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What new turntable? An Analogue Works TT1!
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Hello,

I've recently upgraded to an Onkyo a9000r amp & QAcoustics Concept 40 speakers. I'm now sat looking at (and listening to) my entry level Pro-ject Debut III Esprit and it's got me wondering if I should similarly upgrade the source.

So, theoretically *cough* if I suddenly found myself with the above budget, what do you recommend? My vinyl collection ranges from classical, to jazz, to prog rock, via many other genres. I guess I'm looking for a good all round performer.

Any suggestions of what to audition are appreciated.

Cheers!

 

Analogue Works TT1 > Onkyo > B&W CM9

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RE: What new turntable & cartridge for £1000-£1500?

Are you confident in setting up a turntable yourself or do you want one already fitted with tonearm / cartridge?

Do you want to buy new ro happy to go second-hand?

Oh, and welcome to the forum. Smile

 

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Thank you for the welcome  Smile

I would prefer plug and play, to be honest. I did fit a new cartridge to my deck but am unconvinced that I've done a good job!

EDIT: Also, being a newbie to non-entry level kit, I would be more condfident buying new kit.

EDIT2: I would prefer a deck with an integral dust-cover

 

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RE: What new turntable & cartridge for £1000-£1500?

Will you need a Phono amp or will the Onk cover that. Will it be good enough for a 1 and a half grand turntable?

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RE: What new turntable & cartridge for £1000-£1500?

I think the amp can cover that for now, it's also switchable between MM/MC cartridges. I don't have to exhaust the entire budget. There are some obvious contenders.... Rega RP6, Clearaudio Concept, Pro-ject 2 Exp or 6 Perspex.

I know the proof is in the listening....just looking for opinions really!

EDIT: aesthetically speaking I have only one condition: it has to be a rectangular plinth. Something about those wonky decks doesn't sit well with me :grin:

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I would go RP6 with a DV20 2XL

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Hi respe,

Cheers for the recommendation. Forgive me, why do you recommend this combination? Is this what you use?

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The RP6 would have to be fitted with this cartridge by a dealer or you would have to fit it yourself.

Not too sure why this cartridge was recommended but whatever I assume the poster figured it was a good combo when he heard it.

The Clearaudio Concept you mention is a good set-up within your price range but I'm not too sure it comes with a lid / cover although you can get aftermarket ones if required.

 

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RE: What new turntable & cartridge for £1000-£1500?

This is the package I went for recently..

 

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Pro-Ject-Xperience-2-Pack-Turntable-with-Ortofon-2M-Blue-/231191329308?pt=UK_AudioTVElectronics_HomeAudioHiFi_Turntables&hash=item35d413ba1c

 

..ticks all the boxes for me, and I love the acrylic look. I do like the 2M Blue cart though currently I have my "spare" Nagaoka MP110 fitted, and not swapped it back yet.

Straight after I bought mine the price jumped up from £765 to £900

 

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DIB wrote:

This is the package I went for recently..

 

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Pro-Ject-Xperience-2-Pack-Turntable-with-Ortofon-2M-Blue-/231191329308?pt=UK_AudioTVElectronics_HomeAudioHiFi_Turntables&hash=item35d413ba1c

 

..ticks all the boxes for me, and I love the acrylic look. I do like the 2M Blue cart though currently I have my "spare" Nagaoka MP110 fitted, and not swapped it back yet.

Straight after I bought mine the price jumped up from £765 to £900

 

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DIB's setup and suggestion is a good one. If you could get dealer to replace the Ortofon with the Nagaoka MP-200 you would have a set-up that is probably the best currently available within your price range.

NOTE the Dynavector  DV20XL: cartridge mentioned in earlier post is a low-output MC type with 0.3 mv output. Your amp has a mc inbuilt state but you would have to check it has enough gain to deal with a cartridge such as this, many of them will not and can only handle the hi-output MC types.

 

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Michell Gyro SE and RB300 with a modest cartridge - Ortofon 2M Red will take you just over budget, but you can upgrade to Blue or Black as time goes by, whereas the Gyro will last a lifetime, and is an absolute bargain.

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Waxy wrote:

Hi respe,

Cheers for the recommendation. Forgive me, why do you recommend this combination? Is this what you use?

 

No, I use a P9-apheta-ios.

I had a DV20 on a P25- and transfered it to the P9 when I changed deck, I thought the DV20 was a very well blanaced cart, and thoroughly enjoyable to listen to. The RP6 with its 303 arm will let the dyna sing. It for me is a well balanced combination, with the Rega's rythym and drive complimenting the dyna's tonal range, and presentation.

I would have suggested a used gyro, with a OL alliance or onyx arm, would also have been worth investigating,  other than your requirement for rectangular and integral cover, which rules out the Gyro.

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John Duncan wrote:

Michell Gyro SE and RB300 with a modest cartridge - Ortofon 2M Red will take you just over budget, but you can upgrade to Blue or Black as time goes by, whereas the Gyro will last a lifetime, and is an absolute bargain.

Good call but he would need the Gyro and not the Gyro SE (see his second requirement for an interal dust cover).

 

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Get a tea towel...

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John Duncan wrote:
Get a tea towel...

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