Did you know that turntables, tonearms, cartridges and phono stages all have the variance in sound of other components, like amps and speakers? Some tables sound very smooth, relaxed and warm while others are very lively, transparent and accurate.
You can picture it this way: A “family sedan” takes out the roughness in the road for a smooth and easy drive but doesn’t give you a feel for the road nor much in the way of ‘hi-performance’. Sports cars have terrific agility and relay the road conditions instantly but can be hard over rough road. Further, like other components, tables vary from not-so-great to excellent production value (parts quality, engineering design).
Question: How can you listen and evaluate the maybe 10 tables, arms or cartridges available in your price range with the same components and same acoustical environment to decide which deck is best for you? You can’t. That’s why it’s important to have a dealer to trust who does this day in and day out with a broad selection of brands to work with. If you visit a store and hear one or two tables and don’t get a chance to compare them to other tables with different merits you’ll never know what you are missing. You’d have to wonder did you just hear two tables that are both ‘family sedans’ or what?
Ortofon MC A95 Phono Cartridge
How to buy a table/arm/cartridge? Consider your preference for a soft cushy ride, a sports car ride or somewhere in-between. Then work with a dealer that knows the ‘market’ and can offer you honest advice from a full selection. And no, you can’t have it all!!!!! Even the very best tables have sonic signatures that vary between lively and warm. If someone says their table has it all then run, you’ve met a liar. (Ok, maybe the Continuum at $100,000 does it all; but I haven’t had that one in my store – yet!).
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