15-30k you would be better off saving the scratch and picking up an used VPI classic TT.
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I have heard the Spiral Groove once. It was excellent. I feel the Ayre/DPS with Mr. Bauer's tonearm (which I have owned for about a year now) is just as good as the SG and so is another option you might want to consider. Better yet, consider the Shindo Garrard. As good as the Ayre/DPS and Spiral Groove are, the Shindo Garrard is in another class entirely.
BTW - That's one nice system you have!
Thanks again to all of you.
Thanks for your input too Chuck.
I do appreciate all of the feedback because i want to hear from people with first hand knowledge of some of these turntables. i don't want to make a mistake. of course i don't have to spend that amount of money on a table, and would not mind spending even less. i do want something that will match well with my system though.
Jon, your question was answered about the other tables with the suggestions.
A Garrard with a new plinth is a great sound too.
I'm leaning toward to the Sota Recommendation right now.
Great upgradable table, with a great resale if you decide to get out.
Sota Cosmos, Graham Phantom, Ortofon A-90, your done!!!
I have been using Avid TTs Volvere and now Sequel SP since 06. If I had your $$'s Id be looking at an Avid Acutus Reference. Add SME V and one of the many high end cartridges and you would have one of the best setups available. No one combines the qualities of a suspended and non-suspended table like Avid. Ad great engineering, workmanship and ease of set-up and use and the decision is easy in my opinion.
I have a Final Audio Labs string drive with Naim Aro, also Garrard 301 & 401 and various arms including unipivot, air bearing and gimble. I would not recommend any of these and many of the suggestions above simply because I believe your main criteria should include ease of set up. My recommendation would be the SME combo because its performance is unquestioned, they have been around for years and will continue, and most importantly they are easy to set up. As you know from the gear you have, system synergy is a key for satisfaction in audio and the SME combo ensures this. The new 20/3 would be worth considering as it is the best bang for buck of the range and should allow plenty of change for cartridge experimentation.
SME 20 or 30 is just to "dead" sounding IMHO. Yes they have the blackest background but no life to the music. The Yorke designs are simple and have PACE but because of Yorke mandating the use of his own arm they lack detail and focus and I'd never get another Yorke, no support either.
A 301 with appropriate arm might just be your ticket to nivana.
Depends on the sound you are looking for. I would purchase the Oracle Delphi Mk VI as mentioned above if I wanted the most beautiful music to be heard.
I also agree with the Sota Cosmos recommendation for a no-frills, do it all excellent turntable that has no weaknesses and is easy to set up
The Basis turntables, especially at their higher end, are works of art visually and technically and are probably the best engineered table made today. I could easily live with their Ovation or their newest beauty.
After that, there are a number of tables that will do the trick, some of which may be from companies that may not be in it for the long hall. The 3 above have been around a while, and provide excellent customer service.
For arms, the Graham, Triplanar, SME or Helius would all work well. For cartridges, take your pick of any number of well reviewed examples.
Give me a 10% fee, and I'll put it all together for you and you will love it or your money back.
As you might have expected, the responses are all over the lot depending upon the bias of the person who posts. Very few of us really have a broad experience of hearing many different expensive turntables in our home systems, which is the only way to make a judgement among them. So, everyone here is correct, and everyone here is also wrong. (Plus, Syntax was being facetious.) There are a few choices that cannot be "wrong", in my own equally insufficiently informed opinion: Walker, Saskia, etc, but most of those would actually exceed your generous budget for this purchase. Another candidate not mentioned should be "The Beat", a direct-drive turntable made by Steve Dobbins in Idaho. If you get an input here from "Thuchan", do take it seriously; he is one guy who HAS heard everything in his home system, although his system preference is very different from yours. By the way, while I like the SOTA Cosmos, I cannot agree that it has "no weaknesses". Suspended, belt-drive turntables have a characteristic sound that is not generally to my taste and includes unstable pitch, at times.
I personally dont agree with the suspension beltdrive unstable pitch story of lewm.
I would not go for a unipivot arm , but with a more rigid arm construction with bearings on eather side , for example sme v or da vinci for example(beautiful) .
And than take a good stable record drive mechanism.
There are many choices and the better/quiter the drive the more neutral the sound will be ,Tw acoustic also is nice , i think basis would also be a nice choice and not to expensive .
And to get good things cheaper , go for good secondhand maybe.
Good luck your system definitively needs a great TT set up , wonderfull system by the way.
I also saw a secondhand rockport sirius 2 for sale on the net for a little bit over 10000 euros , always nice to get a classic in .
I havent had a problem with fluctuating speed on either my Oracle, Sota or VPI. The Sota especially is rock solid once it starts turning and settles down after about 3 seconds. So sure, when you first put the record on, and clamp it, the platter moves on its suspension, but not appreciably thereafter. Ive seen much more movement of the arm and stylus due to warps or eccentric records than because of suspension movement during play.