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Totally agree...put a decent cartridge on that bad boy and one is in business. I am really glad to see a new, affordable DD back on the market.
Not my turntable or picture, but Onkyo has just introduced a new Direct Drive Turntable at the 2015 CES, $399 MSRP That has the potential to be a very real contender in the entry level turntable department...
Onkyo has just introduced a new Direct Drive Turntable at the 2015 CES, $399 MSRP That has the potential to be a very real contender in the entry level turntable department...
Right, it's important to note that music BluRay discs that carry high res PCM stereo tracks can send those out over optical/coax - not lossy.
Those are all decent turntables. The RP-830 might be the closest thing to a bargain there, but I'm not sure it would significantly outperform a new Project Debut carbon which is only slightly more expensive. I'm not a Thorens expert, but I bet that's the best TT of that lot
Well if you know how to do cartridge setup and alignment, then there are bunches of good used vintage TTs that could work well. Best bet is to buy one that's local to you if you can. There are lots of crap used TTs too though. If you check your local Craigslist and want to ask about models you see there, feel free. Then you can buy any one of several quite decent $100-150 cartridges from Shure, Denon, Nagaoka, Audio Technica, and Grado. Which to choose will depend...
The Philips ECG 6SN7WGT is late production Sylvania. Nice tubes.
If you have a very soft stylus brush you can brush very gently and carefully from back to front along the length of the stylus. It's extremely unlikely that "a piece of diamond" was on the cantilever. The diamond stylus on a phon cartridge is tiny.
FWIW, the 6CG7 can be used in place of a 6SN7 with the right pin adapter, if one really wanted access to something other than a 6SN7. But there are so many 6SN7 variants it's hard to imagine not being satisfied with one...
It also seems to lose power very quickly in "Sleep" mode. I wouldn't use this mode for more than an hour or so unless the Pono is plugged in.
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