Lyra Titan... The table/arm should be in $1500...2500 range than.
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I can't think of single table/tonearm combination under $2500 that is capable of optimizing a Lyra Titan i. It's a very difficult cartridge for most tonearms to handle.
The advice preceding mine is highly flawed.
Spend money on a solid table and arm combination. A great table/arm and average cartridge will outperform a great cartridge and average table/arm all day long.
I can prove that here to any visitor.
So, I have seem to have an answer. Select table and arm first, and then look for the cartridge that best matches. Not sure why the other way wouldn't work just as well-- all things being equal.
I was leaning toward the VPI Classic or a Pro-Ject Deck or Music Hall 9.1, but now I think I may take a hard look at a Thorens TD-160. Not sure what to do about the arm for that table. Also considering Wilson Benesch Full Circle.
I want something that compliments my current system, but I don't really want to spend over $3500 all-in. I may need to increase my budget, however.
Audiofeil, what do you recommend for an arm/table/cart to partner with my current gear.