I've now almost completed my headphone setup. Here it is:
Technics Sp-10, plinthless on a concrete slab.
TTWeights Ultimat. Alchemist audio record weight.
Audio-technica ATP-12t broadcast arm, on an armored concrete / panzerholz armpod and mapleshade spikes.
Cinemag CMQEE-3440A transformers
Antique soundlabs Twinhead MK1 with upgrades. RCA Black plates 2a3.
Audeze LCD2 rev1
Now, the weakest link is the phono stage. The MS22b is (supposedly) the phono-only version of the ms-12b, and sounds quite good, however I feel like I could do a bit more considering everything that surrounds it.
I have been looking at phono stages for quite a while, and here are the options so far around my budget:
EAR 834p at 800$
Simaudio lp3 + welbourne PS at 550$
Simaudio lp5.3 at 775$
PS Audio GCPH at 600$
Jasmine audio LP2 at ~500$0
Jolida JD-9a at 600$
all prices include taxes, shipping, duties, etc.
I was curious if anyone had experiences with the previous phonos. I'm also interested by comparisons of the jasmine with other phonos at this price point as most reviews don't compare it to anything.
Also, the simaudio unints have a slight advantage in that I live quite close to the simaudio factory and could have them repaired quite easily, unlike the EAR, PS Audio and especially the Jasmine.
Edited by papomaster - 8/18/12 at 7:45pm