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Linn Sondek or Michell Gyro SE

I have a good condition Rega Planar 2 with a AT95E Cartridge which i bought for £100 a few months ago.

Whilst i enjoy giving it a spin every month with a small record collection it doesnt quite stack up against the Arcam CD player so reduces its appeal (to be honest id be surprised if it did). However is it great value for money and i do like a vinyl day now and again.

I am considering an upgrade option - buying a 2nd hard Linn LP12 Sondek (with Basik tonearm) or a 2nd hand Michell Gyro SE both of which ive seen for up to £800 and i like their appearance which is important. The Linn appears to come with greater risk 2nd hand, but visually it does appeal to me more.

I guess the question is how do these compare ?

Also whilst vinyl is available to me locally, i do have a much more extensive cd collection so it may of course only be really worthwhile upgrading the Rega Cartridge to say an Ortofon Blue and saving the money for a whole load records instead.

I appreciate the input - Chebby if you are around i know you had a Rega with the Blue before you sold, how did that compare to the Naim CD player in quality of playback ?

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Re: Linn Sondek or Michell Gyro SE

This will come down to personal taste, as they both sound quite different.


I've never been a fan of the LP12's looks, even when I owned one. They do sound good, but that comes at a price. They need regular servicing, once a year is recommended to keep them tip top - imagine it to be a car engine.


The Gyrodec is a bit of a bargain as far as I'm concerned. Where most other turntables comprise an acrylic plinth and platter or an MDF plinth, ending up a little lightweight, the Gyro is comprised mostly of varying types of metal, which actually feels like you've got your money's worth. The good thing is the Gyrodec doesn't need regular servicing, but they do have retrofittable upgrades every now and again when they improve things, so you're not going to be stuck with something that stands still.


I heard one with an SME IV arm and Ortofon cartridge once and was quite surprised how much it sounded like CD. I don't mean that in a bad way, I mean there was little background noise, and the dynamics reminded me of CD, although it retained it's vinyl characteristics.


Having not had a turntable for a while, I'm looking at a Gyrodec to add to my system - beautiful bit of kit!


 

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Re: Linn Sondek or Michell Gyro SE

Actually regular servicing would be a slight put off that i should take account of.

Another one that catches my eye is the Clearaudio Emotion.

How does that stack up against the Gyro ?

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It's competition for it, but again,it's one of those decks that doesn't look like you get much for your money in comparison to the Gyrodec. But then, the sort of person who buys a Gyrodec isn't someone who prefers simple, conventional looking decks.


 

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Why are we even having this conversation?!?!?


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Re: Linn Sondek or Michell Gyro SE

i must confess after looking at a few youtube videos is think the Gyro is probably the one

the big question now is whether it is worth the expenditure for me as i really have to decide if i am going to give vinyl more play time v the cd's

it still could be that a cartridge upgrade for the Rega would be enough for me to get my vinyl fix with

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Re: Linn Sondek or Michell Gyro SE

Try out Inspire Hifi's new I2 turntable (£399 with Inspire modified RB251 arm and a Sumiko Oyster MM cartridge)....

 

http://www.inspirehifi.co.uk/page10/page10.html

Their new turntables have had some great reviews (alas I cannot post because they are in other UK magazines).

They have an ebay shop you can buy from that often features some excellent used TT's and other goodies. (They service the used TT's before they get sold.)

This link has some far better photos of the new i2 turntable.

(I am not connected in any way with this manufacturer or their shop.)

 

 

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Re: Linn Sondek or Michell Gyro SE

I'm not sure about yearly maintenence on the LP12, but every two or three years would be my recommendation.

Also, for the £800 you mention, you should be at least looking at an LP12 Valhalla with Ittok arm - don't accept a Basik/Plus unless the total is less than £600, as the Ittok is a big step up from the LVX.

However, I can't argue on the looks - the Gyro is in a totally different league. The dust cover looks a bit cumbersome though (if a dust cover matters to you - it does to me...)

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JohnDuncan:Why are we even having this conversation?!?!?


Mmmmmmm.......exactly what I'll be getting, with the silver weights. Although I'll be getting an SME arm......heaven Yes


 

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Re: Linn Sondek or Michell Gyro SE
crusaderlord:i must confess after looking at a few youtube videos is think the Gyro is probably the one the big question now is whether it is worth the expenditure for me as i really have to decide if i am going to give vinyl more play time v the cd's it still could be that a cartridge upgrade for the Rega would be enough for me to get my vinyl fix with


Trust me, you wouldn't regret it. You'll find yourself playing vinyl more often than you do now. Plus, you'll be leaving the motor going even when you're not using it because it looks good Smile


 

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Re: Linn Sondek or Michell Gyro SE
FrankHarveyHiFi:Mmmmmmm.......exactly what I'll be getting, with the silver weights. Although I'll be getting an SME arm......heaven Yes



Yeah, the silver weights are v classy. As are SME arms obviously, if you can get them at trade Wink

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FrankHarveyHiFi:Plus, you'll be leaving the motor going even when you're not using it because it looks good Smile



Mmmmmmmmmm

EDIT - damn, youtube embedding doesn't work...

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JohnDuncan:Yeah, the silver weights are v classy. As are SME arms obviously, if you can get them at trade Wink


Big Smile


 

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Re: Linn Sondek or Michell Gyro SE


But for us mere mortals, an RB300 still rocks on a gyro...

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Re: Linn Sondek or Michell Gyro SE

It'll be an SME IV or a V.....pics will be up once I've decided and received......


 

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Oh come on David, don't go all cheap on us now...

(although I actually think the silver IV looks cooler Big Smile)

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