Question What turntable?

JackB1

Novice Member
Hi there, i'm in the market for a intro level turntable that will go with my Yamaha rx 797 and a pair of KEF C5's, any suggestions?
 

BlueWizard

Distinguished Member
Budget???

Generally, the better Entry Level Turntables run around £400 (give or take). But the range can be from about £350 up to about £700, depending on the specifics of your need.

Though there are a few other options, this is about the bottom in a quality turntable. Though this turntable needs a cartridge which will run between £50 and £100 depending on how far you want to take it.

Audio Technica ATLP120USBC USB Turntable - Superfi

Here are a few other very similar turntable in the same price range -

Reloop RP2000USB Turntable - Superfi

Lenco L90 USB Turntable with Built in Pre Amplifier - Superfi

Lenco L3807 Professional Turntable - Superfi

Reloop RP2000M DJ Turntable - Superfi

The Reloop are a newer brand is what is called Super-OEM turntables, but they seem popular. Notice how similar all these turntables look to each other. They are all built around the same parts, with slightly difference configurations, specifications, and parts, but general all very similar.

These next turntables would be the bottom of acceptable Belt Drive turntables -

Project Essential II Turntable - Superfi

Project Debut 3 SE Turntable - Superfi

However, these would be the preferred turntables on the low end of the spectrum -

Teac TN300 USB Turntable - Superfi

Project Debut Carbon Turntable With Ortofon 2M Red Cartridge - Superfi

Audio Technica ATLP1240USB USB DJ Turntable - Superfi

Project Debut Carbon Esprit SB Turntable - Superfi

Pay attention to whether the turntable comes with a cartridge. The Project Carbon Debut comes with the very good Ortofon 2M Red cartridge which has a value of about £85 retail.

However while the TEAC TN300 has a cartridge, if is very lost cost. It would be enough to get you started and it is good enough not to damage your albums, but likely at some point you would want to replace the cartridge.

In a Direct Driver turntable, the Audio Technica LP1240 is very good, but once you add a Ortofon 2M Red cartridge, the total comes to (£370 + £85) about £455.

The lesser but still good Audio Technica LP120 with cartridge would be about (£210 + £85) or £295.

But the most highly recommended is the Project Debut Carbon with Ortofon 2M Red cartridge for £325. That is a more Hi-Fi oriented turntable, however, with the right cartridge, the Audio Technica can make good Hi-Fi turntables.

You can find general Videos and Video Reviews on most of these turntables on YouTube. If nothing else you can get a better sense of how they look.

Are any of these consistent with what you were looking for?

Steve/bluewizard
 
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DIBSTER

Well-known Member
You might get a few more replies not posting in the Stereo Speakers threads. Stereo System & Seperates is what you want.

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