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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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    System 2: Loricraft Garrard 401 turntable + SME 5 tonearm + VDH MC10 cartridge + Graham IC70 tonearm cable, Modified Technics 1200 turntable + Triplannar 7 tonearm + VDH Frog Gold cartridge + Paul Hynes SR7 PSU, SME Model 20 turntable + Graham Phantom tonearm + Ortofon MC5200 cartridge + Graham IC70 tonearm cable, Balanced Audio Technology VK10se phonostage, Moon Andromeda CD player, Esoteric P5 SACD transport and P 5 DAC, Toshiba 9500 DVD Audio player, AMR DP777 DAC + HP laptop + iFi i power + Wireworld Starlight USB - for computer audio, Kenwood 8300 tuner, Revox B760 tuner, Magnum Dynalab signal sleuth, Leak Troughline tuner + EAR Stereo decoder, Revox B77 mk 2 & Revox A77 mk3 reel to reel recorders, Balanced Audio Technology VK52se pre-amplifier, Music Reference RM200 mk1 power-amplifier, Anthony Gallo Reference 3.5 speakers. Cabling: Signal/Speaker - Atlas Mavros. Mains Cabling: Audience AU24, TCI. Mains distribution blocks Mark Grant and Russ Andrews, Equipment tables Clear Light Audio.

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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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    Ha - love it!

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