The greatest '70s turntables

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The greatest '70s turntables

Post by timspell » 23 Oct 2009 03:51

The '70s decade produced some of the greatest turntables, and I'm trying to sort out which were the standouts -- beautiful-sounding classics with bulletproof operation.

The Thorens TD-160 (TD-145 or TD-125) and Dual 1229 (or 1219) top my list, with the sleeper Elac 50H "The Tank" (or 770H) following close behind (you have to experience the Elac to appreciate it).

There were so many good ones -- your thoughts?

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Post by banerjba » 23 Oct 2009 04:02

You've started with a good list. I have owned and/or loved:

Dual 1228
Dual 721
Technics 1200 and 1350
Kenwood KD 550
Original Linn LP12 and Ariston RD11
Original Rega Planar2/3
Pioneer PL12D

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Post by timspell » 23 Oct 2009 04:10

I've owned several Duals banerjba -- it's a tough one to pin down to the very best.

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Post by banerjba » 23 Oct 2009 04:24

I owned the 1228, 721, 515, 505-2 and 506 but my favorites are the 1229 and 721. Fully automatic and great sound.

Loved the Elac Miracords and some good high end Philips models too.

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Post by mysticfred » 23 Oct 2009 12:59

Linn LP12.. this is the one we all wanted.. :wink:

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Post by pivot » 23 Oct 2009 14:24

Have to be an intigrated unit?

If not, I would pick a Thorens 125 and SME series II imp arm. I owned these but never set them up together (!) till I sold them to a buddy.

I recall it as awfully good sounding with a Grace cartridge.

I think back on what I sold them for and, as Homer would say, "D'oh"!

Don't recall the total price, but the pristine SME went for circa $50. Ouch!!

At the time, in the late '70s, the SME was concidered "old news".

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Post by hurdy_gurdyman » 23 Oct 2009 15:25

Although I've never owned one, I always lusted for one of those beautiful 70's gold colored Empires. I've heard that they were very well built.

Dave :)

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Post by Bebé Tonto » 23 Oct 2009 16:25

pivot wrote:Have to be an intigrated unit?

If not, I would pick a Thorens 125 and SME series II imp arm. I owned these but never set them up together (!) till I sold them to a buddy.
Great choice, pivot!!

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Post by zharca » 23 Oct 2009 16:36

Hmm. This thread is going the same way that the British Hi-fi press went in the 1970s. :D

"Best 70's decks" and not a mention yet of Micro Seiki, Marantz, Sansui, Kenwood/Trio (the L-07D just scrapes into the '70s) Technics (so does the SP10) :shock: :shock:

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Post by pivot » 23 Oct 2009 16:50

zharca wrote:Hmm. This thread is going the same way that the British Hi-fi press went in the 1970s. :D

"Best 70's decks" and not a mention yet of Micro Seiki, Marantz, Sansui, Kenwood/Trio (the L-07D just scrapes into the '70s) Technics (so does the SP10) :shock: :shock:
I see Technics and Kenwood mentioned - read again.

The '70s Marantz I recall was pretty much the same OEMed stuff other rebranders were selling.

The B&O 4002 should be in there too I guess. Controversial, however, because like little girls with little curls when they are good they are very very good, but when they are bad.......

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Post by ameryt » 24 Oct 2009 00:50

My 1973 EMT 930st is rather better than my LP12 - and my LP12 has a better spec than any LP12 from the 1970's.

I'm sure that there a few other 1970's turntables that sound better than an LP12.

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Post by aardvarkash10 » 24 Oct 2009 00:57

the one my parents owned and I played from 1976 to 1980. Akai AP02. THe first SERIOUS stereo system in our house, it was the source for an Akai receiver (cant remember the model but it was a 75W rated unit) and hte matching fretwork front Akai speakers.

May not have been technically brilliant, but it tops my list because it was getting pounded daily as my brothers and i discovered music and our TV blew up in 1976 and was never replaced....

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Post by banerjba » 24 Oct 2009 02:34

: very, very nice. I want to ad an LT20 to my collection of tables at some point. Not sure why many Mitsu products did not get their just recognition. They had fantastic receivers too. They were not well sold in Canada - tough to find dealers and service was not great either. Just assumed it was because we are a huge land mass with very few people.

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Post by zharca » 24 Oct 2009 06:21

zharca wrote:Hmm. This thread is going the same way that the British Hi-fi press went in the 1970s. :D

"Best 70's decks" and not a mention yet of Micro Seiki, Marantz, Sansui, Kenwood/Trio (the L-07D just scrapes into the '70s) Technics (so does the SP10) :shock: :shock:
pivot wrote: I see Technics and Kenwood mentioned - read again.
Just not the good ones.
pivot wrote: The '70s Marantz I recall was pretty much the same OEMed stuff other rebranders were selling.
Errr... TT1000 at 1979 scrapes in to the seventies (at least in Japan).
But then it was built by Micro Seiki, so I suppose that just makes them "rebranders"

Where's Jon Marks when you need him................

Sony TTS8000? Denon?

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70s turntables

Post by duficity » 24 Oct 2009 12:00

The Sony TTS3000 belt drive and PS2251 Direct Drive are extremely well built and sound great. They also make a great start for a custom plinth which increases performance substantially.

Otherwise I would pick my Oracle, which just makes it into the 70s

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