Originally Posted by jphillips63
Thanks for your input,
Between the Rega planer 6 with the Ania cartridge and the music hall 9.3 with the Eroica LX cartridge which would be an overall beat sounding system?
In this price range, they all sound good, but you are well above your original budget projection. The Music Hall MMF-9.3 runs between $2100 and about $2400. And believe me that is still cheap for a turntable. If you want to get serious, we can go to 5 and 6 digits.
There are three aspects to a turntable -
- When initially looking, the best you can do is judge by appearance. However, in higher end consumer turntables, we have to reasonably assume the maker choose the best tonearm to hit a particular price point. I suspect, if you really want to get into it, you can spend 4, 5, and 6 digits on just the tonearm. Though we have to draw a reasonable line when it comes to spending.
2.) Motor Speed Accuracy
- This is critical, the more precise and stable the platter speed, the more precise the sound.
- Cartridge are like speakers, being mechanical devices, they can sound different. You really have to work out which most closely meets your taste in sound. BUT ... most cartridges will do a very reasonable job of audio reproduction. You just have to decide how far you want to take it.
The Second aspect of Cartridges is - Moving Magnet vs Moving Coil. Moving Magnet (MM)
can sound very good an can easily run up into 4 digits. Moving Coil (MC)
are generally recognized as better, but they have very low output, about 1/10th the output of an MM, and they can be a bit more temperamental about impedance and capacitance of the input they feed. However, many people use them, so it is not that hard to set them up, but they need about 1000x amplification compared to the 100x of a Moving Magnet to get it up to roughly Line Level.
So as a Subset of Cartridges, that is a decision you have to make - MM vs MC
. Myself, I lean toward MM for simplicity, but if you are a true Audiophile with a fat wallet, you might want to consider MC.
In the Consumer Class we are discussing - $1000 to $2500
- these are very fine turntables, so it is simply a matter of which one you like, and which one you can afford.
Though more as a starting budget guideline, I tend to say $1 in the turntable for every album you can eventually foresee having. For example, I have about 500 Albums and in today's money, my turntable would run about $600.
100 to 500 Albums = $500 Turntable
500 to 1000 = $500 to $1000
1000 and up = $1000 and up
Of course, just a broad generalization, but it doesn't make a lot of sense to spend $2000 to support 100 album. You are certainly free to do that, but it seems out of balance.
All the turntables being discussed are proven turntables with a good track record. But I think you will find that NO ONE will tell you what to do, only what can be done.
The final decision is up to you.
Myself I like the Music Hall MMF-5.3SE ($1400 w/ 2M Bronze)
, though a good turntable, one of the reasons I like it is because it has a natural wood top. One of the reasons I'm less fond of REGA is because I don't like their Tonearms. I'm not saying they are not good tonearms, only that I don't especially like them. These are personal preferences, and admittedly even biases, but you are allowed to use those factor in making your determination.
Lastly, these are all good turntable with good cartridges. It is just a matter of which one you like. There is no wrong decision.