Too many tables. Also will be selling v nice Sansui XR-Q9 and possibly XR-Q7 as well.
This is the 3rd of this model passed through my hands, and I consider it to be the best one.
If you know what these are, great. If not - do some googling, but in summary this is a higher end JVC table featureing their version of an electronic/magnetic tonearm. Sony did something similar with their Biotrace electronic arm, and Denon as well. But from my experience and research, I think this JVC version was/is proving to be most reliable.
This tonearm claims to provide superior tracking, reduce resonance, and few other things.
Also allows for a couple of nice features you cant get with a normal tonearm, at least i've not seen them. You have 2 extra buttons - which move arm left or right (once lfited) - a very useful feature when looking for a certain track. Also has repeat, auto start and shutoff.
I enjoy having all the operating buttons out front of the case, so you can operate all functions while keeping lid down.
Heavy duty direct drive motor - very strong. Even with good sized record weight it's up to speed within one revolution. I've heard that JVC provided the motors for some Denon tables?
Build quality is very nice indeed - the tonearm is a thing of beauty - really nicely made.
This is a very nice one - Id rate cosmetics at 8.5 out of 10, as compared to a few other unrestored examples. Rosewood (arborite) plinth is near perfect - no obvious scratches or swirls as most have. One little ding on rear corner - photo. Tiny ding on one front top corner - near invisible. Dustcover is very good as well - better than average by quite a bit. Cant see one scratch or mark on the platter or control panel. Lights all working.
It operates very well too - fully functional in every way that i can identifiy.
As with any vintage audio item, I would recommend a full service by a competent tech.
Frankly, although i love the build quality and look of this table - I am so far a bit underwhelmed with absolute sound quality. Full disclosure. Possibly needs new cables or a cap or 2 replaced? Sounds good, but i was hoping for better. Quite possibly i haven't matched it properly with right cartridge - but regardless, i grow weary of experimenting and dont need another project. Plus i have a JVC QL-7 with i'm keeping - sounds as good to my old ears. And off to try a Technics SP--10.
Note - i do have the very nicely made factory headshell - see the photo with 2 tables.
No cartridge included.
A nice plus is the factory box - missing some of the foam packing inserts, but has the important 4 corner pieces. I can fab up another foam insert for shipping.
With the factory box - shipping should be OK. I' m pretty good at packaging, although turntables are a bit scary. Will do like factory and pull the platter, headshell, and counterweight.
If i ship the price will be $680 plus actual Canada Post costs - thats for the $20 plus materials and a bit for my time. Will be double boxed with 1 " styrofoam layer between. Plus some custom styro inside and bubblewrap, etc.
No refunds, no returns. Ask questions now - I can provide a video showing operation if you like.
Email or call/text 403-443-3229 not after 9 pm mountain please
Re: JVC QL-Y5F. Very nice example. Electronic "Maglev" Tonearm - Direct Drive. Factory Box - REDUCED
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