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Only credit where credit is due. :-)
I bought the hot pink Jelco JAC-501 cables since my other table has a phono connector box and I was just using standard RCA-terminated cables. The Jelco’s seem to be pretty good, but still in breakin. I also have some other well-used Herron cable that’s waiting for a DIN connector to arrive. Though the Jelco cable does seem to be pretty good, using the Herron cable would remove a variable from the evaluation.
That said, the evaluation has become an enjoyable journey through my record collection.
Thank you for sharing @bpoletti. I'm using a Jelco 850L MKII with the same JAC-501 cable. Jelco updated the cosmetic of the 850L and added Rhodium plated contacts to commemorate their 100th year, everything else remains the same. So far, I agree with everything written, it's an excellent performer and no quirks or complaints to mention. Anthony
Great to have a Jelco TK850 thread.
Lovely review and discussion!
Ive just upgraded to a Jelco TK850 mark 2, from a Jelco SA750D -
I love this arm, its a 10" - I listen to a wide genre of music, lately a lot of Jazz - the instruments have a more lively edge, there's an improvement in detail, its all more alive and engaging!, without any harshness.
Im using an Impact SE Din-RCA cable from Audio Sensibility - and have just bought a Jelco (hot pink) JAC- 501 - per recommendations above, but haven't yet tried it.
Im also thinking of trying a Din-XLR balanced cable - any thoughts?
Other equipment - Sota Sapphire with Eclipse motor/AT OC9mlii/Herrom Pass XP 15, VTSP 3a Rev3, Pass XA30.8, Klipshorns.
Was about to resurrect this thread myself.
I've just installed a Lyra Skala in the arm. Headshell wires were an issue, clip broke on one lead, the clips didn't QUITE fit the Skala. I used leades from a Micro Seiki headshell (from a MS-505 arm) and my blood pressure returned to my normal.
On to latest impressions....
It took a bit of time and effort to tweak in the Skala. Not a problem with the arm, cartridge or table. Installed the cartridge about a month ago. Finally dialed in a very good setup this evening. I use an aftermarket VTA On-The-Fly base with my TK-850L.
The arm handles the Skala with exquisite precision, well controlled across the vinyl surface. There are no resonances or noises in the arm. Only smooth control. It let the cartridge sing without adding or subtracting from the tune. Detail was exceptional. Timing spot on. NOT completely sure about the dynamics. The Skala is supposed to have exceptional dynamics. Micro dynamics were good (not eye-popping) but the macro dynamics didn't blow my hair back. Maybe I'm just used to that level of performance from my other cartridges. Or maybe the reviewers were exaggerating (wouldn't be a first in this business). But it might be a VTF issue (not getting the coils in the best part of the magnetic field).
The arm was as good as any I've hear, and I've heard quite a few.
In response to @saika2 post....
Congratulations on your new arm. I expect it will give great service in your Sapphire (a really good table). That should be an excellent combination.
I used OC9's since the mid-90s with very satisfying results. It loves medium mass arms like the TK-850 series. I used one for my initial TK-850L setup and it performed better than the 12" JMW-12 on my Aries Extended.
I have not heard any disparaging remarks about the TK-850 series arms. I did purchase the VTA On-The-Fly base because I wanted more convenience for cartridge adjustment. I'm very satisfied with that option. I'm not overwhelmed with the TK-850 adjustable VTA base. It might make adjustment easier than the original arm, but not while playing a record.
That doesn't mean I find the basic TK-850 arm deficient in critical features, just stating my preference.
Again..great of you to share your Skala experience.
I have a Denon 103r, a Denon 301ii, and a Shelter 90 iii still to try out on this arm. Still listening to wide variety of music on the AT OC9ii before trying out the other cartridges...The Denon 103r and 301ii should be good test of the arm's ability to accommodate a widely different compliant cartridge...
I'm intrigued by your VTA on the fly base...which one? - The "Easy VTA"?
It looks well made. Im not yet sold on the concept of a fraction of a degree making a sonic difference....but Im open to the concept and I can see how a purist would want to optimize this parameter in the pursuit of that ever elusive state of audiophile nirvana ...I would consider getting a micrometer VTA adjuster just to make it an easier task than what it is without.
I would love to get my hands on a Denon DL S1 one day...
@bpoletti, unlike other Lyras I have heard, the Skala is NOT a very dynamic cartridge. It is warmer than typical Lyras though. I had the skala too but yea it does not have that hair raising macro dynamics nor are the micro-details that special. It just sounds okay. So dont expect much. A Delos is wayyyy more dynamic, like a proper grown up cart.
Ive just swapped out my AT OC9MLii to for a Denon 103r....listening to some UB40, Augustus Pablo....so balanced, and the bass is sumptuous ....I like all these cartridges ..its like sampling different vintages...speaks volumes for this tonearm, able to accommodate and extract so much out of such diverse cartridges...I do fear my Denon DL301ii won't sound as good tho'....will try it with trepidation