The BEST turntable ever built

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ethanw
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Post by ethanw » 06 Feb 2010 20:58

ok, he brought the can of worms, who's got the opener??

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Post by theprof291166 » 06 Feb 2010 22:39

The SME series turntables and tone arms are very expensive incredibly well made and sound fantastic. I would say these are amongst the best, but is it worth it?

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Post by pivot » 06 Feb 2010 23:19

I would have have picked the one at Steamtown NHS in Scranton, PA USA.

http://www.nps.gov/stea/index.htm

..but for the kind that play LPs I think Oracles are pretty. Best sound? I dunno, but they sure are pretty.

http://www.oracle-audio.com/product_delphimkvi.html

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Post by JoeE SP9 » 07 Feb 2010 04:06

I agree with you pivot. I'm socking money away for an Oracle.

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Post by fromans4 » 07 Feb 2010 07:25

I think there needs to be a breakdown like:

Best Turntable for Build Quality = Luxman PD300

Best Turntable for Sonics = Oracle

Best Turntable for Looks/Sex Appeal = JA Michele Reference Hydraulic

http://www.michell-engineering.co.uk/g/ ... ulic_4.jpg

Yum :D

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Post by davidsss » 07 Feb 2010 07:46

Ultimate turntables is a difficult category.

Here's a few I'd love to own from my favourite manufacturer:

12371

Hmm, a Micro Seiki AP M1a, delicious :D

12372

A Micro Seiki SZ 1, lovely.

782

A Micro Seiki SX8000.

I'd love any of these, and I would never want an upgrade. Does that make it the best??

DS

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Post by mysticfred » 07 Feb 2010 09:07

For me the best turntable ever is the Linn LP12 - there may be better ones out there but i will never be able to get to hear them let alone afford to buy them, therefore the Linn is the best TT i have heard. :wink:

https://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i247 ... nnlp12.jpg
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Re: The BEST turntable ever built

Post by analogous » 07 Feb 2010 10:18

The crooks and liars at Stereophile awarded the "VPI Super Scoutmaster Reference" 2009 Analog Source Component of the Year.

This 1953 turntable is probably still unchallenged as the best ever.

http://www.stefanopasini.it/images/EMT% ... ying-1.jpg

But Stereophile awards a turntable that is 56 years behind the competition! Of course, to Stereophile, the EMT 927 never happened because it would otherwise embarrass its advertisers.

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Post by delcam1n0 » 07 Feb 2010 11:48

But, pardon me Analogous, that EMT was a pro
broadcast TT never ever intended for consumer
use and even now unaffordable for 99,999% of
us except some nice Italian opthalmologists...

It certainly is no longer available "out of the box"
like one can buy any of the VPI range now, given
more than ample funds and a craving to own one.

And as far as your knocking Stereophile staff is
concerned I guess you are suffering from a bad
variant of Tea Party Complot Syndrome: Dont
believe anybody, no matter how competent or
experienced

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Post by gold928 » 07 Feb 2010 12:01

BEST is a minefield. I will have to agree with Fromans4. Best build quality, best looks, and etc. However, the Oracle is a beautiful table that also gives you the sound (I know - I own one). However, beware, they are extremely difficult to setup and to get the sound, they MUST be setup correctly (although the newer Oracles seem to have corrected this problem). This is mostly due to the springs. Also make sure the motor is good - the Pabst motor is not made any more. However, an Origin Live motor easily resolves this problem. Lastly. the Rega arms don't work optimally because of the 122 lenght. They WILL WORK, but they have to be placed at the very back of the turntable base before cartridge alignment can be accomplished, and even at that, the cartridge can BARELY be aligned properly. The SME arms, and the Graham arms work much better.

Jim

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Post by hsr2d2 » 07 Feb 2010 13:39

Not sure if it is the best (certainly a top TT, though), but look at the Transrotor Quintessence:

http://news.softpedia.com/news/The-Uber ... 1146.shtml

This piece of art is just amazing!
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Post by analogous » 07 Feb 2010 13:43

delcam1n0 wrote:But, pardon me Analogous, that EMT was a pro
broadcast TT never ever intended for consumer
use and even now unaffordable for 99,999% of
us except some nice Italian opthalmologists...
EMT decks were available to consumers. But like a Ferrari, the decks were out of range for most people.
delcam1n0 wrote:It certainly is no longer available "out of the box"
like one can buy any of the VPI range now, given
more than ample funds and a craving to own one.
True. But that's not my point. My point is that they awarded a deck that is no better than a deck made 56 years ago. How does this award thing work? Is a deck awarded the product of 2009 better than the product of 1999 and so on? Or is no improvement needed in order to win?
delcam1n0 wrote:And as far as your knocking Stereophile staff is
concerned I guess you are suffering from a bad
variant of Tea Party Complot Syndrome: Dont
believe anybody, no matter how competent or
experienced
The people at The Audio Critic are competent. The people at Stereophile are competent too, but only in the areas of lies and deceit. And they have tons of experience in it.

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Post by TNTTNT » 07 Feb 2010 14:19

I am surprised this one was not mentioned yet, Denon DP-100M.

http://www.niji.or.jp/home/k-nisi/dp-100m-h.jpg

I would love to play a record and sit back and try this one. I guess there are a whole string of top flight Jap decks which some might propose.

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Post by Dadimo » 07 Feb 2010 14:49

Lets not forget the humble beginnings, maybe not the Best sounding or best looking , but gets my vote....
The Cylinder gave birth to the 78 and the Lp.
https://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa1 ... ndict1.jpg

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Post by LousyTourist » 07 Feb 2010 14:57

my turntable is the best ever built.

By my interpretation of best that is.

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