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post #76 of 415
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Originally Posted by tyrion
I've been too busy listening to this:

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Originally Posted by danamr
Very cool! What cartridges?
Tyrion will have to confirm, but the left cartridge appears to be an Ortofon. The one on the right is a Grace F-9E, which is one of the best MM cartridges ever made, IMO. I've still got an F-9E Ruby (the green stylus housing is replaced by red, and the cantilever is actually made of ruby). Very tweaky to set up, but amazing once it's right. Grace went out of business almost 20 years ago, so those cartridges are valuable finds, if in good shape.
post #77 of 415
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Originally Posted by Hirsch
Tyrion will have to confirm, but the left cartridge appears to be an Ortofon. The one on the right is a Grace F-9E, which is one of the best MM cartridges ever made, IMO. I've still got an F-9E Ruby (the green stylus housing is replaced by red, and the cantilever is actually made of ruby). Very tweaky to set up, but amazing once it's right. Grace went out of business almost 20 years ago, so those cartridges are valuable finds, if in good shape.
That's cool. I have a almost unused F9E Ruby that has been sitting unused in a Yamaha PF1000 turntable for the last 20 years. It was not a very happy combination, mostly the Yamaha's fault I suspect, so I doubt it has more than a 100 hours on it.
Maybe it's time to pick up a nice used turntable and play with some vinyl again...
post #78 of 415
That's a very interesting looking TT. I've never seen a vertical spinner. It's cool and bizarre at the same time. It seems out of this world like the Saturn (like how I tied that in). I want to learn more about it because I don’t know anything about it.

On a side Saturn note, I think I am going to pull the trigger and get one. I might have to hold if the deal isn’t as sweet as I’ve been told.
post #79 of 415
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Originally Posted by 909
That's a very interesting looking TT. I've never seen a vertical spinner. It's cool and bizarre at the same time. It seems out of this world like the Saturn (like how I tied that in). I want to learn more about it because I don’t know anything about it.

On a side Saturn note, I think I am going to pull the trigger and get one. I might have to hold if the deal isn’t as sweet as I’ve been told.
These were a mid to early 80's concept. (I will not call it a fad, as it really didn't catch on.) The idea being that you move the cartridge the same way the cutter head that produces the record master moves. The advantage is the angle of the cartridge in relation to the grooves never changes. The reality was the mechanism that tracked the movement of the arm with the groove was not that accurate, and much more complex than a normal tone arm so it seems to have died. It was a cool concept, and the tables that used it were really high tech for the day.
post #80 of 415
Good News:

I ordered the Saturn.

Bad News:

There's a two to three week wait.
post #81 of 415
Good News:

Ordered the Saturn.

Bad News:

There's a two to three week wait.
post #82 of 415
You people are tempting me.

Ive been loath to spend on a new CD front end, imagining that a high quality combo player would surface. Ive been playing around with some DACs in the meantime, but now Im starting to realise that no magic combo player will ever appear so I'm tempted to give in to a new CDP.

Keep the info and feedback coming about the Saturn. Its merits, its flaws and how it compares to other players.

Speaking of comparisons, does anyone know how the Saturn compares to a Cary?
post #83 of 415
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Originally Posted by 909
Good News:

Ordered the Saturn.

Bad News:

There's a two to three week wait.
The Saturn is worth the wait. I've had mine for just over 2 weeks. The burn-in process takes 300+ hours. I have it in my speaker rig right now and its sounding really good. Too good in fact, my Apollo sourced headphone rig is getting less and less listening time. I may have to buy another one to replace my Apollo so that my headphones won't feel deprived.
post #84 of 415
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Originally Posted by HumanMedia
You people are tempting me.

Keep the info and feedback coming about the Saturn. Its merits, its flaws and how it compares to other players.

Speaking of comparisons, does anyone know how the Saturn compares to a Cary?
I can't speak to the new Cary's (306 SACD or 303/300), but I used to own the 306/200 which retailed for about $5000. I like the Saturn much more than 306/200. The 306/200's upsampling never sounded natural to me. I never felt relaxed when I listened to it. The Saturn has the most natural mid's and highs that I've heard from the digital products that I have owned including the Meridian 500 transport/566.24 DAC, Sony XA-9000ES (currently own), Linn Ikemi, Cary 306/200, Rega Apollo, and several DACs such as the Monarchy 22B and the Bel Canto DAC1.
post #85 of 415
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Originally Posted by Duggeh
Am I the only person who saw this thread and came in expecting: ?
I have no idea what this "Rega" is.
post #86 of 415
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Originally Posted by flamerz
I have no idea what this "Rega" is.

Its the Rega Ganymede which plays SACD and has balanced outs.

post #87 of 415
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Originally Posted by HumanMedia
You people are tempting me.

Ive been loath to spend on a new CD front end, imagining that a high quality combo player would surface. Ive been playing around with some DACs in the meantime, but now Im starting to realise that no magic combo player will ever appear so I'm tempted to give in to a new CDP.

Keep the info and feedback coming about the Saturn. Its merits, its flaws and how it compares to other players.

Speaking of comparisons, does anyone know how the Saturn compares to a Cary?
I have no regrets at all about spending the $2300.
The Saturn has such a musical, natural sound about it, that it really amazes me. I think it is a great buy for a new player.
post #88 of 415
Very quiet here for last month............who else has purchased Saturn and how does it compare to previous/current CDP?
post #89 of 415
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Originally Posted by DarkAngel View Post
Very quiet here for last month............who else has purchased Saturn and how does it compare to previous/current CDP?
Nothing really new to say.
The Saturn is better in every way than the Planet 2K it replaced. I have no regrets at all in my purchase.
The real question, because it would be hard not to buy a great CDP for $2k-$2.5K either new or used, is do you like the Rega sound? It's different than Naim, or Meridian for example, not better or worse. Best thing to do is find a dealer that will let you take a Saturn home for a weekend and decide for yourself.
Dana
post #90 of 415






The Saturn trumps the Apollo and has only gotten better since the first day I got it. It was surprisingly better and noticeably so right out of the box. Here’s the skinny compared against the mighty Apollo…

The Saturn has better…
detail retrieval,
focus and clarity,
dynamics and PRAT,
quantity and quality bass
and..
lower floor noise,
more separation between voices and instruments,
wider, deeper (bigger) soundstage,
and not as upfront as the Apollo.

The Saturn hasn't really rested. Running it pretty much 24 hours a day. Probably got around 140 hours on her...


A look inside...
http://64.233.161.104/search?q=cache...en&lr=&strip=0

The Saturn does sound very impressive and within the last year or so I’ve heard the E5, Moth Hyper DAC, Wadia 861, Cary 303/200, G08, Apollo, 508.24, and 588.24 just to name some of the more memorable ones.
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