Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 12

Thread: Every ending marks a new beginning... or which tonearm to choose :)

  1. #1

    Every ending marks a new beginning... or which tonearm to choose :)

    Saying farewell to my TW Raven GT turntable, I highly enjoyed my time with it, but it's time for an UPGRADE
    With the GT I'll also sell my, beloved, Raven 10.5 tonearm - to have it sold as a set.

    I have an additional arm, which was not my primary, an Ikeda IT-407.

    At this moment, I can afford only one tonearm on the new turntable (soon to be revealed ).
    Should I:
    1) Keep the Ikeda IT-407 and make it my primary tonearm
    2) Sell the Ikeda and buy:
    2.1) Kuzma 4P (4P 14''?)
    2.2) Graham Phantom III
    2.3) Acoustical Systems Aquilar
    2.4) Any other suggestions are welcome

    Initially I will use this tonearm with my ZYX Ultimate Omega, which is my preferred cartridge.

    Would love to hear your suggestions/opinions!
    Thanks!

  2. #2
    Addicted to Best! shakti's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2015
    Location
    Cologne, Germany
    Posts
    223
    I had Kuzma 4p 12' and Graham Phantom, both were outperformed by the Ikeda 407.
    Depending on the Cartridge the Ikeda 407 was outperformed by Fidelity Research FR64s or 66s.

  3. #3
    Addicted to Best! XV-1's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Sydney
    Posts
    1,431
    Thales Simplicity II or new Reference. Tangential tracking with a pivoted tonearm.
    Source:TW Raven AC-3 - Thales Simplicity II, Exclusive P3, Technics SP10mk3, Linn LP12 - Naim ARO
    Cartridges: Lyra Atlas SL, Etna SL, Delos, Dynavector XV-1s, Technics EPC100mk4, Ortofon A90, GM Royal, GM Classic, Denon DL-S1, ESC'd 103R, Audio Tech AT25, OC9II, Linn ESC'd Troika
    Phono Stage: TW Acustik/Thoress phono, Accuphase C-37 EQ: ​​DEQX HDP-4
    Preamp: cj GAT, Amps: cj teflon premier 8a's, D'Agostino Momentum Stereo, Speakers: Wilson Maxx3 -Townsend Supertweeters

  4. #4
    Member Sponsor Addicted to Best!
    Join Date
    Feb 2014
    Location
    London
    Posts
    8,368
    Blog Entries
    11
    Quote Originally Posted by shakti View Post
    I had Kuzma 4p 12' and Graham Phantom, both were outperformed by the Ikeda 407.
    Depending on the Cartridge the Ikeda 407 was outperformed by Fidelity Research FR64s or 66s.
    Good to know about the kuzma and the Graham. Which model of the Graham?

    Also on which carts were the compares?
    Audition recordings: Zero Distortion Link; Reference Components: Zero Distortion Link; Own: Lampi GG One-day-to-get: Apogee Scintilla, or a horn (with Tenor 75 OTL ), Preamp to be fit in to suit the gain and drive the power amp. Analog: TBD

  5. #5
    Quote Originally Posted by XV-1 View Post
    Thales Simplicity II or new Reference. Tangential tracking with a pivoted tonearm.
    Indeed very interesting, unfortunately, current pricing does not allow it to fit my budget.

  6. #6
    Quote Originally Posted by shakti View Post
    I had Kuzma 4p 12' and Graham Phantom, both were outperformed by the Ikeda 407.
    Depending on the Cartridge the Ikeda 407 was outperformed by Fidelity Research FR64s or 66s.
    Thanks! I'm also intrigued (as bonzo) to know which cartridges where fitted on these tonearms when the comparison was done.

  7. #7
    Member Sponsor Addicted to Best!
    Join Date
    Feb 2014
    Location
    London
    Posts
    8,368
    Blog Entries
    11
    iaxel, have you compared your Zyx with other Zyx models? Any feedback?
    Audition recordings: Zero Distortion Link; Reference Components: Zero Distortion Link; Own: Lampi GG One-day-to-get: Apogee Scintilla, or a horn (with Tenor 75 OTL ), Preamp to be fit in to suit the gain and drive the power amp. Analog: TBD

  8. #8
    To really better this line up of possible tonarms you should go for the outstanding ViV Rigid Float.

    We have compared the cheaper aluminum version with the tonarms you mentioned and the ViV
    was by a significant amount the best.
    Very charming is that is it completely unimportant if the cartridge used is light or heavy, if the
    compliance is high or low. This is because of the unique "mangetic oil bearing" of the ViV.
    slàinte mhath

    Peer

  9. #9
    Quote Originally Posted by bonzo75 View Post
    iaxel, have you compared your Zyx with other Zyx models? Any feedback?
    Hi bonzo, sorry missed you question.
    Actually, I've had the chance to compare 2 versions of the ZYX Ultimate Omega:
    1) Gold wiring and high output (0.48)
    2) Silver wiring and low output (0.24)

    To my ears, the silver/low output version was much more resolving and dynamic, better overall. The gold/high output version was lusher and with less bite and attack. All in all, both are very refined cartridges, without sounding bright or etched - IMHO, this is the essence of high-end audio.

  10. #10
    Quote Originally Posted by RaceDoc View Post
    To really better this line up of possible tonarms you should go for the outstanding ViV Rigid Float.

    We have compared the cheaper aluminum version with the tonarms you mentioned and the ViV
    was by a significant amount the best.
    Very charming is that is it completely unimportant if the cartridge used is light or heavy, if the
    compliance is high or low. This is because of the unique "mangetic oil bearing" of the ViV.
    Thanks!
    I've read some mixed reviews about the Viv, but it is indeed an interesting tonearm.
    Which length gave the best overall performance in your opinion?

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Clearaudio tonearm TT-5 tangential tonearm
    By Stump in forum Tonearms
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 08-17-2016, 09:11 PM
  2. Subway commercial spokesman Jared Fogle marks 15 years of turkey subs
    By Steve Williams in forum Off Topic Forum-Anything Goes
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 06-11-2013, 11:53 AM
  3. Let's start at the beginning
    By Scott Borduin in forum Computer Software and Hardware Technology Forum
    Replies: 63
    Last Post: 03-10-2011, 08:21 PM
  4. In the beginning there was McIntosh
    By kach22i in forum McIntosh Forum
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 04-21-2010, 06:30 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •