Marantz Reference TT 15S1
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coming from a very high end system in my home which is all Krell based and I have an Oracle Mk 7 turntable which is superb and a piece of art just sitting still. I browsed online and I did purchase a few units from REGA and Project for my other residence but i honestly was no happy with their quality and lack of weight on their base and tone arms. I decided to buy the Marantz from Crutchfield since they have great customer support i was confident that if i didn't like it they would accept my return no questions asked. i have to the say the Marantz unit is very cool to look at and very well made. it is made in Germany by Clear Audio and the included phono cartridge is superb and almost 75% of the cost of the unit is in the phono itself setting up the tone arm with the counter weight is a pain since they want you to have the arm perfectly parallel to the platter but its not easy but i got mine very close. i have been playing in for past few days and i honestly love the styling, the sound, the upper midrange and high range frequencies is superb, Bass response is incredible.. it easily blows away every other turntable Crutchfield is offering and it might just be the amazing Clearaudio phono which comes with this kit but the unit is heavy and balanced and this is very important. great piece overall and if your serious about music and vinyl this is the unit to buy.
Pros: Amazing styling Great build quality Made in Germany Clear Audio Virtuouso Wood Phono included Nicely weighted tone arm Nice Anti Skate design which doesnt have a silly counter weight and string like most others in this price range platter mat is much thicker and better than all others in this price range Zero hum Zero noise great phono cables good hardware Amazing clarity and detail Bass, midrange and upper frequencies are brilliant!
Cons: Vague instructions, a good set up video would be ideal I used my calipers and other measuring devices for set up As an engineer i understand why they motor is separate from the base for noise and harmonics but it annoys me when you have to move the unit. Belt makes slight noise on start up that does go away. The motor should have an aluminum pulley instead of the flimsy plastic one with plastic set screws I will make! The platter should have a cut groove for the belt.