Recommend me a record player?
Hello TB :D
I have a stack of old LPs I'd like to listen to. I've never owned a turntable...I'm in the hunt for a good decently priced one. Can you guys recommend me something under $100 as my first record player? Or maybe tell me which brands to steer clear of in my search?
Thanks all :hyper:
What audio equipment do you have that you'd plug the table into?
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For under 100usd, go used. DO NOT buy some sort of Ion, Crosley, etc piece of crap, unless you want Your records to wear out prematurely. Look for a decent vintage table from a "big name brand" like Pioneer, JVC, Kenwood or similar.
The guys on the Audiokarma forum know everything that needs to be known about vintage tt's, I'd recommend registering there and opening a thread! :bassist:
Make sure you have a receiver with a phono section, or you will have to buy a phono amp.
For turntables, go used with a '70s or '80s Technics, Pioneer, Yamaha, or similar. Do your research, and shop carefully.
A great resource for information on turntables can be found here...http://www.audiokarma.org/forums/index.php
+1 on Audiokarma.
In addition to the brands already mentioned, Rega and Project turntables are geared towards entry-level audio systems. Brand-new they'd be out of your budget, but if you can find a used one in your price range it might be a good bet.
Google crutchfield and there is a ton of good info
+1 on AudioKarma site - more info than you could possibly want.
Personally, I've had good experiences with Technics.
My first was an SL7 (linear tracking) that I bought in 1984, paid $262.50. Still works like the day it was new. Cartridge - Ortofon TM14
pros- compact size, auto arm functions, auto 33/45 detection
cons- no pitch control
My second was an SL 1200 Mk II that I bought new about 3 years ago, I paid around $ 400 for the deck and around $100 for the cartridge - Ortofon 2m Red
pros- pitch control, legendary status - it's the "wheel of steel" that has served radio stations, dj's and audiophiles forever
cons- no auto arm functions, all done manually
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