duficity wrote:and what, pray tell, are the other two. And why are they better?
EMT 930. This sounds like a grown-up LP12. An LP12 with more authority. Bass is the biggest area of improvement. Take a track like the 1st one on the Beatles' Abbey Road and the bass guitar on the LP12 sounds more like a rubber band being twanged compared to the EMT 930 that makes it sound more like an amplified steel bass guitar string. The LP12 sounds like it has a somewhat woolly bass compared to the 930. Listening via big sealed box speakers helps to hear the difference. Percussive midrange transients are better on the 930 too.
EMT 950. This has similar strengths to the 930 with the 950 having a more detailed and focused midrange but with a slightly less propulsive bass. Some or a lot of this difference might be down to the different built-in phono amplification in each of the EMT's with them having a different tonal balance. On piano music the 950 is better at sounding like an actual in-tune piano being played and less like the electro-mechanical reproduction of a piano on the LP12.
There are no sonic areas where my LP12 (Cirkus, Lingo, Ittok LVIII, Troika) is better than than my EMT 930 or 950.
I've also heard the following turntables sounding very good with the right arm, cartridge and phono amps: Garrard 301, 401, Technics SP10, Notingham Dais.