I didnt want to believe the modded Stanton could be so good in a direct comparison with my far more
expensive Linn/Naim/Lyra rig. But it was. Better, in fact. More clarity in detail, more finely delineated presentation,
more sweetness, more breathtaking reality and holographic recreation of the event. Makes me wish Id saved my
$8K!...nearly perfect and hugely satisfying in every way, particularly when I remembered what an outrageous bargain
this thing is!! I am gobsmacked.- Gerry T.
STANTON ST-150 TURNTABLE
The Stanton ST-150, is a better-sounding version of the legendary
Technics SL-1200 professional turntable, incorporating a far more
massive, resonance-free plinth and a much heavier duty direct drive motor.
Compared to standard Rega, Pro-ject and Music Hall
turntables, the Stanton incorporates visibly superior engineering and
quality. Even in stock form, it also delivers audibly better bass, clearer
detail, quieter backgrounds and far better pitch accuracy. Included are
an admirably convenient VTA adjuster, a S/PDIF output for downloading
LPs directly into your computer, and pushbutton selection of 33,
45 or 78.
Our Stage I mod takes the Stanton to a sonic level at or beyond most
$4000 turntable/arm units. We remove the sound-deadening plastic
enclosure, replace the sprung feet with brass Triplepoints coupled
directly to the chassis, upgrade the platter damping, replace the
disastrous rubber mat with our unique five-point record mount, add
arm-to-plinth mirco-coupling, upgrade motor supply/control
capacitors and dielectrics throughout, and replace the AC cord
with a Double Helix MK1 Plus. Direct-to-S/PDIF output is retained.
The table mounts inside an elegant, fully decoupled maple enclosure.
Our Stage II mod package for analog purists takes several major steps
beyond the above: the tonearm is wired directly to new, ultra-minimalist
RCA jacks (eliminating the S/PDIF capability and bypassing several digital circuit boards in the signal path); we
uncouple the vibration-causing motor supply transformer from the TT using an outboard triplepoint mounting; the
AC cord is upgraded to MK2 Plus; our full Tonearm Resonance Control Kit and
three-point ultra rigid headshell-to-arm coupling is installed; and special vibration
control measures are applied to the speed-controlling quartz oscillator. The result is even more transparent sound,
significantly deeper and cleaner bass and silkier, more extended treble.