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post #91 of 136
I've got a turntable. Still use it occasionally when I want to listen seriously. Mostly these days I listen to 320 kps mp3's from my computer. I just love the point and click interface to music, and it sounds good enough for casual listening.
post #92 of 136
My first TT (since 1982) was a Music Hall MMF-5 which I hastily upgraded to a VPI Scout. Truth be told, I could have probably been happy w/ the MMF-5 but after upgrading from a built-in stage in a receiver and another built-in in a preamp, I bought a Ray Samuels XR-2 phono stage. Awesome improvement.
I then went from a Grado Platinum Reference to a Sumiko BPS Evo III which I also like much better than it's predecessor.
Maybe my biggest upgrade so far has been my VPI 16.5 cleaning machine; what a great piece of gear.
CPW
post #93 of 136
Gotta love it when an old but really good thread is resurrected!

I just jumped into vinyl myself:

Gyrodec SE w/ Orbe Platter + bearing
SME V arm
Koestu Black MC

Phono...yeah, um...that is still in the works
post #94 of 136
Quote:
Originally Posted by cpw
Maybe my biggest upgrade so far has been my VPI 16.5 cleaning machine; what a great piece of gear.
I couldn't agree more. I have exchanged e-mails with some folks here and over at the Hoffman forums regarding the value of clean vinyl. Most, if not all, are pleasantly surprised at the sonic difference clean vinyl makes to the analog listening experience.
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Originally Posted by Zanth
I just jumped into vinyl myself:

Gyrodec SE w/ Orbe Platter + bearing
SME V arm
Koestu Black MC
One helluva jump Zanth. You are, analog speaking, an animal.
post #95 of 136
Have been primarily vinyl-only for almost seven months, using a Goldring GR1 table. I am enjoying it immensely and often times when I look back to digital recordings I REALLY DO notice the lack of warmth.

Analog lives on!
post #96 of 136
Quote:
Originally Posted by Aman
Have been primarily vinyl-only for almost seven months, using a Goldring GR1 table. I am enjoying it immensely and often times when I look back to digital recordings I REALLY DO notice the lack of warmth.

Analog lives on!
I almost got a demo GR1, but eventually decided to go all out on the phono stage now, and give my current table to my brother when I move up.
The improvement in imaging is also pretty amazing.
post #97 of 136
Since getting my mmf-5 last week I've spent 90% of my listening time with vinyl. This will change once the initial excitment fades. It's nice having the option when I am feeling lazy. Interestingly, my vinyl collection is coming close in number to my cd collection, yet the music is almost all completely different. I have very few albums on vinyl that I have on cd.

An unfortunate thing happened yesterday. I had an opportunity to hear how good vinyl can really be. I spent almost 2 hours listening to an HRX through a Herron pre and phono into $12,000 System Audio SA7K's. The SA7K's were the first over $4000 pair of speakers I've ever heard. It was the most amazing sound that I have ever heard, that was not live. We listened to an Ella/Louis album and if you closed your eyes, you thought they were stand 5 feet in front of you.
post #98 of 136
I find that older Jazz gives me the most enjoyment, on my turntable. If you want to hear some amazing stuff...checkout the 2 YamamotoTrio albums that were recently re-released. They are available from all the online album stores.
post #99 of 136
At the moment

Systemdek IIX
Grado Black
Profile Arm with Sumiko headshell
Radioshack PhonoPreamp (I know, will change this soon)

Have to get some cleaning supplies, a new mat and a good clamp as well.
post #100 of 136
Glad to see this thread revived. Cool stuff.

Zanth:
that was quite an upgrade( if that's the right word)! Very esoteric
CPW
post #101 of 136
Quote:
Originally Posted by tyrion
Since getting my mmf-5 last week I've spent 90% of my listening time with vinyl. This will change once the initial excitment fades. It's nice having the option when I am feeling lazy. Interestingly, my vinyl collection is coming close in number to my cd collection, yet the music is almost all completely different. I have very few albums on vinyl that I have on cd.
Great table. I somewhat wish I had given mine more of a chance before upgrading. Not that I don't like my current rig; on the contrary. I just think that table can benefit from carts and stages that both cost more than the TT itself. I go though stages where I listen almost exclusively to vinyl then others where I don't go into that room for weeks.


Quote:
Originally Posted by tyrion
An unfortunate thing happened yesterday. I had an opportunity to hear how good vinyl can really be. I spent almost 2 hours listening to an HRX through a Herron pre and phono into $12,000 System Audio SA7K's. The SA7K's were the first over $4000 pair of speakers I've ever heard. It was the most amazing sound that I have ever heard, that was not live. We listened to an Ella/Louis album and if you closed your eyes, you thought they were stand 5 feet in front of you.
Yeah, that's a dangerous thing to do. You never know which of those components was really the breakthrough component. Sounds like that rig may have several! You could spend a lot of dough trying to recapture those 2 hrs. Then you'd figure out it was really the room!
My only advice to you is to upgrade the stage and cart before the TT. I think that's a great piece of gear that's worth more than its price tag.
Enjoy.
CPW
PS Where's my Keith Jarret album?
Just teasin'.
post #102 of 136
Here in slovenia we are jointly working on producing high end turntable at the cost of only material. It will be acrycilic platter and probably sendwich aluminium and acrycl.

Here is the link: (with blueprints, sketches, ideas, etc.)

http://www.hiendfi.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?p=3340#3340

If anyone have some questions or would like to join i would be glad to translate anything. We are plan to build turntable for 200-400 eur maximum.
post #103 of 136
I've just taken the plunge myself, got the Pro-Ject 1 Expression turntable as a gift from my wonderful wife . It comes with a Pro-Ject carbon-fibre arm and Oforton OM10 cartridge as standard, and is running in to the phono input of a Sony STR-DB790 receiver. Great stuff . Now all I need to do is get some more vinyl to play on it .
post #104 of 136
Quote:
Originally Posted by miziq
Here in slovenia we are jointly working on producing high end turntable at the cost of only material. It will be acrycilic platter and probably sendwich aluminium and acrycl.
I can't understand a word on that site...is this the 'table you're referring to?



...very cool, just looks like a heck of a lot more than 200-400 euro!
post #105 of 136
Jep that is first design of table. Well its should look like 10k $, but that is why we are going jointly for the costs cutdown.
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