View Full Version : What's your favorite cheap, mass-market TT?


jhoyt
07-25-2011, 09:56 PM
For several days I've been playing with a free Technics SL-QL1 (http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A//audio-heritage.jp/TECHNICS/player/sl-ql1.html&hl=en&langpair=auto|en&tbb=1&ie=Shift_JIS). I've discovered that for a cheap mass-market table, it's pretty impressive. This is the style with the tonearm mechanism built into the dustcover. It's p-mount only, of course, but I put a nice Shure M111HE on it, and the results have been surprisingly good. It looks like a cheap junker, but weighs a ton, and works well.

http://pic8.audiogon.com/i/c/f/1308234770.jpg

I like it!

What's your fave from this category?

mackat
07-25-2011, 09:58 PM
My two are the Technics SL-QD33 and the Project/One DR-220! They are both very nice turntables.

MacKat!

lini
07-25-2011, 10:30 PM
jh: Uhm, cheap? The SL-QL1 wasn't really cheap at all...

Greetings from Munich!

Manfred / lini

pmsummer
07-25-2011, 10:31 PM
AR-Xa

eb2jim
07-25-2011, 11:18 PM
I have had several decent, but not snob-appeal turntables impress me with their performance. I chalk it up to spending a bit of time in setting them up, and where and how they are placed in relation to the level, vibration damping, etc. There have been a lot of Technics machines, both p-mount and regular, and also I had a Magnavox that turned out to be a Philips. I had a Yamaha for quite a while that was a yard sale find, 450?, that was a belt drive. My favorite low-respect rig has been a BIC 980. I have had several higher end machines that did not do anything to warrant the higher resale price in comparison to those.

Dmannnnn
07-25-2011, 11:26 PM
The Sansui sr-535 I had played far beyond it's plain looks and meager price.

The Sony PS-x5 couldn't keep up with it, but was a very solid and vibration resistant table. Plus it was an automatic, so I kept it around for awhile.

nickrobotron
07-25-2011, 11:28 PM
Technics SL-1700. Is that cheap enough?

If that doesn't count, Technics SL-D2.

jhoyt
07-25-2011, 11:29 PM
jh: Uhm, cheap? The SL-QL1 wasn't really cheap at all...

Greetings from Munich!

Manfred / lini

Original MSRP of $470; still a long ways from Linn and Thorens range, I think.

Mister Pig
07-25-2011, 11:54 PM
Technics SL-1200 or the Rega P3-24

Bob_in_OKC
07-26-2011, 12:03 AM
The Debut III in green!:para:

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1262/5154849226_6e838c923b_z.jpg

bryantee
07-26-2011, 12:26 AM
The Debut III in green!:para:

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1262/5154849226_6e838c923b_z.jpg
I want that set-up.

lini
07-26-2011, 12:50 AM
Original MSRP of $470; still a long ways from Linn and Thorens range, I think.

Over here it was around 900 DM and thus more expensive than quite a few Thorens models, e.g. the TD147. I've got no idea about the Thorens prices of the early 80s in the US, though - and I've never really been interested in Linn stuff... But to give you another example, the SL-QL1 also was more expensive than Dual's top model of that time, the CS741Q.

So, if anything, the QL1 rather was a pretty expensive consumer turntable.

Greetings from Munich!

Manfred / lini

jhoyt
07-26-2011, 01:23 AM
Over here it was around 900 DM and thus more expensive than quite a few Thorens models, e.g. the TD147. I've got no idea about the Thorens prices of the early 80s in the US, though - and I've never really been interested in Linn stuff... But to give you another example, the SL-QL1 also was more expensive than Dual's top model of that time, the CS741Q.

So, if anything, the QL1 rather was a pretty expensive consumer turntable.

Greetings from Munich!

Manfred / lini

Interesting. I had no idea!

1973BuickGS
07-26-2011, 01:59 AM
Technics SL-1700. Is that cheap enough?

:thmbsp: I love mine. :D

tubeboob
07-26-2011, 04:02 AM
Of all the TT's I own, my JVC is surprisingly delicious.

Once kept from vibrations, by isolating the feet, the sound is superb.

Cost not prohibitive either.

I want a QL-Y66F, when and if I can find one.

Cheers

nickrobotron
07-26-2011, 04:22 AM
:thmbsp: I love mine. :D

I made a mistake selling mine. I feel very comfortable recommending this table to anyone looking for a great, reliable turntable. The 1600 and 1800 too, but I prefer the semi-auto function.

I've never heard the MKII version. I'm sure it's even better.

My dad had a SL-D2 since new and passed it on to me. I think it's a great table as well. It's a little more flimsy in build quality, but a great first table for sure. A great main table for people who don't have vinyl as their their primary medium.

I just recently picked up a very nice PL-12D II for dirt cheap. It's pretty sweet too. I don't usually dig belt drive for low end tables or vinyl veneer but this thing sounds great and keeps speed like a champ. It's way less finicky than my Thorens.

So I guess I'll so throw in (based on educated suspicion) the Pioneer PL-15D (since I like semi-auto and real wood) for one of my favorite cheap tables.

Satch
07-26-2011, 05:21 AM
I second the Pioneer PL-12D. Don't know whether it was cheap when it was new, but you can find them in thriftstores etc. for almost nothing. Give 'em a new belt, some lubrication and a new cart + adjustments and they sound amazing.

dlaloum
07-26-2011, 05:27 AM
Original MSRP of $470; still a long ways from Linn and Thorens range, I think.

Actually - checking the Gramophone review of the LP12 in 1979 - the Linn sold for around UKP250 - which I believe implies an MSRP between $400 and $500

This Technics TT was competing with the LP12 directly in the marketplace.

And at that price neither of these was a cheap TT.

Somewhere along the line inflation gets forgotten, and current pricing gets compared to 1980 pricing.... this must be a Junker as it only cost $450 where the LP12 costs $2000+

But when comparing apples and apples, as opposed to apples and moon rocks....

So lets compare LP12 circa 1982 to Technics TT's circa 1982....(just to pick a year) - data is hard to find - but they appear to be neck and neck competitors.

The Technics SL-QL1 was (by the way!) more expensive than any of the pivoted arm tables in the SL1200/1300/1400/etc... family.

This is why we can get fantastic value today - pick one of these up today and you are playing in the quality level of an LP12 (albeit without the many many upgrades.... so perhaps a $1500 LP12 rather than a $2000 one...) - still not bad for usually less than $100.

and the p-mounts can match many a top 1/2" cartridge - you just have to pick the right one with the right stylus - like any cartridge!

At the time, the TOTL technics cartridge were (and still are!) considered to be amongst the very best at any price - and they were all p-mounts.
(EPC100, 310MC, etc...)

bye for now

David

jhoyt
07-26-2011, 09:49 AM
David, thanks for the context and perspective. I knew it was one of Technics' better models, but didn't know it actually competed in the marketplace at that level.

I guess my original proposition would have been better as "turntables that get no respect", or something like that. Because I think (most) any self-respecting "audiophile" would turn up his nose at the prospect of something like the SL-QL1. It is far closer in appearance to the cheapie rack system tables than its original price would let on.

Can you recommend some more p-mount carts that truly are top-notch?

avole
07-26-2011, 10:26 AM
The SL-7. It's a top turntable by any standard. There's a good review of it on "The Gramophone" website that gives some insight on how well it compared with others when released.

voltcontrol
07-26-2011, 10:40 AM
Technics SL-1200 or the Rega P3-24

SL12xx for me (too). Still excellent 'workhorses'.

melofelo
07-26-2011, 11:00 AM
for a consumer turntable.i've been pretty pleased with the akai ap-206c..its looks, sound quality and ergonomics were well thought out and its pretty well put together too :thmbsp:

MWalt
07-26-2011, 12:21 PM
Technics SL-1200. A hardy workhorse that can be modded to compete with much more expensive gear.

dlaloum
07-26-2011, 01:04 PM
David, thanks for the context and perspective. I knew it was one of Technics' better models, but didn't know it actually competed in the marketplace at that level.

I guess my original proposition would have been better as "turntables that get no respect", or something like that. Because I think (most) any self-respecting "audiophile" would turn up his nose at the prospect of something like the SL-QL1. It is far closer in appearance to the cheapie rack system tables than its original price would let on.

Can you recommend some more p-mount carts that truly are top-notch?

Ortofon OMP with an OM30/40 stylus (OMP30/40)

Digitrac 300SE (an OEM OMP30 same stylus slightly different generator)

Any of the Audio Technica AT102 family
(AT102/112/122/132/142/152/212, VS235e, SLT96 AT99sx, AT190Ep, Realistic RX1500, Signet TK6Ep, TK4Ep, Akai PC7)

The bodies come up regularly on ebay without styli... and for almost nothing.

Then you choose a stylus.... the really good ones are the ATN152, ATN155, ATN150 variants - all of which sport either beryllium or boron cantilevers.

Stylus is the expensive bit at between $150 and $250

More economical very good styli can be had from around $30 for elipticals and $80 for line contact...

The ones without the swing down stylus protector are designed for p-mount and are lighter - the ones with the swing down are designed for 1/2" mount and will add a bit of mass to the arm - if the arm does not have adjustable VTF this may be a problem - if it does have that adjustment = you have more choices!

Also Shure V15VP and V15HRP can be found every so often as well, and can be fitted with the Jico SAS styli. (Combo should cost you no more than $300)

Technics EPC100mk4 (rare and expensive - arguably one of the best cartridges ever made)
Technics EPC310MC

Ortofon MC200P (rare)

Azden YMP50VL (rare)

Pickering XSP3003/4004, XLP7500

I could probably find some more to add to the list if I thought about it for a while!

bye for now
David

AnalogDigit
07-26-2011, 01:21 PM
Cheap turntables sometimes are good surprises.

I have a Sony PL-XS22 turntable that I bought for $6.99 at Goodwill. I installed a Realistic/Shure RX-T4 cartridge.

I also have a Sherwood ST 903 turntable that I bought new in 1983. It is still going strong and it has an unknown Audio Technica P-Mount cartridge.

My brother has a Pioneer PL-530 turntable that I bought at Goodwill for $5.99. It has a Shure M92RL P-Mount cartridge that I installed on it. It's a low-budget cartridge and probably does not sound the best, but it sounds a hell of a lot better than his J-Win all-in-one system that he had.

GPJeff
07-28-2011, 02:16 PM
Our Goodwill's never have anything TT wise.

I just bought the SL-QL1 off of Ebay. I'm looking to get a Shibata stylus for it.

rnorton
07-28-2011, 02:19 PM
For several days I've been playing with a free Technics SL-QL1 (http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A//audio-heritage.jp/TECHNICS/player/sl-ql1.html&hl=en&langpair=auto|en&tbb=1&ie=Shift_JIS). I've discovered that for a cheap mass-market table, it's pretty impressive.

Do you find that it has a low level thump on eccentric records caused by the sudden servo correction on each revolution?

rnorton
07-28-2011, 02:22 PM
Technics SL-1200. A hardy workhorse that can be modded to compete with much more expensive gear.

You have a funny idea of 'cheap'.

soundboy
07-28-2011, 02:42 PM
Technics SL-BD20B

Bottom of Technics' turntable line. P-mount cartridge and belt drive. Got mine new for $100.00 new from Sears about 10 years ago when it was clearing out its audio components. Made in Japan and much more robust than expected. Sounds good when original p-mount cartridge is replaced with better one.

fiddlefye
07-28-2011, 03:00 PM
My favourite of the mass market TTs I've owned personally was a Denon DP-1200. A nice looking, fine sounding and reliable table. The SP-15 that replaced it as my DD table is certainly better, but then it is not a really direct comparison except for the drive type. The Denon was LOTS prettier!

I also have a Technics SL D2 which isn't half bad and wasn't too expensive when new I don't imagine.

goldwax
07-28-2011, 03:29 PM
If you want a cheap TT with a small footprint, a Denon DP-7F is hard to beat. It's looks are nothing special, it's a P-mount, and the arm is kind of weird on it. Nonetheless, it does a lot of things right--I sold a good friend a pieced-together system of that TT with a cheap AT92Ecart, a Pioneer SA-6800 amp and a sweet pair of Boston Acoustic A60s with stands and that system sounds leagues better than it has any right too, especially after I tweaked the speaker placement.

Water
07-28-2011, 06:38 PM
Probably the SL-D2, I have one as my second turntable. They sold for like $150 new in 1980. Reliable, standard cartridge mount, sounds good, well made, surprisingly about 15 pounds.

Pio1980
07-28-2011, 07:01 PM
The SL-7. It's a top turntable by any standard. There's a good review of it on "The Gramophone" website that gives some insight on how well it compared with others when released.
Tho' definitely not cheap when new, it's affordable and common enuff on the e-place these days and my fave turnkey TT of convenience as well tho' not sonically competitive with my 4 'better' TTs. It is scary good for what it is and does and deserves a good cart.

multijd
07-30-2011, 09:20 AM
The "cheap" one of this bunch is the SL-5 (and its' brothers and sisters). I have one that I bought new in the early 80's. It does well. Although I've had to repair (with AKer's guidance) and replace a few things mainly through my own carelessness or ignorance. Good Luck!

http://www.vintagetechnics.stereomanuals.com/turntables/turntables2.htm

KentTeffeteller
07-30-2011, 09:28 AM
The quality and longevity and sound reproduction are remembered long after purchase price was forgotten. But here's some inexpensive favorites:

AR XA (in 1973 cost $69.95)
Technics SL-D2 or SL-Q2 (under $200 new in 1980, amazing performers and well made)
Pioneer PL-12 ($129 in 1973. Back then one of the best sub $250 turntables)
JVC made some nice turntables under $300 new in 1980 and older.

midfi
11-14-2011, 10:45 PM
DUAL 505-2... cheap, easy to work on (if necessary) and plenty of them on da market...

JohnVF
11-14-2011, 10:48 PM
SL-1200. Hey, it used to be cheap, comparatively speaking.

cubby01
11-14-2011, 10:52 PM
Another nod for the SL-D2. Don't remember what I paid for it but I was a poor college kid at the time. (Not at all like todays college kids mind you! ..and in the snow... both ways.)

hrballenger
11-14-2011, 10:53 PM
SL-5100 with a M95he and a PS-x75 with a V15-IV. Both sound pretty decent.

moinau
11-14-2011, 11:00 PM
Dual 601, and the Pl-115D, both affordable and both excellent tables.
I also have the 704, more expensive, but still quite affordable and its time.

Sandstrom
11-14-2011, 11:15 PM
Cheapest decent turntable I have is a Pioneer PL-112D, brutually simple, no frills and reliable.

jameselmer66
11-14-2011, 11:33 PM
I like my Fisher MT6420. I have heard some say speed problems plagued these units but so far mine works great everyday.:thmbsp:

phildoc
11-15-2011, 12:25 AM
Pioneer PL-516. Belt drive, semi-auto, nice starter table in my limited experience. Don't know what it cost new, but $20 was cheap enough.

cactuscowboy
11-15-2011, 12:27 AM
I guess I have a far different definition of "cheap mass market" turntable than most if not all responders to this thread. Wouldn't that be junky bottom of the barrell units? In the old days it was black plastic crap turntables with plastic platters and tonearms usually fitted atop cheap all-in-one units. Nowadays Crosley and Ion are building them and they're sold for a hundred bucks at big box stores.

So no, I don't have any "favorite cheap, mass market TT."

Uncle Bambi
11-15-2011, 12:52 AM
Another nod for the SL-D2. Don't remember what I paid for it but I was a poor college kid at the time. (Not at all like todays college kids mind you! ..and in the snow... both ways.)

I was poorer than you - I could only afford the cheaper version, the SL-D1. Full manual, direct drive. I still have it. Sounds great and is a reliable work horse.

I recently picked up a nice Pioneer PL-300 quartz locked TT from GW for $15, and like it as well. The auto return is a nice feature. :)

Multiplex
11-15-2011, 01:38 AM
I like any of the Technics Direct Drive P-Mounts. They are bonehead simple, and nearly impossible to mess up. Pop in a decent cartridge, plug it it, play it, and enjoy it! The little better models have adjustable VTF, so they will work with any P-Mount cartridge/stylus.

melofelo
11-15-2011, 07:29 AM
+1 for the Pioneer PL-12D and i'll also add the Philips GA-212.
just add an at-95e for the pioneer or something like an ortofon vms-5e for the philips and you have a decent vinyl playback system for peanuts.

kermit z
11-15-2011, 10:52 AM
Well, I assume the OP meant "cheap" as in low price originally. So I'll throw in the Technics SL-23 :)

http://www.audiokarma.org/forums/picture.php?albumid=46&pictureid=1214

Dr Tinear
11-15-2011, 11:18 AM
Well, I assume the OP meant "cheap" as in low price originally. So I'll throw in the Technics SL-23 :)

An excellent choice, and available without the automatic features as the SL-20 for even less money. The slightly later SL-210 (manual), SL-220 (semi-auto), SL-230 (full auto) and SL-235 (automatic changer) were also worthy. I'm currently using an SL-230 in my main system, though it will probably lose pride of place to the SL-1700 that I recently purchased on Barter Town.

I'll also second an earlier poster's recommendation of the AR XA.

boreas
11-15-2011, 11:42 AM
Sanyo TP 625/TP 626. Inexpensive auto return belt drives made by C.E.C. Very handsome and surprisingly good, like the Marantz 6100 but suspended.

By the way, the Marantz 6100 was a pretty low-priced table when introduced. I think it came in around $125.00.

John

kermit z
11-15-2011, 11:54 AM
An excellent choice, and available without the automatic features as the SL-20 for even less money. The slightly later SL-210 (manual), SL-220 (semi-auto), SL-230 (full auto) and SL-235 (automatic changer) were also worthy. I'm currently using an SL-230 in my main system, though it will probably lose pride of place to the SL-1700 that I recently purchased on Barter Town.

I'll also second an earlier poster's recommendation of the AR XA.

I agree, the SL-220 is a very good choice too. Found for little money and a pretty good performer:thmbsp:

http://www.audiokarma.org/forums/picture.php?albumid=46&pictureid=1207

empirelvr
11-15-2011, 01:44 PM
Actually - checking the Gramophone review of the LP12 in 1979 - the Linn sold for around UKP250 - which I believe implies an MSRP between $400 and $500

This Technics TT was competing with the LP12 directly in the marketplace.

And at that price neither of these was a cheap TT.

Somewhere along the line inflation gets forgotten, and current pricing gets compared to 1980 pricing.... this must be a Junker as it only cost $450 where the LP12 costs $2000+

To echo David's post:

According to the inflation calculator (http://www.westegg.com/inflation/infl.cgi)

What cost $470 in 1980 would cost $1227.21 in 2010.

Hardly chump change! :thmbsp:

Celt
11-15-2011, 02:06 PM
I didn't expect much from the SL-D303 compared to my recently sold SL-1210 M5G, but it surprised me with its rock solid performance and decent build quality.

http://www.audiokarma.org/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=307275&d=1319833223

marcmorin
11-15-2011, 03:01 PM
To echo David's post:

According to the inflation calculator (http://www.westegg.com/inflation/infl.cgi)

What cost $470 in 1980 would cost $1227.21 in 2010.

Hardly chump change! :thmbsp:

yep, I agree with that........so with the idea of cheap mass produced tables

The two most mass produced tables would be the technics 1200 (and variants) and the AR XA. Going with the inflation calculator and 1963 prices,
the XA would have cost $485.97 in 2010. Dang, compared to the 1200 that XA was kinda pricey. More than half a good weeks wages. Up to snuff XA's today don't bring half of what inflation says they should. Some of the tables mentioned in this thread have kept their value as well as a Chevy Vega.....kinda sad ain't it.

pmsummer
11-15-2011, 03:25 PM
yep, I agree with that........so with the idea of cheap mass produced tables

The two most mass produced tables would be the technics 1200 (and variants) and the AR XA. Going with the inflation calculator and 1963 prices,
the XA would have cost $485.97 in 2010.

I'm seeing a $340 (2010) inflation adjusted price for the AR-XA ($70 in 1964), which my first vote.

Also, I'm surprised no one has mentioned the Philips GA-212. That gets my second vote for favorite 'cheap' mas-market turntable.

audiojones
11-15-2011, 04:39 PM
Technics SL-1700. Is that cheap enough?

:thmbsp: I love mine. :D

+3 :yes:

These relatively "cheap" turntables replaced my two relatively "expensive" Thorens TD-125 mkII tables years ago and I have absolutely no regrets at all. Love the suspension, love the arm, love the auto return, love the rock steady and dead silent operation, and love the quick and easy cartridge mounting setup. I'm not looking for anything else in a turntable, although I'd prefer a wooden case option for a more traditional look. Hard to beat the SL-1700 IMO.

Edriz
11-15-2011, 05:49 PM
I really like both the Turntables Im using now. One, a Pioneer PL-600. Nice heavy table, sounds great and solid. My other, a Sanyo Q50 Plus series. Not sure how mass produced it was but it's heavy, has 2 motors, Quartz Lock with SME arm and tracks superbly. Using the Q50 now with my Dynavector 23RS and sure does sound sahweet.

fiddlefye
11-16-2011, 12:44 AM
An excellent choice, and available without the automatic features as the SL-20 for even less money. The slightly later SL-210 (manual), SL-220 (semi-auto), SL-230 (full auto) and SL-235 (automatic changer) were also worthy. I'm currently using an SL-230 in my main system, though it will probably lose pride of place to the SL-1700 that I recently purchased on Barter Town.

I'll also second an earlier poster's recommendation of the AR XA.The Sl-20 was my first table. It was ok but did have some drawbacks including a really resonant base and a speed control that had to be replaced twice in the first 6 months. After that it was fine and worked hard until replaced by a Thorens TD-125 that I still have. No comparison. It was a good starter table though and fit my budget as a student.

Doc Zinger
11-16-2011, 12:54 AM
NAD 5120, I have one with a Shure V15 type V-MR, sounds pretty good to me after packing the base/chassis with some plasticlay.
It does have crappy looking built in RCA hookups, have been looking in to replacing with better quality set up.

Glass Prison
11-16-2011, 01:18 AM
I would have to say my favorite is the Technics SL-Q2. I still have the one I bought new in 1981. It goes and goes.

sachu888
11-16-2011, 08:30 AM
Hi,
I love my Technics SLD-303 and currently acquired Micro Seiki MB-14st

Regards,
Sachin

rcspkramp
11-16-2011, 09:58 AM
I always like the Pioneer PL-10/12 series of turntables. Inexpensive and good sounding. I probably sold three hundred of these models when I was in retail.

MWalt
11-16-2011, 10:29 AM
I would have to say my favorite is the Technics SL-Q2. I still have the one I bought new in 1981. It goes and goes.

I bought one of these for my brother-in-law. I serviced it and added a Shure M97xe cart. It is a nice performer. I think he will be pleasantly surprised by his first TT in 30 years.

Mawerick
11-16-2011, 11:27 AM
I've a Sony PS-LX3 from 1980. I paid 30 for it couple of years ago. Never serviced and still running strong. Coupled with Shure V15 III / Jico SAS and sounds very good.

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Miles Davis - So What (http://kotisivu.dnainternet.net/mv282/so_what.flac)

:music:

TerryO
11-16-2011, 11:59 AM
Cheap mass market would be my AR TT, paid $5.00 for it plus another $30 for a stylus. Works well and looks acceptable. I have a couple of other high-end TT's that "are" better, but they were gifts and would cost substantially more under any normal circumstances.

Best Regards,
TerryO

Ken Boyd
11-17-2011, 11:03 PM
I agree, the SL-220 is a very good choice too. Found for little money and a pretty good performer:thmbsp:

http://www.audiokarma.org/forums/picture.php?albumid=46&pictureid=1207

Wow, turntables are not suppose to be double stacked like pancakes at an IHOP!

Ken Boyd
11-17-2011, 11:04 PM
When I was a teen I really liked my cheap Pioneer PL-12

kermit z
11-17-2011, 11:17 PM
Wow, turntables are not suppose to be double stacked like pancakes at an IHOP!

When you have 9 they are:smoke:

jhoyt
12-10-2011, 10:22 PM
Let me clarify "cheap, mass-market": entry- to mid-level (real) TT's from mass-market audio manufacturers

Ironically, this excludes my original entry, the Technics SL-QL1, as it seems to have been positioned right after the SL-10 and -15, and ahead of everything else except the 1200MK2.

Thanks for the participation in this thread!

Infinitoid
12-11-2011, 07:35 PM
OK, here's what I see as entry level, inexpensive, mass-market (once upon a time) turntables. Which one is best and/or most likely to be around for awhile.

http://www.amazon.com/Technica-AT-LP60-Automatic-Driven-Turntable/dp/B002GYTPAE/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1323649727&sr=1-1

http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-ATLP120-Professional-Turntable/dp/B002S1CJ2Q/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1323649727&sr=1-2

http://www.amazon.com/Sony-PS-LX250H-Automatic-Belt-Drive-Turntable/dp/B00005T3XH/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1323649727&sr=1-3

http://www.amazon.com/Sony-PS-LX300USB-Stereo-Turntable-Black/dp/B0015HOFZI/ref=sr_1_6?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1323649727&sr=1-6

http://www.amazon.com/Pioneer-PL-990-Automatic-Stereo-Turntable/dp/B00009QORL/ref=sr_1_9?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1323649727&sr=1-9

http://www.amazon.com/Pyle-PLTTB1-Professional-Belt-Drive-Turntable/dp/B00009V3TU/ref=sr_1_13?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1323649727&sr=1-13

davidro
12-11-2011, 08:11 PM
Running a Philips 577 BD table these days. Run-of-the-mill type of semi-auto table with cheap empty plastic plinth. Still with a new Jelco cartridge I like the sound very much.

michaelhigh
12-12-2011, 11:40 AM
Technics SL-BD20, free.

Crimson King
12-12-2011, 12:09 PM
I really like my Pro-Ject Debut III Esprit (http://www.project-audio.com/main.php?prod=debutesprit&cat=turntables&lang=en). :music:

goldwax
12-12-2011, 03:02 PM
If you want a cheap TT with a small footprint, a Denon DP-7F is hard to beat. It's looks are nothing special, it's a P-mount, and the arm is kind of weird on it. Nonetheless, it does a lot of things right--I sold a good friend a pieced-together system of that TT with a cheap AT92Ecart, a Pioneer SA-6800 amp and a sweet pair of Boston Acoustic A60s with stands and that system sounds leagues better than it has any right too, especially after I tweaked the speaker placement.

One issue with this TT is that because the tonearm rides so low, it doesn't handle moderately warped records very well at all--they scrape against the housing that the tonearm goes into. Otherwise fine, though.

Here's a picture to show you the wonky tonearm and how ugly the turntable is generally:

http://www.canuckaudiomart.com/image.php?image=2173750

Small footprint and decent sound, though!

eteller
12-12-2011, 03:09 PM
Anything Clearaudio :D