- incredible Review by Claudio
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I must say.... WOW! What an incredible piece of audio history you guys have created. I'm just thrilled with it!!
Claudio (Posted on 19/10/2013)
- Absolutely everything was there Review by Mike
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The TT/arm arrived and has been given a first-time (hasty boy-with-new-toy) set up. I began to run through some of my records. The improvement in resolution was immediately apparent. Prior to this I had clarity. sound staging, precise imaging, all the usual positives from my 1982 vintage Planar 3/F9-E and Acoustats. However I was unprepared for Ton Koopman playing Bach. Massive. The difference was like the old 4X3 TV versus, not High Definition, but IMAX. Absolutely everything was there, every note was clear with its natural timbre, distinct from its companions even in the loud and complex portions. The low level information was all retained, that ambience that marks out one acoustic venue from another, and yes the Acoustats found another octave of bass. Piatigorsky's playing had the fullness, sonorousness and body a cellist of his stature is famous for (RCA Victor LDS-2513, original Soria series.) As you note, the highs will really need time to settle in, but are already starting to sweeten out. And yes, the small ensemble music of Elizabethan England (Two Renaissance Dance Bands, Angel HQS 1249) is faithfully rendered in all its renaissance character (reedy, racous, rhythmic).
All in all I had the feeling of listening to what the musicians were hearing when playing. The combination of your base level turntable with the Encounter arm was not something recommended (price ratios all out of whack), but from my reading of your attention to so many little details I was will to bet your Littlest Engine was one that could. My ears and Acoustat III's say yes. And this was from my back-up cartridge, a decade old Rega Elys. As some reviewers have noted on your equipment, even an inexpensive cartridge will become a vast over-achiever. I eagerly await what this combination can really do. I am one very pleased owner. (PS Very consciously set up by my dealer as much as possible as I did the final arm/cartridge set-up with the Elys. Still trying to unmount the Grace!)
(Posted on 07/09/2013)
- Mighty Fine Tonearm Review by macabre1993
I purchased an Encounter Mk2/Mk3 hybrid. from an auction site. It went on a homemade plywood/mdf Lenco idler drive with a Shelter 501 w/a fresh Soundsmith retip. Like the clumsy idiot I am, I snapped the ruby cantelever. After robbing the Lyra Lydian from my VPI, I now listen to the sweetest music of my experience. Jazz, orchestral, rock, metal...it doesn't matter what I throw at it, it responds with beauty & elegance. Five emphatic stars!!! (Posted on 21/05/2013)
- Highly Recommended Review by rob
Mine's the Encounter MK3 (2007) Very transparent sounding arm, meaning you get all the speed, detail and holographic imaging that comes with it. (Posted on 17/05/2013)