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    Its a wet rainy day, having already started a thread on what one thinks is the best looking tonearm, obviously looks and sound does not go hand in hand how important are the looks? and also what does one feel is the best sounding tonearm they have ever heard or owned or would like to ever own should budget permit.
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    I thought my OL Encounter 3C was a superb sounding arm, however when I recently upgraded to a Conqueror 3C the jump in SQ was astonishing. So god knows what moving up to the soon to be released £24k Renown or the yet to be released (12 - 18 months) £47k invincible would bring to the party?
    For me though at this moment my dream arm is the 14" Kuzma 4 point.

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    To some extent it depends on the cartridge used, but all of my current arms in use sound pretty neutral to me (tonearms should not have a sound of their own - that's the job of the cartridge):

    Breuer Dynamic Type 5A

    Brinkmann 10.5

    Ortofon 309i (Ikeda modified)

    SME M-12R.


    There are a couple of tangential tracking arms that interest me, but they have problems of their own so I doubt if I would pursue that course. The new Glanz arms interest me, as does the Abis SA-1.
    Barry

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    Sorry this is a pointless thread, as Barry has said the best sounding tonearm shouldn’t have any effect it should be neutral and let the cartridge sing, again sorry but this is a thread where everyone chips in with something, no one really agrees or can say one way or the other, pointless


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    SME V. That was an easy one.

    In fact, why do I still not have one?
    Adam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beobloke View Post
    SME V. That was an easy one.

    In fact, why do I still not have one?
    Probably £4k worth of reasons mate


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jac Hawk View Post
    Probably £4k worth of reasons mate
    ...and the sound, it doesn't impart according to many but according to me it does detract... Yes I know, it looks like Darth Vader's doodle of a stealth bomber which is cool I guess, but really is there any more than that?



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    The sme v is a pain of a arm in my experience, no two sound the same. The arm has evolved over the years and good one can be just stunning a poor sample can sound dry and boring. I must have owned at lest 15 examples over the years. I have just taken delivery of the Primary Control field coil arm this has proven to be a very special beast indeed.
    Most important and used Walker Black Diamond Etsuro Gold, Micro Seiki 8000mk2 Kondo special V12 Tiger Eye, Fidelity Research FR 66 Shindo spu, EMT 927, sme 312 aluminium. Fidelity research fr66, Sme 3012 mk1, Sme V, Ikeda 407 IT Sme Model 30/2/Dynavector 507 Kodo Beat Turntable Airtangent 10B modified Fidelity fr66s Etsuro Cartridge . Kondo Gakuoh Mk1 powers G70 Pre,Audio Tekne TFA-8695PCS pre Audio Tekne TEA 8695 Phono. Lfd Battery Phono Stage heavily custom rebuilt by Dr Richard Bews, Tharx Phono Stage. Lfd Master Dual Biamp power amp, Lfd Anniversary master preamp. Shindo Latour Field Coil. Rockport Cygnus Biamped, Voigt Domestic Corner Horns/ Feastex Fildcoils. LFD Custom silver Ribbons. LFD Diamond Vipor Mk2 interconnects, Lfd Golden Cobra interconnect. Koetsu blue lace mono special order, Koetsu burma jade mono special order.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vrajbasi View Post
    The sme v is a pain of a arm in my experience, no two sound the same. The arm has evolved over the years and good one can be just stunning a poor sample can sound dry and boring. I must have owned at lest 15 examples over the years. I have just taken delivery of the Primary Control field coil arm this has proven to be a very special beast indeed.
    Surprising you have any time to listen with all the swapping and changing you must do trying to reach a goal that does not exist. 😉
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    I quite scarily agreed to buy an SME 10 with the 309 tonearm after never hearing any of the ‘boring/cold/dry’ magnesium SME variants. I have put on a Killian Bakker re-tipped Cadenza Bronze and all I hear is warm, beautiful music. I think I will soon be listing my Origin Live Illustrious. The fact that the SME is an absolute joy to set up is a complete bonus.

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