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Question Which Turntable

mjbtin

Well-known Member
Thinking of getting back into records but completly out of touch when it comes to turntables:eek:
Last turntable I had was on a Aiwa stack system in the early 80s:laugh:
Any suggestions at around the £200 mark new or used?
There is a used Pro Ject Esprit local to me would this be a good buy?

Tia

Martin
 

BlueWizard

Distinguished Member
Are there any special features you want the Turntable to have? USB? Phono Pre-Amp built in? Other?

I typically judge a turntable (initially) based on the Tonearm.

The Project Essential III (£259) has a nice tonearm and just a bit above your budget -

Project Essential III Turntable - Superfi

Here are some other turntables to consider -

The Audio Technica AT-LP3 (£179) is essentially a low cost LP60 with with a MUCH better tonearm.

Audio Technica ATLP3 Turntable - Superfi

Reloop 1000 (£200) is pretty decent, they make a lot of DJ turntables, though this particular Turntable is Belt Drive which is what you will find in most Hi-Fi Turntable.

Reloop RP1000M DJ Turntable - Superfi

The Audio Tecnica AT-LP120 (£219) is well regarded in its price class, and is a Direct Drive Turntable. I also has a USB out so you can record Vinyl to your computer, and it has a built in Phono Pre-Amp that is switchable. -

Audio Technica ATLP120USBHC USB Turntable - Superfi

The Audio Technica AT-LP5 (£249) raises things to a new level relative to the LP3. This would be a very good turntable at just above your budget -

Audio Technica ATLP5 USB Turntable - Superfi

I would not go less than the Audio Technica LP3 in a new turntable.

Steve/bluewizard
 
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mjbtin

Well-known Member
Thanks Steve
Going to have a look at the Project Debut Carbon Esprit also comes with a nad pp2 preamp although my av receiver has a phono stage.
Got him down to £185 what do you think?

Martin
 

BlueWizard

Distinguished Member
Thanks Steve
...Project Debut Carbon Esprit also comes with a nad pp2 preamp ...
Got him down to £185 what do you think?

Martin

Though I should look it up, but I think the Project Carbon Espirt is about a £450 -

Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Esprit S/B Piano Black Turntable w/ Ortofon 2M Red MM Cartridge - Turntables - AudioVisual Online - UK Home Cinema and Hifi Specialists

Note that model comes with the Ortofon 2M Red cartridge and an acrylic platter.

MAKE SURE all the parts are there, and if you pick it up in person, put all the fiddly dangley bits into a Zip-Lock Bag to makes sure they don't get lost. It is very easy to lose the Anti-Skate Counter Weigh which hangs off the back of the Tonearm.

ALSO make sure you secure the Tonearm so it is not bouncing around during transport.

If it is shipped MAKE SURE the seller does BOTH of these things before it is shipped.

steve/bluewizard
 
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mjbtin

Well-known Member
Picked up the pro-ject debut carbon.came with an acrylic platter,nad pp2 pre amp,michell clamp, rca cables and record cleaning gear:)
I have a preamp on the RX-A3070 or would it be better to use the nad pp2?
Now all I need is some vinyl:laugh:

Martin
 

mjbtin

Well-known Member
Just bought 21 lps for £30 keep me going for a while:)
 

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