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In Reply to: RE: Anyone have knowledge/experience with the VAS Nova MC cartridge? NT posted by Merlot_cat on June 16, 2017 at 22:42:02
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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