Buying new turntable

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ludwig0388
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Buying new turntable

Post by ludwig0388 » 23 Aug 2019 16:19

I'm currently using a technics slb200 from the 80s with an audio technica cartridge I bought for 30 bucks. Im thinking about upgrading to the fluance rt85 will this be a noticeable sound improvement or am I wasting my money any help would be appreciated

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Post by lenjack » 23 Aug 2019 17:41

Both are belt drives, yours is auto return, Fluance is auto stop, with better cartridge, and of course, new, and $500 US, and will sound better because of cartridge. Longevity unknown, while Technics longevity is legendary.

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Post by tom6to1 » 23 Aug 2019 19:55

If the Technics is keeping speed well (if not consider $15 or so for a new belt), then you may not get much improvement from that turntable upgrade. Lenjack says the Fluance, at $500, has a better cartridge and that will be the difference. Maybe you would do better to spend several hundred dollars on a better cartridge for the Technics?

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Post by lenjack » 23 Aug 2019 20:05

Yes, I should have mentioned that. I don't think it's necessary to spend several hundreds on a new cart. An upgrade cart can be had for far less, I'm certain.

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Post by JoeE SP9 » 23 Aug 2019 21:07

Bear in mind that the Technics SLB-200 is a P-Mount TT. There are not a lot of options for P-Mount cartridges.

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Post by lenjack » 23 Aug 2019 21:17

I missed this. The photo in the library fooled me into thinking it was a standard mount. My bad. Mea culpa. :!: #-o :oops:
This favors the Fluance, but maybe the the 84 for a $100 savings.

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Post by chgc » 24 Aug 2019 02:39

The options for new p-mount cartridges are very limited, but there are quite of few new stylus options for new and old p-mount carts. I’ve been having a lot of fun experimenting with p mount cartridges and styli, some of which sound really good to my (not highly critical) ears. And there are some excellent old p mounts to be had for not much money.

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Post by Vinylfreak86 » 24 Aug 2019 10:25

Buying a vintage direct-drive with an S-shaped tonearm and removable headshell will be an upgrade. New turntables are hardly any upgrade, only if you have some 1000 eur.

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Post by lenjack » 24 Aug 2019 13:03

Vinylfreak86 wrote:
24 Aug 2019 10:25
Buying a vintage direct-drive with an S-shaped tonearm and removable headshell will be an upgrade. New turntables are hardly any upgrade, only if you have some 1000 eur.
Your best bet.

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Re: Buying new turntable

Post by JoeE SP9 » 24 Aug 2019 16:33

I think it boils down to "new" new or just new to you.

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Re: Buying new turntable

Post by tom6to1 » 25 Aug 2019 03:27

If a P-mount, one good option is try to buy a used Technics P-mount cartridge (I have the Technics EPC23 on an SL-D20) and then buy a new stylus for it (many new ones available from the usual sources like turntableneedles). Even with the low-end conical stylus it sounds very good. I have not looked at prices but I am guessing you can do that for well under $200.

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Re: Buying new turntable

Post by halloweenbear3 » 26 Aug 2019 02:58

If the cartridge is really the only difference as an upgrade to a whole new table? Then you should look into LP Gear, they have a good assortment of P mount carts. I used to have a Technics slb 22 and put a cart with re-furbished shibata stylus and it sounded great.

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