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The whole problem with the world is that the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.
It's on my hat rod VPI Supper Scoutmaster with 3D arm. I had the chance to do a shoot out on my rig against the dynavector 20 and orophon black for me no brainer. It's an outstanding cartrige that I like better than my dynavector XX2 and benz glider I own. It is more open an natural sounding then all the others I mentioned. My next cart will be a Koetsu some day.
My sister has one on her VPI Aries 3 w/ the 3D tonearm . She likes it better than her Benz Micro Glider ? No buyer's remorse she likes the cartridge . The manufacturer / designer Steve Leung is very supportive, he even set up the cartridge for my sister.
Owned two. The first was returned because the suspension was faulty. Unusual in a low-volume, hand-built cartridge? Who knows. I haven't seen any other reports of the same. I liken its sound to a slightly more open and less analytical Dynavector, but still with a leaning toward the darker side. Mine was the 0.8 mV version, but people seem to go more for the 0.4 mV one. VAS can pretty much build what you want, I think.
Harry at VPI and a few others over at the VPI forum use and like them.
.........VPI and VAS are next door neighbors?
Just curious ;-)
I'm sure that is part of it. Just like SoundSmith is relatively close to VPI and the VPI denizens tend to like Peter's cartridges as well. Relationships are formed and ideas exchanged.
Could be a big plus, I agree, and the more so with budget stuff.
In my case, knowing what audio goals were used in developing the arm made my buying decision more comfortable, knowing budget pieces need a bit more synchronism to help minimize the performance gaps the expensive stuff lacks.
I don't have the desire, budget, or space to have extra equipment to play around with. Which is curious, because I seem to have endless resources and desire for records.
The few remaining audio salons in town pay the bills with AV set ups, and if they have tables on display, are:
1. seldom hooked up,
PLus, at times the vibe is poor, as though you had wondered into a Bentley showroom and were asking for something much cheaper and not quite as good.
So I wound up, like most audio consumers, flying blind , shopping on the web for price with my eyes, instead of my ears. The only plus is the possible selection of almost every product in the world and price, the numero uno for most.
Happily, it worked out well, in part, I believe, because of the good interplay between the stuff I bought. At my skill level, having a unified design goal for the voice of the product was an unknown, at the time, benefit.
Looking back, having a successful audio designer on both the table and arm voicing should have been an obvious buying point with my poor little beat up budget money. The consideration wouldn't have changed my twin primary buying goals, VTA on the fly, and budget.
However, it would have nice to have another buying criteria to check off before pulling the trigger on that kind of money without hearing a note, at least I would have known somebody who knew what he was doing listened to it, and it wasn't just parts in a box. Some dang ignorant stuff is praised on the audio internet, compounding the difficulty of buying with no listening tests.
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