Turntable upgrade

TEL5112 -- Sun, 06/03/2012 - 12:40

 I have recently upgraded my sound system with the Sonus Faber Liutos floor standing speakers combined with an Electrocomponet ECI-5 intigrated amp. I am using Transparent cables as well. My next step is to upgrade my turntable. I have been reviewing posts about all the higher end turntables and the more I research the more questions I have. I do not know much about this subject and would like some advise on what would work well with my new setup. My price point is modest at best, in the $4000 range. I do have a decent Creek phone preamp that I would like to keep in my system. I listen to mostly clasical rock and pop rock. Any sugestions would be appreciated.

TEL5112 -- Sun, 06/03/2012 - 12:40


txbluedem -- Tue, 06/05/2012 - 08:51

 Ive owned Rega p2 and p3. I'm currently working on a linn lp12. I love the Rega sound but have had issues with grounding and have gotten the Linn bug. I have heard great things about the RP6, I love the VPI classic I heard but it is above my range. I'll try to post how things are going with the Linn in a few weeks. As of now I would say a Rega RP6 or VPI classic and possibly an LP 12. I'm running Naim Nait 5i with paradigm studio 20's.

jack d ii -- Wed, 06/06/2012 - 18:55

Look for a Notingham Ace Space used.  There is fvery little to go wrong with them and that's a good arm.  Next a used Stogi Stabi.

 Jack D II

rossop -- Fri, 06/08/2012 - 07:05

I had a Rega P5 with TT PSU. It was a very good unit but you can only go so far with one. I got a second hand Simon Yorke S7 and, believe me,  it's a lot better. Im not saying you should get one but at that price I would have a good hard look in the second hand market. The afore mentioned Spacedeck is a good option. Dont rush in, as I have done previously, and Im sure you will get something good. You dont say what you have now. This, and where you live (roughly) makes a difference. A good second hand 'table will last a lifetime, so thats what I would be looking at.

I've never owned a Linn but have read reports that they can be finnicky. Better than a Rega but not set and forget like the Rega.

TEL5112 -- Mon, 06/11/2012 - 17:30

 Thanks everyone for your imput. I am leaning twards the VPI Classic right now. xtbluedem, you said you have heard it. For the price, is it a good deal? rossop, I currently have a Rega RP1 with the upgrade package. I just purchased it a few months ago and it sounded great with my older equipment, then I started upgrading and I know I am not getting the full potential out of the Liutos and Electro with this turntable. Unfortunatly I live in Omaha NE and the closest dealer where I can audition multiple brands of TT's is quite a drive. From all that I have read on the VPI, I don't think I could go wrong with the Classic.

txbluedem -- Tue, 06/12/2012 - 14:42

Ive been listening to my Linn LP 12 for a few days now, I am very happy and was not expecting this level of change. Compared to my rega I can now hear the flow of music and separation and soundstage have improved. My rega became more congested at high volume while the linn stays composed and never loses its character. Ive tried the linn with my nad and naim integrates and feel it is the best I could do now with my budget. The whole linn package came to about 900, but my limit was about a grand. Since you have a higher limit I think the VPI is a good bet. I heard it with Macintosh equip with songs Fabre and magnepan speakers and found it to be about the best analog I've heard. It was using a dynavector 10x5 cartridge. Good luck! You can't go wrong with VPI.

TEL5112 -- Thu, 06/14/2012 - 14:36

Well, I went with the VPI Classic 1 with an upgraded Arm Wond that comes standard on the VPI Classic 3. I paired it up with a Sumiko Blackbird MC cartridge. I'm very much anticipating its arrival and will post how it works with my system after its break in.

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