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xandcg


Rio de Janeiro, BR.
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Post #: 201
Post ID: 25423
Reply to: 25422
About the price.
In the audiophile market the advertised price is usually far from the street price (usually 20% off of it), and the price the retailer pay to the manufacture is often the street price with 40% off. So, one probably could buy that turntable for less than 240.000€ if he/she buy that FOB directly from TechDAS (shipping costs by sea would be negligible); however that is a Japanese product and they often are advertised for a fraction of the price in Japan in relation to the Western, and so I would not be surprised if someone managed to get that by 50K€ or less. ;-)

Btw, this German guy seems to also be following the Seiko style:




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Romy the Cat


Boston, MA
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Post #: 202
Post ID: 25428
Reply to: 25422
Curing the audio itch....
 Stitch wrote:
Is there a definition of "sound like shit"?
Stitch, this is VERY good question. I think the answer in the eye of beholder. I know two guys who own or use to own TechDas 1. One did not like it and he before it use to have some smaller Micr, I think it was RX2000, I have no idea what he did with it. Another also very aggressively did not like it. He owed any TT you ever heard of and he is one of the few guys who do not mind to call “crap” the things that he have paid a lot of money. It is possible however that "sound like shit" was my own colloquialism and they did not tell me like that. I do recall a very negative feedback and in my mind if a TT (or any other audio devise) cost as much and being sold as some kind of messianic item then any negative aspect of the devise performance putting the devise into  "sound like shit" category. If you hire a wall painter who do not charge $15 but let say $1250 per hour and the painter does not know how to let say edge walls then do you need more talking about the qualification of that painter? If the painter bills you $30 or $50 per hour then you could debate if he is good or bad painter, but as the painter’s bill you $1250 per hour then all bets are off, for this extraordinary money the professional should be able to delivery extraordinary performance. The top of the line TechDas turntable based upon the feedback I got did not deliver not only extraordinary performance but filed in comprising with much less ambition TTs (again, reportedly). Does it make it to sound “like shit”? I do not know. 
     
Honestly I got kind of tired to debunk stupid ideas in audio. The whole notion of high-end audio implied high quality of performance and it has nothing to do with technologies, prices and the rest of the crap that we all look like love to worship in audio. Would a TT that “sounds like shit” deserve to have attention by the people who practice high-end audio objectives? Does the sexy look and high price to qualify the TechDas One to be high-end audio turntable? You answer this question to yourself.   
 
We have in audio absolutely wrong way to communicate with our inner ourselves, the stupid audio media have vandalized it in us. We do not communicate our need but we instead communicate your remedies for discomfort and frustrations. I do not understand why TT are being produced by audio companies. Any person can go to eBay and buy for $2K-$3K a 40 years old Micro 5000 that will deliver a superb performance that will last to the rest of a listener’s life. Why turntables are being made after the RX5000 was made? Why some kind of company take the RX5000, mass-produce it, driving the cost to sub $500, and close the audio people itch with turntables to the rest of humanity existence….


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Paul S
San Diego, California, USA
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Post #: 203
Post ID: 25430
Reply to: 25428
Engineering Solutions
The way the "spec sheets" on high end items read tell something about the approach taken by the "manufacturer". Often they approach designing something difficult, like a turntable, as a series of obstacles to be overcome, so the project winds up first breaking the thing down into bits, then coming up with "solutions" for each bit (such as "friction", concentricity, etc., etc.), then assembling the TT from the "perfected" bits. This done, how could it not sound good?  Of course, there are other approaches, such as association with race car drivers, astronauts, astro-physicists, etc., or perhaps just "keeping up a front" of "upscale exclusivity", a la the Trump Resorts.


Paul S
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rowuk


Germany
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Post #: 204
Post ID: 25432
Reply to: 25430
Compare to automobile industry
We generally accept that Mercedes Benz builds good cars. Several years ago, they invented the A class series and the German press was all excited - until a scandinavian review performed an “elk test”, a fast series of turns and braking to keep from hitting the animal. The Mercedes flipped over - so much for good handling. What did Mercedes do? They did not fix the suspension, rather they added ABS.
The moral of the story was not building cars that were innately safe, rather building electronic systems to compensate for bad mechanical engineering. This is not a new concept. Photoshop helps get usable pictures from shitty photographs, our airplanes are fly by wire with electronics to smooth out pre calculated pilot errors, we have laws against abortion but let rich white kids get off with rape.
Turntables are actually not that hard. We used to have decent ones for a couple of hundred dollars. Gear fetish is destroying the honest attempts. The hard part is the tone arm and cartridge but good engineering could solve this.


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Paul S
San Diego, California, USA
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Post #: 205
Post ID: 25434
Reply to: 25432
Tolerable Tolerances
The thing with building turntables is, if you use a stethoscope and your ears, there is some "serious" machining involved that requires not only expensive, complicated machine tools, but people who know how to use them. Generally, this stuff is not handled directly by the "manufacturer"/developer of the TT, and the costs tend to mount as something like a "serious" TT is developed.  I think what we are looking at with TechDas (and most others) is more usual for a "high end" product, where the "designers" might be at least as interested in marketing, so they are at least as concerned with "marketable" "features" as actual sonic performance.  Another approach might be the "constant development" TT that "keeps changing for the better".  I keep looking back to Brinkmann, who is himself a machinist. Not that this is any guaranty of good sound, but it does seem like it is a "more likely scenario". Whatever the initial approach, "tangential" ideas tend to overwhelm "basic sensibilities", running up costs and prices without really adding anything really worthwhile to quality of sound reproduction


Paul S
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rowuk


Germany
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Post #: 206
Post ID: 25436
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Machining is no big deal anymore
Actually, if we use a stethoscope and our ears, we buy standard precision bearings, motors and control electronics. All quite affordable. There is no need to reinvent the wheel. If we look at an old Thorens TD160, how much more engineering does the average audiophile need? Well the TD1600 looks like it will be $3000. When do we reach the point that the original pressing has worse wow, flutter and noise floor? I think that the crapshoot is the tone arm because it has to work with a resonant cartridge that may even be weather and temperature dependent. How much new engineering have we seen? I can’t think of any related to turntables.


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Paul S
San Diego, California, USA
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Parts vs. Application vs. Incentive
No, machining still requires expensive machinery and some chops, and further it needs to be a coherent part of a pre-engineered whole. It really isn't like one can find the parts on shelves, assemble them, and wind up with something sonically viable, let alone do it for pocket change. The TD160 is a long way from the worst bearing, but the platter is something else, like my old Rek-O-Kut.  And sure, the arm is important, too, also something that one does not make in the garage.  Not like these problems can't be solved, rather there's not financial incentive to do it, mostly due to lack of demand for good sounding stuff in the first place. I mean, why bother?

Paul S


 
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xandcg


Rio de Janeiro, BR.
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Post ID: 25600
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Micro Seiki SX-8000
There is a pristine looking Micro Seiki SX-8000 on Yahoo Japan Auctions.



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xandcg


Rio de Janeiro, BR.
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TechDAS & Micro Seiki relation.
I read THIS short interview with Hideaki Niskikawa, the person behind TechDAS, and I learned he was the Micro Seiki chief designer, and was the responsible at least by the design of the SX-8000 II (cited in the interview).

This fact don't tell how TechDAS turntables sound (I never heard and I don't think I have any one remotely close to hear), but may be a good indication of the objectives behind the development, or at least part of them.


PS. apparently none of the TechDAS turntables do 78RPM, nor seems to have it as optional. Not nice.

Cheers.
Alex.



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xandcg


Rio de Janeiro, BR.
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VYGER Turntables.
I think I finally found a turntable I am interested to make an extra effort to hear, VYGER.

I, of course, have no idea of how it sound and I can't really say why I am interested on that particular turntable. This may be the apparent rugged no BS way that is built (or the lack of general interest among audiophiles).

There are some REVIEW, an INTERVIEW, and some youtube videos.


Cheers.



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Romy the Cat


Boston, MA
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Post #: 211
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Who would be the Micro Seiki chief accountant?
 xandcg wrote:
I read THIS short interview with Hideaki Niskikawa, the person behind TechDAS, and I learned he was the Micro Seiki chief designer, and was the responsible at least by the design of the SX-8000 II (cited in the interview).
Wonderful,  Mr. Hideaki Niskikawa would be the third person I know who would be calming that he was the Micro Seiki chief designer. I also wonder if Mr. Hideaki Niskikawa would assume any responsibility for what Micro Seiki did as they took my $14K back in 2000 before they went to dark.


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steverino
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Post #: 212
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The inscrutable Orient
 Romy the Cat wrote:
 xandcg wrote:
I read THIS short interview with Hideaki Niskikawa, the person behind TechDAS, and I learned he was the Micro Seiki chief designer, and was the responsible at least by the design of the SX-8000 II (cited in the interview).
Wonderful,  Mr. Hideaki Niskikawa would be the third person I know who would be calming that he was the Micro Seiki chief designer. I also wonder if Mr. Hideaki Niskikawa would assume any responsibility for what Micro Seiki did as they took my $14K back in 2000 before they went to dark.

At the very least they should give you 14k plus interest discount off their wonderful new TT before it disappears.
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xandcg


Rio de Janeiro, BR.
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Post #: 213
Post ID: 25605
Reply to: 25603
Worth the shot.
I didn't know about this sad episode, but in your place I would find a way to ask him publicly about that[1]. He, of course, has no liability (by law) of what Micro Seiki (as a company) did, but would be interesting to know his reaction. Surely, he would not want the TechDAS image affected by this episode.

[1] during a Air Force Zero presentation would even better.




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noviygera


Chicago, IL
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Post #: 214
Post ID: 25826
Reply to: 25605
Gyroscopes
Not that physics is my strong suit, but casually watching a physics youtube video this thought crossed my mind.
I wonder if gyroscopes can be used in a turntable to improve it's performance without reverting to ultra high mass systems to maintain a good level of stability?
Take the platter for example: If the mass of the platter is concentrated at the perimeter, it will act as a gyroscope while spinning --- this is obvious. What's not obvious to me is what that min velocity is for a given mass platter (that is built like a gyroscope, with most of it's mass at the perimeter) to reach precession. Is this achievable at only 33 or 45 rpm?
Could this be why 45rpm records sound better?

Well, the platter can act as a gyroscope in itself, without any additional contraptions! Is it only a function of the perimeter mass?
However, with external gyros, maybe it would make sense to stabilize the plinth? The tonearm?

I am not claiming any new discoveries, but wondering if this fundamental law of physics can be applied more intentionally to improve the mechanical device "the turntable" to achieve better performance without the need to build the high mass monsters that I have seen. 

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rowuk


Germany
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Post #: 215
Post ID: 25827
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How good does it need to be?
 noviygera wrote:
Not that physics is my strong suit, but casually watching a physics youtube video this thought crossed my mind.
I wonder if gyroscopes can be used in a turntable to improve it's performance without reverting to ultra high mass systems to maintain a good level of stability?
Take the platter for example: If the mass of the platter is concentrated at the perimeter, it will act as a gyroscope while spinning --- this is obvious. What's not obvious to me is what that min velocity is for a given mass platter (that is built like a gyroscope, with most of it's mass at the perimeter) to reach precession. Is this achievable at only 33 or 45 rpm?
Could this be why 45rpm records sound better?

Well, the platter can act as a gyroscope in itself, without any additional contraptions! Is it only a function of the perimeter mass?
However, with external gyros, maybe it would make sense to stabilize the plinth? The tonearm?

I am not claiming any new discoveries, but wondering if this fundamental law of physics can be applied more intentionally to improve the mechanical device "the turntable" to achieve better performance without the need to build the high mass monsters that I have seen. 


Considering that the master recording probably has more "error" than modern quality playback, what does "better" performance mean? We have rotational stability and low/tailored noise floor as far as the turntable goes. With the tonearm we have a resonant system with little "engineered" ability to manipulate the resonance. We need clay, silicone caulking with lead shot to "improve" assuming that we have ears and a brain.
For sure pitch control is one of my major needs. It is amazing how many recordings are not at the originally recorded pitch (yes, we know how many of the top orchestras tuned throughout recent and not so recent history).


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