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  1. Anthony Moore

    Anthony Moore Supporting Actor

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    Im looking to spend around $200-300 on a turntable for my HT.

    I dont "spin" or anything like that. I listen mostly to classic rock. Just looking for a decent product.

    Any suggestions? New or used is fine.
     
  2. Wei-Min

    Wei-Min Auditioning

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    For your price range, you can consider these TTs:
    1. Music Hall MMF-2.1
    2. ProJect Debut II
    3. Rega Planar 2 (used)
    Note that you will still need money to purchase a cartridge and a phonostage if you do not have them.
    For pricing of these TTs, you can check out the following sites:
    1.Needle Doctor
    2.Audio Advisor
    For more opinions, you can try Vinyl Asylum
    Hope this helps!
     
  3. KeithH

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    Anthony, Wei-Min provided great advice. One more option I will throw in is a Sony PS-LX350H manual turntable from Crutchfield for $200. You may be able to get it for less through J&R Music World. Both are authorized dealers. Anyway, the Sony unit is probably not as good as any of the units that Wei-Min mentioned, but I have been perfectly happy with it. For $200, you get everything -- cartridge, tonearm, etc. In addition, the Sony table comes with long, detachable cables, which provides some flexibility that many tables do not provide since most tables come with hard-wired cables. I needed a relatively long cable run, and the Sony worked out great. I still may upgrade the turntable one day, but for now, the Sony is working very well.
     
  4. Rachael B

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    Anthony, I recommend you avoid any turntables that use P-MOUNT cartridges. Get something that use standard mount cartriges. P-mount Usually means that it's a very compromised design IMO. I got my present turntable, an 80's Denon model for $35 at the flea market. I took it to the shop and got new belts and got a Shure V-type IV I had put on it. So many folks have cast off phonographs, there are some decent used players to be found if you scrounge around.

    I wouldn't limit my scearch to new. If you could scrounge up a decent used player, you could spend more on a cartridge for it, perhaps? Good luck on your search!
     
  5. Brent_H

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    get a dual 550 belt drive off of ebay. [​IMG]
     
  6. BruceD

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    I agree with Rachael, I went to my local Goodwill and bought a nice Technics SL-D2 turntable for $25.

    I took headphones and a radio-shack battery operated phono-preamp to test with.

    Then I bought a new cartridge (Grado for $40)
     

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