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  VPI HW19 MkIII vs. Michell Gyrodec?
Hi all, I've lurked around the forums here but never posted before. Now I have a question!

I'm looking to take my first real foray into the high-end by upgrading basically my whole system. I'm replacing an AR ES-1/Linn Basik/Aurum Beta and I've got it narrowed down to two 'tables. I'd love to hear what you think about each one, and which you'd buy if it was you:

VPI WH-19 MkIII with an AudioQuest PT-9+ and my Aurum Beta (I'll upgrade the cart later!)

or a Michell Gyrodec SE with the venerable RB300 and my Aurum Beta.

I've been able to audition the VPI locally and I definitely preferred to the Nottingham Interspace, plus I live in a loose bulding with plenty of vibration and NO possiblility of a wall shelf, so I need a competent suspension! However, I hear such GOOD things about the Gyro SE. Unfortunately, there isn't a Gyro even remotely close to me so I hear one.

What to do!?

My amp is a Conrad Johnson MV55, interconnect is Audioquest Viper and AQ Type6 speaker cables to Clements 107di's. I haven't yet bought a preamp but am looking at either the JJ 243 which has a nice tube phono stage, or a CJ PV10B with phono stage.

Thanks for any help!
Dirtyragamuffin  (System | Threads | Answers | This Thread)

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11-07-03   Dirtyragamuffin - sadly, i don't have an answer but i pray s ...   Imin2u

11-07-03   Dirtyragamuffin, you can't go wrong with either turntables. ...   Nameci

11-08-03   Thanks for the response! i went ahead and ordered a jj 243 ...   Dirtyragamuffin

11-10-03   Dirtyragamuffin, i don't know how much i can help you but h ...   Bombaywalla

11-10-03   Wow, interesting post! i've not yet ordered a turntable bec ...   Dirtyragamuffin

11-10-03   Hmmm....very interesting. non-suspended turntable does not ...   Nameci

11-10-03   Hi, i haven't done a direct comparison between these tw ...   Tlh28

11-10-03   Dirtyragamuffin, nameci: guys, i'm not saying that a non-su ...   Bombaywalla

11-10-03   Bombaywalla, thanks for the clarification, i see what you're ...   Dirtyragamuffin

11-10-03: Nameci

I'm not sure whether you have owned VPI or Michell but it seems you are refering to Sota or Linn suspension set up regarding the finnicky set up and the constant maintanence.

As for VPI or Michell suspension? I don't remember the last time I had to adjust VPI suspension(what adjustment? set up, level, and forget). As for Michell, I check the bounce once in a while, which never goes out of set up unless I move the turntable. I have owned a number of different turntables including Nottingham, Linn, Sota, Oracle, Michell, VPI, Rega, etc. Suspended or non-suspended, you will need to get used to your turntable and how to set it up unless you have free local dealer service.

As for the sound? I wouldn't argue on which is better design, suspended or non-suspended. They both have its strengths and weaknessses. Also different emphasis of the sound.
For me, I prefer plush sound of the suspended turntable especially with my music taste and my sound preferences.

Nameci  (Answers | This Thread)

11-10-03   Hi, i agreed a suspended table is harder to set up corre ...   Tlh28

11-10-03   Dirtyragamuffin, here is non-official michell set up guide ...   Nameci

11-10-03   Nameci, i won't argue with you 'cuz you've experienced what ...   Bombaywalla

11-11-03   I just wanted to clarify what has been stated. to be sure t ...   Nameci

11-11-03   Thanks again everyone for the responses, i really do appreci ...   Dirtyragamuffin

11-11-03   Is the mkiii suspensionless? i had a mk iv and it had a sti ...   Larryi

11-13-03   I have a gyro se and have absolutely no problems with " ...   Jyprez

11-26-03   Vpi is dropping the hw line and will not support it with par ...   Okunokata

11-27-03   I ended up with a gyro se, just got it yesterday, actually : ...   Dirtyragamuffin

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