agrippa

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Audio Technica VM vs. AT-VM series
I can't see two distinct lines at Audio-Technica's European web site, unless you mean VM and VM95, where the latter is the replacement for the old AT-95. 
Help to pick belt driven turntable around $1500
I see exactly zero reason not to spend $1500 on a belt drive and my hands down choice would be the Clearaudio Concept. With the Concept arm and no cartridge it can be had for $1600.That said the SL1500C and SL1200GR are both excellent choices and ... 
Floored by Beatles "White Album" Reissue
Presumably they're on about the 2018 50th anniversary reissue. 
Are 500 hours too many for a used hi-end cartridge?
1. Obviously not. People are just giving a figure which is high enough to be vaguely believable and low enough not to be putting buyers off.2. Playing time is certainly more important in my experience. I’ve bought a good number of old cartridges i... 
VTA on the fly
Perhaps he just loves music and the equipment is just something he needs to get there.My thought exactly. Hard as it may be to believe, some people just use their equipment to listen to music, without obsessing about other stuff.  Strange but true. 
What should my next cartridge be?
My pleasure entirely.  If the choice for any prospective buyer comes down to these two I feel it's pretty much impossible to make a wrong turn. 
What should my next cartridge be?
I’m almost the opposite, as I’ve barely heard the ML. For the maybe three hours I have, it sounded very good indeed. My *impression* (which is all I can give you, although I feel it is reasonably well informed) was that the ART9 has a little more ... 
What should my next cartridge be?
I’ve heard three; Shilabe, Kansui and Saboten.To be fair they did vary in terms of their degree of colouring and to be honest I can’t really recall which one exactly was the one that inspired the above flourish.What I am sure of is that neither on... 
What should my next cartridge be?
I’d get the Hana ML or else an Audio-Technica ART9. Both are superb all-rounders which will suit all types of music equally. A little googling will unearth lot and lots of information, not least from here.Conversely I would suggest that Miyajima c... 
Headshell recommendations for AT33SA on SL1200G
The AT33Sa has a compliance of around 17-18 @ 10Hz, so it's not particularly low.  The stock headshell should work just fine, but the Audio-Technica AT-LH series of headshells measure better than most available alternatives and might be a (very) ... 
Direct Drive vs. Idler Drive vs. Belt drive
I did respond to this, in my post just prior to this. Apologies, somehow I managed to miss it. Now remedied.I took your original post to mean a mat with the same universal durometer as vinyl, which was why I wondered. Thanks for clearing it up for... 
Direct Drive vs. Idler Drive vs. Belt drive
I'll try again, since I'd be very interested to find out about this. @ atmasphere: A good platter pad will simultaneously damp the platter and silence the vibration in the LP; this has to be done with a platter pad that has the same hardness (d... 
I Need Some Opinions...
Congrats on the H-1200.  I have an H-1202 that I dearly love and I'm sure the 1200 isn't far behind. 
Direct Drive vs. Idler Drive vs. Belt drive
Apologies for going somewhat [email protected] atmasphere: A good platter pad will simultaneously damp the platter and silence the vibration in the LP; this has to be done with a platter pad that has the same hardness (durometer) as the vinyl. In that way ener... 
How does music tastes differ from country to county?
I was in Turkey when Bob Dylan received the Nobel Price for Literature and mentioned it to some people I chatted with one evening, asking what they thought about it. They all had to google him, having never heard the name before.So yeah, musical t...