Discussion in 'Vintage Gear - Top Performers' started by rush2112guy, Apr 21, 2011.
I´d like to add a couple of the great EMT broadcast turntables:
Out of curiosity, would any of the Weathers or Rek-o-Kut turntables among the best for at least their time?
Nope EMT has the best shot at that title.
Sansui SR 929. I bought new in 1979 when I was in the service. I've owned many others since but they have all gone and I am listening to the Sansui right now/still. Love the sound and the way it looks.
And you'll be able to get parts for a mark11 onward till you die!
Yes, and so similar to the early linn.you'd swear they copied it. But a very different sound. Why?. I reckon mostly due to the teflon bearing sleeve vs I think sintered bronze in the thorens.
The teflon could well have been loaded as is common . Linn would'nt be telling.
I think the tighter tolerance to the spindle gave it a more up front punchy sound that reviewers loved.
Me I was never convinced by the short circuited bass that springs can cause and continually needing to retune suspension due to high CO GRAVITY. Once I tried a td121 there was no going back.
To me there are a few...some well known some not so.
3-Roksan Xerexes Original
Just got a Mk2 Dec 2017 and love it!!
Had one but sold it just too much maintenance involved with it, I'm not a DIYer. It was my fourth TT and I already shelled out money on the other 3, so I was kinda done with getting TT repaired. If it was my first I might've kept it but it went to a good home. Plus I have a Technics SL 1200 Mk2, Thorens TD 320 and a Technics SL-23 so I'm doing OK. It was one of the best looking/sounding TT I've had. But the Thorens and 1200 or no slouches either.
Hard to pick a best, but I have a couple of my favorites.
Rega Planar 3
Empire 298 & 598
AR XA (2 of ‘em)
The Rega see the most use.
All are “vintage”; I bought the Rega in ‘87.
While there are better out there, I’m too cheap to buy ‘em.
Since I only have 1 spinner it has to be a 1219 with a Shure V15III.
My Technics 1200 mk2 has been verified as an August 2010 build. This 1200 mk2 had high capacitance RCA cables. I have had those replaced. I have also had the tonearm rewired, the power supply changed, and I have had the platter altered.
There are very few vintage turntables that have not been altered. There are not many 40 year old audio components that haven't seen some work from quality technicians.
The turntables in this list are amazing, but they are not as they were new. If they are, they could use a look-over by quality turntable mechanics.
Why obviously it is the JVC-TT101 followed closely by the Sony PS2251-LA!
I have no idea what the best is but here are a few very good ones: The upper level DUALS (1019, 12" 12XX and 7XX series), Thorens TD-160 family, Pioneer PL-530 and 570, Linn-Sondek LP12, Elac 50HMkII, JVC QL9 and QL7, Sansui SR 838 and 929, Kenwood/Trio concrete-base (actually Corian) models, Sony PS-X60 - X80.
Honestly there are lots of really good models. My favorite from the above list would be the Thorens.
What's wrong with the Pioneer PL-510a! It's still got the sex appeal as well.
My Pioneer PLC-590 SME 3009mk2
SME 2 by Alan Towell, on Flickr
The Garrard 401 Jelco 750L
Garrard by Alan Towell, on Flickr
Linn LP12 Audiomods Arm
LP12-3 by Alan Towell, on Flickr
Michel Gyro with Orbe Platter
IMG_1521 by Alan Towell, on Flickr
Techy 1200 mk2 Micro sieki MA202 tonearm
IMG_1218 by Alan Towell, on Flickr
If I had a choice I would have the Pioneer it looks stunning.
Lovely collection, which is your favourite?
Too much of a loaded question to get a credible response. Not every type of turntable is suited for every buyer. A better question could be which vintage turntable is the most popular, or most reliable in terms of service.
The Pioneer is my favourite, it sounds as good as it looks and so simple to use next fav is the Garrard 401, they are all good turntables but I do prefer DD of Idler to belt drive
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