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    Best Ortofon SPUs to sample

    I was wondering ....those with experience might help direct my aural travels through the SPU labyrinth

    All suggestions and practical guides gratefully accepted
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    Imo the Classic GM E. This gives you more than a taste of the SPU sound.
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    Quote Originally Posted by XV-1 View Post
    Imo the Classic GM E. This gives you more than a taste of the SPU sound.
    Have you compared this to the SPU a95?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bonzo75 View Post
    Have you compared this to the SPU a95?
    Nup. Only against Royal GM. In many respects I prefer the much cheaper Classic E. It posses life and vitality the spu way, whereas the Royal just sounds like another lomc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by XV-1 View Post
    Nup. Only against Royal GM. In many respects I prefer the much cheaper Classic E. It posses life and vitality the spu way, whereas the Royal just sounds like another lomc.
    The SPU a95 was much better than the a85 on all fronts in a direct compare on a Schick arm. When I visited he Swissonor he had a SPU a90 but he said the a95 was much better and he preferred it more. I do not know the traditional SPUs, but the a95 retains the flow and body and tone of the other two mentioned with more detail and dynamics (90 - 95 feedback from swissonor)
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    Quote Originally Posted by bonzo75 View Post
    The SPU a95 was much better than the a85 on all fronts in a direct compare on a Schick arm. When I visited he Swissonor he had a SPU a90 but he said the a95 was much better and he preferred it more. I do not know the traditional SPUs, but the a95 retains the flow and body and tone of the other two mentioned with more detail and dynamics (90 - 95 feedback from swissonor)
    Hey Awsmone and Ked

    The a95 is super, I also really like the a90. As mr. XV-1 mentioned, the E is also a wonderful way to get a feel of the SPU dynamics. The SPU Meister Silver GM MKll is an all time favorite...give them a try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by awsmone View Post
    I was wondering ....those with experience might help direct my aural travels through the SPU labyrinth

    All suggestions and practical guides gratefully accepted
    Vintage too or only new ones? Tonearm?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ddk View Post
    Vintage too or only new ones? Tonearm?

    david
    Dear Khun David,

    I don’t have any experience in vintage SPU. Can there be any generalization in or what is the sonic difference of vintage and new spu given they are Ortofons on 3012r.

    Kind regards,
    Tang

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    A shop in Italy very expert in analog told me for him the best SPU,except the anniversary model,is the Synergy

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    Quote Originally Posted by gian60 View Post
    A shop in Italy very expert in analog told me for him the best SPU,except the anniversary model,is the Synergy
    gian60, you can get the same advice in Texas .

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