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Tardcore last won the day on March 18 2016

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About Tardcore

  • Rank
    Picture Disc
  • Birthday 03/19/1980

Your Gear Setup

  • Turntable
    Marantz TT-15S1
  • Speakers
    Monitor Audio RX8
  • Amplifiers
    Marantz PM8004
  • Turntable Cartridge
    Clearaudio Virtuoso

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  • Location
    Madison, WI

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  1. I have a VPI 16.5 that I really like. The Okki Nokki has been more readily available in the US in the past few years and seems pretty comparable and a little cheaper (maybe that’s the $500 option you are referring to?) I have always wondered how much the lack of a full(ish) sized platter impacts the usability of the record doctor. You should consider trying to get a demo at a local store if you have one available
  2. Tardcore

    Turntable Upgrade Advice

    I like my Marantz TT15-S1 (rebadged Clearaudio Emotion with some upgrades) I got mine for $1000 from MusicDirect as a Marantz B-Stock. (Mine had some marks on the underside of the acrylic platter). If you search, there are one or two older threads that discuss options in the $1k range.
  3. Gotcha. I wasn’t sure if you had moved on from the Rotel as well.
  4. What are you driving them with?
  5. Tardcore

    Phono Pre

    I had a passing interest in the Clearaudio Nano a while ago. My thought process was that it is likely designed to work well with the entry level Clearaudio tables/carts and hence should suit the Marantz package. I’m pretty satisfied with the on board phono section in my PM8004 though.
  6. I bought a floor model Marantz PM8004 for $500 a few years ago and have had no issues. My favorite feature is the amp-only mode which allows me to use the amp in my AV setup to power my fronts and then just turn the pre-amp back on when I want to listen to music.
  7. Tardcore

    Turntable playing too fast

    You know what they say. If the music’s too fast, you’re too slow! #nothelpful
  8. It will probably smooth out over time. You can just give it a gentle spin when you start it up if you want to avoid the slippage or just wait until it gets going before dropping the needle.
  9. Tardcore

    Upgrading Setup Advice

    Speakers don’t have to be large to be high quality and quality does not equal loud.
  10. Some unknown force sucked me back into Diablo 2 after like a decade.
  11. Tardcore

    Upgrading Setup Advice

    You’ll probably get the most bang for your buck with an amp/speaker upgrade—depending on your budget.
  12. Tardcore

    WTB : Fugazi Collection

    I have one scratched Fugees CD. Some of the songs skip but Killing Me Softly still plays fine. final offer.
  13. Do you know how much space you’ll have? Martin Logan? Magnepan?