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    Is the Micro Seiki DQX-500 any good? Likewise the Micro Seiki MA 707 Tonearm. I've always liked the look of these turntables, but would appreciate some experiences and/or opinions before I am tempted to part with any cash. Actually, I am in secret competition against Neal, to see who can acquire the greatest number of old record players in various states of (dis)repair!

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    As you have seen, I have the three arm DQX1000, looks lovelery, sounds, well, errr......

    Dave

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    Back in the 80's we took a couple of DQX's in p/x. They look great but sound average. IMO

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Cawley View Post
    As you have seen, I have the three arm DQX1000, looks lovelery, sounds, well, errr......

    Dave
    The DQX-500 looks rather plain in comparison with the DQX1000 - that is definitely 'of its time'.

    Thanks for the comments - I'll resist the temptation.

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    If the price was right, I'd buy one right now. They don't sound special but the looks are worth paying something for, a bit like the Oracle. I have a couple including one with the shrink-wrap still on. They sound OK but the looks are stunning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shuggie View Post
    .... Actually, I am in secret competition against Neal, to see who can acquire the greatest number of old record players in various states of (dis)repair!
    Just counted up and I currently have access to 7 in one form or another with another on the way.....
    Listening in a Foo free Zone...

    Only a Sith deals in absolutes.

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    DDX is better than DQX- no quartz lock and it sounds fine if you put a good solid SME arm on it.
    I had a SME IV and Lyra Argo on a DDX1000 a few years ago and it sounded great - good as an Orb or P9 if different.

    I've also had the baby 500 and thats a decent TT let down by the arm.
    The 707 is pretty poor with a flimsy plastic shell and bendy armtube. Looks nice though.
    The TT would certainly be worth re-arming.

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    I skipped the DQX-1000 and went for the DDX-1000 instead. The ability to fit three arms is helpful, but I prefer to fit one at a time. That still leaves me with a drawer full of arms . Maybe it is time to get rid of some of them.

    The MA-707 arm is so so. The MA-505MKI is the pick of the crop. I even rate it above the astronomically expensive MA-237.

    STan

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    Any opinions on the DQ-3? Its currently going for 100 quid on ebay:

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...=STRK:MEWAX:IT
    DIY is fine and dandy, but just try selling it on!

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