I can not compare with the above tonearms but this tonearm is much easer to set up and enjoy than the moerch up4 that I used prior to this tonearm.
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I can not comment on the dp6,but one of my issues in using the up4 was in setting up, it was not as user friendly as prior vpi tonearms tha I have used... The dp8 is easier to tweek,with a very solid base that allows you to adjusts azimuth much easier and VTA on the fly...
I AM A DEALER for the new ANVIL TURNTABLE I was asked to demo my new DP8 with zyx universe on this table and was able to have it up and singing in only minutes..
Yes, that's definitely an issue with the UP4. It just takes practice and patience to use it. It took as long to be comfortable with it as it did learning to type on my iPhone. I love both. A MintLP Protractor also helps a lot. When I got the precision armwand, that was much easier to setup, alignment-wise.
I've got to find someone local that sells the DP8 so I can hear it first....
Air. Elbow room between instruments. Top end sparkle. A real sense of fingers on instruments. Less bass but very tuneful. I find that a true uni-pivot always sounds great in my system. For me the DP6 was lacking in all the above areas. I tried it with and without damping, by the way. It's definitely smoother in the middle but it's just not worth the compromise to me, especially since I listen to so many music genres. I need a more versatile arm.