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Wolfheart



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2009 6:20 pm    Post subject: Turntable recommendations? Reply with quote

I need to buy a new turntable. I may scavenge around some pawn shops and such to see if I can find a cool old one but I was wondering if anyone has any recommendations if I end up buying a new one? Either just a brand you've had good experience with or specific models that are good? I haven't had to get a new turntable in ages so I wanted to see what other people think...
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dronevil



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2009 6:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

technics sl-1200
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2009 6:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Technics is probably the most respected brand name. People tend to focus on the SL-1200 so other models can slip under the radar on Ebay for relatively low prices. I got a SL-5 (well-regarded in general, but some don't like linear trackers and I saw a few audiophiles really bashing this one) recently for $75, for example.
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Lutfor



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2009 6:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I need a replacement needle for my 1972 Technics. Its a Shure 3X
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2009 6:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dronevil wrote:
technics sl-1200


I agree 666%. Get this turntable NOW!!!
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Wolfheart



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2009 6:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the recommendations! I am going to check out the Technics models now...
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Endless Morbidity



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2009 7:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm giving it serious thought late, to sell my turntable in favor of something a bit more modest and new.

It's a Sansui SR 929. Highly sought out by audiophiles.

The thing I hate about it is this annoying anti-skating device that is a pain in the nuts.

If I decide a Technics SL-1200 is better, then I'm selling this one.
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Morbid69



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2009 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Technics is expensive. Buy a Pioneer and spend the rest of the money on some floor standing speakers.
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Lutfor



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2009 7:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My system is a dinosaur; a relic of prog rock. I inherited it from an uncle. Its so old, the Pre Amp won't interface with any other turntable except a Technics.
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20 Buck Spin



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2009 7:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a Project II. It's killer. Pricey at about $300 though. Check needledoctor.com
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2009 7:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

20 Buck Spin wrote:
I have a Project II. It's killer. Pricey at about $300 though. Check needledoctor.com


project turntable looks gorgeous, i wanted to get one of those when i was trying to get a new turntable, ended up getting a 2nd hand technics sl-1200 after all as i think it's better value...
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2009 7:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They look good, but they also sound killer. I'm really happy with mine. Wanted a quality table to go with my good speakers.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2009 11:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Search's your friend, as usual. Wink

www.nwnprod.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5936
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2009 11:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


Soon. Cool
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 02, 2009 12:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rega does very good TT's as well. I have got few years personal experience with P3. I have also had vintage Thorens TD-165 and Pioneer PL-A45D of which the latter was pretty much crap. Wish I never sold the Thorens for that piece of crap. Thorens was missing the dust cover and I thought the P looked better with one. Looked better, but sounded like crap and was pain in the ass to use.

Technics has a tonearm with removable headshell making the change of cartridge easier. On a contrary the extra moving parts does no good. The arm should be solid to be able to pass forward as much vibrations as possible. Pro-ject has a loose counterweight, once again, no good. The counterweight vibrates during the use making the tracking harder. If I had to choose between Technics and Pro-ject, I'd go with Technics SL-1200MKII though. It has all the needed adjustments.

The best thing to do is to go and listen to some TT's at your dealer.
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