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Old 07-29-2018, 12:16 PM
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Default Prime vs. Prime Scout?

Has anyone had an opportunity to compare the Prime and the Prime Scout? I'm currently in the market for a new turntable and I'm wondering if the advantages to the prime are worth the extra price. My understanding is that the motors are identical and both the tone arm and platter on the Prime Scout can be updated to the models used on the Prime. At that point, is it only the plinth that remains different?

I'm coming from a VPI Traveler so either of these is going to be a solid upgrade for me. I like the idea of going all in for the Prime; but, the clear upgrade path from the Prime Scout gives me some nice, lower cost options to cure the upgrade itch in the future.

Since I'm sure it's going to be asked: phono stage will be the stage in a McIntosh C1100 (that should arrive here in a week!). Power amp is an MC452 and the speakers are TBD pending my shopping (Sonus Faber and Revel are the top two brands I'm exploring right now).
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Old 07-29-2018, 01:11 PM
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Your getting a much better tonearm with the Prime. Just my 2 cents.
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Old 07-29-2018, 04:24 PM
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I have no doubt that you're right; but, I know that the Prime Scout can be updated to the same JMW-10 arm on the Prime.
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Old 07-29-2018, 04:50 PM
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The Prime will be a bigger sonic jump from your traveler. Otherwise it is more of a lateral move. Great luck with your decision.
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Old 07-30-2018, 10:30 AM
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I went with the Prime Signature because I needed the extra weight to combat some feedback issues I had with lighter turntables. Something to consider perhaps...
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Old 07-30-2018, 11:16 AM
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The 3D printed arm is where it's at. IMHO, just sounds better than the metal arms. Most VPI owners would agree. Not all, but most.
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Old 08-02-2018, 04:23 PM
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Decision made: I went with a Prime. Thanks to those who chimed in here and through PM! Very happy to have placed my order through Ivan today.
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Decision made: I went with a Prime. Thanks to those who chimed in here and through PM! Very happy to have placed my order through Ivan today.
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Congratulations on the new Prime. Ivan is the best! Have you decided on a cartridge yet?

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Old 08-03-2018, 10:08 AM
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Congratulations on the new Prime. Ivan is the best! Have you decided on a cartridge yet?
I haven't, no. Ivan suggested I take a look at Grado. I've also listened to Ortofon cartridges and I may end up with one of those. I've also heard a couple of Sumiko MC carts so they may be in the running as well.
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