ThunderThighs wrote:Drat. We did just find out that there was a mid-production change. Even the vendor didn't know until we asked after seeing dwhearne's post. So if you need the 78rpm, contact email@example.com and they'll see what they can do. So sorry about the problem.
As to the fast shipping, we're using new and various methods to try to speed things up such as drop shipping, Fulfillment by Amazon where we instruct our vendors to deliver the goods to various Amazon warehouses around the country for later shipping, and then our usual slow SmartPost. So hey, it's a like a crapshoot as to when you'll get your stuff.
I got mine today. The audio at max is barely hearable. I set it up with an external JBL portable speaker and the sound is unexpectedly clean, with things like harpsichords very clear and also the attack of instruments. Lyrics are really clear. Sound is smooth. Solid bass is missing.
I switched to Sinatra's old Concerts disc with Nelson Riddle. The whole thing is surprisingly 'musical' and I'm enjoying it. Haven't tried to record to Audacity or Cool Edit or to the recommended free Windows record-to-wav file mentioned yet.
I have something they call perfect pitch (can tell minute differences and identify notes) and there's no discernable wow and flutter. Tonal vocal quality is really nice. Not over-bright but with good presence on my portable JBL On Stage IIIp.
Besides the really almost soundless built-in speakers my package had NO spare cartridge, which means that's $15 I'd have to spend after awhile. HQ said it was in there, which means it should have been.
I did get the paper Guide, which is usable and also the little mini-CD.
I actually have a very good turntable but my Adcom amp and preamp died after 2 decades and I'm looking for a good stereo received. So wanted to try this out, since it does easy record-to-mp3 (or to wav w/ the right software).
The sound is NOT muffled the way it would be if the arm was digging in too deeply. It NEVER skips, so I guess it's a matter of quality control and luck then. Even then, I don't repeat a track for at least 30 minutes even with a good turntable. We'll see. Right now, I'm really enjoying it, except for the built-in speakers and knowing I don't have a spare that they said would be in the unit. Should I call them for the added spare?