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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 15 2011, 20:37
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This thread seems to have descended into a belt v direct drive slanging match

Not really - there are good examples and bad of both. But to execute a good direct drive TT is a lot harder, while one can actually DIY a decent belt drive.

But then again - you will not find a good turntable with a good arm used or new for anything less than several hundred dollars.

I have some experience when it comes to tonearms and their influence on tracking behaviour and sound reproduction. Been playing that game since the mid 1960's.

The worst offenders who seemed to extract the maximum noise and sibilance from any record are in my experience the rega rb 300 arm, while tangential arms (MG 1) and the SME series arms (the still affordable SME II and III) seem to be able to track well with almost any cartridge, be it the denon dl 103/160, the shure V15VXMR, the shure Ultra 500, the Ortofon X3 and X5mc turbo, the goldring 1042 etc.

I also found the arm of the technics sl 10 (tangential) in combination with 310 mc cartridge by technics in the same league with the previous mentioned systems, and could not discern any significant difference between this player you might score for a few hundred dollars complete and the multi hundred to thousand dollar players like the thorens TD 125 with MG 1 airbearing arm or the TD 125 with the SME III arm, both running a denon dl 103.
Worst is actually the Transcriptors hydraulik turntable, who through its construction is very susceptible to transmitting loudspeaker signal and building a nice feedback loop.

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