Didn't actually get it today. It arrived the day before Hurricane Irma arrived. Needless to say I was a little busy before the storm and I've been fairly busy since. It was until this past Saturday that I took the time to unbox it and replace the U-Turn Audio Orbit table on the audio rack.
It's a Pro-Ject 2Xperience DC Acryl. It came with an Ortofon 2M Red. I ordered my previous TT with a 2M Blue so I swapped the styluses (styli?). I already had the Ringmat. I've tried a number of different TT mats ranging from cork to felt to DIY and my ears like the Ringmat the best. I acquired the TT at a VERY good price as a "demo" from a well respected online audio seller.
First album played 180G Steely Dan's Aja. Initial impressions... Considerably lower noise floor. I attribute this to the motor being de-coupled from the plinth. Not that the Orbit was bad just that the Pro-Ject is better. Now here's something I have no explaination for. Output being fed to the receiver seems to be much higher. I don't need to raise the volume nearly as high as I did with the Orbit to achieve the same volume level. Maybe it's cable resistance. Maybe it's cartridge "break in" (if you believe in such things). Maybe it's my imagination (I am coming up hard on 60) but I seem to be getting the same volume with the knob at ~10:00 that took the knob at 12:00 with the Orbit.
For those interested the rest of the system consists of: An Outlaw Audio RR2150 receiver, an Oppo UDP-205 disc player & DAC, a pair of Klipsch RF-82 II speakers, and a Klipsh R-12SW subwoofer. All of the cabling is the best that Blue Jeans Cable has to offer except for the turntable which was a pretty nice unbranded cable that came with the TT. It all sits in a Pangea Audio Vulcan stand. Certainly not the best system or most expensive system I've ever owned but I'm pretty happy with it. Especially considering I live in one side of a duplex and really can't crank it up without my neighbor or a sheriff deputy pounding on my door.
Before the new TT:
The new TT:
Spinning a little Steely Dan Aja
Forgot to add... If anyone here is looking for a VERY nice "entry level" turntable package PM me. The Orbit along with a Cambridge Audio phono preamp will be going up for sale here soon.