I currently alternate between 2 totally different tt's. On the left is a Dual 505-2 w/Ortofon LM30 and the right side is a Technics SL1401 w/Audio Technica AT125LC. I feel that the Dual is better with dynamic and acoustic type of music(like Supertramp or classical type music) while the Technics is more suited to more upbeat and raunchier rock. Maybe I have talked myself into believing this, but I don't care, both tables sound great and every time I use one, I have to use the other as well.
A near mint Dual 1229 from Bill Neumann with new plinth and low profile dustcover. Disposable cartridge at the moment. Upgrading any day. the rest is pretty forgettable...corny Sony home theater receiver from the early nineties with Pro Logic...but it had a phono input so I got some ancient Pioneer CS-A31 speakers and an old Aiwa subwoofer that "punches" up things a bit..far from "audiophile",but it has me enjoying my modest but well kept vinyl collection in far superior sound than what I was used to with my old RCA MTT131 linear tracking table ran through a $100 Sony shelf system...a few more upgrades and I think I'll have a set up I can live with.
A friend of mine collects alot of vintage audio gear and he has the Sansui receiver and speaker set up from the mid 70's that's insanely loud and powerful(he gave me some stats about it and said it was among the heftiest Sansui ever made,so some buff should know what I'm talking about)and it's just stored away safely in his basement.
Someday I'll pry it from his grip and and then I'll post a photo of the complete 70's "throwback" system I'm goin' for.
The turntable I use in my living room/home theater system is the ERA Mk VI(purchased new in 1977)with a Magnepan Unitrac 1 arm(purchased new in 1981) and a Grado Reference Platinum cartridge(recent purchase). Prior to the Magnepan arm, I used an Infinity Black Widow and prior to that an SME 3009 Series III Improved. In addition, because my Denon home theater receiver does not have a phono stage, I am using an NAD PP3i phono preamp.
The turntable I use in my listening room system is a SOTA Sapphire Series III, SME IV arm(both purchased new in 1987) and a Benz Micro MC3 cartridge(purchased new around 1991).
My original 1984 Luxman PX 100 with a Signet TKE1a cartridge and a Clearaudio Emotion, (red plinth), with the Satisfy carbon fiber tonearm and Clearaudio Maestro cartdridge. Trying to add a Technics SL 1500 to mate with a spare Clearaudio Aurum Classic cartridge I have floating around the house somewhere.
I got a new turntable back in June and it has been an absolute joy! It has, perfection, beautiful sound and I have a Shure M97xe cartridge on it which is just superb. I mean it sounds delicious.
Got it for $406 on Amazon as a gift from my girlfriend. She's wonderful ... she just bought me a new set of car tires too ... SHE'S A KEEPER! LOL
Anyway I got the AUDIO-TECHNICA AT-LP1240-USB and there has been some flack on here about quality, build quality, comparing to the Technics SL-1200 MK II etc. I am at a radio station that uses those Technics turntables pictured in use.
The turntable I got is as good and in some respects better like the motor is stronger in my new one. The controls are better like reverse and braking etc. Designed for DJ use it is more than excellent for home use. The top surface is also metal and easy to clean. this would be a good turntable for a smoker, I do not smoke but this won;t get stained like plastic will.
It also feels rugged like you just know 10 to 15 years from it will still work properly. The parts for the most part are also metal, even the lowering arm which has an old fashioned screw on metal knob.
I am extremely satisfied and would buy another without even thinking about it seriously. It has no timing issues or warble with classical records, the motor is true and accurate.
Seriously if you are looking for a great turntable try this one out, they make a non-DJ one also if you do not care for the DJ aspects and just want one for home use although it doesn't have the braking and all that for gizmos. It does have the same Quartz button though which negates the use of the slider.