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Wed Jun 27, 2012, 04:33 PM

Just ordered my new turntable. AT LP 120.

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Response to ohiosmith (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 04:45 PM

1. Pretty.

I have LP's but nothing to play them on.

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Response to ohiosmith (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 04:51 PM

2. Looks very solid and a lot like the big

Technics units from the 1970s, which were extremely reliable. Good choice, I think.

This was just installed by the designer in my listening room for review (At $30K for the table alone, it costs more than I make in a year, but that's the nice thing about being a hifi reviewer - access to the toybox ). A night of preliminary listening tells me it may be the best table in the world even though there are tables that cost five times more.

The Kronos Turntable:

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Response to hifiguy (Reply #2)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 04:56 PM

4. It is a lot like the 1200 series.

So, do you get to keep that?

And thanks for all of your kind guidance.

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Response to ohiosmith (Reply #4)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 05:00 PM

5. Probably not, but the designer said we might

be "able to work something out." Designers and manufacturers love it when a fairly high-profile reviewer selects one of their products as a long term reference. It gets mentioned in subsequent reviews and in the "associated equipment" section at the end of the text and they can say "Noted writer X chooses the Cosmic Kaboom as his personal reference" in ads and promo material.

I've been doing this for fifteen years, so I am very well known in the High End community.

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Response to hifiguy (Reply #5)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 05:03 PM

6. So,.....do you need an assistant?

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Response to ohiosmith (Reply #6)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 05:16 PM

7. That's not as crazy a question as you might think.

The first editor I ever worked for in the High End press, Harry Pearson (founder of The Absolute Sound, though it's no longer under his control) has always had a set-up man to handle the grunt work/maintenance/heavy lifting for the three systems he maintains in his palatial Edwardian home on Long Island.

I must admit I wouldn't be anywhere near as difficult to work for as my mentor HP.

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Response to hifiguy (Reply #2)

Thu Jun 28, 2012, 12:55 PM

16. I have a nice old Technics SL-B92

Not top-of-the-line, looks something like the pic in the O.P. (not like that Kronos behemoth!). I've been using it to convert a bunch of vinyl to CD's (and then to iPod fodder).

I found the Technics at a garage sale after my low-end Garrard finally croaked.

There's just something nice about starting the iPod and hearing a needle hit the vinyl, search out the groove, and then the snaps and cracks from an old Stones album.



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Response to JustABozoOnThisBus (Reply #16)

Thu Jun 28, 2012, 02:53 PM

17. Cool!

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Response to ohiosmith (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 06:08 PM

8. It doesn't look that much different from my 30 year old Technics.

 

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Response to HopeHoops (Reply #8)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 06:16 PM

9. It has a lot of the 1200 series design elements. Not even close to Technics' quality however.

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Response to ohiosmith (Reply #9)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 06:31 PM

10. No strobe? I have to admit that the turntable I have is awesome, but no advancements?

 

I know it is obsolete technology but I expected things would have still progressed. I don't expect the same from 8-track players because the tapes wear out faster than the machines. LaserDiscs are still great.

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Response to HopeHoops (Reply #10)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 07:33 PM

11. Does have a strobe. Lighter platter. Direct drive instead of belt. Lighter chases. Has USB which I

didn't want/need so I may remove it. Another negative is no ground. For the bucks though....

I still have my Laser Disc hooked up but haven't used it in years.

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Response to ohiosmith (Reply #11)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 09:26 PM

12. I'm 99% sure that the 1200 wasn't belt drive.

Belt drive may be regular for audiophile situations (my turntable which my dad "borrowed" when I moved is belt drive), but much worse for fast starts, beat-matching, scratching and other things that DJs do with turntables.

I just found out this year that Technics doesn't make the 1200 anymore, which really surprises me. That was the industry standard for SO long.

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Response to harmonicon (Reply #12)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 11:30 PM

13. My bad. It was direct drive.

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Response to ohiosmith (Reply #13)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 11:38 PM

14. In any case, enjoy it.

They may be held together by wire and duct tape now, but I've had my AT headphones for something like 13 years, and they still work.

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Response to harmonicon (Reply #14)

Thu Jun 28, 2012, 09:51 AM

15. Thanks!

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