wonka1 wrote:Can anyone tell me anything about my turntable which is an Akai ap-b20 I picked up at a yard sale. I have decided to get back into listening to my vinyl again and had sold my old Technics player a long time ago. I didn't want to go all out and spend a great deal of money on everything but I did buy a cambridge 640p preamp and a new shure m97xe Stylus. The only thing I am not familiar with is the Akai I picked up. I know they made some good turntables back in the day but is mine one of them. If not can anyone suggest a good 500 and under turntable. I was leaning towards the Pro-ject table that I've been hearing good things about.
The arm on the Akai is NOT suitable for for your cartridge( which is a good one),nor, in fact, is the turntable itself. Opinions to the contrary are simply wrong, and will lead to disapointment. The turntable is also not good enough, it's very lightweight platter is highly resonant. Buy the project, fit your M97xe to it & discover you precious vinyl all over again. Good listening