I agree with the review although being the ex owner of the old Mk II Rock I don't find the trough to be an issue, I'm used to it. What I wlll add is that compared to the older Rock (with Excaliber arm and Grado Prestige Gold cart) the new Rock (with RB250 and the same Grado) the sound is more open but a little lighter. It seems to have more depth of field.
The older Rock seems to edge it on timing stability and I think the more powerful motor that Townshend say they will offer might be a worthwhile investment. As it is I usually give the platter a flick at startup to help things along.
The other missing item is any kind of plinth or cover, which is especially annoying with the trough being exposed to dust so I ordered a made-to-measure acrylic cover from plasticonline who did a great job for under £100.
Overall I'm a happy bunny and although it's not a huge step up from the Rock II it does sound to my ears like a more enjoyable musical experience. Let me put it this way, since I got it a month ago I have only listened to 3 CDs, is that proof enough? (Update, one year on. OK, I'm playing CDs again as well as the Rock but I still love the new Rock and will be replacing the Grado soon with a new Denon 103. Otherwise I stand by my comments)
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