Had one, I still like my Transrotor better.
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The question may be does it get any better than Jeff Catalano?
You are going to be jealous of me - Jeff lives only a few miles away, and he not only came to set up my table but then later brought Thomas W- the Raven;s designer (who was in NY visiting from Germany) to tweek my table.
I only have the lowly little "toy" Raven One but I enjoy it immensely. I have the Phantom arm, Stealth Hyperphono cable and currently the Celebration cart.
I may go with a X-1s cart at some point. Also I have mine sitting on a Sistrum stand, and even though it is a little too small for the table (I'm getting the proper size Sistrum this week) I really think it makes the table even faster and more detailed. I may even try and take the new Sistrum down to Jeff''s before I set it up so he can evaluate it vs. the Stillpoints that TW currently suggests.
I actually like my table with no mat and no clamp - both of which seem to overdamp the sound in my system.
I have mine on both Stillpoints and a stand. I spent the effort (it is so heavy) to remove the table from the Stillpoints and place it directly on the regular feet. The loss in detail and separation was significant enough to make the test last no longer than 1 side of 2 records. I then immediately placed the stillpoints back and all was well again. As for the stand, I am using a spring stand from Machina Dynamica. It has made a huge improvment as my room has a ton of bass so I need isolation. It allowed the turntable to go up a notch. I would say that SACD at its best is close to analogue. But prior to the TW is was equal if not better. Now, analogue is ahead by a small margin. This is when SACD is at its best.
I love the mystic compared to the Millenium. But that is me. But some say it depends on the LP. Also, the Harmonix clamp is amazing. I love it. Is it better than all the others. Not sure but it sure looks cool and is better than some of them.
Hey, and no mat at all is also excellent. The Mystic "sound" is very very close to no mat at all. The copper platter is that good.
I think from Transrotor, the Transrotor Apollon that I wrote a review on has an equal footing in the performance area when equipped with the 3 motors, TMD, 80MM aluminum platter and special heavy duty quartz controlled outboard speed controller.
The mass alone is just 50lbs shy of the Raven, however, it is still over 100lbs as it sits. I use the Clearaudio MontBlanc stand for the Apollon and never ever have isolation related problems, i'e footsteps, rumble or picking up sounds or noises from the speakers. But, I would sure like to have both an AC in my living room system and keep the primary rig, The Transrotor Apollon in the listening room. They are both great in my book and I saw personnaly the debut a few years ago in Germany when the AC came out to the market and I knew that the style would catch on with the "analog" lovers in the world.
Man, is this hobby great or what?
It was mostly the Phantom arm and cart mounting TW re-setup.
Did you hear the Davinci and TW in the same system with the same cart?
I have no doubt the Davinci is fantastic, but what would stop other elements of the system (cart, phono stage) from creating your impression of the best analog you had ever heard?