wgallupe wrote:Good story. I also have the SP13/PH12. Its the best sounding preamp I've ever owned. How did the WTT/Delos sound compared to your Linn/Denon?
It was very interesting. I've never had the opportunity to put my pedestrian LP12/RB300/Denon combo up against another table.
Clearly the WTT combo outperformed the LP12, but not by as much as you'd expect for something valued at nearly 3 times what the LP12 would be. On the used market, the WTT combo could be expected to go for somewhere around $3000. This LP12 combo would likely sell at $1100.
We listened to a Victor Feldman recording (vibes, upright string bass and drums). On the LP12, the vibes tended to have a somewhat spitting sound, but not so on the WTT. Wesla Whitfield's voice was just a bit more relaxed and natural on the WTT. String bass was better controlled on the deep end. Piano attacks were also better controlled on the WTT.
So it was a clear winner, but is it worth nearly 3 times the price of the LP12? Can I be happy with the LP12? These are all very interesting questions and I'll have answers after more research.