The group who could really enjoy this thing is "kids" getting into vinyl. A $300 soup-to-nuts
starter solution with decent enough quality not to destroy their newly-acquired records and make it
super-easy to get the music into their iPods covers a lot of wish-points for that group.
It's also a very efficient way to suck a lot of 45's or 78's into a computer quickly -- again not at
the maximum quality level, but at usable quality especially for low-fi material.
The interchangeability with the Technics S-tonearm is a real plus because now you have access to a
fast and easy way to use a variety of cartridges, plus use the all-in-one cartridges made for the
turntablist world. Stanton and Technics headshells are cheap and available, as is the Technics
alignment tool (which also serves as a convenient "holder" for cartridges not currently in use).
I would say, for the kid who's serious about vinyl but on a budget, start out with something like
this turntable, get yourself the Shure tracking-weight gauge (about $20), the Technics alignment
tool ($6) and maybe the 78 needle for the Stanton 500 cartridge ($50). Stanton headshells for
additional cartridges are $15-20 range. For the next step up, there are many fine cartridges for
under $200 that will sound noticeably superior to a Stanton 500.
-- Tom Fine
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From: "Lou Judson" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Saturday, March 05, 2011 3:16 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Possibly another reason why Technics is exiting the turntable business
> Thanks Tom. I have a Pioneer hi fi TT from a garage sale that does me fine for casual dubs. Guess
> I won't feel the need just yet for one like this! I dont' do 78s... only Lps, personal use.
> Lou Judson
> Intuitive Audio
> On Mar 5, 2011, at 8:08 AM, Tom Fine wrote:
>> No level control, and it's been complained about in various online reviews. I think they put in
>> a pretty wimpy preamp (1 IC with the EQ network before the chip and/or in the feedback loop) and
>> run it full- bore, which nets out to safely low level not to overload the non- great A-D chip and
>> USB/SPIDF sections. As I said, this is not transfer/archive grade, but it's better than other
>> multi-purpose USB turntables I've seen and read about. The better isolation and S- tonearm alone
>> make a good case for it. As I said, I prefer the sound quality avoiding the built-in electronics
>> but they aren't so terrible that I wouldn't use them to make a quickie digital dub of
>> lower-fidelity material.
>> -- Tom Fine