I just got back into vinyl last December (after a 30 year absence) with a VPI Scout and a DV 20xl; I was thrilled! After eights months I decided to go for broke and traded-in the Scout for an Aries 3 with a Dynavector 507MKII. (I put the DV 20xl on the 507).
The Aries 3 trumps the Scout in every way save one; it seems slower and just less 'lively' overall. I seem to have lost that toe-tapping rhythm that I loved about the Scout. Yes, the Aries is quieter, yes it provides greater detail, punchier bass, etcâ€¦but it just seems slower, less rhythmic, and a lot more analytical; dare I say boring? I checked the speed; itâ€™s good. I tried a SDS and that helped significantly, but not so much with the â€˜lifeâ€™ of the table.
I did not try the Aries at home before I made the purchase. My rig at home is totally different than the in-store system that I auditioned. I am wondering what to do next?