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Best turntable for entry level audiophile?

Discussion in 'New Gear - Performance' started by bluenote79, Nov 6, 2018.

  1. Brett a

    Brett a ~◦●○o0o○●◦~ Subscriber

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    Awesome. Good call.

    Well, that's going to be fun. And it will leave you with the real-world experience of comparing two popular 'tables side by side. I'll be interested to hear what you find. Maybe start a new thread for that report?
     
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  2. bluenote79

    bluenote79 AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    That's a great idea. I will do that. It may be a while before I get to it as I want to have ample listening time, plus I have my first child on the way...so life is about to get interesting!
     
  3. mhardy6647

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    Hey, Brett! I was just wonderin' how life was treatin' you?!
    Great to see a post from you!
    Hope all's well!
     
  4. Wolverine

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    Congrats Bluenote!
    Was that Thorens one of the local ones I had mentioned? Either way I'm glad you got something you are happy with!
     
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  5. Grenadeslio

    Grenadeslio Super Member

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    Hasn't everyone wanted a Thorens at some time in their life lol?

    Here's mine, a bit newer version of your new deck, it has a NOS Pickering XV-15 1200E/D1200 mounted. The picture below is actually a stock photo, mine is currently out of rotation for the Kennys.

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  6. bluenote79

    bluenote79 AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Yes! It was. Thanks for bringing it up. I had seen the TD 165 posted locally, but this TD 160 is in even better shape, and with the brand new cartridge it was actually a really great deal. Very happy.
     

     

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  7. Wolverine

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    After seeing your pics I should have got it for myself.... :D

    Just passing the karma on since I have had more than my share of great pickups over the years.

    Enjoy it and if/when you are ready for another upgrade just let me know what you are looking for and I will keep my eyes open for you.
     
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  8. balkwun

    balkwun New Member

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    You already have best choices in your list and the Project Debut Carbon DC is a good choice for the new users. The ratings are also good and the product is budget friendly too. Another product that you can consider is Audio-Technica LP120BK, this model falls under $300. I think you can find many good options under $700 and for more models see this guide https://www.reviewpen.com/turntables-under-500/
     
  9. bluenote79

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    Thanks Wolverine! The karma is alive and well on Audio Karma and especially within our little corner of the world. Excited to be a part of this group and now hearing the music as it was intended.
     
  10. FB night

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    Congrats on finding a beautiful Thorens. Finding one in that condition, wow.
     
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  11. KlipschFan61

    KlipschFan61 Smooth Jazzer

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    That Thorens is lovely. You won't be disappointed with the mmf 2.3 as long as you swap the cartridge out for some thing less crispy.
     

     

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