I would check out the Clearaudio Aurum Beta Mark II but if you can swing another $400 the Aurum Virtuoso Wood is superb.
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I am not an expert on Oracle turntables. But Well Tempered yes! The Well Tempered arm seems to be one of the hardest things to set up correctly for most turntable lovers. They simply do not commit to tweaking, and tweaking it until they get it right. When correct, it will "sing" like magic.
I use a Denon 103R on my WTT, and it works great. Not as smooth or emotional as a better Shelter 501 cartridge would be, but for the dollar spent, I would take the Denon over the Dynavector. I also listen to Steely Dan and lots of 70's rock.
Denon discontinued the 103, so your only hopes are a used one. Be careful of cartridges that have been laying around for years in a box somewhere. The cantilever is usually all stiff and worthless. Personally, I hate the thought of buying cartridge used. Speakers are almost as bad. Electronic gear either works or its broken. Speakers and cartridges could be damaged, and it may be hard to tell.
I owned this arm and both the Denon 103 and 103R are good matches if your phono preamp has the appropriate gain. Both are readily available from www.audiocubes.com, and there are several resellers on ebay as well. The rumors of the 103D coming back seem to be incorrect, but it does have a bit more output and slightly higher compliance.
Thanks so much for the info guys!
Jaybo, thanks for your thoughts on the speakers when i purchsed them. They are the best piece of equipment I have ever owned by far!!
I am a tonearm tweaker, do not worry about that! I have a very through understanding of the arm and its adjustments. The only thing I hate about my WTT is the lack of on the fly vta adjustment. I guess its compounded by the oracle's suspension design making it flop all over when you touch it LOL.
I live outside chicago, so music direct is downtown. I am going to try to get down there to audition some carts. I will be sure the rest of my source components and amps are all setup and ready to roll before making a final decision.
Thanks again audigoners! - Evan
I have just had a discussion with another member who has the WTRP and it appears that caution is in order when using this arm with the Denon Cartridges. My early production arm was quite heavy, but as he pointed out, the arm on the WTRP and the carbon fiber arms are much lighter. He felt that they were not an ideal match with low compliance compliance cartridges like the Denon. Caveat emptor.