Oh yeah, some general turntable rules of thumb:
1. If you can find equpment designed in the US (AR), UK (Rega), Germany
(Thorens), or Ireland (the company "Linn" happens to be in Ireland), you'll
be a number of steps ahead of the junk typically on the market.
2. Don't even think of buying a new turntable from a big box store like
Best Buy, Circuit City, Wal-Mart, etc. Unfortunately, even an inexpensive
CD player will walk circles around turntables like these.
3. Oddly, there are some very good turntables being made in Eastern Europe
(Czechosolvakia, etc.) and imported to the US and UK.
4. Some of the best DJ-style turntables are made by Technics, but unless
you're a DJ, these are poor choices for recording from vinyl or general
5. There is no such thing as a good-sounding direct-drive turntable. It
must be belt-driven.
6. The cartridge (stylus/needle) often matters more than the turntable,
once the turntable itself exceeds some minimum quality level. The cartridge
is not a good place to skimp on cost. Used turntables are fine, although
used cartridges are kind of iffy (be careful).
7. I'm not particularly fond of Japanese-sourced mid-priced turntables.
Some can be okay, but you can always do better for your money by buying
elsewhere. The brands I don't care for are Sony, Aiwa, Kenwood, Realistic,
NEC, Toshiba, Panasonic, Yamaha, JVC, etc. There are inexpensive Technics
belt-drive turntables that can do a decent job if you're on a tight budget.
At one time, Technics made the best-selling mid-priced turntables. If
you're considering a used Technics, look for one that was not originally a
8. Shure cartridges remain a 'can't go too wrong' kind of purchase, as long
as you avoid their p-mount cartridges and their least-expensive cartridges.
Their V-15 cartridge, while expensive, remains a price/quality benchmark
that can be bettered, but not easily.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Mattso" <mxw6000@...>
Sent: Friday, May 26, 2006 8:14 AM
Subject: Re: [Audacity-users] A turntable with Audacity :)
| Speaking of turntables, what do you folk have & recommend?
| > For those who might be interested, a turntable bundled together with
| > Audacity for ripping vinyl. David
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