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Returning to vinyl?
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I’ve been thoroughly digital for the last 20 years. CD and then streaming -- digital has worked brilliantly for me and still does. But for a couple of reasons I want to find out what a TT might bring to my enjoyment of music.

The main reason is that much music of the last 15 years is brickwall mastered on CD and sounds  poor. Check out the DR Database: the vinyl versions seem to be more benignly mastered. Whilst one might hope that the move towards hi-res will give us decently mastered digital versions, I’m sceptical. As things stand, hi-res looks like an attempt to flog an unnecessarily expensive product that won’t sound any better than the existing red book versions.

Also I have a good stash of LPs, many of which aren’t available on CD.

And I'm open to what people say about the SQ of vinyl. I guess I feel vinyl is an itch that needs to be scratched.

So tomorrow I have my first TT demo. 

:cheers:

Matt

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RE: Returning to vinyl?

Good luck with the demo and just in time for Record store day this Saturday. I am also returning to vinyl after an 11 year gap. There is nothing like looking after a record and enjoying the event of listening to it.  I will happily lend someone a CD but my vinyl never leaves the house.

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Nice one Matt!

Which turntables will you be listening to?

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RE: Returning to vinyl?

Tomorrow I have a Majik LP12 and SME 10 lined up. Not sure about all the arm and cartridge details. This is a dealer demo, but it will be with the same system as I use at home (Devialet 170 and ML Montis).

Next week I have a home demo of a Michell Orbe.

:cheers:

Matt

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RE: Returning to vinyl?

matt49 wrote:

Tomorrow I have a Majik LP12 and SME 10 lined up. Not sure about all the arm and cartridge details. This is a dealer demo, but it will be with the same system as I use at home (Devialet 170 and ML Montis).

Next week I have a home demo of a Michell Orbe.

:cheers:

Matt

Crikey, don't mess then!!!!

 

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RE: Returning to vinyl?

I think I'd put the Inspire Monarch on the list to audition <  http://www.inspirehifi.co.uk/monarch.html > and the PTP Audio Solid9 or Solid12 <  http://www.ptpaudio.com/solid9.html >, but PTP would involve a trip to Amsterdam.

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stevebrock wrote:

Crikey, don't mess then!!!!

Quite right. Go in hard, go in fast, take no prisoners.

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ifor wrote:

I think I'd put the Inspire Monarch on the list to audition <  http://www.inspirehifi.co.uk/monarch.html > and the PTP Audio Solid9 or Solid12 <  http://www.ptpaudio.com/solid9.html >, but PTP would involve a trip to Amsterdam.

Thnx for the tip re. Inspire Monarch. I'll hunt it down over the next month or so.

Amsterdam may be a bridge too far.

Matt

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Don't forget your Nagaoka cart.

 

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matt49 wrote:

ifor wrote:

I think I'd put the PTP Audio Solid9 or Solid12 <  http://www.ptpaudio.com/solid9.html >, but PTP would involve a trip to Amsterdam.

Amsterdam may be a bridge too far.

Matt

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RE: Returning to vinyl?

Think I'd also consider a Garrard 301 or 401.  The choice of custom plinths is astonishingly varied and plenty of experienced servicing folk out there.  One of the few turntable setups you can really tailor to your preferences and make unique.

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If you like the Majik LP12 make sure you listen to is with the added trampoline, and if possible the kore. They make significant upgrades for not a lot of money Smile 

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If you like the Majik LP12 make sure you listen to is with the added trampoline, and if possible the kore. They make significant upgrades for not a lot of money Smile 

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the record spot wrote:

Think I'd also consider a Garrard 301 or 401.  The choice of custom plinths is astonishingly varied and plenty of experienced servicing folk out there.  One of the few turntable setups you can really tailor to your preferences and make unique.

Don't forget the Garrard 501 < http://loricraftinternetshop.co.uk/page3.html > £14K excluding VAT.

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RE: Returning to vinyl?

True, but I think that's a tad outside Matt's budget...!

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Yeah and vinyl is a real moolah hoover.

I just heard a £10K SME set up. It had the "entry level" Koetsu cartridge, just shy of £2K. Frankly I was terrified I'd break it just by breathing.

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