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For example, the design of and interaction between the hifi amplifier and its speaker load can and potentially will alter the sound balance of what you hear. To reproduce the sounds captured by the recording microphones, as Harbeth speakers are designed to do, you would naturally select system components (sources, electronics, cables and so on) that do not color the sound before it reaches the speakers.

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If you desire to intentionally tune your system sound to your personal taste, please consider carefully how much you should rely upon the subjective opinions of strangers. Their hearing acuity and taste will be different to yours, as will be their motives and budget, their listening distance, listening loudness and listening room treatment, not necessarily leading to appropriate equipment selection and listening satisfaction for you.

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Which turntables do You use?

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  • Which turntables do You use?

    As the title says:

    Which turntable, tonearm, cartridge and riaa do You use in Your Harbeth systems?

    I am planning the build of a new system that certainly will include a new turntable.

    So please give me a bit of inspiration ;-)

  • #2
    I am pretty enjoying my vintage tt sansui sr-222 with denon dl110 hocm caart feed into azur 640p. For music, more than enough.
    Attached Files
    "Bath with Music"


    • #3
      Thorens 125 Mk2, SME 3009 series III, Fidelity Research MC201 through a Blue Circle phonostage.


      • #4
        I haven't had a turntable or`any LPs for close to a`quarter century.


        • #5
          Originally posted by Labarum View Post
          I haven't had a turntable or`any LPs for close to a`quarter century.
          Too bad for You. I wouldn't miss it for the world.


          • #6
            I do not have Harbeths in my system yet, but I use VPI Scoutmaster with Lyra Dorian. RIAA stage is EAR 834P.


            • #7
              Well, Matti, you'll just have to go out and get a pair!

              As for turntables, I have three of them in my house, making me a certified analog dinosaur (an Analogosaurus, perhaps?). In my main system, A VPI HW-19 Mk. IV, Well Tempered Arm, Grado Sonata cartridge. Downstairs, a Project X-Pression with Project Speed Box and a Grado Signature 10 MR cartridge. This low budget rig comes very close to the VPI set-up, and I would heartily recommend the Project line to anyone looking to get into analog without spending a fortune. Finally, we have a vintage Thorens TD 160 with a Grado Gold cartridge. I like Grado...


              • #8
                I currently use vintage Micro Seiki with Audio Technica AT-33PTG cartridge. Phono amp is a Trigon Vanguard II. Though very modest overall but still an excellent combination IMHO.


                • #9
                  Nottingham Analogue Spacedeck, Rega RB250, Goldring 1040, ANT Kora 3T


                  • #10
                    Thorens TD160 Mk2 with AT35E cartridge. does the job for me!


                    "If all else fails, read the instructions"


                    • #11
                      Mothballed stock Project RPM4. Used a few times until got tired of cleaning discs, and getting up to flip the record over. Will trade for something useful eg. hair-dryer, nail clippers or a good tool set.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by kittykat View Post
                        Mothballed stock Project RPM4. Used a few times until got tired of cleaning discs, and getting up to flip the record over. Will trade for something useful eg. hair-dryer, nail clippers or a good tool set.
                        Now don't you go upsetting members Kittykat. I said I hadn't owned a turntable is close to 25 years.

                        My wife inherited a house with contents and we do have

                        Still works!

                        Now why didn't my wife's uncle go on to buy a Quad amp and electrostatics!
                        Last edited by Labarum; 17-06-2010, 01:58 PM. Reason: Image too bg


                        • #13
                          Oh, and I also have one of these, but the tracking weight is rather high.

                          Its a floor stander


                          • #14
                            VPI Classic with a Sumiko Blackbird.

                            As I post listening to Ella & Louis Sing Gershwin. 'S wonderful!


                            • #15
                              SOTA turntable, Dynavector 20X (high gain), RB250 tonearm.