Congrats on the SX 1080 Lee Harvey!!!
I picked up a 1080 a few months ago and am stoked to have it. I use it to drive my HPM 1500 speakers and the hp out is quite wonderful.
I have the 2M Blue and it's pretty good, but it doesn't track as well as I'd like with very dynamic recordings. My Benz Micro Red L is much better for that, but it doesn't have enough output for my phono preamp. I pretty much switched to 24/96 downloads and gave up vinyl after that.
The M97xE Skylab recommended is a solid choice, currently around $70. The damping it uniquely provides will help control the motion of your Marantz's arm and so make it sound its best. The sound of the xE is mellow and laid back on the top end. It's not a cart for people who enjoy electrostatic tweeters, for example. But of course you have tone controls, so no worries.
The Audio-Technica AT440MLa (about $175 at the moment) is the anti-xE. It's a little bright on top, but it has one of the best styli (ie, diamond cuts) ever sold. It'll bring out tiny details in your LPs. I have one and like it-- my preamp lets me dial down the slightly hot top end. No damping, though.
Ortofons are pretty close to neutral, and that's good, but the prices of replacement styli can be breathtaking-- shop around. Frankly, I like using the Ortofon-made Digitrac styli in the old OM bodies. Ortofon on the cheap. Well, cheaper.
Thanks! It is suppose to show up sometime next week. I have been looking to get either 1080 or a 1280. A 1980 is just out of my price range. I went to CanJam to listen to the Mjolnir and see if that was the direction to go for my next upgrade but I was not overly impressed with it. I also wanted to listen to the LCD2 and the HE500's one more time to decide on going with orthos or not. I am really happy with my HD650's with a CablePro Reverie cable combo. I am impressed with the SX780 and how well it worked with the Sennheisers. I figured that my money would be better spent with a higher end Pioneer since the Sennheiser's scale up so well. Its good to hear that someone else has a 1080 and is very happy with it.
So what are some opinions on the Sansui G-8700DB receiver? There's one locally that is supposed to be in very good shape and just thoroughly gone through by a local audio store. The asking price is currently $475. Also, anyone have a link to the dimensions, or already know them? I can't seem to find anything but I'm pretty sure it's big.
The recapping was not as difficult as I ve done it with my Marantz 2325, because there is overall an easy access. All in all I ve done it within one day but this is my second Eight :) :). Concerning the SQ I cannot say anything because I ve just heard a little in advance. Right now the unit is playing wonderful and has a lot of impact especially when the Loudness knob is pressed.
I like the numbers...I love the numbers!
Last night, I bought a table as a companion for my vintage iron - 1977 Sony PS-X5. I still had chores to complete before settling down in the listening room. My chance wouldn't come until 0400 hours, but when it did...Holy ship...what a surf! The 1980 Pioneer SX-D7000 and the PS-X5 was puttin' in work! Since the listening room is a shared and family oriented space, I nearly screamed "Get a room!" The pair's performance was getting hot up in there!!!
At first drop, my initial thought was "I paid how much for this combo?!" I absolutely love the numbers - $250 for the SX-D7000, $125 for the PS-X5. And the combo packs a sonic punch, yet sounds refined. I'm pleasantly surprised at the Phono section of the Pioneer.
LP was Chic's 12" Soundtrack "Soup For One" from the movie of the same name.
Happy, however, I'm still facing challenges - I need cleaning supplies and a brush. And I'm flat out of room on the coffee table! Can't figure out where to put the TT. Need a new rack but lack new rack money at this time.
My husband wanted a home theater system, so he bought me a new receiver for my birthday, my old sony works GREAT, is in really good condition. I have never had anything wrong with it. I have RtF (I believe) speakers, and wish to sell the set. Does anyone know how much I should be asking for it and or where to go to sell it. The speakers themselves are great, however my cats used the front fabric for a scratch board.... Thanks for the help, Diane