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Well Tempered Labs Record Player
8 Reviews
rating  4.5 of 5
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Description: Integrated turntable/tonearm


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Bernd Adamietz a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: November 19, 2001

Bottom Line:   
I bought the system approximately one year ago, with a
Dynavector 17 MkII (Karat) cartridge. The only drawback, that I encountered was, that the cartridge has a very low output that underran the capabilities of my preamp MC
input. But as far as the player/arm combination is in
question I found everything very fine. Nearly no mechanical background noise and very transparent reproduction.

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Used product for:   3 months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1996

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   private



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Alan a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: March 18, 2001

Bottom Line:   
I upgraded the fluid "cup" to a solid brass one, use the Well-Tempered Tonearm with a Blue Point Special cartridge, and can highly recommend this setup to classical/acoustic music listeners. Make certain to use the best interconnects you can find/afford. There is a distinct lack of record and turntable-induced noise compared to most "high-end" tables, most especially those anywhere near its price range. The sound floats on a cushion of air with good associated equipment. Probably the best recommendation I can give is to tell you that they are next-to-impossible to find on the used market. I certainly am not entertaining thoughts of letting go of mine! Anything significantly "better" (I'm not certain that there even is) is prohibitively more expensive and, at least for me, impossible to justify. I use the table with top of the line tube electronics and upgraded KEF speakers, of which I have 3 different models.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   Pre 1995



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Les Driscoll a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: January 9, 2001

Bottom Line:   
One of the best turntables to date, not only at its price tag, but at *any* price. From here on, everything more expensive is going to be «different» rather than «better». And no, it's not in the same league with the LP12. It is *significantly* better. I do not know of any turntable that matches or comes even near its quietness. It seems like magic, but even playing a less-than-VG- 30+ year old RCA Dynagroove record will be a sheer delight.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $675.00

Purchased At:   Don't remember



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by kevin a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: January 7, 2001

Bottom Line:   
I bought mine in 1989, modified it with marigo audiolab's platter and a machined tonearm cup (as opposed to the original stamped one) that a friend of mine made.
No problems for 11 years. This turtable is very quite and images very well and is very neutral. Mated with good interconnects, a leveling/isolation board, and a good (but no need to be expensive) cartridge, and you will have something that sounds truly great. Kinda fussy (but very easy) to adjust the left/right tilt because of the way the tonearm is designed, but so what for the price.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $950.00

Purchased At:   forgot



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jerry Zelesnikar a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: January 14, 2000

Bottom Line:   
Set the VTA so the arm is slanted ever so slightly towards the pivot point. Get the stylus pressure right. WellTempered has a good gauge, only $15. Most people with quibbles about the WellTempered tables don't have the arm damping set correctly. Pick up the arm, bring it up three to four inches about the arm rest, let it fall. It should fall gently but quickly. If it floats down or doesn't fall at all, your damping is too high. There is a printed formula for this. Call Audition Audio in Minneapolis (888-576-6823) for a copy. They also have the stylus gauge and recommend the damped platter. Trust them. Interconnects make a huge difference. The best I've tried are from Lindsay Audiophile: lowest noise floor and true highs and no spitting. Also available from above. Not giving five stars because nothing is perfect.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   1996




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