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Old 01-20-2014, 06:37 PM
muzikdc muzikdc is offline
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Turntable for just listenning not djing.

I would like to get a turn table for my living room just listen to music. I was wondering if anyone could recommend any.

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Old 01-20-2014, 10:06 PM
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Check out the Rega Planar 2 or Planar 3 (also badged as NAD 533). These sound pretty good, have a tonearm with plenty of upgrade options, and can usually be found in used condition for around $250-$300 US.

http://www.originlive.com/rega-tonea...fications.html
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Old 01-21-2014, 03:37 PM
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Just stick a better arm on a SL-1200 or 1210, I'm not all that convinced by those pieces of MDF they call Rega but they do make a decent arm.

Also if you don't like the idea of changing the belt every time you want to change from 33 and 45 look else where.

Remember most of these boutique companies like Rega don't have the funds to create what Technics achieved in the 70's and 80's or are able to sell it at a cost effective/competitive price.

Then you have Thorens, this is the Wave music board right
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Old 01-21-2014, 06:43 PM
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Have you seen the prices on Thorens lately? Yikes! Glad I picked up a TD125 years ago. I suggested the Rega because its simple and fairly inexpensive - you are basically paying for the tonearm.
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Old 01-21-2014, 06:58 PM
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Haha yes. Although you can pick up a Technics SL-1210 here for about 150 ish 200 max for a mk2.

Friend of mine has a Rega P-25, very pretty with the wood sides
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Old 01-22-2014, 08:38 PM
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If you are interested in attaining a similar sound to the legendary (read; very expensive ever since Art Dudley started hyping them) Thorens 124, you can still find a Lenco L75 (also L70, 76, 78) on ebay for under $300, with a few tweaks these can and do sound fantastic. Pop off the stock arm and find yourself a undervalued Ortofon as 212. Add to this a denon 103, and you will be approaching budget audio nirvana, lol.

There is a great community of of Lenco enthusiasts over at www.lencoheaven.net that will get you all the info you might need.

Personally I have been having fun with Technics sp-10s as of late. If you take your time, one can be had for a modest price.

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Old 02-14-2014, 07:54 PM
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Look no further

399-499 love at first hear.

http://www.amazon.com/Pro-Ject-13086...rntable+carbon

Pro-Ject debut Carbon. Absolutely amazing.
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Old 02-15-2014, 12:06 PM
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Whats wrong with using a 1200? just put an audiophile cart on it and you are good to go.
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Old 02-15-2014, 07:56 PM
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I think the 1200 was originally designed as an audiophile deck.

The 1200 is also pretty simple to 'hot rod'. Just check http://www.kabusa.com/frameset.htm?/ to see.

Also, lots of those "hifi" turntables are quite fragile, as we all know the 1200 is near bomb proof. Most "hifi" turntable are belt driven and have no 33/45 button, so require manually changing the speed by lifting the platter and shifting the belt onto a different pulley, no good for us who collect 12" singles.
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