Setting up a Damped Unipivot, or.....

JohnVF

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I really nice direct drive is hard to beat. My Thorens 124 got kicked out of its place by one, and my VPI got sold because of another. That said, i'm not as pitch sensitive as you...yet I still feel a sort of "not there" aspect to the tables. Not so much relaxed as a lack of the system intruding on things.
 

fiddlefye

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I really nice direct drive is hard to beat. My Thorens 124 got kicked out of its place by one, and my VPI got sold because of another. That said, i'm not as pitch sensitive as you...yet I still feel a sort of "not there" aspect to the tables. Not so much relaxed as a lack of the system intruding on things.
I think the DP-80 is probably the very best of my audio investments to date. Sure, it took forever to find someone to rebuild it (and a few dollars spent in the process) and then getting the plinth done etc. but the end result is definitely my best source. It has the sense of propulsion of the Rek-O-Kut, but with a dead silent background. That and playing records is completely painless with the instant start-up and shut down and the thing being so perfectly designed for turning sides.
 

fiddlefye

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Dragging out this old thing again with a question. Has anyone ever noticed the cart or arm needs a little play time to "warm up"? I've never encountered it before, but when I put on the first side of the day I find the sound improves/changes after about five minutes of play - far greater clarity and depth and even the tonal palate becomes more intense. I've gone back and immediately played the first track over again and sure enough, it sounds different from the first time, always much better. It isn't any other component warming up as (today for example) they've all been on for four hours already. The difference is not subtle.
 
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airdronian

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Dragging out this old thing again with a question. Has anyone ever noticed the cart or arm needs a little play time to "warm up"? I've never encountered it before, but when I put on the first side of the day I find the sound improves/changes after about five minutes of play - far greater clarity and depth and even the tonal palate becomes more intense. I've gone back and immediately played the first track over again and sure enough, it sounds different from the first time, always much better. It isn't any other component warming up as (today for example) they've all been on for fours already. The difference is not subtle.
I'm not sure I've noticed that, although maybe this is the phenomenon that keeps us flipping sides/albums.

I've seen the odd cartridge spec that recommends a temperature, no doubt for the suspension.
 

fiddlefye

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I'm not sure I've noticed that, although maybe this is the phenomenon that keeps us flipping sides/albums.

I've seen the odd cartridge spec that recommends a temperature, no doubt for the suspension.
After that first "warming up" things stay the same for quite awhile, even if I don't play a record for a couple of hours. Leave it overnight and the first five minutes will again be that bit less acute, less vibrant and focused. My violin is exactly the same way.
 

MikeT.

Senior Member
I might say I’m downright dull until about halfway through my first cup of coffee. It sure if this translates to HiFi in any way though. ;)
 
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