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Rotel RP3000

2-Speed Direct-Drive Turntable

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Rotel RP3000


The Rotel RP-3000 is a 2-speed, manual control, direct-drive turntable system with pitch control.


Motor: pulse determinant AC servo motor

Drive: direct-drive

Speeds: 33 and 45rpm

Speed control change: +-5%

Wow and flutter: 0.05% WRMS

Signal to noise ratio: better than 60dB

Platter: 310mm, full-size, aluminium die-cast, strobe on rim

Tonearm: static-balanced, s-shaped pipe arm, plug in headshell, oil-damped cueing device, direct-readout stylus gauge counterweight, anti-skating device, arm height adjusting device

Length: 230mm

Overhang: 12mm, with variable overhang slider tonearm base

Cartridge weight range: 4 to 14g

Dimensions: 470 x 350 x 190mm

Weight: 7.7kg (100/120V), 8.2kg (220/240V)


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schematic  English

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Great table so long as you

Great table so long as you heavily dampen the platter, it's just alloy and it rings. The tonearm is excellent, it's a copy of a Victor arm.

Needle Replacement

I need a replacement needle for my Rotel Direct Drive RP 3000 turntable.. The one I
took off is white, it is an audio technica, Japan. The turntable was given to me used.
Any Ideas?

rotel rp 3000 turntable

Have you owned one of these turntables? In regards damping the platter - what do you suggest in damping the platter and would that effect the speed or running of the turntable? Also you say the arm is a copy of a Victor - excuse my ignorance what is a Victor arm?

Rotel RP-3000

Yes, I still have one. I dampened the platter with self-adhesive cork and used a Funk Firm Achromat as the mat, it was still balanced and all but killed the ring. The Achromat makes backgrounds incredibly quiet.
The Victor arm was old JVC, back when they made good stuff. It's a fantastic arm. The arm looks like an Acos variant. It's a really decent, budget table. I'm actually going to move the arm to a better table. If you put some Dynamat material inside the plinth it would probably put the table on another level.

Interesting idea, using cork

Interesting idea, using cork to dampen the platter. Other than the tendency to ring, I love this table. I have been using mine since 1977.

I bought some vinyl foam

I bought some vinyl foam backed self adhesive material from Parts Direct, and stuck it on the underside of the table. Definately dampened the platter. Otherwise this is a great turntable. Lintening to Miles "Bitches Brew" as I write this.