Reed 5T

bonzo75

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Hi, anybody who owns this?
 

spiritofmusic

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Exlibris?
Didn't MikeL have a Reed on his 301?
 

bonzo75

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spiritofmusic

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AudioQuattr?
 
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Ron Resnick

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audioquattr formerly auditioned a 5T. I thought the Grado Epoch sounded greatly epic on the 5T on the TechDAS AF3P. It sounded so alive and ethereal and freed from the grooves that I was ready to buy that cartridge/tonearm combination on the spot.

But the 5T is a bit of a Rube Goldberg contraption. I’m not saying it seems too complicated, but, to this layman, it seems complicated.

The 5T uses a laser to keep the linear tracker on track. Literally while we were playing a record, the setting sun outside audioquattr’s window descended at just the right angle to be seen by the 5T’s optical system and, blinded by the sun, the tonearm threw a fit, jumping across the record.

Hopefully audioquattr will weigh in here.
 

bonzo75

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audioquattr formerly auditioned a 5T. I thought the Grado Epoch sounded greatly epic on the 5T on the TechDAS AF3P. It sounded so alive and ethereal and freed from the grooves that I was ready to buy that cartridge/tonearm combination on the spot.

But the 5T is a bit of a Rube Goldberg contraption. I’m not saying it seems too complicated, but, to this layman, it seems complicated.

The 5T uses a laser to keep the linear tracker on track. Literally while we were playing a record, the setting sun outside audioquattr’s window descended at just the right angle to be seen by the 5T’s optical system and, blinded by the sun, the tonearm threw a fit, jumping across the record.

Hopefully audioquattr will weigh in here.
No sunlight. That's why analog set up is called the dark art
 

108CY

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I own a 5T amongst other tonearms,the 5T is a wonderful gem of a tonearm indeed set up is a little tricky and takes a bit of time and patience, it is superbly well made, with the appropriate cartridge set up it produces great Midrange presence with a floating ability I find it in comparison it highlights colour on say a Fidelity research fr66 and more so than an ikeda.

The tonearm has produces a wonderful expansive sound stage maybe not the most solid sounding in the bottom end but also does very very well in the grain department. This arm in my opinion is one the special un gems out there it has a true ability to captivate you and draw you into the music that is only heard from a select few tonearms.
 
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Vienna

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A friend of mine had great expectations from this Tonearm and was very disappointed. Had ordered it with Macassar ebony wand.
 
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