Help me choose a good turntable

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  1. Ess

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    Hello everyone, my name is Sara and I'm new to the vinyl community and want to buy a turntable that will last me many years. I have done my research and realized that crosley turntables are bad for your records. So far these are my options:
    • Audio Technica AT-LP120-USB.
    • Teac TN 400s.
    • Music hall mmf-1.3.
    Is there any other turntables I should consider? and what other equipments (Speakers, receivers , etc...) I should be looking for?
    Thank you in advance.
    Edit: I narrowed them to either the AT LP120 or the PLX-500. Should i just buy speakers to connect them directly or should i buy a receiver and a preamp?
     
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  2. mhjmhjones

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    What's your budget?
     
  3. mprince

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    I would consider a Pioneer PLX-500 given the other tables you are looking at. Also a U-Turn table. Assuming you want to buy a new table (vs. pre-owned)?
     
  4. Ess

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    No more that $400
     
  5. Apolek

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    Welcome! Any preference for auto, or manual? I prefer manuals, and I'm lucky to have good vision and dexterity, but my wife who has ten thumbs and can wreck a steel ball is better served with an automatic. Heavy drinking and manuals can be a bad combo, too... at least that's what I remember from my youth.
     
  6. MarZutra

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    Heck, you could probably find a Thorens or even an ARXA or XB table. Sorry I'm a vintage guy however I believe of the tables you have above the Music Hall seems to have very good reviews...
    Good luck and kind regards from up'ere in New Scotland..
     
  7. Ess

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    I don't think it's a factor for me
     
  8. Art K.

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    I'll be the first fool to say that you may want to see if you can get a deal on the Rega Planar 1. It comes with a nice cartridge and I can tell you that I have owned nearly every budget model out there and just as the reviewers have said it really is a cut above for sound quality. The retail is $475, however I know that it can be had for at 10% off and perhaps better. It's worth the working out a deal.

    http://theaudiophileman.com/planar-1/
     
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  9. Ess

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    I would prefer a new turntable because it will not be a hassle like the vintage one or even the used ones
     
  10. Art K.

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    I just added a review link to my last post.
     
  11. Ess

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    I definitely like the Pioneer PLX-500 more than the LP 120
     
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  13. eriathomas

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    If he's in the US, there is one for a great price on usaudiomart.

    Edit: It's an RP1, but still a good deal for $299. Has the white belt and wool mat from the upgrade package.
     
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  14. Apolek

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    Do you know what you're going to use for sound (receiver, amp, speakers)? Does the receiver you're planning on using have a phono input? Nuked my budget once when I found out I couldn't just plug my new turntable into my Onkyo TX-NR535 because it didn't have a phono input and I had to buy a phono preamp. If you're planning on using a home theater receiver, you may need a turntable with a built in phono preamp like the Audio Technica, or factor a preamp into your budget.
     
  15. Art K.

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    I had an RP1 and the Planar 1 is better. Far quieter in operation.
     
  16. Ess

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    I'm going back and fourth with these two, the PLX-500 and the AT LP 120. I have no clue what my setup should be :(
     
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  18. Apolek

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    LP Gear has an "improved" Audio Technica AT-LP120 USB complete with upgraded Nagoaka MP-110 cartridge and Z-mat for $373.99... free shipping. Leaves enough for an X3 cleaning brush. All set up and ready to go; has a switchable preamp so it should plug into any receiver, and has USB out in case you wish to digitize your collection at a later date.
     
  19. jetstream

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    They are the SAME turntable, manufactured by the same Hanpin factory. Not fan of either.
    On par with the upper Pioneer plx1000 are the following two:
    https://www.turntablelab.com/collec...hnica-at-lp1240-usb-dj-direct-drive-turntable (if you can stand the looks)
    https://www.turntablelab.com/collections/turntables/products/mixars-sta-s-arm-dj-turntable (not bad looks, no dust cover)

    But you may also like this one, not perfect, but quite decent:
    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/prod...P_300F_DP_300F_Fully_Automatic_Turntable.html
    or
    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1169331-REG/marantz_tt42_turntable.html
    And leaves money for the rest of the system (preamp, amp, speakers).
     
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