What is your TT rig?

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  • shackshack Posts: 11,284
    edited December 2010
    steveinaz wrote:
    I REALLY like the Marantz. Adjustable tonearm, isolated motor, excellent build quality, and damn fine cartridge. I think I may have found the "just right" combination, even at it's $1499 typical price.

    Here is an "open box" from Crutchfield for $1,350 and free shipping. The open box stuff I've bought from them in the past looked new to me. A great company to buy from as well.

    http://outlet.crutchfield.com/p_642TT15S1/Marantz-Reference-Series-br-TT-15S1.html?cc=02&search=marantz
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  • markmarcmarkmarc Posts: 2,266
    edited December 2010
    steveinaz wrote: »
    Now I'm leaning VERY hard towards the Clearaudio Concept. I'm reading alot about hum problems with Pro-ject, reliability problems with MMF, and Rega leaves out too many key features for the price tag (P3-24).

    Now, before you Pro-ject, MMF, and Rega owners burn me to a crisp; YES, I realize that everyone has problems once in awhile, however, there are very repeatable and serious trends with the Pro-ject issues from the forums I have been on--I see a pattern, plain & simple. Same with MMF, but to a lesser degree; it goes something like this..."after the first year my motor started making noises....." The Rega's limitations are well known (No VTA, and shims are pricey) this just shouldn't "be" on a $1000 turntable, I don't care what your brand name is. My $600 1980's Yamaha had tone arm height adjustment capability. Though reliability seems to be a mainstay with Rega--so if I do stay under $1500, it'll be the Rega.

    Steve, I've heard the Clearaudio Concept, and for under $2k I agree with Jeff Dorgay of TONEAudio, it's the standard. Jeff has a Continuim and other uber TT's and it takes a lot to impress him. Had I had an extra grand I would have bought it instead of the Rega RP1.
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    2 Ch. System
    Amplifiers: Musical Fidelity A5 int, Vista Audio i34, Peachtree Nova 150, Adcom GFP-565 GFA-535ii, 545ii
    Digital: SimAudio HAD230 DAC, iMac 20in/Amarra,
    Speakers: Paradigm Performa F75, Magnepan1.6 w/SkiingNinja x-overs, Totem Signature One's, Totem Rainmakers, ACI Emerald XL, Celestion Si Stands
    Analog: Rega RP1 w/Ortofon Super OM40, SimAudio LP5.3 phono pre
    Cable/Wires: Cardas, AudioArt, Shunyata Venom 3
  • WardswebWardsweb Posts: 799
    edited December 2010
    I run a Clearaudio Champion II fitted with an SME 309 arm and Benz Micro Glider cart. This was an upgrade from a Rega Planar 3 with a RB-250 arm and Audio Note cart. Like going from a Chevy to a Mercedes. To a whole new level. It really got me back into vinyl in a big way.

    clearaudio_championII.jpg
    Living room:Maplenoll turntable, Clearaudio Champion II turntable, Sonic Euphoria pre, EAR 834P phono pre, Shanling CD-T1500 sacd, Auralic Altair DAC/server, PS Audio Quintessence power, ASL AQ1006 845 DT MKII mono block amplifers, DIY Altec/JBL speakers
    Sun room: Roksan Radius 5 turntable, Lounge phono pre, DIY Class A 6H30 linestage, DIY 2A3 amp, Krell CDP, JBL C50 Olympus speakers with custom Smith horns, Klipsch Cornwall III
    Den: Onkyo TX-NR929 receiver, Oppo BDP-103 player, Panamax M5400-PM power, SST Ampzilla 2000 mono blocks, Behringer EP 4000 sub amp, Electrovoice DX-38 active, Klipsch Jubilee speakers, Martin Logan Cinema center, JBL SAT2 surrounds, Danley DTS-10 sub
  • steveinazsteveinaz Posts: 18,956
    edited December 2010
    Got my phono stage today, Sim Moon Audio LP3, $279 DEMO unit! Yeah baby! That's $300 bucks off.
    Source: Bluesound Node 2i | Preamp/DAC: PS Audio Stellar Gain Cell | Power Amp: Parasound Halo A21 | Speakers: PSB Imagine T2 | Cables: Signal Cable Analog 2 XLR; Kimber 8VS Bi-Wire; DH Labs D-75 Dig Coax | AC Power: Panamax M5300-PM
  • steveinazsteveinaz Posts: 18,956
    edited December 2010
    Wardsweb wrote: »
    I run a Clearaudio Champion II fitted with an SME 309 arm and Benz Micro Glider cart. This was an upgrade from a Rega Planar 3 with a RB-250 arm and Audio Note cart. Like going from a Chevy to a Mercedes. To a whole new level. It really got me back into vinyl in a big way.

    clearaudio_championII.jpg

    I think I would just sit and look at that beauty for hours. Awesome.
    Source: Bluesound Node 2i | Preamp/DAC: PS Audio Stellar Gain Cell | Power Amp: Parasound Halo A21 | Speakers: PSB Imagine T2 | Cables: Signal Cable Analog 2 XLR; Kimber 8VS Bi-Wire; DH Labs D-75 Dig Coax | AC Power: Panamax M5300-PM
  • hearingimparedhearingimpared Banned Posts: 21,473
    edited December 2010
    That is truly a work of art!
    sucks2beme wrote: »
    Crap is a sound signature, isn't it?
    madmax wrote: »
    Nothing like vinyl, thats for sure.
    madmax


    Quotes of the year!!!
  • markmarcmarkmarc Posts: 2,266
    edited December 2010
    steveinaz wrote: »
    Got my phono stage today, Sim Moon Audio LP3, $279 DEMO unit! Yeah baby! That's $300 bucks off.

    I love my Sim LP5.3, everything they build performs well above it's price point. Great snag!!
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    2 Ch. System
    Amplifiers: Musical Fidelity A5 int, Vista Audio i34, Peachtree Nova 150, Adcom GFP-565 GFA-535ii, 545ii
    Digital: SimAudio HAD230 DAC, iMac 20in/Amarra,
    Speakers: Paradigm Performa F75, Magnepan1.6 w/SkiingNinja x-overs, Totem Signature One's, Totem Rainmakers, ACI Emerald XL, Celestion Si Stands
    Analog: Rega RP1 w/Ortofon Super OM40, SimAudio LP5.3 phono pre
    Cable/Wires: Cardas, AudioArt, Shunyata Venom 3
  • hearingimparedhearingimpared Banned Posts: 21,473
    edited December 2010
    steveinaz wrote: »
    Got my phono stage today, Sim Moon Audio LP3, $279 DEMO unit! Yeah baby! That's $300 bucks off.

    That's a nice unit Steve. It gives you a plethora of loading option both resistive and capacitive!!! Plus IIRC it give you a range of gain adjustments.

    GREAT SNAG STEVE!!!
    sucks2beme wrote: »
    Crap is a sound signature, isn't it?
    madmax wrote: »
    Nothing like vinyl, thats for sure.
    madmax


    Quotes of the year!!!
  • doctor rdoctor r Posts: 802
    edited December 2010
    VAC Renaissance mk5
    Ayre VX-5/20
    Ayre QX-5/20
    Origin Live Resolution Mk3-2 with LSC
    Origin Live Illustrious Mk3c
    Koetsu Rosewood Signature Platinum
    Ortofon Windfeld Ti
    Adona Eris 6dw
    Spendor D9
    Luminous Synestra Sig SC
    Audience AU24 SX XLRs
    Audience aR6-TSSD
  • doctorcilantrodoctorcilantro Posts: 2,038
    edited December 2010
    doctor r wrote: »

    Pretty, love the last shot on the right.
    For Sale 2019:
    Tortuga Audio LDR passive preamp
    Decware EL34 amp
    Allnic H-1201 phono
    Zu Union Cubes
    iFi iDSD DAC, .5m UBS, iFI Gemini cable, Oyaide Tunami XLR 1.3M, Oyaide Tunami Speaker wire 1.5M, Beyerdynamic DT1990 headphones, PS Audio P3 power center

  • doctor rdoctor r Posts: 802
    edited December 2010
    Thanks. I love the modern industrial design. The Blackbird with the VAC are a sweet combination once I finally got the SRA properly dialed in. Aligned with a Mint protractor also.
    VAC Renaissance mk5
    Ayre VX-5/20
    Ayre QX-5/20
    Origin Live Resolution Mk3-2 with LSC
    Origin Live Illustrious Mk3c
    Koetsu Rosewood Signature Platinum
    Ortofon Windfeld Ti
    Adona Eris 6dw
    Spendor D9
    Luminous Synestra Sig SC
    Audience AU24 SX XLRs
    Audience aR6-TSSD
  • hearingimparedhearingimpared Banned Posts: 21,473
    edited December 2010
    doctor r wrote: »

    Gorgeous and that last shot just has me sporting wood!!! That is one of the coolest looking tables I've ever seen.:smile:
    sucks2beme wrote: »
    Crap is a sound signature, isn't it?
    madmax wrote: »
    Nothing like vinyl, thats for sure.
    madmax


    Quotes of the year!!!
  • doctor rdoctor r Posts: 802
    edited December 2010
    This is an interesting review of the table that started my investigation into OL products.
    Origin Live Aurora mk2
    VAC Renaissance mk5
    Ayre VX-5/20
    Ayre QX-5/20
    Origin Live Resolution Mk3-2 with LSC
    Origin Live Illustrious Mk3c
    Koetsu Rosewood Signature Platinum
    Ortofon Windfeld Ti
    Adona Eris 6dw
    Spendor D9
    Luminous Synestra Sig SC
    Audience AU24 SX XLRs
    Audience aR6-TSSD
  • hearingimparedhearingimpared Banned Posts: 21,473
    edited December 2010
    doctor r wrote: »
    This is an interesting review of the table that started my investigation into OL products.
    Origin Live Aurora mk2

    Great read Doc and the price almost had me hit the floor. That's a lot of table technology for a small price.:smile:
    sucks2beme wrote: »
    Crap is a sound signature, isn't it?
    madmax wrote: »
    Nothing like vinyl, thats for sure.
    madmax


    Quotes of the year!!!
  • doctor rdoctor r Posts: 802
    edited December 2010
    Spinning Chtistmas cheer on the old/new technology. Merry Chistmas.
    VAC Renaissance mk5
    Ayre VX-5/20
    Ayre QX-5/20
    Origin Live Resolution Mk3-2 with LSC
    Origin Live Illustrious Mk3c
    Koetsu Rosewood Signature Platinum
    Ortofon Windfeld Ti
    Adona Eris 6dw
    Spendor D9
    Luminous Synestra Sig SC
    Audience AU24 SX XLRs
    Audience aR6-TSSD
  • doctorcilantrodoctorcilantro Posts: 2,038
    edited December 2010
    Still troubleshooting some whacked issues, possibly a colder solder joint, and ground loop issues but getting there. We get some cool light in this new apt. so I took a break. Nice to at least have it spinning after over a year of saving, building, and tweaking. I grabbed a record I knew I wouldn't rip as I have it on CD, it's actually a REALLY well recorded Culture album (one his last I think).

    Man, video looks crappy, thanks YouTube for mangling my already sub-par iPhone video LOL (switch it to 480p):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8sUsLEJ8jI
    For Sale 2019:
    Tortuga Audio LDR passive preamp
    Decware EL34 amp
    Allnic H-1201 phono
    Zu Union Cubes
    iFi iDSD DAC, .5m UBS, iFI Gemini cable, Oyaide Tunami XLR 1.3M, Oyaide Tunami Speaker wire 1.5M, Beyerdynamic DT1990 headphones, PS Audio P3 power center

  • hearingimparedhearingimpared Banned Posts: 21,473
    edited December 2010
    Hot damn Doc, everytime I see that TT of yours I sport wood!!!

    "He covets!" ~ Hannibal Lecter
    sucks2beme wrote: »
    Crap is a sound signature, isn't it?
    madmax wrote: »
    Nothing like vinyl, thats for sure.
    madmax


    Quotes of the year!!!
  • doctorcilantrodoctorcilantro Posts: 2,038
    edited December 2010
    thanks. Quid pro quo impared! ; )

    I just can't get it all working, so close, Can't go into to details but maybe if I ever get it working 100% I'll post a sample.
    For Sale 2019:
    Tortuga Audio LDR passive preamp
    Decware EL34 amp
    Allnic H-1201 phono
    Zu Union Cubes
    iFi iDSD DAC, .5m UBS, iFI Gemini cable, Oyaide Tunami XLR 1.3M, Oyaide Tunami Speaker wire 1.5M, Beyerdynamic DT1990 headphones, PS Audio P3 power center

  • hearingimparedhearingimpared Banned Posts: 21,473
    edited December 2010
    thanks. Quid pro quo impared! ; )

    I just can't get it all working, so close, Can't go into to details but maybe if I ever get it working 100% I'll post a sample.

    I hate to say after a year farting around to get it running just right but "patience grasshopper!"
    sucks2beme wrote: »
    Crap is a sound signature, isn't it?
    madmax wrote: »
    Nothing like vinyl, thats for sure.
    madmax


    Quotes of the year!!!
  • doctorcilantrodoctorcilantro Posts: 2,038
    edited December 2010
    Yeah, getting there. Just so many variables with TT. Notcied that if I ground myself to the EP15 regnerator, the noisefloor drops about 5db on the meters. Need to Earth ground the chassis.

    I already have the pre grounded to the table/arm (grounding to the motor housing makes no difference), but my dedicated ground pin on the Voice simply ADDS massive noise when connected to the preamp, but it didn't do this last week.

    Need to check some more wiring tonight. What have I gotten myself into?
    For Sale 2019:
    Tortuga Audio LDR passive preamp
    Decware EL34 amp
    Allnic H-1201 phono
    Zu Union Cubes
    iFi iDSD DAC, .5m UBS, iFI Gemini cable, Oyaide Tunami XLR 1.3M, Oyaide Tunami Speaker wire 1.5M, Beyerdynamic DT1990 headphones, PS Audio P3 power center

  • hearingimparedhearingimpared Banned Posts: 21,473
    edited December 2010
    Yeah, getting there. Just so many variables with TT. Notcied that if I ground myself to the EP15 regnerator, the noisefloor drops about 5db on the meters. Need to Earth ground the chassis.

    I already have the pre grounded to the table/arm (grounding to the motor housing makes no difference), but my dedicated ground pin on the Voice simply ADDS massive noise when connected to the preamp, but it didn't do this last week.

    Need to check some more wiring tonight. What have I gotten myself into?

    I had similar problems last year when using a step-up transformer in the mix. Hum and stuff. I was pulling my hair out of my head (what's left) and finally I started to swap out different ICs going from the SME V tonarm cable to the phono pre. I found that if I put a Garth (very old solid silver core, silver solder high end cable from 15 years ago) IC the problems disappeared. However, I stepped up to an MIT Shotgun 3 IC and the problem returned. AFter talking to Joe Abrams who recommended doing 8 twists in the IC pair, the problem again was resolved. I'm still scratching my head over that one.:confused:
    sucks2beme wrote: »
    Crap is a sound signature, isn't it?
    madmax wrote: »
    Nothing like vinyl, thats for sure.
    madmax


    Quotes of the year!!!
  • CSM41CSM41 Posts: 55
    edited December 2010
    Steve,

    Not sure if you bought your TT yet, but I have some experience with the TT's you are looking at. I currently own both a Technics SL1200 MK II (Ortofon Headshell/Denon DL-160, otherwise stock) and the Music Hall MMF 5.1/Goldring 1012gx. Stock for stock I give the edge in sound quality to the 5.1. Build quality goes to the Technics. Modability to the Technics. After I added a Speedbox II to the 5.1 it got even better. I really don't feel like you can wrong with either. I have never had a problem with either deck and the sound quality of both is very good.

    Now, if you have the money, you can't go wrong with the Clearadaudio or better yet, the VPI Classic. The VPI Classic is the deck I am saving for.
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  • steveinazsteveinaz Posts: 18,956
    edited December 2010
    Haven't pulled the rigger yet, appreciate the reviews. The 5.1 might still be an option, as I'm still a bit apprehensive; and if I decide I'm sticking with vinyl, I can always get a Clearaudio later...
    Source: Bluesound Node 2i | Preamp/DAC: PS Audio Stellar Gain Cell | Power Amp: Parasound Halo A21 | Speakers: PSB Imagine T2 | Cables: Signal Cable Analog 2 XLR; Kimber 8VS Bi-Wire; DH Labs D-75 Dig Coax | AC Power: Panamax M5300-PM
  • minerminer Posts: 1,207
    edited December 2010
    This has been my upgrade path since 12/2007

    1) Rega P5, TTPSU, Rega Exact MM cartridge

    2) Rega P7, Dynavector DV20X HO MC cartridge

    3) Rega P9, Lyra Delos MC cartridge

    Every step has revealed an improvement. Largest improvement was from the P7 to the P9
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  • hearingimparedhearingimpared Banned Posts: 21,473
    edited December 2010
    miner wrote: »
    This has been my upgrade path since 12/2007

    1) Rega P5, TTPSU, Rega Exact MM cartridge

    2) Rega P7, Dynavector DV20X HO MC cartridge

    3) Rega P9, Lyra Delos MC cartridge

    Every step has revealed an improvement. Largest improvement was from the P7 to the P9

    Nice climb! Lyra's are very nice sounding cartridges. Those Rega's get better and better.
    sucks2beme wrote: »
    Crap is a sound signature, isn't it?
    madmax wrote: »
    Nothing like vinyl, thats for sure.
    madmax


    Quotes of the year!!!
  • madmaxmadmax Posts: 12,438
    edited December 2010
    steveinaz wrote: »
    Haven't pulled the rigger yet, appreciate the reviews. The 5.1 might still be an option, as I'm still a bit apprehensive; and if I decide I'm sticking with vinyl, I can always get a Clearaudio later...

    I heard the 5.1 SE (SE is the walnut base) with the PS Audio preamp and was totally blown away with it! If I ever get a second room turntable it is high in the running.

    madmax
    Vinyl, the final frontier...

    Avantgarde horns, 300b tubes, thats the kinda crap I want... :D
  • steveinazsteveinaz Posts: 18,956
    edited January 2011
    Good to know, thanks Max
    Source: Bluesound Node 2i | Preamp/DAC: PS Audio Stellar Gain Cell | Power Amp: Parasound Halo A21 | Speakers: PSB Imagine T2 | Cables: Signal Cable Analog 2 XLR; Kimber 8VS Bi-Wire; DH Labs D-75 Dig Coax | AC Power: Panamax M5300-PM
  • shackshack Posts: 11,284
    edited January 2011
    Steve...IF you decide to continue down the vinyl path...I suggest you just decide on how much, what rig and jump in and do it. You can guess and second guess and guess some more as you continue to get "suggestions" and get no where other that even more undecided. Suggestions are basically opinions and you know what they say about opinions...

    BTW...it's much easier to upgrade than to downgrade as you determine your entry point. Just an opinion...:wink:
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  • steveinazsteveinaz Posts: 18,956
    edited January 2011
    Yep, 10-4. I'm holding off until we get the HDTV replacement lined up (plasma wallmount), as I have to clear room on the top of our cabinet. In my showcase, you'll see what I mean.
    Source: Bluesound Node 2i | Preamp/DAC: PS Audio Stellar Gain Cell | Power Amp: Parasound Halo A21 | Speakers: PSB Imagine T2 | Cables: Signal Cable Analog 2 XLR; Kimber 8VS Bi-Wire; DH Labs D-75 Dig Coax | AC Power: Panamax M5300-PM
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