cafe latte wrote:
steve195527 wrote:The systemdek with acrylic platter sounded better than the Linn of the time as did the first Dunlop systemdek and those brave enough who reviewd it said as much. Technics sp25,10 not to mention the first Townsend Rock of the early 80s all outperformed the Linn IMO
No they didn't only the Rock out of those sounded comparable,different but comparable,surprised you don't include the SP25 in the group that sounded better!:-but the linn isn't perfect by any means but the knockers believe to be the most un-perfect,but if you're a SL1200/1210 fanboy then you're unlikely to like the LP12
I have heard a dunlop and a Linn side by side and believe me the Systemdek is the better TT. They were both current spec of the time and I dont remember who at the time but there was a couple of brave reviewers who said as much too. I did not include the sp25 simply as I have not ever heard one. I am sure you are right though. As a sl1200 Hmm 'fanboy' as you put it.. I also have an idler Commonwealth and the direct comparison highlights what direct drives do so well and also what added colour is too like it or not. I enjoy both of my TTs, but my experience of Linns were that they added a lot more than the systemdek did. Not suprising as the original systemdek was made from some kind of cork like composite (not sure what)and as mentioned earlier covered in a felt like material. This put next to the Linns resonant box it is not IMO hard to see whey they sounded better (less coloured).
I do love these opinions that one piece of equipment is adding something/losing something compared to another piece of equipment:-unless you actually compare to the master tapes then that opinion is just that,even doing that you have to take steps to make sure that the other equipment,especially the EQ stage,isn't unduly influencing the result:-The local specialist I worked at sold all the top turntables including the Linn,the Logic DM 101,Transrcriptors/Michell,Oracle,Dunlop,Sp10's and some of the cheaper ones:-Cheaper model Technics(
)Rega etc:-the Linn sounded better to me in most systems than all the others bar the Oracle:-which not only sounded amazing but looked great as well,was offerd his display model when he retired/closed down at well below cost but my wife didn't like its looks so turned it down(what an idiot!)