I’ve not heard the x2, but another brand in that price range to look at and is linked to Project is E.A.T.. I heard the B-Sharp, It was really good, well worth checking out. I did own a Clearaudio Concept, which I personally think sounded better sound than the E.A.T and probably the X2, but, it didn’t like wooden floors and the wife wasn’t changing decor! Hence, I ended up with the a Rega P3, which I am really happy with. Good luck with whatever you choose.Thank you all for your thoughts so far. Having done a little more research, I think that if I am going to buy a better turntable, I probably need to spend around £1,000 or so to get a decent improvement. The Rega 3 + PSU + Exact cartridge is certainly one good option.
Another is a choice between 2 Pro-ject decks, the X2 and The Classic (with Evo sub-platter upgrade). Both are a similar price with an Ortofon 2m silver (or Pro-ject equivalent) although I would be tempted to upgrade to the Bronze (if I stick with Ortofon).
Does anyone have any thoughts on how those two Pro-ject decks compare with each other?
I agree. A bonded elliptical stylus just doesn't seem good enough to me at that level. I'd want a nude elliptical (eg Blue) as a minimum, but ideally a fine line stylus (eg Bronze) of some sort.Not sure how the 2 Projects compare tbh, but I've always liked the looks of the Classic. At that level of turntable cost I believe a 2m silver (which is a modified 2m red) is selling it short. A £950 turntable with a £100 cartridge in my experience is out of balance as the cartridges is so fundamental to the decks performance.
Roksan Xerxes is the best turntable I have ever heard and by some distance, so no, Rega do not make the best turntable in the world.
Agree the Roksan is a superb turntable happy owner of a Xerxes 20+ for many years
recently changed to a Vertere from the same designer of the Xerxes & this is one of the greatest TT ever made
IMHO, I would suggest that the Pick-it 25a cartridge and stylus are well matched as they are and that the OM20 stylus wasn’t a good match to the Pick-it cartridge. I can’t comment on the OM30 or OM40 but would wonder if they are overkill for this particular turntable. After all, it is at the cheaper end of the Pro-ject range.Thanks; so it doesn't sound as if you'd recommend it as an upgrade (sound wise) for the pick-it 25a and I guess it is relatively pricey in comparison to the price of a Pick-it 25a stylus. I quite like the sound of the pick-it 25a just wondering whether The OM 20 would significantly improve it and justify the outlay on an OM20.