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tinpanalley
post Nov 14 2011, 18:32
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Hello,
My old turntable might finally be dead. I'm wondering what to buy and have no idea so I thought you guys might be able to offer me some suggestions.

Here's some criteria and things I'm looking for...

- I only play jazz, pop vocalists, pop/rock records at home on my stereo system. This isn't for professional use at all.
- I do want the best my money can buy, which means I'm not someone who wants to "just listen to my records" either in any crappy quality. The turntable has to do its job well and in the best way possible (belt drive vs direct drive?)
- I capture my vinyl via a USB Phono Plus
- I just got an Ortofon Super OM10 and 78 I'd like to keep using.
- I would love it if it could be kept to as close to $100 as possible. Is that impossible? Also, is it going to last 25 years like this Pioneer PL300 has?
- Is it better to just get an older record player from a used or online shop?

Any guidance, advice, suggestions, etc would be really appreciated, guys. Thanks!
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viktor
post Nov 15 2011, 12:04
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QUOTE (tinpanalley)
- I do want the best my money can buy, which means I'm not someone who wants to "just listen to my records" either in any crappy quality. The turntable has to do its job well and in the best way possible (belt drive vs direct drive?)

that's outta question. direct drive. they are much more responsive and accurate than the "good old" belt drives.

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- I would love it if it could be kept to as close to $100 as possible. Is that impossible?

for a quality turntable? yes. i think i'd go for a reloop rp-1000 if i were you. but that's still about 200$. i really discourage you from going lower than this.

QUOTE (tinpanalley)
Also, is it going to last 25 years like this Pioneer PL300 has?

well... maybe smile.gif unless you're going to do some heavy scratching and mixing performance with it, it shouldn't wear out too soon IMHO. and this latter thing is why i also discourage you from buying 2nd hand turntables - you can never know what have already happened to it.

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