Which turntable to buy?

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  1. Figorulz11

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    Hi all,

    I have a budget of £250 to £300 to spend. Any recommendations? I'd prefer to keep it on show instead of hiding it so needs to look decent as my living room will be a vintage theme.

    Also, how would I connect this to my Denon 3300w? I will already have a 5.1 system too.

    Edit: I just found out my amp doesn't support turntables so I would need a pre amp or something? Or you can buy a turn table with a pre amp built in? Any recommendations ideally I'd like to keep my budget still under 300 to 350....oh yes and i'd prefer this in walnut however i would be willing to go with black.

    I'd prefer just to press a button and it would automatically start playing if that makes sense like auto adjust?

    Many thanks
     
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    Pro-debut carbon if your budget can stretch to £350. Pro-ject pre amp to go along nicely
     
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    If you want Auto-Start/Auto-Stop, there is really only one practical Turntable that does that -

    Denon DP300 - £250 -

    Denon Turntable

    The Denon DP-300F is a Hi-Fi Components Turntable

    However, it needs a cartridge upgrade. The most common upgrade is the Ortofon 2M Red (£85) -

    Ortofon MM Cartridge

    The turntable appearance is a bit bland, but the Tonearm looks good.

    There are other pure manual turntable -

    Project Debut Carbon w/ 2M Red - £300 to £350 -

    Project Turntable

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

    The Direct Drive Audio Technica LP120 is very nice at £240, but it has the most basic cartridge, so will eventually need a cartridge upgrade.

    Audio Technica LP120 - $240 -

    Audio Technica ATLP120USBHC USB Turntable - Superfi

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  4. Figorulz11

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    What do you guys think about the Sony turntable hi res audio certified? will I still need a pre amp with this to connect to my Denon 3300w?
     
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    I've just bought the Sony hi resolution turntable, it's absolutely excellent and deserves all the great reviews it got last year. I'd get that or the rega planer. Both are better than the debut carbon which is over rated. There is a great YouTube video comparing the three
     
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    Thanks, would I need a pre amp or can I just connect it directly to the AV receiver? Denon 3300w. If I do need one, what do you recommend?
     
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    Hey no there is a decent pre amp already built in. You could buy a separate one if you really wanted to splash the cash but a quality turntable like this plus a decent receiver like the denon should be all you need.

    Also this site rated the Sony a best buy as well so you can't go wrong. Richer sounds gave me it for £262 on price beat with six year guarantee. The rrp last year was £449 so it's a definite bargain
     
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    Brilliant thanks buddy I guess the Sony hx500 is the one for me then as it's a all in one turntable perfect plug n play to my AV receiver :). [emoji16]
     
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    The Sony (PS-HX500) is OK, and you wouldn't go amiss with that, but a bit bland for my taste -

    Sony Turntable with High-Resolution recording

    More Photos here -

    PS-HX500 Vinyl TurnTable From Sony

    It does have a built-in Phono Stage and a USB output.

    But the Audio Technica LP120 has those aspects too. (Phono/USB)

    AT-LP120-USBHC - Direct-Drive Professional Turntable | Audio-Technica

    [​IMG]

    The Denon DP300F is about your only affordable choice if you want Auto-Start/Auto-Stop. Again, perhaps a bit bland but with a very nice looking tonearm. The Denon DP300 has a built in Phono Pre-Amp but no USB.

    The Denon DP-300F is a Hi-Fi Components Turntable

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    This turntable has been in production for years, but only recently has it been available in the UK.

    However, as mentioned, the REGA Planar 1 with Performance Pack hits a pretty high standard and is within your budget range -

    REGA Planar 1 w/Performance Pack - £333 -

    https://www.hifix.co.uk/turntables/...planar-1-turntable-including-performance-pack

    [​IMG]

    The Performance Pack includes a cartridge upgrade.

    The Rega Planar 1 will probably need an external Phono Pre-Amp, but they need not be expensive.

    https://www.hifix.co.uk/turntables/...amplifiers/project-phono-box-mm-pre-amplifier



    Steve/bluewizard
     
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    Thanks Steve, I did actually want a walnut turntable but I can't find any decent ones within my specs and budget :/. So black will have to do. Hm I like the reviews on the Denon 300F. What your thoughts between the Denon and Sony in terms of performance not looks.
     
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    Looking at the reviews it does seem Sony takes the lead for sound quality.
     
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    Very hard to find natural wood in this price range.

    LENCO L90 USB with Pre-Amp - £180 -

    Lenco L90 USB Turntable with Built in Pre Amplifier - Superfi

    Between the Denon and the Sony, I think I would personally go for the Denon, though I like having the Auto-Start/Auto-Stop feature. I'm sure the Sony is fine, but I don't especially like the way it looks, though that is my own personal bias. I'm sure it works and sounds fine.

    While most of these turntables come with an adequate cartridge, certainly enough to get you started, but most will need a cartridge upgrade to get the best from them. Though that is really a judgement call for you to make.

    With the exception of the Project Debut Carbon which comes with the Ortofon 2M Red, and the REGA Planar 1 which as a Rega Cartridge upgrade in the Performance Pack. These cartridge upgrades are worth in the roughly £80 to £90 range. The generic cartridge tend to run in the £25 to £35 range.

    Others to consider on the low end -

    Reloop RP-1000 - Belt Drive - £180 -


    Reloop RP-1000M Belt Drive Turntable - Turntables - AudioVisual Online - UK Home Cinema and Hifi Specialists

    Reloop RP-2000 USB - Direct Driver - £250 -

    Reloop RP-2000 Mk3 USB Turntable - Turntables - AudioVisual Online - UK Home Cinema and Hifi Specialists

    Steve/bluewizard
     
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    Have you thought about second hand? A well treated Thorens 160 or Systemdek can be had for between £100 to £250, will be available in wood and, I'm confident will blow any of the above mentioned TTs out of the water.
     
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    Do they come with pre amp built in? Like I said I'm a novice to this turntable game
     
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    No, the Thorens doesn't have a built-in preamp.
     

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