This TT Setup Shouldn’t Sound this Good

Joenies

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Greetings,
‘This is my first post here. I have been enjoying all the posts and the professional responses.
I purchased an Oracle Delphi MK II TT in 1982. This TT has served me well for the last 38 years. 2 years ago the motor started to fail. I let it sit unused until this year. I contacted Oracle about a new motor and a few other upgrades. Oracle contacted me and asked, with all the upgrades I wanted would I consider trading in the MK II for a new MK VI. Oracle made me more than a fare offer for my MK II. So now I’m the owner of a new MK VI. I had a ET2 Tonearm on the MK II for the last 35 years. Jacques at Oracle said he would make me a new mounting for the ET2 but would take some time. I said ok but please send me a mounting board for a Graham Phantom B44 arm that have.
Now the good part of the posting.
‘I received the TT and set it up with the following, installed the Graham Phantom B44 with a Denon DL-S1 cartridge going to a Denon AU-S1 SUT using Audience phono cables. I then hooked it up to my Mod Squad Phono Drive (a very nice unit that has served me well). What I didn’t expect was how Great this combination sounds. Every album I played made my ears smile. It sounds really really good.
My confusion is that it sounds almost equal to my main TT setup. My main TT is as follows:
ClearAudio Master Solution TT, Graham Phantom Elite arm, Benz LPS cartridge, Tara Labs Zero Evolution Phono w/ Ground Station and a Aesthetic I/O Eclipse phono pre amp.
Please don’t get me wrong, I’m very happy that I have 2 wonderful TT. I didn’t think the Oracle would compete with my ClearAudio setup But it comes really close.
I’m very happy to have 2 TT with two different stylus geometries. Both TT provide me with much musical enjoyment.
Thank you WBF for letting me post.
‘Respectfully
Joe Nies
 

Solypsa

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Congrats on a pleasant surprise.

Since you had an Oracle already I read this as you are quite impressed with how much better their current iteration is vs your older version. Good on them.
 

Joenies

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Yes Solypsa I’m impressed with the new Oracle’s sound quality. It is more refined than the MK II. The MK II was also a beautiful looking TT and the MK VI follows that tradition.
Joe Nies
 
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mtemur

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My confusion is that it sounds almost equal to my main TT setup. My main TT is as follows:
ClearAudio Master Solution TT, Graham Phantom Elite arm, Benz LPS cartridge, Tara Labs Zero Evolution Phono w/ Ground Station and a Aesthetic I/O Eclipse phono pre amp.
Please don’t get me wrong, I’m very happy that I have 2 wonderful TT. I didn’t think the Oracle would compete with my ClearAudio setup But it comes really close.
IMHO Oracle is a serious turntable together with Graham B44 MK2 tonearm. I always liked Oracle’s sound.
 

Joenies

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Hello metmur,
I agree the Oracle is. A great TT. That’s why my MK II was the only TT I had for 37 years. The MK VI is a better TT in so many ways. Progress at work.
What I was surprised at was my ClearAudio setup has a newer arm, cable and goes to my IO. It also cost a lot more money. My Oracle is hooked up with a lesser cable, 25 year old tonearm and a 35 year old phono drive.
I knew it would sound good but it sounds great.
I’m a bit disappointed in my ClearAudio setup at the moment but it also sounds great.
I’m enjoying them both. I’m happy my older equipment still has a lot of life left in them.
Joe
 
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