Hi, I'm looking for and researching my next turntable. I currently have, a now 25yr-old, Planar 3 w. RB300 and a DV20x2L into a P-75, modified over the years with a groovetracer, a 24v motor, PSU mk2, AO arm rewire, tracking spring decoupled, and OL counter-weight. I could stay with Rega, but I feel that I'm ready for a new kind of turntable.
One of the choices I keep returning to is the WTL due to it's unique design, the 10inch arm and its reputation. I'm new here, and this seemed like a good place to ask some questions. I don't see many Amadeus 254 GT owners here but thought I'd try...
It seems that now the Versalex (around £4,000, UK) and the Amadeus 254 GT (around £8,000) are the two main choices. At least the two that interest me.
I know the specification differences between them, but wonder how many people have heard both and consider the Amadeus 254 to be worth the extra cost. It is double the price for, in effect, three things – the heavy plinth, the speed switch button, and the external PSU. And not forgetting XLR, which I will never use.
I'd love the speed change switch, but is the improvement in sound worth the extra £4,000 over the Versalex?