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    Join Date: Sep 2009

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    Default New Ortofon SPU #1

    For those interested in SPU's. Here is a new one from Ortofon.

    http://www.ortofon.com/spu-1-e-p-699-n-1579


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    My 1st SPU launched in may & under 500quid

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    Ah.. ok. I've just got an email from Ortofon today so I thought I'd post it up.
    Preamplifier: Croft Epoch Elite - Dual external PSU & Upgrades
    Amplifier: Tube Distinctions Copper Amp No. 5 using KT150's
    Digital: Raspberry Pi & ALLO Piano DAC & KALI - IQAudio DAC with SBooster Linear BOBW PSU & Trio DP700 CDP
    Turntable: Thorens TD124 MkII - Schopper refurbished
    Tonearm: SME 3009 S2 None Improved - Audio Origami modified
    Cartridge: Ortofon SPU GT
    Speakers: 15" Tannoy Monitor Golds in Lockwood Majors with Tannoyista Spec 3 crossovers
    Cables/Mains: Mark Grant Black Series mains cables & 6-Way power bar
    Cables/IC's: Mark Grant HDX1 Pure Copper + Custom made Silver/Gold interconnects
    Mains Other: Tube Distinctions/Mark Grant 'The Power Works' Digital noise mains power filter TD2414-MG - Nick Gorham DC Blocker unit constructed by Mark Grant

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    Yes, I've been wondering about it/them.
    Seem to be a bit of a 'throwback', with 2 ohm coils and 0.18mV output (matching the vintage specs).
    May have fewer windings than the current GM/GE (6 ohm, 0.2mV) ... lighter moving parts, which might give a faster response?
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    Ortofon seem to be as confused with the market for their SPU cartridges, as Leica are with their cameras. I've lost count of the number of versions of the SPU Ortofon have introduced in the last five years or so, as I have with the different camera designs Leica have put out onto the market.

    In the case of Leica, it is finding their way post the demise of film photography, but I'm not sure what is going on in the mind of Ortofon; they already have the widest range of cartridge designs of any cartridge manufacturer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by petrat View Post
    Yes, I've been wondering about it/them.
    Seem to be a bit of a 'throwback', with 2 ohm coils and 0.18mV output (matching the vintage specs).
    May have fewer windings than the current GM/GE (6 ohm, 0.2mV) ... lighter moving parts, which might give a faster response?
    Compliance very slightly higher, but still very much in the low compliance camp and tracking at 4g. I don't think this would give its best on a standard Techie for example you'd still need a bit more mass. Should be good on a Jelco though.

    Agree with Barry this is all very confused, hard to see what the USP is over the very slightly (by £100 or so) more expensive GM and GME MkII unless they plan to withdraw these. No apparent logic for the changes in impedance or output.

    I did ask Ortofon what the differences were last time I was on at them for something and they said 'entry level' .. but clear as mud what they actually mean by that.

    Of course it may be something as simple as they've slightly reduced the cost the manufacturing process, enough to maintain their margins at a lower price, and they've calculated they'll sell a few more if they hit an under-£500 price point.
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    The new cheaper ones have bonded styli, I suppose that's the biggest difference or at least one of them.

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    Anyone using one, yet? At £300+ cheaper than the GM Mk2 equivalents, I'm rather curious if there's any significant difference in their performance.

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    Cheapskates here (like me) are waiting for the first second hand ones


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    Main: Speakers 'RFC' Tannoy Canterburys / custom crossovers; Amp - Radford STA100; Pre EAR 912; Vinyl: Thorens TD124 MkII + Ikeda IT345-CR1 / Ortofon 309 Limited tonearms; Cartridges Stereo - Miyajima Madake, Ortofon SPU Royal N + Shure M3D Jico stylus; Mono - Miyajimas - Zero 0.7, Premium 1.0 retipped by Ana Mighty Sound bamboo cantilever, Spirit '78' 3.0 conical from Ana, also vintage GE VRII, Shure M44 strapped for mono with several Expert Stylus conicals for different eras of 78s; Phono stage and SUT from EAR 912; Esoteric Sound Re-Equalizer for equalisation of early mono and 78, switchable in from tape loop; Digital: Audio Note CDT2/II transport, heavily modded AN Kit DAC + Mutec MC3+USB.

    Study: Speakers - Tannoy DC6; Amp: Duncan 'Tuberhunter' 200w class D; preamp - Pass DCB1; Vinyl: Garrard 401 with AT1503 tonearm and vintage SPU-GE; SUTs - Ortofon 2-15k & Bob's Devices; Phono Stage: Schiit Mani; Digital - Trichord Genesis III CDP + Arcam rBlink; Schiit Multibit DAC.

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    Would anyone know or have an opinion about how different the new SPU s are from the early SL15 ?
    Thorens td124 mk2 / Graham 1.5 / V15 III, Thorens td124 mk2 / 3012 S2 / SL15Q
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