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Systemdek II Reviews

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Systemdek II

Systemdek II

7/10 by Zappa2012

I have been enjoying this turntable for over 30 years with great satisfaction.. I am a big fan of spring suspension system, I think this is probably the most effective way to isolate the platter and the arm from external vibrations at an affordable price. The only issue I have with it as it gets old is with the Linn Basik tone arm, the counterweight gets stuck and does not allow adequate stylus pressure anymore. Bit I have found on eBay some alternative solutIon I am currently waiting for. I will keep you posted of how it works

8/10 by mtgray123

This is my third turntable in 40 years, and so far as I am concerned the best. I like it's ability to be leveled at the chassis, platter and tonearm, and its small footprint.

The platter levelers are on the underside of the chassis and are a little hard to reach but they do work. I added a small bulls eye leveler (also with a very small dab of silicon glue) to the mounting arm where the tone arm rests, it is easy to see and adjustments are easy to make. All leveling to the platter was done with a 180 gram record mounted, my 400 gram record clamp and the tonearm at rest near the middle of the track area with the needle guard down.

I use a SME 3009 tonearm for this turntable project and any further adjustments to leveling the tonearm itself are made with small flat washers under the tonearm base where the four screws that attach it are located. It could also be done by careful filling on the balance bearing but that is the hard way and in some respects is not a good idea.

I use a 400gram record clamp on my acrylic platter (it was considered an upgrade and was this way when I bought this turntable). I use a cork platter cover, it does a good job of controlling the static charge that playing 180 - 200 gram records was causing me. My original wool felt cover was always getting stuck to my records by static on the heavy vinyl records, a problem I never had with older thin records.

This turntable and all its parts has cost me less than $1k to assemble and so far I am pleased with how it looks and how it plays.

My only complaint on this turntable so far is that the spring suspension is very active and using the tonearms lift was difficult, to me this was an easy thing to work around as I am used to the finger lift on the headshells for raising and lowering my tonearm.

Thanks you - please enjoy your music no matter what type you like.

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