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Hi Guys, Using TW ACUSTIC 10.5 arm cartridge lists around $6K.Mine was set up by Jeff of HIGHWATER SOUND he did a wonderful setup.I am enjoying the best analog sound ever this is a truly amazing cartridge in every way.Turntable TW AC3 with BN 3 motors ,BN feet,BN VTA Armboard,BN battery power supply also using STEALTH v10 amp cord on turntable,SYMPOSIUM HDSE feet under BN power supply with 2,5 balls,tunable on SYMPOSIUM STEALTH custom stand.
If anyone wants to sell his or her Orpheus L, in order to purchase Proteus, I am interested.
They will show up more and more. But the original Designer who made the Orpheus passed away, so no one can rebuild it. All you can do is to send it to an external retipper or to the new Transfiguration cartridge maker. Btw. the Phoenix and the Proteus share common parts and body.
Orpheus was a problem for a lot of dealers based on its very high price compared to the performance with the much cheaper Phoenix...
Dear Lewm: Certainly I would like to hear the Proteus based on what Ebm posted.
I own the Phoenix and heard both Orpheus versions and IMHO the Phoenix is better choice. This is not the first time that a top of the line model is beated for one of its " little " brothers: well with these cartridges that's happening.
Obviously that everything depends on each one music/audio prioriites and performance qualities/characterisitcs of each audio system.
Anyway, Transfiguration is for me a very well regarded cartridge manufacturer in its own virtues. Sad to know that the original designer passed away.
Regards and enjoy the music,
Thanks for your insight, Raul. I have not heard either the Orpheus or the Phoenix, but I know the general feeling is that the Phoenix is very good, too. I acquired my interest from having heard the Temper many years ago, an excellent and very neutral cartridge. I would be interested in a Phoenix, too.
I have an old Temper, the original version of it, and I would guess it probably needs a re-tip in the near future. But I am leery of sending it to Soundsmith due to its unique cantilever setup. Don't know what Transfiguration would charge me to do this, or what they might offer on a trade up for a Phoenix.
What would you do?
Hard to get idea how Transfiguration compares to other top end cartridges after description you have provided.
It is no surprise that top end model will be best within Transfiguration range.
Titan is known from lack of tonality and shrill sound.
Do you have any comparision to top end Dynavector, Koetsu, Air Tight, Atlas or so?
On the original post, i have a Proteus up and running and its a lovely thing for sure. Compared to my old orpheus it adds a whole load more speed, bite, articulation, slam and dynamics. The treble seems more extended, more real with greater air and the leading edge of bass in particular is much better with just better timing and speed all round. The proteus still has the Orpheus's wonderful unforced sense of naturallness and its still a refined and highly musical non-ostentatious sound, but the soft round politeness has gone and you just feel a fair bit closer to the music, the real thing.
I'm late to this discussion. I picked up a lightly used Proteus and found the active vs transformer opinions aren't so clear cut.
I’ve now had a chance to listen to the Proteus with several configurations. It’s pretty sensitive to the amplification load. My reference is:
Ortofon Anna – Nagra VPS 100 ohm load, XFRMR/TUBE/SS stages
I’m diggin’ it.