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  1. #71
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    Shame about that, Julian. Perhaps next time, but make a point then of asking to hear the Monarch, preferably with some familiar music

    I knew who Robert was, so went over and introduced myself, which he duly acknowledged, as he reads some of the forums. Then I expressed my interest in listening to the Monarch against the (then) belt-drive T/T being played (I don't know which one, as I didn't recognise it), using the same test music, and the Monarch murdered it.

    My wife and I then spent a good 40 mins, or so, in there listening to the Monarch, with different types of music, which thus allowed me to form the impression I have of it.

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    Interestingly at NAS one year I heard the Monarch then directly after that the Enigma and in that context the Enigma was more enjoyable. Not better from a HiFi point of few but more musical. Same record was played.

    But having heard an Enigma in my own set up, my modded Technics 1200 was better.
    Regards Neil

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    Yup, so many variables, mate - not least of which is the arm, cartridge and phono stage used with any specific turntable

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    Yup, so many variables, mate - not least of which is the arm, cartridge and phono stage used with any specific turntable

    Marco.
    Agreed so many variables.
    Regards Neil

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    Shame about that, Julian. Perhaps next time, but make a point then of asking to hear the Monarch, preferably with some familiar music

    I knew who Robert was, so went over and introduced myself, which he duly acknowledged, as he reads some of the forums. Then I expressed my interest in listening to the Monarch against the (then) belt-drive T/T being played (I don't know which one, as I didn't recognise it), using the same test music, and the Monarch murdered it.

    My wife and I then spent a good 40 mins, or so, in there listening to the Monarch, with different types of music, which thus allowed me to form the impression I have of it.

    Marco.
    Yes I should have gone back to the Inspire room as they were the only room demoing a range of decks. In the other rooms I heard some great sounds but very difficult to pinpoint just how good the decks were in relation to each other ...
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    Not familiar with the Monarch, so I Googled it. Hadn't realised it was an idler. No wonder it blows the techie away!









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  7. #77
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    Ha - love it!

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