Just initial thoughts.
The dyna, with its very short cantilever is a absolute painin the rear to set up compared to the apheta. Having got it set up, its time tosit back and compare. I had the 17d3 loaded at 100 ohms initially, but prefer the overall balance at 200, (the differences are not huge but noticeable)
Tonal change is the first thing that hits you, the 17d is alittle fuller, and pushes vocals a little further forward into the mix. Theimage is a little wider as well, although not quite as tall. The depth is notquite as good as the apheta.
Speed and impact- its very much a trade off, the aphetagives drum strikes more initial impact, especially cymbals and high hats, butthe fuller tone of the dyna balances the overall sound and flow.
Its the same kind of thing with trumpet and sax, the leadingedge bite is more realistic on the apheta, and can at times be a bit too real.The dyna has bite, but not quite as much, but again the fuller tonal balancehas its compensations.
At the moment it is a case of win here, loose there, and I doubt that it will be a quick or easy choice to pick a ''winner''.
I need to live with the dyna for a while to build a betterpicture of its performance. I will however say that any one who has branded spendersas sleepy really has not heard the current range with either of these carts inthe driving seat.
The los is certainly showing that it is a very very goodphono stage, and certainly not a one trick pony designed to complement theapheta.