Any input on this fight? SL-1200 would be with Mike New bearing, PS, platter mat, and strobe disabler, both tables with the same arm.
Trajic wrote:I seriously doubt that a MKII 1200 could ever sound better than an SP10MKII. I've had several MKII 1200s, one MKI, an SL120, a 1210 and four or five SP25s. I also currently have an SP10MKII in SL-1000 guise.
I didn't modify my 1200's too much from stock but I did once audition a fully modded KAB 1200 in my system for a week. Nothing I've had so far has come close to the SP10. I'm open to the possibility, of course, but I have my doubts. To even approach the level of an SP10 you'd have to spend a lot of money. This is a hobby for people who like to tinker with their gear so I can see why somebody would want to go down that road. As for me I'm happy with my SL-1000.
ssportclay wrote:I would think that if you do similar upgrades to either turntable that you will end up with pretty much the same thing.
analogous wrote:ssportclay wrote:I would think that if you do similar upgrades to either turntable that you will end up with pretty much the same thing.
But they are not the same. The SP-10 higher torque than the SL-1200. In the case of the Mk III, it's 10 times higher.
As others have said, the SL-1200 is a budget deck, albeit a great one. Putting a high-price arm on it makes little sense.
Rather than spending money on a high-price arm, get an SP-10 Mk II or, ideally, Mk III.