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spertia

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For me, turntables begin and end with the Technics 1200.
 

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Unlike power cords and speaker cables, you can endlessly spend more money on turntables and always find some improvement, however small. Like speakers, they are mechanical devices that are a balance of compromises with plenty of lilies to gild.

Of course, there are also a lot of stupid designs out there that aren't worth the money asked for, and they include some audiophile sacred cows.

--Andre
 

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I'll settle for my old Nakamichi TX 1000.
 

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Originally Posted by spertia
For me, turntables begin and end with the Technics 1200.

Same here. A lightly used one plus a Dennon moving coil cartridge (103 or a high output like the 160) and the result is a cheap, decent system that will probably outlive you.

Of course there are audible improvements with more expensive equipment, but I'm not convinced that they are worth the extra money. And there are other considerations. For instance, of course you wouldn't play a VG+ with a $500 stylus, but what if that is one of your old time favourite records and you've bought that when it was first released? You're not going to be listening to it in order to protect the stylus? Will your setup be in an accoustically appropriate room? Will you be sitting properly?

And, unfortunately, I've met a fair number of collectors and audiophiliacs who don't listen to music anymore but to sound quality.
 

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Originally Posted by Modernist
Of course there are audible improvements with more expensive equipment, but I'm not convinced that they are worth the extra money.
As a former Linn Sondek owner, I can definitely assure you that they are. It's like night-and-day vs a regular turntable, or a CD player.
However, some expensive turntables are somewhat poorly-designed, and won't give you a major boost in sound quality. A lot of the expensive Japanese 'tables seem to fall into that category, for some reason.
 

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I'm actually interested in a modest turntable. But something reasonable ($300-500) and minimalist. Would love just a thin slab of wood with a platter and an arm. I was thinking of a Rega. Any other suggestions?
 

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Originally Posted by Parker
I'm actually interested in a modest turntable. But something reasonable ($300-500) and minimalist. Would love just a thin slab of wood with a platter and an arm. I was thinking of a Rega. Any other suggestions?
Regas are great for the money. I also really like the Systemdek IIX... sometimes referred to as "the poor man's Linn Sondek". If I was going 'inexpensive yet great-sounding turntable', those would be my top picks.
 

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Used LP12s can be had for reasonable amounts of money and if they take your fancy, they can bring lots of joy.
 

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Originally Posted by chobochobo
Used LP12s can be had for reasonable amounts of money and if they take your fancy, they can bring lots of joy.

I'm listening to my LP12 right now! Highly recommended.
 

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Very happy with my Music Hall MMF-5. Comes with a quality needle as well.
 

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I like VPI tables myself. Very nice sound. Rega is a terrific brand, especially P3 (24) and higher.

Just don't skimp on the cartridge and phono stage.
 

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P.S. I bought an LP at the Rocky Mountain Festival and they played it on the Clearaudio Statement table. Spectacular sound but you have to see it in person to appreciate the craftsmanship.

The Continuum tables are probably my favorites now in terms of sound. I have not heard the new Goldmund yet.
 

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