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Old 06-14-2008   #7
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Jeremy,

There in lies the problem....

Zero analog shops locally, the last one wanted me to pay 85% or retail for a demo on the last day the store was open......

I have heard many GREAT TT at shows, but I am not going to spend $20K for a starter TT.

You are right in the thinking that I like the look (bling) of some of the higher end TT's, but I am reconsidering what is relevant, maybe I should buy something for <$2K and see if it the analog thing is right for me then upgrade, that seems to be a good point of 'insertion' if you'll forgive my terms....
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Then I recommend the ClearAudio Products, highly!

They are an evolutionary family of innovation, and you can't go wrong even with the least expensive version of their myriad of offerings.

www.clearaudio.de/index1.html

And . . . they are almost inevitably up-gradable!

Older parts sell at a good clip.

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I like the Clearaudio look, once again, I have no reference point for sonics....

I think I am going to have to delve deeper into the analog 'subculture' and find some folks willing to help me out, as shops at this level are so few and far between.
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Why don't you ask them for a review sample?
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Why don't you ask them for a review sample?
I am still not even sure what I want!!! I have been reading up on TT's for over a year and the one thing I am sure of is I am still ignorant of many things about analog, set up, resonance matching etc....

I am debating buying something to 'get me started' for say less than $2K, maybe even less than $1K and play with it, as my experience grows, then maybe so should my table...

The more I think about it, the more I like this idea, maybe I'll hold off to see what comes down the pike @ CES, their was a good showing of TT's last year and I suspect their will be again.
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I have also been looking into adding a two channel preamp with HT passthrough to the rig, if I get one with a good phono preamp, I will only need to add that and the TT to get going......
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