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    Join Date: Feb 2016

    Location: Melksham, Wiltshire

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    I'm Peter.

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    I was so knocked out by this turntable/arm combination, so I thought I would write a few words about this adventure.

    I have wanted the DP80 TT for some years but never found the perfect deck until recently. I also wanted to marry this TT with what I consider, as one of the finest arms currently available (The Dynavector DV507 MkII).....”No doubt some would disagree”

    After much deliberation and recommendations, the Plinth Construction was carried out by ACOUSTAND (Lee Drage) to his own custom design and build materials and I can only say this Plinth is totally stunning, not just in looks but in suitability for this particular TT.

    The plinth Constuction consists of layers of differing materials chosen both for density and damping factors. These consist of an Acrylic top plate, an under plate of Derlin and sub layers of MDF.

    The icing on the cake is a fully adjustable arm board to accommodate any arm from 9” to 12”. Additionally, to fully decouple the plinth from its support platform, Magnetic Levitation feet have be installed.

    I won’t harp on but my main deck but this was the Townshend Rock 7 / SME combination, which I always thought was a giant killer of a turntable but now I afraid, this TT will only ever take second place to the Denon.
    Sonically, this is finest deck that I have ever heard and just can’t stop playing more and more records that sound just incredible.


    Below is a few photo’s of the rig.........unfortunately they don’t do full justice to the superb build quality achieved by Lee of ACOUSTAND.






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    Join Date: Apr 2016

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    Very nice indeed Peter. I think the DP80 is very modest but a giant killer, all these fancy tt's with bells and whistles are mostly for show and not worth the asking prices. The Denon is just top quality engineering and the sound quality is unbeatable. I suspected you would prefer it to the Townsend but thought I would let you find out for yourself. So pleased you found one and like it after your impatience when mine was for sale. I could have easily sold mine and regretted it.
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    Join Date: Nov 2015

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    Hi Peter,

    I am really impressed. That plinth looks perfect for the Denon. There are few TTs that can do what the statement DD's of the day are capable of. I'm really pleased for you. The arm looks fantastic too. Great combination visually. I bet it sound fantastic. Congratulations.

    PS, those McIntosh pieces look fabulous. I have a soft spot for McIntosh. Can I ask how you rate them?

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    Join Date: Feb 2016

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    Paul / Oliver, thank you for your very kind comments.... I am truly stunned by the music presentation this combination produces.

    Oliver, as far as the McIntosh is concerned, I understand they are a bit of a Love Hate scenario. For me, it’s LOVE. My current MA2275 (Valve amp) is built like a tank and sounds beautiful, the SACD player is equally well built and I would put this up against anything out there. I’d also use this as A DAC as it has Eight(8) ESS Sabre chips onboard. (Complete overkill I guess) but it works.

    If you find any used McIntosh kit........ take a very close look,. you will never regret it.


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    Join Date: Oct 2011

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    Congratulations Peter. That's a very lovely deck which I'm sure sounds as good as it looks.

  6. #6
    Join Date: Nov 2015

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boyse6748 View Post
    Paul / Oliver, thank you for your very kind comments.... I am truly stunned by the music presentation this combination produces.

    Oliver, as far as the McIntosh is concerned, I understand they are a bit of a Love Hate scenario. For me, it’s LOVE. My current MA2275 (Valve amp) is built like a tank and sounds beautiful, the SACD player is equally well built and I would put this up against anything out there. I’d also use this as A DAC as it has Eight(8) ESS Sabre chips onboard. (Complete overkill I guess) but it works.

    If you find any used McIntosh kit........ take a very close look,. you will never regret it.


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    I think I'm now a bit more motivated lol

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    Join Date: Jul 2016

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    The fit & finish looks excellent Peter, if it sounds as good as it looks you are a lucky man. I love how many different paths there are in this hobby that leads to sonic Nirvana.

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    A thing of beauty indeed.

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    Join Date: Feb 2011

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    Blimey that's a bit lovely!
    SL1210
    Jelco SA-750 & AT150 MLX,
    Firebottle phono stage,
    Jungson JA-88 amp,
    JBL L40 Speakers.
    M2tech Young dac .

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    Join Date: Feb 2013

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    Yup. Smashing deck
    Regards,
    Grant ....

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