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In the Forum: Analog Playback
In the Thread: Ultimate Turntable
Post Subject: The turntables and a common sense.Posted by Romy the Cat on: 2/26/2008


I against all of it as it just does not make sense to me. There is a hypothetical problem and there is a cost-benefit to resolve the problem. There is also a cost of damage that the solution costs if to look at the result from a divert perspective.

Yes, some records are mis-centred. So what? How devastating is the solution to move arm or to move platter in a real time to correct this error? It is not liner move and the movement has own inertia that is dumped by needle suspension.  So, we cure one problem and crew another. Sure, the LF recording is very far from perfect. The anti-scatting for instance could be set properly only for one single point on the record but not for the entire record surface. We can go crazy to implement the anti-scatting that act on trapedolck principles but all this will be applied to a tonearms that has enough own functions… I do not see a lot of tonearms that sound good. So can you imagine adding to a tonearm a function to catching the proximity from the center and dynamically reset the anti-scatting? How about automated tonearm’s vertical excursion to compensate the records thickness and self tuning of VTA? What would be next? The room temperature analyzer that would automatically adjust the viscosity of tonearms damping ligules in case of the hater in your room went off and the temperature change for 5 degree. It does changes sound, so why not… Oh, one more… even more funny: the mis-centrering will affect the correct anti-scatting at mix and max mis-centrering position, so should we do…. whatever.  BTW, there was a TT in Russia where metal platter is flooding in a bath of mercury… it is good for any-vibration but the users die too frequently…  Anyhow, I have a friend who had Nakamichi TX-1000 and his comment was that it was…very interning to play with but it sounded very poor. Go figure why!

I think that the brutal force heavy TT is less susceptive to anything and I found it is very comporting though. The el`Ol’s idea of super light TT and super light platter might be interesting for graduate lab experiments but I do not think that is it useful in applied turns. I have seen TT where platter had virtually no mass and the record itself was suspended on a 3 narrow supporting point. So, the records itself become a platter and the fat 180g LP and the thin RCA Red Seal LP sounded so different then it was not funny.

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