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post Nov 14 2011, 18:32
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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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post Nov 14 2011, 22:41
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I have been buying audio kit on my own account since 1970. So I know about vinyl.

I used to think I was an 'audiophile' so I always bought belt drives from the usual suspects. Linn, Thorens, Rega, Dual and Thorens among others. They all either broke down or came up short in one way or another. Then in 1993 I bought a pair of Technics 1210s. They are still going strong now. In fact given 1/2 hours work they would look as good as new.

So from my perspective it's a no brainer. You need a direct drive table from a reputable manufacturer.

$100 is far short. Save up a bit longer. Buy a 2nd hand pair of Technics. It makes sense. It really does. $200 might do it. Probably a little bit more.

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