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Old 01-12-2009   #73
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I'm still hunting, I am likely going to review the Kuzma for avrev.com and the Music Hall 9.2 when it comes out. Still undecided what I'll settle on for the main rig.
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Well, I still have all my old (and likely roached) vinyl from my youth in my parent home back in NJ, some great stuff including the entire Frank Zappa collection through 1985 unopened, and I do mean ALL of them!

I my quest for the best and most perfect sound, I have begun to wonder if I don't need to step back to go forward. Clearly the turntable was rampant @ CES this year, and for good reason. Smooth sound with a lush warmth not often found in any, if only, the highest end digital gear. This and my gadget addiction have had me shopping for TT's for a while now, maybe a year or more. I was all set to just buy a decent one and move up as needed when a local analog shop was closing, figuring I'd get a deal on something, I walked into the shop with $500 cash and CC's out the butt to buy something to get me started in the vinyl realm. Well, despite it being the last day the shop was opened before they closed for good, the only offered me <20% off retail for a MMF 5.1, I was hoping for a 8.1, but either way I wasn't going to pay >80% retail for a used demo on the last day the store was open, so I left, regretfully empty handed.

Me and my cash went home to lick our wounds and needless to say the desire still lives on. I know how I can integrate a TT into my current rack, the AudiAV Crystal, and can easily add room for a phone pre and even a dedicated two channel preamp (which would need HT passthrough and remote control) if need/want.

My problem is I can't find anyone locally who demo's TT's, and there are so many I can't possibly hear them all.

Some thing that have my interest are:

Avid Diva II/Volvere
Kuzma Stabi S
VPI Scoutmaster
Music Hall MMF 9.1
Clearaudio Solution

NOTE these are just TT's, I still need to work out arms for some, cartridge and phono pre.... I am trying to minimize my initial investment, but as you can see, I am looking @ what will likely be a ~$8K rig when complete, and that is without a separate two channel pre, unless I get one with a good phono section.

Am I crazy?

Should I just get a <$1,000 setup and play with it first? The more I think of it, the more I think this might be the smartest thing, but I haven't always used my head when deciding on audio purchases!!!!

Any input???


You got some good advice there from Jeremy. But, I really think you should go with the $1000.00 rig for now. Get a decent arm and cartridge of course, and enjoy. Once you do some listening, you`ll be in a better place to make a smarter decision. Then, just going for it all, and allowing all the audio lusts to take over!! You hear what I`m saying though??!!lol!! Seriously.

Do that first, because, its been some time since you listening to lps anyway. How much of your listening pleasure will really be devoted to vinyl? You gotta ask yourself that.

Alright??!! Dr. Source, how you been anyway?
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I'm still hunting, I am likely going to review the Kuzma for avrev.com and the Music Hall 9.2 when it comes out. Still undecided what I'll settle on for the main rig.
Music Hall 9.2? Was not aware that they had, or were into turntables. I don`t know a lot about Music Hall. Well, I can see my suggestion just went out the window.
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Music Hall 9.2? Was not aware that they had, or were into turntables. I don`t know a lot about Music Hall. Well, I can see my suggestion just went out the window.
Music Hall primarily makes TT's, the 9.1 was showing @ CES, but Roy Hall told me over some nice Single Malt Scotch he is upgrading the 9.1 to 9.2 status, just not sure when it will come out.
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Music Hall primarily makes TT's, the 9.1 was showing @ CES, but Roy Hall told me over some nice Single Malt Scotch he is upgrading the 9.1 to 9.2 status, just not sure when it will come out.
Tats cool. I hit their wensite and see their products. I only had read reviews on their low cost receivers.
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Well, I still have all my old (and likely roached) vinyl from my youth in my parent home back in NJ, some great stuff including the entire Frank Zappa collection through 1985 unopened, and I do mean ALL of them!

I my quest for the best and most perfect sound, I have begun to wonder if I don't need to step back to go forward. Clearly the turntable was rampant @ CES this year, and for good reason. Smooth sound with a lush warmth not often found in any, if only, the highest end digital gear. This and my gadget addiction have had me shopping for TT's for a while now, maybe a year or more. I was all set to just buy a decent one and move up as needed when a local analog shop was closing, figuring I'd get a deal on something, I walked into the shop with $500 cash and CC's out the butt to buy something to get me started in the vinyl realm. Well, despite it being the last day the shop was opened before they closed for good, the only offered me <20% off retail for a MMF 5.1, I was hoping for a 8.1, but either way I wasn't going to pay >80% retail for a used demo on the last day the store was open, so I left, regretfully empty handed.

Me and my cash went home to lick our wounds and needless to say the desire still lives on. I know how I can integrate a TT into my current rack, the AudiAV Crystal, and can easily add room for a phone pre and even a dedicated two channel preamp (which would need HT passthrough and remote control) if need/want.

My problem is I can't find anyone locally who demo's TT's, and there are so many I can't possibly hear them all.

Some thing that have my interest are:

Avid Diva II/Volvere
Kuzma Stabi S
VPI Scoutmaster
Music Hall MMF 9.1
Clearaudio Solution

NOTE these are just TT's, I still need to work out arms for some, cartridge and phono pre.... I am trying to minimize my initial investment, but as you can see, I am looking @ what will likely be a ~$8K rig when complete, and that is without a separate two channel pre, unless I get one with a good phono section.

Am I crazy?

Should I just get a <$1,000 setup and play with it first? The more I think of it, the more I think this might be the smartest thing, but I haven't always used my head when deciding on audio purchases!!!!

Any input???
I think you're trying to walk upside down: first thing to choose is the cartridge-that is where the sound is; the other parts are meant to let it dance the best it can.
My advice would be( and Audiogon is a precious source for advice) the second best: Zyx1000 Airy (about 2000$, but on ebay you can find a vendor for less than half); or Denon 103 (120$, unbeatable price/quality); than get a medium weight arm (I love unipivots, but a Rega 250 could do-for 300$) and a decent table (with a very good bearing with low tolerances: that's what makes 80% of a table good sound (or lack of) -Linn or Rega or Clearaudio or VPI or Well tempered best); so you can be very near the best with something between 1000 and 2000$.
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