I don't understand you question. I haven't compared it to SME or Walker but it does have tons of PRAT. That is for sure. What is the question re: Vibraplane?
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I ordered mine in the summer and got it in Sept, it was delivered as promised on time.
I think it has better PRAT than the SME tables that I have owned. It is very quiet in my set up now, it would probably benefit from a platform like the Minus K or Vibraplane, as any table would.
It uses a highly polished inverted bearing with little maitainance after the initial setup.
I have only heard the single motor version in my setup and at Highwater Sound, so I cannot comment on the three motor version.
I guess I'll just pile on... I would take the Raven over the SME any day, but compared to the Walker, I'm not sure if there is a clear, uncontested winner. Both tables have sounded wonderful everytime I have heard them. I have heard the Walker three times at different shows and numerous times in the home of a friend, the Raven I've only heard at shows. Shows are a very difficult to get good sound, but the Raven sound great with the Schroeder arm and ZYX cartridge.
If I had the money burning a hole in my pocket I'm not sure which I'd buy, but I guess I'd lean towards the Raven. Alles Klar?
I have heard the Walker and the SME at shows but not with the Raven AC. I purchased a Raven AC in May '06 with a DaVinci arm and London Reference cartridge, I would not trade it/them for any other set-up. The Raven AC outperforms the other two mentioned 'tables without the complication of suspension or gimics.
The Stillpoints certainly make a substantial improvement beneath a Teres. I've A/B'd them with the original spikes and the Stillpoints were a worthwhile upgrade.
On our table the benefits were more in the direction of a lower noise floor, superior resonance control, more inner detail, blacker background, etc. We thought bass and dynamics actually suffered (VERY slightly), but the improvements greatly outweighed the costs. Different tables, different ears.
Below are couple of links one is for TW Acustic site , the other is a dealer.
If you read Stereophile, the TR Acustic Raven was reviewed in this months issue quiet favorably for another opinion.
is the site for Raven-producer thomas woschnik, including links to his US-distributor. There were several enthusiastic reviews of the several Raven models in the German high end magazines such as LP or HiFi&Records. So far there are four models (top-model Falcon - which is not on the website, Raven, Raven AC, Raven one - a new, cheaper model.
The German reviewer was one of the most experienced German analogue reviewers, Helmut Rohrwild in HiFi&Records No. 4/05, whi has an Audiolabor Kostant (today Brinkmann). His reviewer-friend Reinhold Martin had an Acoustic Signature Mambo, and changed it now for a Raven AC.
RE: Aolivero asks, "what do you think of the Tron Seven? Does it have the detail and bass strength of the Solid State units?"
I use a Tron Seven. The Tron replaced a fully up to date Tom Evans Groove Plus. I used both stages with a Verdier table, Da Vinci arm and DRT XV-1s cartridge. They're both great, but I prefer the Tron over the Groove Plus (which means I save a lot of money too). To be honest, I'm not really a sophisticated listener with regard to being able to describe the exact differences in sound. All I know is that the Seven sounds more real, more connected, more coherent. Regarding bass strength, I have no complaints.