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In Reply to: RE: Curious follow-up commentary posted by JayG on June 17, 2012 at 16:52:41
Jay, it's the intervals of improvement which come into question, not natural evolvement. Merlin isn't the only one, just given yet another gushing "I can't believe they've improved on perfection" review, it became an obvious one.
I won't buy a product based on its upgrade path. That's not to say that I won't buy a product with an upgrade path, or that I won't avail myself of an upgrade if it comes along and makes sense.
For example, I bought the basic VPI Scout because I loved the sound. Four years later I'm still thrilled with it and not the least bit tempted to go down the apparent upgrade rabbit hole. I will upgrade the cartridge at some point, naturally, but not the motor, belt, feet, platter, clamp, arm, anti-skate, etc., etc., etc. The fact that that path was open did not and does not make me enjoy the basic version any less, but I'm not interested.
But that's just me. If people believe that such a path is not a rabbit's hole, but instead an enjoyable path to perfection, then that's great.
"If you are the owner of a new stereophonic system, this record will play with even more brilliant true-to-life fidelity. In short, you can purchase this record with no fear of its becoming obsolete in the future."
Well you should upgrade the Scout motor from the 600 RPM if that is what you have. The 300 RPM motor has way less vibration and that "upgrade" only consists of a kit, capacitor and different wheel. Cost I believe is like $150 which is pretty inexpensive.
I listened to the plinth with the 600 RPM motor with a stethoscope. It is literally humming - 300 RPM is very quiet - results in much less smear. Some upgrades are well worth the cost, but then I'm an upgraded Merlin owner.
I see your point. I try not to gush too much or ascribe "perfection" to most anything as that kind of description leaves little room for improvement.
I know that I for one can get very enthusiastic about things such as a fine cigar or great steak dinner but I try not to over do it for fear of losing my credibility.
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