Upgrade my turntable?

Discussion in 'Hardware Lounge' started by Tyson, Jun 7, 2007.

  1. Tyson

    Tyson New Member

    I currently own this turntable:


    Would anyone happen to know if, one, this turntable is even upgradeable as far as cartridges and tonearms, and two, would it even be worth it?

    I'm very please with this turntable, especially at the price, but I'm curious what I would need to spend to bump up the sound quality considerably, or if buying a completely new turntable is my only real choice.

    Any thoughts?
  2. Saurav

    Saurav Active Member War Zone Member

    What's your budget?

    The heart of a turntable is usually the motor/bearing/platter, so spending a bunch of money on a better arm/cart may not be worth it. You could get a new cart, there are excellent options at all price points. I'm not familiar with the stock cart on that TT, so I won't venture a guess as to how much you should spend on a cart.

    If you want a new TT, the MMF-5 is a logical option, I think. The Rega P3 is also in that price range, I believe... I loved my P3, even though it's certainly not the last word in neutrality/accuracy.
  3. CJ

    CJ Bronze Member Admin War Zone Member

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    You can change the cart. I have that TT and put on one of the Adcom carts that Mike was raving about.
  4. Tyson

    Tyson New Member

    Was there a difference?
  5. Tyson

    Tyson New Member

    Music Hall Tracker MM 6.5 mV output cartridge

    Well I was wondering what a $200 cartridge would change. Somewhere in that ballpark.

    Eventually I want to move on to the next level so the MMF-5 would probably be a good one.
  6. CJ

    CJ Bronze Member Admin War Zone Member

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    Yes, most notably because the tip of that particular cart is shaped in a specific way (Mike will know the term) which makes it less prone to picking up on surface noise and minor scratches. There were regular sonic benefits as well such as a richer sound though.
  7. Saurav

    Saurav Active Member War Zone Member

    I meant, I haven't kept up-to-date on audiophile chatter about that cart, so I don't know what it sounds like, how good it is for the money, what would be a decent step up, etc.
  8. CJ

    CJ Bronze Member Admin War Zone Member

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    BTW, I don't know if that qualifies as masking the sonic faults of vinyl or not :D
  9. Tyson

    Tyson New Member

    Oh, sorry. Thought you were saying you didn't know what it came with.
  10. DYohn

    DYohn Well-Known Member Donor

    CJ, for that you need this:

  11. LarryB

    LarryB Active Member

    Saurav, you are on my good list!! While cartriges and arms receive most of the attention, the m/b/p have a profound infuence on the sound.

  12. Geof

    Geof New Member

    Another concrete and simple man... :roll:

  13. CJ

    CJ Bronze Member Admin War Zone Member

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    I guess its important to note then that the turntable does have a bearing... on the sound. Ba dump cha!
  14. LarryB

    LarryB Active Member

    You have a point - - - on the top of your head.

    Ba dump cha!
  15. Dan Driscoll

    Dan Driscoll HTT Refugee Donor War Zone Member

    Sounds like a Micro-Line stylus. I have an AT440-ML on my MMF-5 and it was a distinct improvement over the Goldring 1012 stock cartridge.

    Tyson, YGPM.
  16. Randy Rhoton

    Randy Rhoton Well-Known Member Donor War Zone Member

  17. Steve L.

    Steve L. New Member

    You think you're funny don't you ? :)

  18. Tyson

    Tyson New Member

    I saw some of their stuff over at Elusive Disc. Pricey!

    I'd love to eventually get into Vinyl enough to work up to something really nice like some of their stuff, but I don't see it happening with my line of work. :)
  19. Steve L.

    Steve L. New Member

    I use that one all the time, and I finish off by saying :

    Other than top of your head, I don't see your point.

    Also :

    Just cause your head goes to a point, it doesn't mean your sharp.

    :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

    :oops: :oops: :oops: SORRY!!!
  20. Chris White

    Chris White New Member

    Perhaps, but their cumulative effect is less than that of electricity. ;)

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