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Best Turntable/Record Player in the £1000/1500 range (second hand/new)

Discussion in 'audio' started by gerlando, Jan 29, 2020.

  1. Alex S

    Alex S carbon based lifeform

    Or just try LSD.
    Drumossie likes this.
  2. gerlando

    gerlando pfm Member

    I agree that probably the most intriguing solution are FF LSD and WT Simplex.
  3. Seanm

    Seanm pfm Member

    I had that exact combo and found it the same, although I really liked it in lots of ways. I think it's probably the Nima. I now have a Funk arm on the Gyro and it's very different.
    Tarzan likes this.
  4. Alex S

    Alex S carbon based lifeform

    Sean, OP, sorry to go off topic but do you know the Funk arm hierarchy? I’m moving towards Gyro/FX3 as my TT solution. What cart do you prefer?
  5. Tarzan

    Tarzan pfm Member

    Put an Audionote arm on a Gyro and it will not sound 'lazy.':)
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  6. gerlando

    gerlando pfm Member

    Yes, this is another possible solution:
    to put a Funk or Audio Note tonearm on the Gyrodec instead of the Nima.
  7. Tarzan

    Tarzan pfm Member

    The Audionote range of tone arms are ridiculous VFM- and musicality.:)
  8. Seanm

    Seanm pfm Member

    The "X" series use the "cross beam" technology which is the draw here, I think - don't really know anything about the cheaper models. AIUI the FX-RI and the original RII were introduced at the same time, and the only differences were that the RII allowed VTA adjustment and had a separate external cable (this is the one I have). It looks like the RII (now R2) has been re-designed, and now incorporates a falling weight bias adjuster in place of the Rega-style magnetic one. Don't think the RI is available anymore. The FX-R3 is quite different: it loses the Rega bearing assembly and has a sliding weight on the wand that can be adjusted to suit the compliance of the cart. It's quite a bit more expensive.

    I've been lazy with carts: when I heard the RII(?) with my Nagaoka MP500 it sounded so right I lost interest in experimenting. It's low mass but apparently the cross beam makes compliance matching less of a big deal.

    You're in Greenwich, aren't you? I'm Lewisham. Let me know if you want to borrow my Gyro SE, which is likely to be up for sale soon. I know you'd be after the full version but the SE would let you know if you can get on with the design, and you'd be doing me a favour by getting it out of the way while I assess a new arrival. I have a spare RB300 you could put on it.
  9. Seanm

    Seanm pfm Member

    I did actually try this and didn't really get on with the combination: it was certainly much more dynamic than with the Nima but at the same time a little hard. This was before I put Pete's pylons on the deck though, and I can see them making the difference.
    Tarzan likes this.
  10. Tarzan

    Tarzan pfm Member

    Really? l thought(The AN arms Like myself:D) are super smooth sounding.:)
    Seanm likes this.
  11. Fretbuzz

    Fretbuzz pfm Member

    Gold Note?

    A Bellavista (leather edition!...) replaced my multi-upgraded RP3 - just blew it out the water. Not sure what the newer lower end decks are like though.
    FireMoon likes this.
  12. Snufkin

    Snufkin pfm Member

    Being a happy WT user I would also endorse one of their products.

    Slightly off topic but I had never heard of Gold Note but they are clearly capable of producing some blingtsatic stuff; have a look at the BELLAGIO CONQUEST:
  13. Fretbuzz

    Fretbuzz pfm Member

  14. Blurboy

    Blurboy pfm Member

    What are you actually searching for with this new deck?
  15. foxwelljsly

    foxwelljsly Keep Music Vile

    This or something from Acoustic signature should be on your shortlist.

    Maybe this? I think Fanthorpes post here, so you may be able to get it a bit cheaper of you go direct through PFM. I'd also ask for it without the arm, as I wouldn't trust that the bearings aren't damaged if someone's managed to snap the lift of the headshell.
  16. Chris

    Chris pfm Member

    Change your phono stage. With that list of decks, none of which would seem to do for you, the fault lies elsewhere.
  17. johnacurtis

    johnacurtis pfm Member

    My WT Simplex replaced an RP8 and definitely no regrets!
  18. Lambros

    Lambros pfm Member

    I second the WT Simplex suggetsion - I have a Versalex that I am very pleased with. If you lke what the Funk Firm decks do I have a FF Vector that you could try (I am also based in London). It has been sitting in its box unused for a while as my plans for a second sustem never materialised and I have been thinking of selling it - it has an Audio Origami 250 on it at the moment.
    PS Alex S shout if you fancy trying it out too
    gerlando likes this.
  19. Alex S

    Alex S carbon based lifeform

    Thanks Lambros. I’m still at the mulling stage to be honest.
  20. Gervais Cote

    Gervais Cote Predator

    I am really not a turntable specialist but I can only agree with this. I had a demo in a hi-fi store where they went from a Clear Audio to a VPI and then to a LP12 and the difference was almost subtle for my ears. But when they switched from a Audiolab to a Audio Note phono stage, there was a world of difference all of a sudden ! Music came to life and the brass such as trumpets were all over the place.
    Stuart Frazer likes this.

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