cafe latte wrote:Audio Technica turntables are complete junk, the lp1240 is the best of the bunch, but still horrible. The problem is all the Audio Technica tables regulate there speed every rotatiom instead of when needed like with the Technics. What this does is cause a pulsing/cogging which is reflected in the very high wow and flutter measurements of the Audio Technica. The other problem is the speed of the Audio Technics is not adjustable and is set incorrectly correctly in most cases. They rely on the value of the resistors being exact which they never are and there have been reports of them running slow which for a quartz locked direct drive it is rather hard to do. You would be better getting a Technics that has had a hard life and fixing it up as even a tired Technics will walk all over the Audio Technica, the visual similarity is were the similarity ends. Also what are you worried about buying a used Technics? The motor has no touching parts, the main bearing is only 25 dollars, an arm is only 65 dollars, even a main board can be picked up used for 60 dollars on ebay so the Technics is very servicable and you would have to buy a real lemon to be seriously out of pocket.
Please dont waist your money on the AT
This model does have a speed adjust, it can be seen in the photo.
It is already done, bought and paid for as posted above. I am getting the SURE MX97XE cartridge as a separate order. Got that for half off at $70.
I'm sure this turntable doesn't "suck". I very much appreciate the feedback, I am not a professional DJ and it just for home use to replace my 1983 direct drive "cheap" turntable. I won;t be doing this junk with it (same thing I am getting) lol. http://youtu.be/s94NvWBc6to
I read between 150 and 200 reviews before deciding on it and virtually were all favorable. if I were entering it in a 'best turntable ever contest" then I could go along with your arguments and agree it isn;t the best one you can buy. For home use and will never travel anywhere? Just fine I am sure.
The radio station I do a show at has 2 Technics SL 1200 MKII turntables and I am very very familiar with them. I am sure I won;t be disappointed here with the Audio-Technica one I just bought.
Look at the Technics I used from 1983 until now .... lol. It served me well.
Girlfriend insisted on NEW only, buying it for me as a gift. That is that.
This was the best I could get for the money new.