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Posted: Jun 6, 2017 - 6:21am

came in yesterday, I went with the TEAC TN-300 and and a pair of JBL Arena 170 speakers,
love 'em, 
 


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Posted: May 31, 2017 - 1:53pm

here's one on clearance,                        
TEAC TN-300 with an Audio-Technica AT95E cartridge
MSRP $399.99, now $269.00 no sales tax, free shipping   
         https://www.audiogeeks.com/turntables/teac-tn-300-belt-drive-analog-turntable 

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Posted: May 30, 2017 - 10:34am

Try to find a Technics 1200mk2 in good condition, they last forever, a workhorse machine & you can find spare parts easily .

ColdMiser wrote:
I dug my old turntable out of mothballs after 20 years or so and of course it doesn't work so i'm in the market for a new unit. I'm not an audiophile but I'm sure some of you on RP are. What is a good model to get for under $200?

 


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Posted: May 30, 2017 - 10:24am

 ColdMiser wrote:

Seemed to get good reviews. The bad ones seem to be from high end audiophile folks which I'm not one (till I win the lottery anyway). I have a low end Audio Technics that has served me well for a few years as I rediscovered my collection and started adding on. I'm just looking for a sound upgrade without breaking the bank, this looks like it might fit the bill.

 
Its ok.  Do note that it has no pitch or speed control and the manual says it has a 2% rotation variance, which is a lot.  You can hear that.  And it has a chachky power supply.  

I'm a direct drive fan myself.  I would still recommend looking for a good used SL 1200.  They are the standard for speed or rotation control.

They're built like the brick shit house and very easily serviced.  It would be the last turntable you'll ever buy.

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Posted: May 30, 2017 - 7:31am

I will probably get a turntable soon, right now I'm shopping and this TN-100 caught my eye, for 279 bucks less than the 400S,
maybe more up (or down) to my speed, I'll probably not play it much since I have only one vinyl to play but of course that'll change
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http://www.bestbuy.com/site/teac-tn-100-turntable-cherry/4679501.p?skuId=4679501&extStoreId=&ref=212&loc=1&ksid=33de8d70-5c87-4c60-a094-ce007add804e&ksprof_id=16&ksaffcode=pg238360&ksdevice=c&lsft=ref:212,loc:2&gclid=CjwKEAjwsLTJBRCvibaW9bGLtUESJAC4wKw1y0qevY9LYQguTpfyFvdLxBMqp_IsWhRszfuPx5ekURoCMqHw_wcB
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 TEAC - TN-100 Turntable - Cherry - Larger Front
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Posted: May 30, 2017 - 3:45am

 Skydog wrote:
how about this one? for $399.99
heard anything good and/or bad?

https://www.crutchfield.com/p_063TN400W/TEAC-TN-400S-Walnut.html#&gid=1&pid=1

TEAC - TN-400S 3-Speed Turntable

 




 
Seemed to get good reviews. The bad ones seem to be from high end audiophile folks which I'm not one (till I win the lottery anyway). I have a low end Audio Technics that has served me well for a few years as I rediscovered my collection and started adding on. I'm just looking for a sound upgrade without breaking the bank, this looks like it might fit the bill.
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Posted: May 29, 2017 - 4:55am

how about this one? for $399.99
heard anything good and/or bad?

https://www.crutchfield.com/p_063TN400W/TEAC-TN-400S-Walnut.html#&gid=1&pid=1

TEAC - TN-400S 3-Speed Turntable

 





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Posted: May 24, 2017 - 10:58am

 ColdMiser wrote:
thanks for the suggestions. I'll be sure to look into both. May have to flip a coin {#Think}

 
if you do go used, it often may not be a simple plug & play process.  Is the needle damaged?  Are the belts failing? Is the tracking, tonearm set properly? when was the last time it was lubricated? Plan on spending at least another $100 to take it into a shop to be serviced. 
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Posted: May 24, 2017 - 10:34am

thanks for the suggestions. I'll be sure to look into both. May have to flip a coin {#Think}
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Posted: May 24, 2017 - 6:35am

Plenty of good stuff going the used route.  For a new deck, I've heard good things about Rega

Rega RP1: $445 $$$ ★
The plug'n'play RP1 (for Rega Planar One) replaces Rega's popular P1. Nearly identical to the earlier model in size and shape, the RP1 uses an Ortofon OM5e moving-magnet cartridge, but trades the P1's MDF platter for one of phenolic resin and adds Rega's new, solidly built RB101 tonearm. Additionally, the P1's drab gray finish is exchanged for the RP1's choice of White, Cool Gray, or Titanium. Compared to the P1, the RP1 delivered more drive, better focus, and was the more confident, purposeful, and authoritative player. "Rega's RP1 looks good, is easy to set up, and plays records like it means it," said SM. AD shared SM's enthusiasm: "It's not just that I can't imagine $445 buying more happiness; I can't imagine so modest an investment in money and effort buying more music." The RP1 Performance Pack Upgrade was easy to install and resulted in a bigger soundstage, deeper silences, and greater resolution of low-level detail, said SM. "A no-brainer," agreed AD. (Vol.34 Nos.2, 4, & 5 WWW)
Read more at https://www.stereophile.com/content/2016-recommended-components-turntables-tonearms-cartridges-etc#ka1B3xJz0TyEYhEc.99

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Posted: May 24, 2017 - 6:22am

 ColdMiser wrote:
I'm looking for suggestions on a new turntable. Something in the $400 range. Dust cover is a must. If you were getting one, what would you lean towards?

 
Went through this a year and a half ago.  I would strongly recommend getting a Technics SL 1200.  They are going to be a bit more than the $400 you are willing to pay, but with all the others out there new in this price range, its going to be the best in the long run.  They hold their value as well.

Here's a link that has some available in NYC.  You might be able to negotiate and pick up saving shipping, etc.  I got mine from this site.  It was from a seller in Japan.  Ideally you don't want one that was used for DJ'ing ...

There's also fleabay ...  ;)
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Posted: May 23, 2017 - 6:15pm

I'm looking for suggestions on a new turntable. Something in the $400 range. Dust cover is a must. If you were getting one, what would you lean towards?
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Posted: Mar 24, 2017 - 3:32am

 Red_Dragon wrote:


1939 RCA special 78 portable record player by John Vassos, debuted at the 1939 NY Worlds Fair in the RCA Building

 
I saw one at the Cooper Hewitt Museum in NYC last summer. Would love to play some of my favorite vinyl on that sucker.
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Posted: Mar 23, 2017 - 5:12pm



1939 RCA special 78 portable record player by John Vassos, debuted at the 1939 NY Worlds Fair in the RCA Building
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Posted: Feb 6, 2017 - 6:40pm

The Rokblok portable record player drives around your vinyl like an RC car

 
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Roy Harpaz Designs An Egg-Shaped Vertical Record Player

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Posted: Jul 16, 2016 - 5:15pm

 swell_sailor wrote:

I jJust finished my latest restoration. This is a Thorens TD 125 manufactured in the mid 70s. I've converted it to a long base and added a 12 inch tonearm. 

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Posted: Jul 15, 2016 - 8:03am

 swell_sailor wrote:

I jJust finished my latest restoration. This is a Thorens TD 125 manufactured in the mid 70s. I've converted it to a long base and added a 12 inch tonearm. 

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Looks great!. A friend of mine still has the one I had that I sold to him years ago with a Rabco SL8E on it that he has modified,
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Posted: Jul 15, 2016 - 8:02am

 swell_sailor wrote:

Cool! How's this one coming Dave?

 
Its in even more pieces now. I still haven't tried buffing out the plexi yet. The motor cover and arm board are made of plexi with paper thin aluminum contact cemented to them. The plexi isn't visible when the pieces are installed. I have  a friend with a CNC machine and he is going to remake those parts in 1/4" solid aluminum and then polish them. 
If I can get the plexi looking nice and all the remaining metal buffed out it should look very acceptable. I also have to get some silicon fluid to fill the fluid damper tray the platter "floats" in.
Lots of foam rubber was used and its all rotted. The 3 adjustable feet have metal springs in them that had foam rubber pucks glued to them. I am going to use sorbothane pucks instead.
Over all its not as bad as I thought it would be considering its been underwater and then tossed around in my various junk rooms for 25 years. 
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