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    Join Date: Oct 2015

    Location: Pulborough, West Sussex, UK

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    I'm Ian.

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    After lots of chatting with Oliver ( Bigman80) and Jamie ( Jamie123) I decided to take the plunge and buy Oliver's Mission 774 tonearm. The combination of the Toshiba SR 370 and 774 works very well so I had to give it a go. I was very happy with the SME 3009 but in the quest for improvement I am very pleased to report that the 774 outperforms the SME, there isn't a vast difference and in fact they do sound similar but the 774 just does it better. There is a sense of space that the SME lacks and the mid and treble have a clarity and sweetness about them. The bass is maybe a tad deeper but it has more punch. These are all quite small improvements but improvements they are.
    Not so important but can't be avoided is that the 774 is an ugly little spud and with the 2M Black bolted on it will never win a beauty contest but then neither will I, we make a grand pair.

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    My stuff; Toshiba SR-370/Mission 774 /Ortofon Quintet Black, Cambridge CXC CD transport/Musical Fidelity X DAC/Musical Fidelity X10v3 tube buffer, Musical Fidelity A3, Nakamichi CA-5E pre amp, Acoustic Solutions FM/DAB tuner, Mordaunt Short Signifer, Klotz MC5000/MS audio, NVA LS5

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    Join Date: Feb 2016

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    I'm Barrington.

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    Never heard a bad sounding 774 👍

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    Join Date: Apr 2012

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    I'm Geoff.

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    I love the way the 774 looks (and sounds) on the SR-370.

    Mr. Tact!

    Main system: MMs/ADCs/Low output MC's/One rare Japanese SUT/One scarce British phono stage/various tonearms/hefty Japanese DD TT and hefty Japanese BD TT and small British BD TT. 4 CD players/2 jitter buster/2 DACs/Valve buffer. TVC stepped attenuator or valve pre-amp or solid state pre-amp. Current dumping power-amp or either of two Class A SS power-amp or Class A EL34 valve monos or big Japanese (part Class A) integrated. Big dual concentric speakers/Smaller dual concentric speakers/Two way British compacts and full range speakers, amongst others. And too much more to list!

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    Join Date: Oct 2015

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    Quote Originally Posted by walpurgis View Post
    I love the way the 774 looks (and sounds) on the SR-370.

    I notice you have an armrest to keep things safe, is it the standard Toshiba item or an aftermarket one?. Oliver thinks a Technics one could be adapted but any thoughts would be welcome.
    My stuff; Toshiba SR-370/Mission 774 /Ortofon Quintet Black, Cambridge CXC CD transport/Musical Fidelity X DAC/Musical Fidelity X10v3 tube buffer, Musical Fidelity A3, Nakamichi CA-5E pre amp, Acoustic Solutions FM/DAB tuner, Mordaunt Short Signifer, Klotz MC5000/MS audio, NVA LS5

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    Join Date: Nov 2015

    Location: Wolverhampton

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    Ah! There she is. I love that tonearm. I'm glad it's doing the business for you mate. I did say it is better than the SME.

    Looks ok with the 2m on too. Almost space age.

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    Technics SP10 MK2 > Phonomac AT-1010 tonearm > ZYX R50 Bloom cartridge > Jolida JD9 MKII > Firebottle Monoblocks > Creek OBH-11SE Headphone Amp > IXOS Speaker Cables > Pioneer CS-77A Speakers

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    Join Date: Apr 2012

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian7633 View Post
    I notice you have an armrest to keep things safe, is it the standard Toshiba item or an aftermarket one?. Oliver thinks a Technics one could be adapted but any thoughts would be welcome.
    It's a Japanese item, could be a Technics one, but can't recall. I mounted it on the top of a dustbug base which is stuck to the TT with thin double sided sticky tape. The Technics items are about a fiver on ebay, but other arm rests are worth looking at too.
    Mr. Tact!

    Main system: MMs/ADCs/Low output MC's/One rare Japanese SUT/One scarce British phono stage/various tonearms/hefty Japanese DD TT and hefty Japanese BD TT and small British BD TT. 4 CD players/2 jitter buster/2 DACs/Valve buffer. TVC stepped attenuator or valve pre-amp or solid state pre-amp. Current dumping power-amp or either of two Class A SS power-amp or Class A EL34 valve monos or big Japanese (part Class A) integrated. Big dual concentric speakers/Smaller dual concentric speakers/Two way British compacts and full range speakers, amongst others. And too much more to list!

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    Join Date: Sep 2014

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    I'm jamie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigman80 View Post
    Ah! There she is. I love that tonearm. I'm glad it's doing the business for you mate. I did say it is better than the SME.

    Looks ok with the 2m on too. Almost space age.

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    yep, about time too,i was beginning to think sausage fingers had struck again
    My System/ Yamaha NS1000M speakers, Townsend Elite rock 2 turntable,,Alphason HR-100S-MCS tonearm,Ortofon Cadenza Black,Decca C4E cartridge ,Sony 700ES Amp,Sony X555ES CD Player, Nakamichi ca5 pre amp ,

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    Join Date: Nov 2015

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamie123 View Post
    yep, about time too,i was beginning to think sausage fingers had struck again
    Lol.

    It doesn't look bad at all does it. The arm and table combo have read synergy.

    Sent from my EVA-L09 using Tapatalk
    Technics SP10 MK2 > Phonomac AT-1010 tonearm > ZYX R50 Bloom cartridge > Jolida JD9 MKII > Firebottle Monoblocks > Creek OBH-11SE Headphone Amp > IXOS Speaker Cables > Pioneer CS-77A Speakers

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    Join Date: Oct 2015

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    I'm Ian.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamie123 View Post
    yep, about time too,i was beginning to think sausage fingers had struck again
    I must have been having a good day Jamie, my fists of ham managed to do the job without incident
    My stuff; Toshiba SR-370/Mission 774 /Ortofon Quintet Black, Cambridge CXC CD transport/Musical Fidelity X DAC/Musical Fidelity X10v3 tube buffer, Musical Fidelity A3, Nakamichi CA-5E pre amp, Acoustic Solutions FM/DAB tuner, Mordaunt Short Signifer, Klotz MC5000/MS audio, NVA LS5

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    Join Date: Nov 2015

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian7633 View Post
    I must have been having a good day Jamie, my fists of ham managed to do the job without incident
    Hahaha

    Sent from my EVA-L09 using Tapatalk
    Technics SP10 MK2 > Phonomac AT-1010 tonearm > ZYX R50 Bloom cartridge > Jolida JD9 MKII > Firebottle Monoblocks > Creek OBH-11SE Headphone Amp > IXOS Speaker Cables > Pioneer CS-77A Speakers

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