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#346544 - 04/28/11 07:26 PM Turntable Recommendations?
1sweetspot Offline
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I'm thinking of adding a turntable to the mix as I have access to a boatload of awesome vinyl from the 70's and 80's. Any recommendations as to what to look for in a decent unit? Any particular brands better than others? Direct drive versus belt driven? Thanks in advance.

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#346546 - 04/28/11 08:02 PM Re: Turntable Recommendations? [Re: 1sweetspot]
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i think the durable and precise and one of the best ones considering quality/price ratio would be the Technics SL-1200


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#346547 - 04/28/11 08:08 PM Re: Turntable Recommendations? [Re: J. B.]
Wid Offline
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Originally Posted By: J. Bellemare
i think the durable and precise and one of the best ones considering quality/price ratio would be the Technics SL-1200


I agree.
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#346548 - 04/28/11 08:28 PM Re: Turntable Recommendations? [Re: Wid]
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Is that the one that's used for DJing?
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#346549 - 04/28/11 08:35 PM Re: Turntable Recommendations? [Re: Ken.C]
oldskoolboarder Offline
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Bear in mind that the SL1200 is no longer in production. Getting harder to find new.

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#346550 - 04/28/11 08:45 PM Re: Turntable Recommendations? [Re: oldskoolboarder]
Wid Offline
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WOW, I have to change my mind on that recommendation. Them damn things are priced crazy.
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#346557 - 04/29/11 12:02 AM Re: Turntable Recommendations? [Re: Wid]
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#346567 - 04/29/11 02:52 AM Re: Turntable Recommendations? [Re: 1sweetspot]
Captain4105 Offline
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I have a Denon DP23F turntable with a Shure V15 MARK IV cartridge. Yes they are older products but they have served me well and seem to bring out the best in my vinyl. I am unsure however how the technology has improved since the 80's when I bought this gear. They still make the replacement stylus for the Shure so I imagine many folks are still using the V15 in its various incarnations. I was so very impressed with the sound of this cartridge as compared to the few I had previously, i.e. other Shure cartridges, Audio Technica, Grado & Stanton. This turntable is very gentle and has a very fine balancing mechanism. One can easily isolate the player to prevent feedback and resonant noise. The drawback is that it is very light and could benefit from a heavier base. It has a hinged clear plastic dust cover that will allow paying with the cover closed. Easy to clean as well. In any case I am very much satisfied with these products and have used them in reproducing digital vinyl recordings to great effect.

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#346570 - 04/29/11 06:24 AM Re: Turntable Recommendations? [Re: oldskoolboarder]
J. B. Offline
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they do seem to be in production as you can see here:
http://www.panasonic.com/consumer_electronics/technics_dj/prod_default_analog.asp

i don't remember exactly, but those turntables have been on the market since the 1980's, and it's not for nothing that they're still in production.
lots of DJ's use them too.


Edited by J. Bellemare (04/29/11 06:27 AM)
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#346573 - 04/29/11 06:58 AM Re: Turntable Recommendations? [Re: 1sweetspot]
davidsch Offline
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I have read some good reviews on this model but I have not heard it myself:

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