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Turntable choice confusion!!!

Discussion in 'audio' started by kimmiles, Sep 24, 2019.

  1. kimmiles

    kimmiles pfm Member

    I have an OL Zephyr arm (brand new) and have narrowed down my possible purchase between (all sans arm!):

    Michell Gyro SE
    Origin Live Aurora Mk4
    Roksan Radius 7

    All have correct arm geometry and Rega-type arm mounting (and all are dust traps) and all have good to excellent reviews.

    Not a chance to compare them side by side, so any views/helpful advice?

    They all have their 'house' sound but speed stability is one of my chief concerns: the course of absolute pitch!!)

    (OR: I simple mount the Zephyr on my Technics SL150 Mk2, as I originally intended!!!)
  2. Chops54

    Chops54 pfm Member

    Stop messing around and put it on your Technics.
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  3. Mike Reed

    Mike Reed pfm Member

    As above; not because it's the best choice, but because it's the easiest and cost-free solution while you take more time to seriously consider if, what and when you upgrade. The Technics should satisfy re. the pitch, if not the overall s.q. You don't mention the cart., but I imagine it's either a m.m. or a low-cost m.c. with compliance to suit the O.L. arm.
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  4. kimmiles

    kimmiles pfm Member

    At the moment, I am deciding between the 3 cartridges that I have: Ortofon 2M Black, Ortofon Quintet Black and Hana SL, so not THAT low cost!!!

    I guess that my main issue is that the SL150/2 is not getting any younger (much like me), so, despite the rock solid pitch, and while I have the funds, maybe it is time to buy a new tt that will see me through the next ten years (or less, due to my urge to buy stuff!!!!!)
  5. Mike Reed

    Mike Reed pfm Member

    Sorry; 'low cost' to me is anything under £1000+. There are a lot of turntables out there to consider, even though you've obviously researched the subject, and you have the facility to try out your Technics, bide your time on a decision and look out for verifiable or guaranteed good used decks, which will save a small packet.

    Of your choices, the Michell would be my choice, but I'm biassed in having an original Orbe for 14 years. If buying used, of course, you could afford a modern Orbe !!!!! Service in Borehamwood would be first class and affordable should you need it. If you're near Soton, then maybe O.L., but Roksan? I had a Xerxes/Artemiz/Shiraz decades ago, but not sure about their cheaper offerings.

    Bear in mind the nature of the deck and where it's going to be placed and, if not a wall shelf, whether concrete or suspended floor. Having gone to a mass deck (Dais) I wouldn't revert to a suspended one but 'orses for courses !
  6. JimmyB

    JimmyB pfm Member

    Gyro, and not just because it's a nicer built machine and more metal than plastic but it's upgradeable.

    Another vote for keeping the Technics (at least until I find a reason /spare cash to justify buying it from you)
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  7. manicatel

    manicatel pfm Member

    Gyro for me too. A lovely thing.
  8. Woodface

    Woodface pfm Member

    Could you just not get one of the newer technics offerings?
  9. chartz

    chartz If it’s broke fix it!

    The Technics it has to be.
    No advantage for you buying a new one when you have a 150mk2.
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  10. AudioAl

    AudioAl pfm Member

    Sell the lot including the arm and buy a Technics 1200G , Wow what a machine :rolleyes::cool::D
  11. chartz

    chartz If it’s broke fix it!

    Yes but not cheap. Not sure it's worth the expense (diminishing returns).
  12. Seanm

    Seanm pfm Member

    That’s what I’d do in the OP’s position. Gyro’s great though, especially with Gwernaffield’s pylons.
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  13. Mike Reed

    Mike Reed pfm Member

    Yes it is, but the Orbe is better. It's also the top of the Michell range (not much of a range, though), so no upgrading fuss as you have with the Gyro. My friend had the Gyro (when I had one of the first Orbes in '95). He bought the Gyro shortly after but upgraded to Orbe within the year. That was then, by the way; maybe differences are not so obvious nowadays with the different styles Orbe etc.
  14. AudioAl

    AudioAl pfm Member

    If you are a vinyl person yes its worth it , I have 1200 / 1210 and have had a fully modded everything 1210 , Mike New bearing and platter , Feet , Timestep power supply etc etc , why F about doing all this and spend more money the a 1200G its a stonking TT , weighs a ton, already tuned platter , arm upgraded from the std 1200 series , Speed is 100% accurate , The bearing is a real special , run down time is 1 minuite 6 seconds

    You could pay double /trable / quadruple £££ for something that looks like a north sea oil rig , but why ?

    I like my 1200g :rolleyes::cool:
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  15. chartz

    chartz If it’s broke fix it!

    Don’t get me wrong: I’d really like one, being something of a Technics fan (se-a3 and su-a4 here, RS-M275 DBX cassette deck among other goodies).
  16. kimmiles

    kimmiles pfm Member

    Thanks for all of the comments!

    What about the Avid Diva II?
  17. chartz

    chartz If it’s broke fix it!

    No idea but must be good. Hi-Fi World says so!

    But expensive, and not DD of course. No small manufacturer has the power of Technics as regards sheer technology at silly costs.
    Bl...y hell, get a new Technics or keep what you have and buy more records!
  18. DimitryZ

    DimitryZ pfm Member

    At this money I would (and did) take one of the Rega's top offerings.
  19. chartz

    chartz If it’s broke fix it!

    Seriously look at the engineering put into a Rega, and have a good laugh!
  20. DimitryZ

    DimitryZ pfm Member

    You sound like you come from a place of deep experience and considerable knowledge of mechanical engineering. As an MIT aerospace grad, I can only respect this well-considered "opinion." Care to elaborate?

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