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A few years ago I had a 1983 LP12 that had been upgraded to Cirkus, Lingo 2, late Ittok, Troika.
After reading about a bake-off at the Docs home where a variety of inexpensive used Japanese direct drives beat a similar spec LP12, I was inspired to try an EMT 930 with a Denon 103 cartridge. The EMT sounded like a grown up LP12. The LP12 sounded like an adolescent. I then also bought an EMT 950 when I saw one going for a good price in Austria. Since then EMT's have shot up in price and I can no longer recommend them unless you find one at a bargain price. Anyway, the point being that the LP12 was never the best turntable in the world. Not even close. Even though it was marketed as this.
Speakers are a personal choice. I like big, tatty, ugly, broken classic 1950's to 1970's American speakers. Because they're cheap and sound OK, once fixed. I can understand why some like NVA speakers, because they're small, reasonably priced for new kit and sound OK. I've also enjoyed a variety of DIY speakers, many of which have been very cheap and sounded OK, and some of which have cost a bit and sounded as good as any speakers I've ever heard.
A good starting point would be going to the Wigwam forum Kegworth Show. Or going to or hosting a few bake-offs.
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And northwest of Pegasus
Flew into the light of Deneb
Sailed across the Milky Way
Sonore microRendu/McRU PS, AQ J-bug, Wirewold Ultraviolet, Chord Mscaler/Qutest, Geitnote Apogee, NVA BMU, P90SA, A80sMk2, Phono 1, SSP Mk 2, TSCS, TIS mk2, Cube 1s, Atacama stands, Rega Planar 3, Denon DL-110, Grado SR 325e, headphones.
Chord Mojo (also HP amp), NVA P20, A20, Cubettes, SSC, LS3.
Out and about
Oppo PM3, Audioquest Dragonfly Red.
Head in the sand there i'm afraid. Gyro or better Orbe way better (+NAS favoured by DSJR), and I suspect the P6 and even possibly the latest P3 suitably isolated. Some people swapping 0ut old Lp12s for the Technics GAE. Plenty discussion elsewhere (and heated argument). Whole threads on Hoffman forum. I'm sure latest Linns are a whole lot better but the prices are just crazy.guydarryl wrote: ↑Sat Feb 09, 2019 9:20 pmLike you, I listened to and enjoyed the LP12 - still enjoying it after thirty something years ( I think it was one of the last pre Cirkus) so overall cost has been a bit of a bargain. Must admit that current price LP12 would need to be passed on for a few generations to get the same return on investment.
No problem using it with NVA.
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Pi: Allo DigiOne Signature/Volumio/Tomanek LPSU/Jitterbug
DAC: Metrum Acoustics Musette CD Transport: Cambridge CXC
Headphones: AudioQuest NightHawk Carbon Amp: Schiit Magni-3
DAC: Musical Fidelity M1DAC Digital i/c: Profigold Oxypure OCC
I sold my stuff below market value as it would sell and I could get what I wanted sooner. Great experience, love my music now
ARB Turntable & 10” dual pivot arm, Grado Reference Prestige 1 MI
Funk Firm Vector V, Acos modified tonearm, Grado Gold Prestige MI
Nva Phono 1
Digital Sources- Denon CEOL Piccolo, iPhone 6s
Amplification-NVA P50 A20 A60
Speakers- Diy BBCubes; Ls1, Ls5; SSC