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    Join Date: Aug 2014

    Location: Aarhus, Denmark

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    I'm Peter.

    Default Empire 698: my lucky day!

    Today I picked up a pretty, pretty Empire 698. Pretty, if you like a little bling and wood. It is in full working condition and does not (yet) suffer from any of the "ailments" that go with a turntable from the years 1976-1981 (or 82):
    - clear plastic parts ("lexan") become brittle,
    - electric cueing failure,
    - tonearm headshell - non-standard and prone to breaking off
    - metal corrosion
    - gold plating wears thin

    The turntable was owned by an old man who bought it when he worked at the Thule Air Base in Greenland - where my father also worked, incidentally. He must have taken extremely good care of it, because here it is in all its glory with a Shure M91ED:









    DIY DCB1 buffer / EAR 516 power / Quad ESL 57 (One Thing bass panels)
    Vinyl: Empire 698 / Shure M91ED / Rod Elliott mm stage onboard DCB1
    Digital: Synology NAS / JRiver on Win 10 PC / Nuforce S192U USB to spdif/ Line Magnetic 502CA DAC

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    A class act .

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    Nice find!
    “Music has always been a matter of energy to me, a question of fuel. Sentimental people call it inspiration, but what they really mean is fuel. I have always needed fuel. I am a serious consumer. On some nights I still believe that a car with the gas needle on empty can run about fifty more miles if you have the right music very loud on the radio”

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    Rather fetching.
    Analogue: Technics SP10 MK2 > Phonomac AT-1010 MK6 tonearm > Ortofon Kontrapunkt b > SIMaudio Moon LP5.3RS
    Digital: Orchard Audio PecanPi with JRiver
    Preamplifier: Neurochrome Differential Preamp
    Amplification: Neurochrome Modulus 686
    Speakers: Mordaunt Short Performance 880
    Cables: SPOTFIRE Speaker Cable & SPOTFIRE IC Cables & SPOTFIRE Tonearm cable

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    Join Date: Jan 2008

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    Beautiful
    Jerry

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    Cables : Wyreworld Starlight USB, VdH Thunderline interconnect, W&M LS-06 OR Tellurium Q Silver speaker.
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    Join Date: Aug 2014

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    Yes. It looks and sounds great. I will look into whether I can use heavier carts on that arm. Otherwise I will set up the SME 3009R or another (12""?) arm on the other side of it. But it looks great and is playing Lou Reed "Transformer" as I write this.
    DIY DCB1 buffer / EAR 516 power / Quad ESL 57 (One Thing bass panels)
    Vinyl: Empire 698 / Shure M91ED / Rod Elliott mm stage onboard DCB1
    Digital: Synology NAS / JRiver on Win 10 PC / Nuforce S192U USB to spdif/ Line Magnetic 502CA DAC

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    Join Date: Jun 2015

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    Not heard of Empire, were they respected in their day?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lawrence001 View Post
    Not heard of Empire, were they respected in their day?
    They were. Made some nice cartridges and interesting speakers too.
    "when common sense, logic and plausibility are excluded. All that remain are foolishness and lies"

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    I’ve not only heard of Empire Cartridges but have heard some of their models back in the day. Oh heck I must be getting old
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    DAC: Chord Qutest, Chord Mojo/Poly
    AMPLIFIER: Bryston BP17-3 Pre & Bryston 4B3 Power
    SPEAKERS: Spendor D7.
    HEADPHONES: OPPO PM-1 with Atlas Zeno cable, B&W C5 v2
    CABLES: Analogue: Speaker - Chord Signature. Interconnect - Atlas Mavros XLR x2, Atlas Mavros Ultra, Chord Indigo Plus XLR, MCRU Silver Tonearm cable
    Digital: Atlas Mavros Ultra x2, Atlas USB, Chord Optichord.
    Mains: Chord Power Chord x2, Black Rhodium Libra/MK/Shurter or Wattgate x4, IsoTek Orion 6 way, Sounds Fantastic 6way Mains Blocks.
    STORAGE: Synology DS216J NAS with 2 x 3Tb WD Red hard-drives.
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    Music is vinyl it fills the gaps between silence !

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