Originally Posted by parbaked
I'm interested to know what you think as you are one of the few I would trust to judge a book by it's cover!
I only googled the link you have provided above (gallery) - NEVER heard of Palmer before ( I am 98,7654321 % of the time at present time & say last 5 years into recording music and upping the ante with recording equipment to the be$t of my abilititie$) , devoting what little remains to mostly perfecting the Sleeping Beauty . ( And a cartridge I hope will be able to establish itself in the market this time around ).
I like the outboard power supply, I like the use of the Syrinx>Audio Origami tonearm, *if* there was an upper model of Lampizator digitalwhatever in the pics, the thing is at least in good company. I like the 3.0 better than the 2.5, assuming the motor is AC of the beefier sort and further reducing any motor vibration reaching the table proper is a good thing. *Assuming* a top notch, preferrably inverted type main bearing, the performance ( wow, flutter, rumble ) should at the very least be good, hopefull much higher than that.
It is a high mass design, from what I could decipher from photos not using any special suspension system, relying for resisting feedback on sheer mass. Its plinth has acres of area, which is susceptible to acoustic coupled feedback - if building a TT from scratch, I would tend to avoid that as much as possible. Repeating the plywood theme towards infinity also goes only so far.
The deck uses kork or kork/rubber compound mat. From what I could decipher from photos, WITHOUT the recess below the record label - at prices I *assume* this TT commands, a serious failing IMO. I *hope* the clamp?weight is the former, basically an Oracle knock off type clamp, capable of bringing all but the most stubbornly warped/dished LPs in close contact with the mat across entire playing surface. If it is weight only... -
please fill in the blanks yourself.
A decent record/mat/platter interface is the #1 requirement in any TT which aspires to be granted a reson for its very existance in 2014, given the emerging HiRez digital. The pictures provide no hint appropriate measures have been taken in the Palmer design.