What are members recommendations on current turntables in the $15K to $22K price range?

Barry2013

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Congrats! We are enjoying our J Sikora Standard Max Line. Like you stated, highly recommended.
Thanks Joe
Yes I can well believe you.
I haven''t heard the Max yet, but I am sure it is very impressive too.
Do you by any chance know if Sikora are planning to be at Munich this year if the Highend show goes ahead?
 
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MJG

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Thanks Joe
Yes I can well believe you.
I haven''t heard the Max yet, but I am sure it is very impressive too.
Do you by any chance know if Sikora are planning to be at Munich this year if the Highend show goes ahead?
Yes, they will be there.
 

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DasguteOhr

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Stephan, what is the mat you are using on your Raven AC-1? I have the same turntable and am curious about which mat you think works best compared to the stock mat. Regards, Al
Black forest audio DÄD!MAT really amazing inexpensive mat,more resolution,precision and naturalness in sound. Best buy for me(98€)

 
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tima

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Hi Lee,

I might have missed it. Did you arrive at turntable choice? Or is what I see in your signature your new analog front-end?

"VPI Scoutmaster with 3D tonearm, Analog Drive System, HRX pulley, Iso-Acoustics Gaia feet, Lyra Etna Lambda, Audio Research Ref Phono 3SE"
 
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JRW1971

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Just getting ideas at this point. Will be pairing with Ref Phono 3SE and Lyra Etna Lambda cartridge.

Thanks in advance...
I recently (as in, 20 hours ago in cartridge time) swapped out my old 'table, with a REF 3SE and Etna Lambda. The new guy is the J Sikora Standard Max with the JS tonearm. I'm seriously loving it. I always thought the Etna Lambda paired really well with the 3SE, but the JS 'table adds several degrees of solidity and grip. It's a killer machine; I think worth 3x MSRP.
 

Lee

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Hi Lee,

I might have missed it. Did you arrive at turntable choice? Or is what I see in your signature your new analog front-end?

"VPI Scoutmaster with 3D tonearm, Analog Drive System, HRX pulley, Iso-Acoustics Gaia feet, Lyra Etna Lambda, Audio Research Ref Phono 3SE"
Yes, I will probably have a TechDAS AF3PS coming later in the year.
 
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Lee

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I recently (as in, 20 hours ago in cartridge time) swapped out my old 'table, with a REF 3SE and Etna Lambda. The new guy is the J Sikora Standard Max with the JS tonearm. I'm seriously loving it. I always thought the Etna Lambda paired really well with the 3SE, but the JS 'table adds several degrees of solidity and grip. It's a killer machine; I think worth 3x MSRP.
The J Sikora was recommended strongly to me by two of our writers. It’s a great table.
 

JRW1971

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The J Sikora was recommended strongly to me by two of our writers. It’s a great table.
I’m guessing their names were Jacob and Michael. (Fun fact: I bought the Lyra Lambda Atlas SL that Jacob used when he reviewed the J Sikora Standard Max).
 
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Lee

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I’m guessing their names were Jacob and Michael. (Fun fact: I bought the Lyra Lambda Atlas SL that Jacob used when he reviewed the J Sikora Standard Max).
Very cool.
 
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