Quote: Originally Posted by memepool /img/forum/go_quote.gif So you put an SME V with the same cart on the Aries and the SL1200 and compared them side by side? I'd love to have been there to hear that Actually you would have probably liked it..the SME V was mine and my friend is a DJ whom travels all over the world to spin 1200's..just came back from Ibiza (rough life she has), and well, she spins in Scottsdale,SF, and LA mostly at smaller venues which the people are more interested in quality of sound. (think VIP lounge atmosphere), and well..she liked the arm so much she bought it from me. There were many headphones in this mini meet of sorts as well, including 2 R10's, a HE90, 2 L3000's (one balanced), and a K1000..so yeah it was fun. My friend prefers to the use the Tech1200 deck because it reaches maximum speed faster than any other of her TT's (she traded me for my Fatboy years back for her home deck), and so either way, she is into good sound. The arm does make a considerable upgrade and difference on the Technics and to each his/her own regarding house sound signature (<- no pun intended with her a DJ and all) Her DJ monitors I thought you may be interested to know are a HD-25i, and after all the phones she has been through to boot..