Big Al wrote:
How good can the LPT sound?
I bought Funk's V1 power supply for mine last year and this brought improvements in overall clarity and detail, but swapping my Dynavector DV10x5 for a Goldring G1042, adding Funk's Achromat and sitting the deck on a Base 01 isolation table has moved the performance into another league. I'm very impressed and wonder how it might now compare to the PT or PT Too/Export. I don't think I could ever part with the LPT but might consider starting a PT refurb project. Does anyone have any experience of the transition from LPT to the more expensive decks?
On the subject of Funk, I have great admiration for Arthur but I hope he soon finds time to concentrate more of his time on product development rather than answering the phone. Much as I value the personal touch, it's surely not good for business in the long run. Had to wait a while for the V1 buit it has been worth the wait and the motor was easy to fit.
I met Arthur and Neil many years ago at the Camberwell factory when returning my brand new LPT for repairs
We had a bit of a natter about the LPT and Arthur said at the time that in his opinion it was an excellent deck that didn't give up much to the PT.
I've been very happy with my LPT but bought a broken PT Too recently from ebay. I swapped the LPT psu into the PTT and got it going. The main difference I hear is that the bass is lighter in weight and noticeably "quicker" at starting and stopping. Interestingly I find that the PTT sounds more like CD while the LPT sounds more like the stereotype of a turntable: warmer, fuller, heavier but the difference is modest.
No doubt others here will argue differently but I have to admit I simply don't recognise the stuff that reviewers and enthusiasts go on about.
IMO you can make noticeble improvements to the sound of hifi by say going from a Dual 505 to a top turntable but the differences are still pretty modest. All these little tweaks that people image claim make night and day differences are completely inaudible to me.
It's the same with amps: I am currently using a Naim 42.5/Flatcap/110 and to my ears it sounds identical to my Onix OA21s and a Kenwood Prologic AV amp! Also I have been using £500 worth of Graham Slee Solo headphone amp for the last 6 weeks and despite hours and hours of listening tests I can't tell the slightest difference between it and a £30 cmoy or the H/p output of my EMU usb soundcard.
What really makes a difference is speakers, IMO. I'm in the process of upgrading the crossovers/tweeter in my speakers. I've done one so far (still awaiting some caps from Wilmslow) and it has dramatically improved clarity and tonal balance already...