings on the SuperLine. I find it amazing just how much those little loading plugs affect the sound.
Some loadings were so obviously wrong, some less so.
To cut a long story short I pretty much came full circle back to 453R. However some recordings seemed to favour the addition of the 1nF plug too.
At that point I found out about the Z-foil version of the Airplug (I started out with the old metal bodied plug modified from 470R to 453R by my dealer and later purchased the Airplug version when they first came out). So I decided to buy a 453R Z-foil and a 1nF Airplug. They sound very different to the metal bodied plug and the traditional resistor version of the Airplug they replace.
It may sound like an exaggeration but the comparing Z-foil 453R against Z-foil 453R with 1nF Airplug reminds me very much of the differences I heard when going from CDX to CDS3 and from 282 to 252 - that grab you by the balls excitement of CDX over CDS3 and 282 over 252. The addition of the 1nF Airplug has the same effect. The in your face presentation I liken to CDX or 282 is replaced by what initially sounds like a more polite sound but on prolonged listening turns out to be a more resolving sound.
Forty years in this hobby and I can still be amazed.