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Input on TT choices

Post by TD 166 MKII » 03 Dec 2018 20:38

I was looking at few used/demo units and wanted some opinions on the different choices. I have a Pro-Ject Essential III with optional Acrylic Platter. The three units would be A) Denon DP-1700 W old but mint. B) Thorens TD-203 Demo. C) Pro-Ject RPM 5.1 with cover. Would these be considered an up grade. Anyone run these that may have some info on any quirks to look out for per specific unit.

Thanks for looking.

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Re: Input on TT choices

Post by TD 166 MKII » 06 Dec 2018 19:46

Well pulled the trigger on a new/Demo/Display TT. I went with the Thorens TD-203 in that beautiful Red. Hope to get tomorrow or Monday. Looking forward to seeing that Unipivot Bearing system.

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Post by Vinylfreak86 » 06 Dec 2018 20:12

Pro-jects are not made to last for a long time. I would go for a vintage japanese DD turntable. One not popular brand, where OEM was Micro-seiki would be the cheapest and regarding to quality the best choice. You can find MS OEM list on web, they were producing for Nordmende, Telefunken, Sanyo, Pioneer, Siemens etc.

Regarding to all junk these days if we look at new turntables, is Thorens TD-203 a really good option. But still, it will cost you some serious money and at the end its specs are worse than on vintage turntables. It also lacks automatic functions.

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Re: Input on TT choices

Post by TD 166 MKII » 06 Dec 2018 20:50

I got a fantastic price on the Thorens with free shipping and full warranty and after reading some of the reviews, I just could not turn it down. I was looking at the Denon big time great specs, but I sure would need to replace Caps soon as it dates back to between 75 to 79. If see/hear half of what one of reviews said I will be quite happy. What caught attention in one reviews, was when he said OK lets not talk about what you/I will hear or should hear but what I/you won't hear, ticks and pops seem to disappear into the background and how quite between songs and that was with stock Cart, which is a AT-3600 re branded to Thorens. Oh well I guess I will find out.

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Post by lenjack » 07 Dec 2018 03:42

AT3600 cart is bottom of the line.

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Post by TD 166 MKII » 07 Dec 2018 04:38

That's my point. The reviewer was that impressed with the TT and it was done with like a $30.00 Cart. It does bring back the old question what to upgrade first or what will make a noticeable difference.

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Post by TD 166 MKII » 12 Dec 2018 09:56

Well received the TT on the 7th ( Thorens TD-203 ) and must say that the review I read was dead on, I as the reviewer was am blown away with the sound it reproduces. I think my biggest surprise has been the sound from the Cart. AT 3600L same as the REGA and MusicHall. I love the Pivot point tonearm. The sound has large sound stage with good depth, Bass/low Bass is not a problem what seems to lack is that high end extension, but the Cart. is still fresh should be interesting to see if it improves with usage. This TT out of the box sounds almost as good or even better in certain areas then my Pro-Ject III with Acrylic Platter and the new Sumiko Olympia MM Cart. ( $280.00 ). I think this a keeper.

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