must hear one!!! Anyone know how it compares to a 401/SP10mk2 or the DD EMT948(not hear either)?
I recently jumped on the idler bandwagon after hitting Direct Drive and I do get the jist! 1st a Lenco L75 which I though Hmmmm OK good value but dont go telling me it quashes the LP12 Im running next to it Lenco Heaven Evangelist. Loving the new dynamic tonally stable sound but it seemed bass light and harsh in many of my combinations.
Springs and roundabouts and the jury's out.
Then picked up a 401 and POW!!! Giving BIG BEEF in Rendang Sauce!!! Something I've not heard before and am jumping up and down. Good bits of CD and Vinyl rolled into one!
So I stared at them for hours, tapping and listening to both L75 and 401 to work out why I think one sounded bigger than the other. Quite technically minded I like to know why things happen and dont just roll over when you tell me Linn is The Only Sound... also do Sound at work which means fault finding when things aint working.
When you tap the L75 with the gain up, needle on record, the whole heavy platter/bearing, wobbly vibrates within the flimsy pressed metal top plate in the region we know as deep BASS. So then how can the bass propagate? Rigidity matters. PTP designed a top plate to mod a lenco so it is rigid. Seems perfectly obvious to me but many at lenco heaven say its not bass light what was I talking about??? Sacrilege!!!
The 401 doesn't vibrate in the Bass region when tapped, knocked all over. Hmmmm It also sounds very big!!!
The 401 has a deep bearing which helps solve platter rigidity (putting most modern offerings to shame) and a fairly cheap but quite effective monkey metal chassis which holds that bearing pretty damn rigid.
Thinking about it almost every LP12 upgrade bar electronic has been about rigidity and expensively too. Corner bracing, Cross Bar, Glued Steel Chassis, Circus bearing, Keel. The bearing is still tiny in comparison to a 401.
After a google, I found loads of old broadcast tables that make the 401 look like a toy. Seeing the construction of this ETM is exciting me. I don't think the platter is flimsy at all. It looks rigid in structure. Light enough for purpose and heavy enough in the right places to fly while the damping is taken care of by rubbery as mentioned. The bearing is beastly and I think it will flex less than most other tables around.
Drive wise, I cant get around this rock solid power although I do enjoy the SP10mk2 and my mates L07D DD's but they dont sound as much fun.
The 2 belts are an LP12 and a Heybrook TT2 although have lots of transparency and quietness somehow sound too "Rubbery???"