I found 3 Empire 400TC's lying in the basement of local electrician. They are new in the box (There was also 3 Philips GP-412 Mk III's witch I was so excited about that I reviewed it the second night I was listening to it) Bought them all and I'm happy I did!
The 400TC seems to get better day after day. Sound stage is wide and the sound! I'd use words "more tone" compared to more modern cart's I've used. A lush sound. It's also my second experience of lp's being played througout without innergroove distortion. (the Phillips was first
Just a-b tested some cd's to lp's with this cart. I used Luxman C-300's phono stage. no contest.. the pleasant highs and lush midrange much richer in nuancer and character than digital. I was just about to sell my 80's Rainbow records 'cos I thought they sounded bad.. well now they are staying.. very nice to hear Ritchie's guitar floating in the air with all the edge and nuance but without fatique. Never heard it like this before.
Hope to find 600lac.. so if someone can help please do!
Btw.. The Phillips is also nice. Not quite as wide soundstage or lush sounding but pleasant with qreat resolution and very tight powerfull bass on a RB300 arm. Great for pop and Lee Ritenour kinda records..