Views on Acoustic Signature Tables


I am looking at one of these TT's. Probably one of the higher level models like in the Thunder to Ascona range. I like high mass designs and Gunther seams to make a well engineered table with decent value for the high end. Anyone have any a reason to stay away??
wattsperchannel
There is no reason to stay away. Gunther makes a great product and is constantly improving it. He is a wonderful machinist and an avid audiophile....also fun to be around. His tonearms are excellent also.
My Final Tool has been rock solid reliable for the many years I've had it and the factory supplied excellent support when I purchased an upgraded motor. I'm only aware of one Audiogon thread mentioning poor customer support (back in 2008.) That's fewer negative comments than are seen here on some other well known turntable manufacturers. If the desire to upgrade strikes, I'd buy another Acoustic Signature with no hesitation.
Thanks Photon. One concern I have is that it just doesn't seam like many people in the USA own the higher level Acoustic Signature models. I am wondering if that is due to limited USA distribution or something else. The reviews have all been excellent but I don't see many users.
I would imagine all turntable manufacturers sell relatively few of their highest end models compared to their entry level products. Across the range of all audio products, I've noticed those who purchase the most expensive products tend not to discuss their purchases in forums so much as those of us with lesser financial means. As to whether there would be differences in reliability between lower end and higher end models, metal Acoustic Signature tables follow pretty much the same engineering design principles. More money gets you more metal and mass, more platter silencer technology, more vibration damping, etc. The only variation in electronics is that the Thunder and Ascona have the Alpha-DIG motor power supply and the lower end models use the Alpha-S power supply.
05-31-15: Wattsperchannel
"Thanks Photon. One concern I have is that it just doesn't seam like many people in the USA own the higher level Acoustic Signature models. I am wondering if that is due to limited USA distribution or something else. The reviews have all been excellent but I don't see many users."
*Unfortunately, I think this holds true of most all German manufacturers. Perhaps AMG is an exception, having a very established importer behind them. I recently heard a Brinkman Spyder table, and it was extremely good.
Thanks for the comments. It is remarkable how well the AMG has sold in USA. It is a great table and arm combo, no doubt, but I was hoping the Ascona might be even a slight step above for noise floor and micro dynamics.
It's all about distribution and the distributors ability to get publicity and advertising as well as reviews, that helps move the turntables.
Just because a certain product appears to be more widely excepted, does not mean it is better.
Noel Lee of Monster said many years ago....it's marketing!
Thanks for the above comments. Has anyone else had any experience with the Acoustic Signature tables?
Hello,

I owned the Acoustic Signature Mambo in the past and think it was an excellent table. Better than many higher priced tables I've heard since. Wish I never sold it....

I now own the Ascona. But it has been used in a different, low-frequency limited system so far. Once I have experience of using it in my main system I'll provide some feedback.

Anyway, I highly recommend AS tables. I suspect the Storm is their best value today. The Novum also looks very interesting.
Aoliviero,

Thank you. I am extremely interested in your view of the Ascona. That is my first choice. Please let me know when you can about it's performance.

Thanks,
Any other Acoustic Sig users out there????
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Aoliviero, How is your Ascona? I am really interested in your findings....
Ok, AS vs. TransRotor. Discuss.
I purchased a WOW XL from Gene Rubin earlier this year. It's one of the lower priced turntables; however, I did get the TA1000 tonearm with it.

I am quite pleased with it overall. I did have an issue with the shielding on the tonearm cable (a 6-8" section was not shielded at all which permitted interference to be induced). A-S Germany and the importer did fix it by replacing the tonearm with the DIN version (and fully shielded DIN cable from Avanti Audio fixed it); however, the replacement took almost 8 weeks. During this time they had my tonearm and the tt was out of commission. In my opinion, that could have been handled better.
Zigon, May I ask what other tables you compared the wow to?
Would you consider a Thorens TD 850 an Acoustic Signature?
If so, I love mine. Best table I have owned, albeit, I have modded it greatly.
Wattsperchannel, I'm afraid I don't have any good comparative feedback to offer. Almost none of my turntable comparisons to date have had enough components (or venue) in common to be helpful in that way.
Raymonda, I am referring to the "brand" Acoustic Research."
Zigon, Thanks for the answer.

Anyone else have experience with the Acoustic Signature tables??
Raymonda, I am referring to the "brand" Acoustic Research."

I think you meant Acoustic Signature, which is who made the Thorens TD850. Therefore, my question, "Would my Thorens TD 850 be consider an Acoustic since it was basically made by Acoustic Signature and had a Thorens badge placed on it.
Raymoda, My bad. I both made a mistake in my typing and also did not know about the Thorens TD 850 being made by Gunther. Please, by all means, your views are welcome.

Thanks,
06-02-15: Aoliviero
Hello,

I now own the Ascona. But it has been used in a different, low-frequency limited system so far. Once I have experience of using it in my main system I'll provide some feedback.

Any update on your Ascona????