High end fully automatic

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Re: High end fully automatic

Post by lenjack » 07 Nov 2019 20:20

70s and 80s Denons.

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Re: High end fully automatic

Post by Rog Beltmann » 07 Nov 2019 21:04

To get a decent quality fully auto turntable you'll probably have to go vintage. I purchased a Garrard GT-25AP1 at a yard sale and spent months getting it up to snuff. Once I got everything up to spec. its been a real joy to use. A full auto can spoil you real quick. I would not consider it a high end table though. Just a good,solid workhorse.

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Re: High end fully automatic

Post by paddypaws » 07 Nov 2019 21:06

A new option might be the new Technics SL-1500c but it’s semi automatic. Personally my preference is for semi autos and my daily driver is a vintage SL-1700mk2. The full auto version is the SL - 1600mk2 which is equally good.

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Re: High end fully automatic

Post by fscl » 07 Nov 2019 21:12

lenjack wrote:
07 Nov 2019 20:20
70s and 80s Denons.
I'll throw in 70's and 80's TOTL:

1. JVCs
2. Sonys
3. Technics

The fierce competition between all of the Japanese manufactures bred excellent quality high end fully automatic turntables. One-upmanship ruled the day when vinyl was the main software medium.

Earlier Duals if you need / want 16 & 78 playback.

Of course, these tables are 30-50 years old, so finding one in good shape / doesn't need work is getting harder.

Good luck in your search.

Fred

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Re: High end fully automatic

Post by chgc » 08 Nov 2019 02:52

Not “high end,” but the Denon DP-300F is a pretty good automatic turntable, in my experience. If you want a functional record playing appliance, it fills the bill. A vintage Technics SL-1600 MK2 (for example) is in a different league, but finding one and getting it working properly probably won’t be easy or cheap.

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Re: High end fully automatic

Post by vanakaru » 08 Nov 2019 08:13

I have not used one but Sharp Optonica RP 5100/7100 should be considered as high end and as automatic you could ever want it to be. Estonian radio manufacture Punane RET made copy of this in 1980's and it was absolute top model in USSR.

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Re: High end fully automatic

Post by Vinylfreak86 » 08 Nov 2019 11:48

chgc wrote:
08 Nov 2019 02:52
Not “high end,” but the Denon DP-300F is a pretty good automatic turntable, in my experience.
It is still Hanpin based turntable. Inside too much cheap plastic. Then better to look at new Dual`s if someone want a new fully automatic turntable. They are still made in Germany, but not direct-drive. For a quality DD fully automatic there is only a vintage route.

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Re: High end fully automatic

Post by TexMadrone » 08 Nov 2019 14:48

Vinylfreak86 wrote:
08 Nov 2019 11:48


It is still Hanpin based turntable. Inside too much cheap plastic. Then better to look at new Dual`s if someone want a new fully automatic turntable. They are still made in Germany, but not direct-drive. For a quality DD fully automatic there is only a vintage route.
What are "Dual's" ... sorry I am new!

I am currently scouring fleabay and CL for a Technics DD quartz automatic.

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Re: High end fully automatic

Post by Pauw » 08 Nov 2019 15:33

I would suggest auto Duals or Technics.

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Re: High end fully automatic

Post by TexMadrone » 08 Nov 2019 15:34

Pauw wrote:
08 Nov 2019 15:33
I would suggest auto Duals or Technics.
What are 'auto Duals'?

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Re: High end fully automatic

Post by jdjohn » 08 Nov 2019 15:40

Dual makes audio equipment. Some of their turntables (mostly vintage) are/were fully automatic. Where do you live? Some folks in this forum are willing to help you scour your local CL listings and make recommendations to you.

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Re: High end fully automatic

Post by Vinylfreak86 » 08 Nov 2019 16:14

TexMadrone wrote:
08 Nov 2019 14:48
What are "Dual's" ... sorry I am new!

I am currently scouring fleabay and CL for a Technics DD quartz automatic.
Old german brand for hifi. In the best times they were one of the important manufacturer of turntables in the World. They were also producing cassette decks and CD players. But in the last 20 years they are small company, something that has survived through years of vinyl breakdown and cheaper consumer goods from Asia. But they are growing again.

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Re: High end fully automatic

Post by TexMadrone » 08 Nov 2019 18:24

Vinylfreak86 wrote:
08 Nov 2019 16:14


Old german brand for hifi. In the best times they were one of the important manufacturer of turntables in the World. They were also producing cassette decks and CD players. But in the last 20 years they are small company, something that has survived through years of vinyl breakdown and cheaper consumer goods from Asia. But they are growing again.
Good to know, just now looking at them online. Is there a direct drive, fully auto model? I am sure there is a website somewhere with a breakdown of every model.

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Re: High end fully automatic

Post by lenjack » 08 Nov 2019 20:46

https://www.dual-plattenspieler.eu/en/home.html I don't know if they have a single play, direct drive, fully auto. Under products, you'll find their lineup. You'll find out there. Expect big bucks.

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Re: High end fully automatic

Post by denvertrakker » 08 Nov 2019 23:22

TexMadrone wrote:
08 Nov 2019 18:24

Good to know, just now looking at them online. Is there a direct drive, fully auto model? I am sure there is a website somewhere with a breakdown of every model.
As I tried to explain before, the current Dual brand has little in common with the original (Gebruder Steidinger). The current owner of the brand - Fehrenbacher - produces Dual and/or Thorens branded products, with designs dating back to mid-level Dual turntables of the '80s. To my knowledge, all are belt drive, and ridiculously overpriced for what they are.