andoru wrote:Well, I've broadened my search therms, I wasn't able to find anything in the SL-1* series, but I was able to find a Technics SL-D202, SL-3310 and a Sony PS-T15. Would you recommend these?
Great info on all the Technics tables at http://www.vintagetechnics.audio/turntables.php
Unfamiliar with the Sony but it doesn't look like it would be junk. I had an SL-3200 (3310 should be a full-auto, black version of the same table) and liked it a lot.
All those are servo controlled tables.
A basic difference on many of these direct drive tables is servo controlled vs quartz locked. Servo control is the older technique, where you dial in speed with an adjustment knob. Quartz locked the speed is set automatically. Quartz can be slightly more stable but not enough that you can hear the difference. Compare the specs in the table linked.
andoru wrote:Sorry, but I'm unfamiliar with this lingo: integrated amp? As in the preamp in the turntable? Tape loop?
Integrated amp is a phono preamp (to amplify/equalize the signal from a turntable), audio control preamp (to select and control signals from any audio source), and power amp (to amplify the signal to send to speakers or phones) all in the same chassis:
If you add an FM tuner to that, then you have a receiver.
Tape loop is the tape in/out jacks on the back of the integrated amp or receiver. You can connect this to your analog/digital converter (ADC) which is connected to your computer.
macnoob wrote:This gets me CD quality sound easily, which is fine for my purpose (iPhone connected to car stereo or other portable sound system) but won't support high res due to limitations of the ADC in the UCA-222.
andoru wrote:So then I guess in that case I should be looking for a different device. If anyone has suggestions, let me know!
Also, could you let me know of any good phono cartridges?
Many vintage turntables will come with a very good cartridge (I've never bought one separately) - a good quality stylus and you're up and running.