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Sakuragi

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Hello

I want to purchase a turntable. The considerations are aesthetics and music quality.
Reading this forum, apparently this turntable is quite nice in the music quality department:

* fluence rt85

I was also considering these:

pro-ject rpm 3

pro-ject rm 1.3 genie

These last two mainly because of their looks. Although rpm 3 is kinda expensive.

Which is the better option?

Thank you for your advice
 

Sakuragi

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Alright, that seems to be the consensus. the Fluance wins, With a Shiit Mani I would have something cool.

What about the pro-ject rm 1.3 with a blue ortofon cartridge and the Shiit Mani pre amp? Would the sound be comparable?
 

Al ears

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Alright, that seems to be the consensus. the Fluance wins, With a Shiit Mani I would have something cool.

What about the pro-ject rm 1.3 with a blue ortofon cartridge and the Shiit Mani pre amp? Would the sound be comparable?
I would suggest you would struggle to hear any difference.
Are you in the UK? Only asking as there is a project rm1.3 genie and AT95 cartridge going for £200 on UK Hifi for sale or exchange (Facebook site)
 

JonB1001

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a consensus after 1 reply? goodness! :D

Rega and Pro-ject both have extremely good entry level turntables with good upgrade options that make them long term purchases.
 

JonB1001

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What do you think about the ortofon red or blue with this level of turntable? I’ve had both in the past and red was fine until I fitted the blue and saw the immediate difference. I still like the blue.
 

nopiano

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What do you think about the ortofon red or blue with this level of turntable? I’ve had both in the past and red was fine until I fitted the blue and saw the immediate difference. I still like the blue.
Thats what’s Ortofon say too! The Red is the basic design in all their ranges - 2M, Quintet, and Cadenza. The Blue has a better stylus and more detail.
They are safe choices, but quite pricy, and good alternatives from Audio Technica and Goldring are worth a look. The Goldring E3 is widely available at around £70 now.
 
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iMark

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I would recommend to buy a turntable with 2M Red. It will sound quite good. Then upgrade with 2M Blue stylus, a very notable difference. It's an easy upgrade not involving the changing of the cartridge.
 

iMark

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I've set up cartridges on Dual and Thorens record players in the past. That was in the early 1980s. It was quite a task to do it properly and I remember needing tools to get tracking angles exactly right. I can remember now why people thought CD players were much easier to get decent sound than record players.

I remember that the Duals were quite easy to do because they had a head shell you could remove from the arm.
 
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Al ears

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I would learn to fit and set-up a cartridge yourself...... :)
For what it's wo
I've set up cartridges on Dual and Thorens record players in the past. That was in the early 1980s. It was quite a task to do it properly and I remember needing tools to get tracking angles exactly right. I can remember now why people thought CD players were much easier to get decent sound than record players.

I remember that the Duals were quite easy to do because they had a head shell you could remove from the arm.
For what it's worth I wasn't replying to you in person but turntable buyers in general.
 

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