World Of Turntables Find The Best Turntable 2017 Now Wed, 10 Jan 2018 17:01:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Rega Planar 2 – A Complete Review & Hearing Test Wed, 10 Jan 2018 17:00:46 +0000

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Analog Plug And Play

The third version of Rega’s classics is intended for a new generation of vinyl lovers. What impression will it have on older vinyl lovers?


For many people from the analogue generation, Rega is a synonym for a good sound and solid hi-fi from a mid-size British manufacturer, the one that has given the most names and devices that have become history. Rega is best known for its good turntables, but its other devices – amplifiers and CD players – met the same expectations we have been accustomed to this brand in the middle of the seventies. At this time, the first model of the legendary turntable Planar 2 appeared, whose third generation we have the opportunity to test in this post.

Rega is a turntable from whom you know exactly what you can expect, which that turntable fully provides.

Planar 2 is located between models 1 and 3, where the only difference between second and third is at first glance a metal joint between the base of the tone arm and the platter axis on the higher model. In addition, Planar 3 has a better RB330 tone arm as well as the option of optional TT-PSU power supply for the motor. But, if viewed from the beginning of the models list, as the first model above the base, one could not say that it does not offer enough. Planar 2 is, in fact, a set that makes the base, the tone arm and the cartridge a very good synergy. A new generation of wood base replaces acrylic sandwich in shiny black or white. You can read many discussions on web forums regarding inferior properties of the new material as compared to the wood or how it coloring the sound, the main lack of base is still a solid suspension, in fact the support on three rubber feet which, though increased and dampened, still require a well damped base so the turntable would be isolated from external vibrations; This is, however, a compromise in this class. The electronic speed control system and the 24-volt external power supply are integrated into the base with a switch underneath the lower edge to maintain a sleek design clean. Through a short belt, the engine is started over starts a full plastic pulley in a brass bearing, which holds a 10 mm thick glass platter. Although vry precisely made and perfectly flat (the plate is “sticking” when lifted), glass is an acoustic unusual material for a turntable, primarily because it “resonates” at the frequencies of the surrounding vibrations and then because of its different acoustic impedance from the vinyl, so it does not absorb enough resonance from the record itself – so the matched mat must be used. The advantage of a glass plate is its solid mass, which improves the stability of the speed and reduces the jolt coming from the engine. Shifting the speed is manually, via the motor belt, below the platter. And while in expensive turntables this kind of solution is a big flaw, in this class of turntable is quite acceptable, but, nevertheless, prepare the gloves to keep fingerprints off from the glass when removing the record.

The RB220 also brings some innovations. On the track of the most successful models, the RB250 and RB300, this nine-inch model with an integrated shell and aluminum tone arm “seats” on a newly designed, low-friction, no tollerance bearing, as the manufacturer claims. The tone arm has an integrated clip and an automatic anti skating adjustment within the tone arm weight. Weight on the rear end of the tone arm does not have a scale as a better model, so when adjusting the weight the rule is “one circle – one gram” when the tone arm is adjusted to the position zero, and for the correct position of the weight we using the green dot on the circumference. As we expected, the RB220 does not have the option of adjusting the VTA angle, so switching to the second cartridge becomes a more complex than the ordinary replacement.


Carbon, the basic Rega’s MM cartridge, is a part of this set, with a 2.5-inch and replaceable needle outlet. The recommended mass is between two and three grams. Finally, there is also an acrylic cover, which is fixed to the two hinges on the back of the turntable base. The whole turntable weighs more than 10 pounds. If you are not satisfied with this basic package, you can get a Performance Pack, with MM cartridge Bias 2, an improved belt, as well as a wool mat.

Hearing Test

Planar 2 is a plug and play turntable: it is assembled in the factory and tuned almost ideal. When we took it out of the box, we checked the geometry of the tone arm and the cartridge using the supplied protractor – deviation was minimal, so we still tune this up – while the perfect parallel of tone arm and the platter can admire every turntable lover. VTF has been subtracted to a mean value of 2.5 grams. Thus, in less than 15 minutes tunrtable is already been connected to the Micro iPhone 2 phono preamplifier in the A-class, where we set MM input to 100 picofarads and gain of 36 decibels.

About the time when the original Planar 2 was born was the studio band Incredible Bongo Band was very popular. This instrumental group with prominent percussion and funky rhythms published his greatest hits “Bongo Rock” on vinyl in 2006. Processing “I Can Get No Satisfaction” with bongos in the foreground sounds rhythmic and great. The foot on the drum has a solid blow and a decency. Bas guitar prevails in numbers, but the cartridge does not lose control in the groove, the acoustic circuit with the base does not overplay the bass and very properly positioning the bongos in the space. Over the whole of this rhythm section are hit-hats and cymbals in a very fine upper range, which, though, is somewhat more clenched on the recording itself. The brass section and electrical organs in the middle range does not fight for the place in the foreground. All in all, on a dynamic material, there is no confusion in the picture, compression or loud noise, on the contrary, everything sounds clean and organized.


Then we turned to the more demanding classical music, and the piano, the ultimate instrument for testing many audio components. We chose Beethoven’s Piano Concert no. 1 (E. Gilels, Cleveland Orchestra, Sel) on EMI’s 1968 recording. The concert, which begins quietly and gradually, reveals that Planar 2 is very quiet and does not enter the sound of its own rumble under the sound. As soon as the whole orchestra had caught up and go, we were re-introduced to this recognizable Rega’s sense of rhythm, albeit different from the previous record. The strings are fluid, with a discrete dose of grain. The color of the piano is solid, if not extraordinary, this instrument is good enough, but it is not uniform on a full scale, so the deep tones are sonorous than they should be, the most dirty ones have a mild hinky tonk blow but the middle part around who most music is playing is more than correct. In a slow approach, where different parts of the orchestra are permeated, Planar 2 shows a tendency to break fine details, individual instruments, as well as to hide a portion of the less engaged background in favor of the first plan. However, the total pleasure of listening of a  classical music is very good.

We did a hearing test also without a mat, with a record directly on the glass. As we mentioned at the beginning of the text, the record adhere really good for the surface, but, as expected, the sound changes. The details we have heard before have been lost; the stage was further clustered and dense, and the middle was slightly outgrowed in the front plan, the high range became thinner and elevated. It is not excluded that someone will enjoy such a quiet(even monotonous) sound. However, what is recommended in acrylic plattees is not the best solution here and it is better to keep the mat or even get one of the better quality.


As we expected from Rega, Planar 2 is great for listening: one of those sources that at one point seem to say, “Listen to this now …” The sound of this turntable is dynamic, straightforward and honest, with a very good balance of the entire range. The main star of this turntable is, in fact, a tone arm. Rega’s tone arms have traditionally offered perhaps the best performance and price-performance ratio – the RB220 might not be at RB250 or 300 level, but certainly gives the main and recognizable sound mark of this brand. Planar 2 is not the champion of the finest detail (it would be really hard to find a turntable in a class just above to 600 $ that is competent) but without them it is a very complete turntable which, along with a full package with a tone arm and shell and because of its simplicity of installation and use, it is difficult to reach in its class.

Rega - Planar 2 (White) Rega - Planar 2 (White)


Very musical and lively, but decent and moderate.
An excellent package of components in mutual synergy.


Rigid suspension makes it more sensitive to the base type.
Inability to set VTA.

Rega Planar 2 Specifications

Base: solid chassis, rigid suspension
Drive: belt drive
Speeds: 33 ⅓ and 45, shift over the belt
Platter: glass, 10 mm
Engine: fixed to base, external power supply
Tone arm: Rega RB220
Vartridge: Rega Carbon MM
Dimensions (WxHxD): 44.7x36x11.7 (with lid)
Weight: 5.5 kg

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Used Turntables Buying Guide – What to Look for in Used Record Players? Wed, 03 Jan 2018 13:19:21 +0000

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As with buying any used stuff, when buying a second hand record player, it is important to open your eyes and ears well, take it with a healthy mind and be a bit of a psychologist (in the seller’s judgment).
In addition, you must pay attention to the following several things:

  1. Avoid models with a lot of automatic, such as resetting a tone arm to resting position, repetition, automatic positioning and lowering of the needle at the start of the record, etc. The more automatcss, the more likely it is that something is not working properly or something will quickly break down, although it was working ok in the moment of purchase, as we talking about devices between the ages of 20 and 35, and sometimes more.
  2. Avoid purchasing a turntable with the T4P cartridge mounting system, as the new needle/cartridge is almost impossible to find on the market, except for the occasional model of the Audio Technica AT92. In addition, these record players are not suitable for further improvement by adding a higher quality cartridge or other interventions, and many of them can not be adjusted properly. Due to the aforementioned drawbacks, the turntable models with the T4P system are not covered by this guide for buying used record players, although they are often offered on ads.
  3. If it is a “belt drive” turntable make sure that the belt is not too stretched, and whether the tire has tiny cracks, which is not good because it says the belt is are at the end of its lifetime.
  4. When purchasing a turntable with a sub chassis, pay attention to the state of the spring, or whether the sub chassis stands wrong, indicating that the springs are either not set (tensed) properly or failed. If they have failed, it is practically impossible to bring the sub chassis into the optimum position so that the platter (the sub chassis itself) is horizontal, that the axis of the motor is parallel to the axis of the plate (so that the turning of the motor over the belt is properly transmitted to the platter) and to subchassis equally moves freely, ie performs its function of separating bearings with a plate and tone arm from the turntable case itself. This is especially related to Thorens turntables, which is a relatively common problem, especially in older models.
  5. In the case of direct drive turntable or record player where the rotation from the motor is directly transferred to the plate, the speed (both 33 and 45) should be checked, since in these turntables it is the most common problem with the inability to maintain constant speed. The safest test is, try to see if a turntable can spin one side of the board at speed 33, and that there are no audible or visible (in stroboscope) speed fluctuations. If this goes right, raise the needle from the platter, let the platter continue to rotate. As the platter rotates, change the speed from 33 to 45 and vice versa repeatedly and look at the strobe to see if the turntable always achieves the correct speed. If all has gone smoothly, one more thing you need to do: if the turntable has the ability to fine-tune the speed (most of them have, that is the “wheel” where “pitch” is written), rotate that potentiometer from min to max and back several times, if and after that speed can be adjusted to be constant, then most likely everything is ok. Although there may always be some hidden flaws in these turntable sets.
  6. Check the position of the tone arm, ie the tone arm should lower / raise and turn left / right without resistance, but not too loosely.
  7. Check the condition of the cartridge, though this is not so important because our recommendation is to purchase new cartridge in each case.
  8. In addition to the listed items you need to check all other turntable functions, the lift mechanism(“cue” on some turntables), auto if it has etc. Whether the cover remains open in the upper position while changing the record or dropping it over your hands, etc. .
  9. The visual-cosmetic impression is not so important to the function of the turntable itself, but we can tell a lot about the relation of the owner-seller to the turntable, and from this we can already deduce how reliable that turntable works. And, if the record player works properly, based on visual-cosmetic flaws (cracked cover, missing hinge, a button is missing, a greaseproof on a turntable, etc.) one can and should work to lower the price.

If you can buy it from a known seller, through friends, acquaintances – this is no guarantee.

This guide will be constantly updated with new record player models as well as relevant information on common faults, etc.

The score or description of the sound of some turntables are the result of personal experience and sound experience.

The maximum prices in $ sum we consider to be allocated for the models mentioned in the guide are the result of a long-term monitoring of the market of used turntables. Further, the prices represent the maximum amount of money to pay for a turntable, regardless of whether it is mounted with the cartridge or not. In 95% of cases, the cartridge is unusable, except for “plowing” on the records. So, it is best to leave the cartridge to the seller for memory, and to urge culturally to set up the price for the headless turntable.

Turntables are split by alphabet and prices, from the lowest to the highest:

            1. Dual CS 505 / MkII / MkIII / MkIV
              plastic case – up to 60 $
              wooden case – up to 80 $
              Semi-automatic turntable driven over the belt with fine tuning speed. A lightweight tone arm that is easy to mount at a cheaper Ortofon / Grado / AT cartridge.
              Sound: nothing special, the best and the most heard medium range, bass and highs occurs sporadically.
              Common Problems: Tone arm resetting often does not work properly; Belt; The fine-tuning belt quickly breaks down or is completely stuck.used-technics-sl-b202-for-sale
            2. Technics SL-B202 – up to 60 $
              Technics S-B303 – up to 60 $
              Belt drive record players with identical technical features, with strobe and fine tuning speed. The only difference is that 202 is semi-automatic and 303 is automatic turntable.
              Sound: Straight without emotion, the best and most commonly heard medium range.
              Common Problems: Tone arm resetting often does not work properly; Beltused-technics-sl-d202
            3. Technics SL-D202 – up to 70 $
              Technics SL-D303 – up to 70 $
              Direct drive turntables with identical technical features, with strobe and fine tuning speed. The only difference is that 202 is semi-automatic and 303 is automatic turntable.
              Sound: straight without emotion, the medium is best heard, although there are bass indications.
              Most common problems: Dusty pot for fine tuning speed; Sometimes you need to adjust the speed trimmer.used-technics-sl-1900
            4. Technics SL 1900 – up to 70 $
              Technics SL 2000 – up to 80 $
              Direct drive record players of similar technical characteristics, with stroboscope and fine tuning speed. Model 2000 is manual and 1900 is automatic.
              Sound: Relatively uniform throughout the range, but fairly straight and without emotion.
              Common Problems: Automating and resetting the tone arm sometimes does not work properly in 1900; sometimes you need to adjust the speed trimmer.used-technics-sl-q202
            5. Technics SL-Q202 – up to 80 $
              Technics SL-Q303 – up to 80 $
              Direct drive turntables with identical technical features, with stroboscope. The only difference is that 202 is semi-automatic and 303 is automatic turntable.
              Sound: Equal throughout the range.
              Common Problems: Sometimes you need to adjust the speed trimmer.used-technics-sl-q2
            6. Technics SLQ 2 – up to 90 $
              Technics SLQ 3 – up to 90 $
              Direct drive turntables with identical technical features, with stroboscope. The only difference is that 2 is semi-automatic and 3 is automatic turntable.
              Sound: Equal throughout the range, good bass, with the right improvements and the right cartridge can sound great.
              Note: Good quality record player.
              Common Problems: Sometimes you need to adjust the speed trimmer.used-technics-sl-1200-mk2
            7. Technics SL 1200MkII / 1210MkII – prices from 220-500 $
              Legend – personification of turntable.
              They know about this turntable in neighboring galaxies too.
              Since it has been produced almost recently, it is possible to find a suitable specimen in excellent condition.
              There is not enough room here so we will write a special post about this legend.used-technics-sl-1300
            8. Technics SL 1300 MkI / MkII – up to 140 $
              Technics SL 1400 MkI / MkII – up to 160 $
              Technics SL 1500 MkI / MkII – up to 180 $
              More or less turntables of identical technical features, the best is 1500 being fully manual, then 1400 semi-automatic and 1300 automatic. The MkII versions are generally improved, have a better tone arm, and are therefore a better choice.
              Sound: solid throughout, great bass (SL 1500), with little improvement and the right cartridge sound great.
              Note: very good turntable.
              Common Problems: Resetting the tone arm sometimes does not work properly with model 1300/1400; Sometimes you need to adjust the speed trimmer.used-thorens-td-104
            9. Thorens TD104 – up to 80 $
              Thorens TD105 – up to 90 $
              Belt drive record players with sub chassis of similar technical characteristics; stroboscope and fine tuning speed. They automatically turn off and raise the tone arm at the end of the record.
              Sound: solid throughout the range, well defined bass for that class of turntable.
              Most common problems: Automatic shutdown often does not work properly; Beltused-thorens-td-110
            10. Thorens TD110 – up to 90 $
              Thorens TD115 – up to 100 $
              Belt drive turntables with sub chassis of similar technical characteristics; stroboscope and fine tuning speed. They automatically turn off and raise the tone arm at the end of the record.
              Sound: solid throughout the range, well defined bass for that class of turntable.
              Most common problems: Automatic shutdown often does not work properly; Belt; Pulleyused-thorens-td-165
            11. Thorens TD165 – up to 135 $
              Thorens TD166 – up to 135 $
              Belt drive turntables with sub chassis of almost identical technical characteristics; classical Thorens philosophy and construction.
              Sound: solid throughout the range, poorly defined bass, which is standard Thorens’ failure; With a lot of tweaking(20-200 $), these turntables can sound seriously, but why then not immediately buy a more expensive turntable that plays better in the beginning and does not require any intervention.
              Most common problems: Springs; Belt; Pulley; Signal cable; Earthing cable.used-thorens-td-160
            12. Thorens TD160 – up to 130 EUR
              Thorens TD145 – up to 120 EUR
              Belt drive record players with sub chassis of almost identical technical characteristics; the classic Thorens philosophy and construction, whereby the TD145 at the end of the record automatically shuts off and the tone arm rises up. The biggest flaw in these turntable is the tone arm TP16, which is well below performances of the turntable itself.
              Sound: Relatively good through full range, poorly defined bass; with a change of tone arm and a lot of tweaking(20-300 $), these turntables can sound seriously, but why then not immediately buy a more expensive turntable that plays better in the beginning and does not require any intervention.
              Most common problems: Shell on the TP16 handle; The lunch itself; springs; Belt; Pulley; Signal cable; Earthing cable.
    ]]> 0 Nagaoka MP-110 Cartridge – Review, Test and Final Verdict Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:07:06 +0000

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    In spite of speed, internet, streaming, easy access and even better classic CD players, the analog turntable is still there, though the comfort of the room contrasts with digital options. The tested cartridge will hope to answer some of the questions…

    NAGAOKA MM (MP) Cartridge MP-110

    The price of this Nagaoka cartridge is directly competitive with Ortofon, who is a ruler in the sale of affordable cartridges in US market. As for MM cartridge, or as they are called “moving permalloy” in Nagaoka, they offer a spare needless for all cartridges, which makes it easy to replace the needle that is not possible with the MC model. Apart from the classic cartridges, it is possible to get it together with the headshell and this is a nice option as many tone arms allow such mounting.


    The standard offer contains 6 models. MP-100, MP-110 (subject of this review), MP-150, MP-200, MP-300 and MP-500 top model. The price range is from 150 $ to 1000 $. When we leave the two most expensive models aside, all the other prices and qualities are appropriate for the US market. Rega and Pro-Ject turntables are the most common among our fans of analogue sound, and almost all those who come with the factoryinstalled cartridge would have profoundly benefited by installing a cartridge of 100 to 400 $ depending on the quality of the turntable.

    In addition to the cartridge and spare needles Nagaoka offers a variety of accessories for a maintenance of the records, recorders, DVD players and cassette tapes. As far as the number of products is concerned, I recommend that you visit the manufacturer’s website for detailed information.

    NAGAOKA MM (MP) Cartridge MP-110 NAGAOKA MM (MP) Cartridge MP-110

    The tested model MP-110 is priced about 120 $ and is in the lower part of the series. This price seems to me to be optimal for US lovers of good sound that have a serious turntable. The basic technical data for the MM Cartridge MP-110 are:

      • aluminum cantilever
      • superfine polished diamond needle
      • 6.5 grams weight
      • 5mV output voltage
      • frequency range 20 Hz – 20 kHz
      • channel balance 1.5 dB
      • separation greater than 23 dB
      • the recommended impedance 47 kOhm
      • the tracking force range is from 1.5 to 2.0 grams.

    All the necessary mounting is in the package (rods, nuts and small screwdriver for easy assembling) and mounting should not be a problem. I adjusted tracking force to 1.8 grams, and for the precision of this parameter I used a small digital scale. The MP-110 is, for the needs of reviews, mounted on the tone arm of S.A.M. Calista II and turntable S.A.M. Aldair. It is hard to believe that the tested cartridge will be found on the turntable of this class but at least in this environment it can show everything it can. How many time cartridge needs to tune in is hard to say. Prior to listening seriously, the cartridge was used for about 30 hours and after that I did not notice any significant changes in the sound.


    Nagaoka MP-110 Hearing Test

    The sound everybody loves…

    The average enthusiasts of the analog turntable puts the warmth of the sound as an attribute in the first place as a reason they like to play music from the records. Of course when we go to high-end spheres, the devices of different configurations do not show significant differences in character, while in the middle class this difference is easily noticeable. The sound of MP-110 is on that track. This cartridge seems to have been designed to appeal to passionate vinyl lovers. The sound is round, warm and gentle, and it can be listened to for hours without a fatigue. This feature mainly corresponds to the rock and pop songs, so I was excited about Led Zeppelin, Dire Straits, Simple Minds, AC/DC, Depeche Mode, Sade and similar classics. The described character of MP-110 has made this music great and powerful, it is compelling and authoritative, and slightly eroded to such an extent that much of old recordings do not sound overly and nonsimulatively. This observation should certainly be correlated with the time when these older recordings were created and the way they were recorded and produced. High resolution speakers like my Ortofon Contrapunkt B in such cases can do more harm than good. The same situation is on the other side of the spectrum. High tones have a slight roll-of and are less noticeable, warm and rounded and do not jump out from the overall sound image.


    √Check Price and Availability Here√

    With its features, the Nagaoka MP-110 is intended for a wide range of affordable turntable sets available on the US market. The setting is not complicated, small deviations from the ideal parameters will not disturb the sound, and the price is good for the update for most of the turntables coming with the built-in cartridge. Good turntable is always worth investing, and every dollar spent could cheer the proud owner of analogue turntable.


    The arrival of Nagaoka on the US market is surely the news that will be greeted by all the fans of the turntables. This happiness certainly contributes to the fact that it is a price-sensitive cartridge that has a relatively large market in our country. With its price, the MP-110 has shown a whole host of virtues that future owners would like to greet. Its warm and rounded sound, easy adjustment and excellent price recommendations are by itself. Thumbs up for Nagaoka!

    Nagaoka MP-110 Features:

    Model: Nagaoka MP-110 cartridge

    Price: About 120 $


    • Type: Moving magnet
    • Cantilever: Aluminum alloy
    • Stylus type: Superfine polished elliptical bonded diamond with 0.4 x 0.7 mil radii
    • Weight: 6.5 g
    • Output voltage @ 1kHz,5cm/sec: 5mV
    • Frequency response: 20Hz-20kHz
    • Channel balance @ 1kHz: > 1.5dB
    • Channel separation @ 1kHz: > 23dB
    • Recommended loading: 47k ohms
    • Dynamic compliance: 6.0 x 10-6 cm/dyne
    • Static compliance: 18 x 10-6 cm/dyne
    • Tracking force range: 1.5 – 2.0 g
    • Break-in period: 30 hours
    • Stylus replacement: Nagaoka JN-P110

    Final Verdict:

    Production: 4/5

    Performance: 4.5/5

    Fit-Out: 4/5

    Does It Worth Its Price: Definitely


    Tempered, rounded and dry sound that can be listened for hours, easy to adjust.


    For this price – nothing.

    Final Conclusion:

    This is an affordable cartridge that has a relatively large market in US. With its price, the MP-110 has shown a whole host of virtues that future owners would like to greet. Its warm and rounded sound, easy adjustment and excellent price recommendations are by itself. Thumbs up for Nagaoka!

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    Pro Ject RPM 1 Carbon Review Fri, 03 Nov 2017 17:53:33 +0000

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    Pro Ject RPM 1 Test – Stable RPMs

    The base model in the top category of Pro-Ject’s turntable is far more than the basic class – it is a perfect reproduction of vinyl.


    In the rich turntables selection of well-known Austrian manufacturer, which even makes up to nine lines of the product(except for attractive vertical turntable and limited special editions), the gradation from the basic Elemental to the leading Signature is very gradual, although it may be somewhat confusing for an indecisive buyer,  it offers answers and solutions for all vinyl reproduction needs.

    The RPM line is approximately in the upper third of Pro-Ject’s offer. This does not mean, of course, that there are no overlaps between the lines, but, as a rule, all models of a series have applied common technical solutions. Now we have decided to “go down” to the basic collection and test the new RPM 1 Carbon, the successor to the Genie model for nine years. Although the initial model, this turntable immediately offers entry into a very solid class and delivers many components and solutions from the two older models. The rigid chassis is made of MDF and is in the form of an equilateral letter L with three supports at the ends of the arms and at the central corner. Composite spikes provide a fairly good mechanical insulation of light construction and moderate elasticity, which in this case is better than a floating chassis. On an inverted bearing, the static steel shaft rotates on a ceramic ball with low friction. There is a plate of 300 mm diameter, also made of MDF, and here we come to probably the only construction fault that can be encountered in the whole series, which represents the cost of economics: due to the shape of the chassis, the large part of the plate on the underside is exposed to transmission vibration from the substrate and from the air, which is why the turntable requires an extremely subtle base and a greater distance from the speaker.

    Pro-Ject RPM 1 Carbon Manual Turntable (Red) Pro-Ject RPM 1 Carbon Manual Turntable (Red)

    The separate drive motor is inserted into the wide opening in the chassis and does not touch it, though it relies on the same surface. This is a reciprocating engine with external single-input power, in which speed control and stability are achieved by impulse modulation, and the shift between 33 and 45 rpm is performed manually on the belt. On the top of the engine is the power switch. The belt tension can not be adjusted because of the fixed engine distance in the base and the apparent looseness of the round cross belt has left us a little doubt: namely, the strap lays down on the sliding lacquered trim plate, and when the strap is smaller (33 rpm), the strap is even loose.

    The tonearm is fully developed and manufactured in Pro-Ject. It is a S-shaped handle with an 8.6-inch effective length, made of special sandwiches made of aluminum, resin and carbon. The process of joining these three materials by means of heating and pressing ensures the rigidity of the handle and its low resonant frequency, which, however, is not specified by the manufacturer. The counterweight on the back of the tonearm is damped with rubber. Although the headshell is integrated, it is possible to adjust the azimuth of the head while the anti-ignition force is regulated by a contactless magnetic circuit.

    Finally, we come to the cartridge: this kit is supplied with the Ortofon 2M Red, which is not negligible because it is not only a very solid cartridge(although it’s under OM 2 Silver on RPM 3), but its price makes up about a quarter of the total turntable value.


    Of the extra equipment in the package are: a thin felted mat, a triple single-plate adapter, a simple twin-point protractor(125 and 65 mm), a pitch control and tracking gear, allen keys for adjusting cartridge and tonearm counterweight and three pads for turntable spikes.

    Expected for the “design” look of the turntable , RPM 1 comes in shiny black, white and red. As with the aforementioned RPM 3, it is possible – and desirable – to additionally obtain a transparent “cake” cover.

    Pro-Ject: Cover It 1/3 Turntable Dustcover (RPM 1, RPM 3 Carbon)Pro Ject RPM 1 Carbon Hearing Test

    The RPM 1 Carbon has been precisely set up (a service that the distributor freely offers to customers), which you can check by yourself with the attached twin point protractor(65 and 125 mm), as well as looking at the head azimuth. It is also the case that on a plate made of a MDF felt is less electrified in contact with the record than was the case with a vinyl mat at RPM 3. Ortofon is the head of relatively standard requirements so that it is attached to the input implants of 47 kiloohms and 150 pikofarades of our adaptive pre-amplifier ifi iPhono 2.

    The test started with the British New Wave classic The The and the legendary “Infected” album from 1986. On the first issue, RPM 1 has proven to be an excellent match for the rhythm, but for that time does not lose the detail in the background of this rich produced album. The whole first song has a rather raised volume and compressed dynamics, but the turntable did not bother to distract the instruments and vocals, and is generally well suited to the microdynamic background and ambient of the recording, showing a tendency to flatten the picture when it becomes overlaid. The voice color of Meta Johnson is at the same time sharp and blunt, but not silly, and modulation clearly reflects the drama of his ironic-prophetic verse.

    Future songs on the album are less intense and better show the level of silence that a turntable can achieve(we will talk soon about this). In addition to the general start-up that is very positive, having all the time in mind its price, RPM 1 has many surprises like, for example, when after subtle introductions it was quite possible to kick out suddenly dynamic leaps, again with a good deal of detail what went on behind. However, it may often seem that there are still too little dynamics in the peaks. Also, its three-dimensionality is not the most adventurous, but the channel separation and the width of the tone stage are more than solid.

    This well-worn bandwidth could best be heard on Grig’s “Lyric Pieces” in Andrej Gavrilov’s performance. So we have solo piano, still more silent and subtle. A turntable has had more tasks here. Starting from the fact that in the first part, “Arijeti,” the instrument looks up on the basis of a few easy touches of the keys. The RPM 1 showed very solidly the color and volume of the piano and the position of the higher octaves shifted to one channel. Highly natural and vibrant colors also featured high keys, as well as deeper tunes, in which the sound begins to scare the resonant piano box more than the microphone recorded. When it comes to micro details , the pedal release is heard both on the pedal and on the dampening of the wires.


    Here we would note that Pro Ject requires a naturally damped base. Despite the thickness of the plate, the small overall mass of turntable and platter makes it potentially susceptible to absorption of the surrounding vibrations, not only through the base but also through the detected portion of the plate under the base. Additional attention and deadening of the base will make the turntable more slient and that the hidden, drowned details float up.

    √Check Price and Availability Here√

    In the end, we made a trial with a better quality cork mat, but it did not reflected in any audible way to the sound of this turntable. Message to all current owners: listen and do not touch anything. RPM 1 is honestly designed and made. It is not about any hidden talent, but just production and the sound that can be expected from this company and in this class: very open, honest and songful, up to the last note which, according to its capabilities, is able to pull out of the groove. In this case consider Ortofon’s cartridge as the bonus. The conclusion is that not only does Pro-Ject know how to make a great turntable, but also that every model succeeds in achieving a certain level of satisfaction with listeners.


    Everything on this turntable works and sounds vague right from the very beginning. Despite the lightweight and “floating” design, RPM 1 is very stable and quiet. Playback sounds all over this class, and the turntable will display the ability to surprise you with dynamics and precision bass. When it comes to more complex materials, RPM 1 will not end up confusing – it can be done only by better and more expensive turntables – but it will still keep interesting and rhythmic. As the first turntable, RPM 1 is not just a beginner and is a solid class and can easily become a permanent part of the audio system. In one you can be sure: with RPM 1 there is no job or investment in the job because with the factory equipment and the damped base it is really the maximum that can be obtained from this turntable.

    Fine resolution, especially high bandwidth.
    Ortofon OM2 Red is a pure bonus.

    Falling overall picture on more complex material.
    The cover should be in standard equipment.

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    Stanton ST-150 Turntable Review Mon, 23 Oct 2017 08:51:57 +0000

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    Today we will write something about not so popular turntable in our Stanton ST-150 review article.

    If you are looking for a professional vinyl turntable we have the best deal right here – the Stanton ST-150. It has a superb motor and great for getting back to your vinyl record roots with a deck made for both DJs and home entertainment and been around for a while. Modeled in the form of the old Technics SL-1200 that is still one of the best oldies on the market, although not in production anymore. It has improved functions and classified as a Super-OEM – one of the best record players presently sold in the market.

    Stanton ST-150 Turntable with Cartridge (S-shaped tone arm)


    • Designed with an all steel construction providing durability when used
    • It has a high-torque direct drive motor
    • It comes mounted with a Stanton 680.V3 cartridge and felt slip mat
    • It is a standard turntable for both scratching and listening to vinyl’s


    • It has no dust cover to protect the turntable
    • Does not have USB port included for transferring vinyl records to digital format

    This lack of a dust cover can be easily solved with additional buying of a Decksaver Stanton ST-150 Turntable Cover, like in picture below:

    Decksaver Stanton ST-150/STR8-150 DJ Turntable Cover Decksaver Stanton ST-150/STR8-150 DJ Turntable Cover

    For a beginner in becoming a Turntablist the Stanton ST-150 is a great scratching machine and saves you loads of headaches compared to the Audio Technica AT-LP1240 that does not come with a pre-installed cartridge. Installing a cartridge is not a simple task and you will need to invest some time and patience in learning how to do this. Where the ST-150 has an installed cartridge, making life simpler.

    Stanton ST-150 Turntable Features & Specifications:

    • World’s strongest torque motor (4.5 Kgf-cm)
    • Heavy-duty steel construction
    • Ultra stable platter and tone arm
    • Includes Stanton 680HP cartridge
    • Start/Brake speed adjustment
    • Digital output [S/PDIF] plug straight into CD-R or computer sound card
    • Key correction
    • Selectable Phono or line output (key correction works on line output only)
    • Dual start/stop buttons
    • Height adjustable tone arm
    • Reverse play
    • 3 speeds [33, 45, 78]
    • Quartz lock
    • Selectable pitch control [+/-8%,+/-25%,+/-50%]
    • Motor off feature
    • Removable target light
    • Adjustable feet
    • Includes slipmat and “L” shaped cables

    A Heavyweight Turntable

    As the vinyl turntable comes with a steel construction and lower heavy rubber construction to help dampen and isolate sound when used, it is a durable deck –packed with superb components and built to last.

    It has a heavy-duty 4.5 KGF motor with the ability to play three different speeds when using vinyl 33, 45, and 78 RPM. It has a reverse play, a separate start/stop speed adjustment knobs, internal power grounding, adjustable pitch range buttons, a replaceable pop-up light, 2 start/stop buttons aligned perfectly, and rubber feet.

    Stanton ST-150 Turntable with Cartridge (S-shaped tone arm) Stanton ST-150 Turntable with Cartridge (S-shaped tone arm)

    To top this, you receive a felt slip mat to get you started and prevent slippage while scratching. It has a great s-shaped tone arm with superb button placement and comes with a pitch slider providing great quality sound when used. The only concern is that it does not come with a USB port allowing you to copy your oldies to your computer.

    Although you can plug it straight into a CD-R as it has a digital output and key correction with the motor off feature. The provided feet are adjustable to the height you need and a great turntable for its price.

    Are You Serious About Music?

    If you are a Turntablist or DJ and serious about music the Stanton ST-150 is a dream come true making your craft superb when used. They are the best for beginners and professionals as it has a heavy built construction, easy to use, heavy-duty motor with superb build made for both DJs, Turntablists, and for home entertainment as one can connect it directly to your home entertainment centre and enjoy some great vinyl music while relaxing. As a conclusion, we can tell that this is one of the best turntables under 1000 $ that money can buy.

    If you want to know more about Stanton ST-150 turntable, here is a manual to read/download: Stanton ST-150 User Manual

    Here is a video review of Stanton ST-150 Turntable:

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    Pro Ject RPM 1.3 Genie – Review, Test & Conclusion Tue, 12 Sep 2017 12:59:50 +0000

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    Pro-Ject RM 1.3 Turntable - High Gloss Black with Pearl Cartridge

    It is hard to imagine in the present time that some company produces over 20 models of turntables. And in the Austrian-Czech company Pro-Ject’s catalog we counted them straight 24. The model that we have tested is not included into catalog, but complete review, test and conclusion of Pro Ject RPM 1.3 Genie follows. Namely, the name of the tested model is RPM 1.3 Genie, while the company catalog available on the Internet only has an RPM 1 Genie model. What is different is difficult to say. Looking at the image of model 1 and comparing it with the 1.3 model, significant differences, especially those of conceptions, could not be perceived. And even when comparing the technical data of model 1 from the catalog and those in the user manual of the 1.3 model we have not even come across what distinguishes them. However, from tests of this model in the audio news world it can be concluded that, despite the marks, this two doles are very similar. The differences concern some improvements on the tonearm and the engine (invisible from the data) and the voltage changes from 12 V to 16 V. The biggest and only noticeable difference is the tonearm. Model 1.3 tonearm has silver-plated wires, and it is possible to set VTA and also azimut (lateral tilt). The tonearm has a pair of gold-plated phono connectors and allows the use of better interconnection cables instead of the supplied phono cable. All in all, therefore, as far as the difference is concerned, those who wish to own this gramophone should not “watch” the mark on it.


    General Information

    Brand Name


    Product Type

    Record Turntable


    Pro-Ject Audio Systems

    Product Line


    Manufacturer Part Number


    Product Name

    RPM 1.3 Genie Record Turntable

    Product Model

    1.3 Genie

    Technical Information

    Number of Record Speeds



    33.33, 45

    Platter Diameter

    300 mm

    Tone Arm Shape


    Physical Characteristics


    38 cm


    35 cm

    Weight Approximate

    3.30 kg


    11.5 cm


    Glossy Black


    11.5 cm (H): 38 cm (W): 35 cm (D)


    Limited Warranty

    2 Year

    Mostly of wood

    Pro Ject RPM (The mark comes from one of the key features of the gramophone – revolutions per minute / revolutions per minute) 1.3 Genie’s turntable look and layout works(pretty much) more expensive than its real price. The consequence is how much his design is of such a high quality. The very concept of a turntable is very simple, which ultimately makes it relatively inexpensive. If we do not count the tonearm and the cartridge, the turntable(base) has only three parts – a MDF stand in the form of a boomerang, a relatively thick but not particularly massive dish, also made from MDF, and a motor. The base in the center has an axle, on the right side a large opening into which the motor unit is inserted, on the left side is the factory mounted tonearm and on the underside are three rather high plastic pitches that are not adjustable in height. Which means that the leveling of the turntable will be a very tricky. The bearing is pressed into the center of the platter, which means that this is a “reverse” bearing- the axle does not enter the bearing, but the bearing nests on the axle. The bearing has a bronze liner(therefore no lubricating oil is required) and at the top of the metal ball into which the stainless steel axle is leaned, surface-reinforced with a chrome coating.

    Pro-Ject RM 1.3 Turntable - High Gloss Black with Pearl Cartridge Pro-Ject RM 1.3 Turntable - High Gloss Black with Pearl Cartridge

    So, all those who understand the turntable at least a little bit are already realized that this is a turntable without a suspension, without the casing and the lid. When it comes to suspension or absence of it, it is difficult to determine what is better. A turntable is a mechanical device that is extremely sensitive to vibration: both the ones created by itself during the work, as well as those from the base on which it stands or those from the air, mostly acoustically induced. They need to be either tampered with or try to reduce them as possible. Naturally, the latter is naturally occurring in designs without a suspension. So, the entire set has a small weight to keep energy shorter as possible. But is much easier to make small weight to resonate than large. Fortunately, wood is less susceptible to vibrate than metal. The motor is physically separated from the base, which certainly significantly reduces the possibility of transmitting vibration from the motor to the chassis. However, the tonearm is directly connected to the base with both the bearing and the axle of the turntable, two elements which at best can not be quite silent and non-vibrating. The drive belt is long and directly connects the motor pulley and outer edge of the plate. The speed of rotation (33.3 1/3 RPM or 45 RPM) is adjusted manually, by shifting the drive belt to the larger pulley on the motor axle and vice versa. Turntable does not have a casing or cover – good for the appearance and storage of vibration. Bad as regards dust penetration and direct inflow of acoustically-induced vibrations from the air. So, one solution – one compromise… But that’s the case with the most expensive turntables. The tonearm is a “S” shape, classically designed, with a classic Cardan bearing that allows the tonearm to be started in all directions. The customer in the package also gets a solid Ortofon 2M Red MM Phono Cartridge.

    Ortofon - 2M Red MM Phono Cartridge

    Phono Box and Speed ​​Box

    The speaker signal was sent to the Pro-Ject Phono Box MM pre-amplifier. Which means that the sound of the turntable combination will be significant and that with some other preamps it will surely be different, maybe even significantly different. What we did and found out in a short test with a top MM preamp. Although it is a very solid MM pre-amplifier, the fully compatible with Ortofon’s OM 3E speakers, it is very certain that this tunrtable can withstand a better quality cartridge(MM) and a better MM preamplifier. However, it should be noted that the Phono Box MM and Ortofon OM 3E are excellent – Pro-Ject’s sound is warm in the high part and the mid and lower part of the sound spectrum has been overwhelming, whereas in those parts of the OM 3E sounds a little over-rated (at the highest), or suppressed (in the middle and lower part of the palette). Likewise, there will be plenty to get if the turntable is upgraded with the addition of the Pro-Ject power supply unit Speed ​​Box II. Speed ​​Box SE II can also be used, but it is more suitable for high-end company’s turntable sets. Phono Box MM preamp belongs in the Pro-Ject’s Box series. It is housed in a small, metal housing that is strong enough to protect the electronics from vibration, but also to prevent electromagnetic entrapment from the environment. The interior design is based on the use of high quality, low-pitched integrated circuits, and dual-monaural design, which significantly contributes to the improvement of channel separation(which is very important in the signal from the cartridge). On the back are gold-plated input/output connectors, and a separate power supply unit allows the preamplifier to operate quite silently. Specifically, even when the volume knob on the (pre)amplifier is turned fairly more than normal listening volume, noise from the speakers will be hardly audible.

    Pro-Ject Phono Box MM DC Phonograph Preamplifier,BlackPro-Ject Speed Box S Phono Speed Regulator, Black

    Cheap And Compelling

    RPM 1.3 The Genie turntable costs at approximately the cost of quality electronic scales by which we determined the tracking force of the tonearm/cartridge set. And for that reason any discussion of his possible disadvantages should be completely unfair. But even in spite of the absurdity that the device setup tool is just as much as the device itself, we could not find some serious faults on the RPM 1.3 Genie turntable. The first thing that made us excited was the exceptional precision and durability of the rotating platter. There are also good specs and good technical data for wow and flutter, which, of course, are not overwhelmed, as it often happens to be in cheap turntables. That is why the sound as a whole worked steadily and well, without “swinging” and passing the needle through more demanding structured grooves of more complex music tracks. This is especially well noted when playing bass frequencies in which any deviation from the correct speed is easily felt as “twitching” and swim tones, such as focus loss and grumble. Still, the bass was not quite clean or extremely fast, which was mostly felt at quiet levels when a rumble was noticeable, probably from the motor unit. Despite all this, the bass area of ​​RPM 1.3 Genie set can be very good. In the central part of the tone spectrum of Pro-Ject, the combination sounded clear and loud. Even in the reproduction of loud, complex music shares, he did not get the impression that he was out of breath. So the reproduction was gently, easy and fluid. The details were quite enough, though the finest ones were not impeccably reproduced. The stationary noise dose at the edges of the signal prevented the finest details from being sounded brilliantly as it could be heard with high quality and top-level turntable integrations. The high-altitude area continued nicely and neatly in the middle, so the transition did not feel. The high-tone sound itself sounded pure, mildly, naturally open, and most importantly unobtrusive and toilless. Probably the sound of that part of the spectrum will not impress audiophiles, but this turntable is not really intended for them. In a quality system that is not focused on analysis but listening, these small flaws will not be heard, and the virtues will be clearly present. When it is well-sealed from the environment, on a high-quality base, or even protected by a lid(which the user can make from a transparent plexiglass) RPM 1.3 Genie turntable will transfer the dynamics of a piece of music very smoothly. Contrast between silent and loud parts will be clearly displayed, without smudges and vague edges. Transitions and jumps, though not extremely gentle or maximum, seemed to be sufficiently convincing not to interfere with listening pleasure. This Pro-Ject’s turntable also reproduce even the spatial dimensions of the sound very good. For turntable it is known that the reproduction of this element is excellent, and the RPM 1.3 Genie is great in this part in its price class. Among the best, in fact. All the key features and soundtrack dimensions were clearly indicated, but none of them could be pronounced superlatives. However, their consistency deserves praise. In the price class undoubtedly, but also beyond. The turntables are back again. Many of those who did not sell all their LPs, returning them from cabinets, attics, basements to the living room, and those who did it or those who “missed” the gold vinyl because of the youth, bought new records and are looking for old editions. Turntables like Pro-Ject’s RPM 1.3 Genie have definitely contributed to this.

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    The +Record Player – A Revolutionary Concept For Vinyl Lovers Sat, 09 Sep 2017 06:32:13 +0000

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    THE+RECORD PLAYER is an all-in-one record player featuring a built-in, high performance music system with high-quality phono components and advanced listening features. Made to please the discerning audiophile, it can be enjoyed by any music lover seeking a compact and elegant vinyl playing solution.

    THE+RECORD PLAYER is a highly versatile analog and digital music system. In addition to 33/45 rpm vinyl playback, it includes Bluetooth for streaming music from digital devices, optical input for connection to a digital audio source or TV, and a USB input/output for ripping your vinyl to PC, or playing back your music files.

    THE+RECORD PLAYER includes two analog inputs, a headphone output, and a preamplifier output to add a subwoofer or separate powered speakers.

    A 5V USB output powers your Chromecast, Echo Dot or Airport Express, making THE+RECORD PLAYER ready to accommodate your favorite voice assistant or streaming device.

    THE+RECORD PLAYER includes a timeless, understated look uncommon with other audio products. Designer Alexander Åhnebrink incorporates genuine wood veneer, aluminum accents and other premium materials for their sturdiness, sound quality and ability to blend seamlessly with any decor. Unlike other turntables systems which limit bass performance to reduce the tendency for the stylus to pick up speaker vibrations (acoustic feedback), THE+RECORD PLAYER eliminates acoustic feedback without limiting bass. This is accomplished by a multi-faceted approach which includes:

    • Designing a unique four-speaker array;
    • Developing a special enclosure construction and bracing technique;
    • Using the latest electronic DSP processing.

    To further improve the listening experience, THE+RECORD PLAYER includes an exclusive “Wide” mode for room-enveloping spatial enhancement.


    Technical Specifications:

    Acoustic System:

    • 2-Way Bi-Amplified Speaker System with Feedback Cancelling Architecture
    • Two High-Excursion 3.5″ Woofers and Two 1″ Soft-Dome Tweeters

    Turntable System:

    • Pro-Ject Belt-Drive Turntable with Carbon Fiber tonearm (Kickstarter Edition)
    • Ortofon 2M Red MM Cartridge (Kickstarter Edition)
    • 24 Pole Synchronous Motor with Crystal Stabilized Digital Electronic Speed
    • Low-Noise RIAA Phono Preamplifier
    • Electronic 33/45 RPM Speed Selection

    Signal Processing & Amplification:

    • Double-Precision DSP with >100dB Signal to Noise Ratio
    • Class-D Amplification, 100W Maximum Power (2 x 35W + 2 x 15W)

    +Audio Design Team

    Comprised of passionate music lovers and professionals who span design, engineering, manufacturing and distribution, +AUDIO is focused on matching the needs and tastes of contemporary audio enthusiasts by crafting high-end audio products that deliver audiophile quality in compact enclosures.

    Unlike other audio companies who simply place their name on off-the-shelf products, +AUDIO designs and engineers its audio products from the ground up, with the finest parts, materials and components sourced from a handpicked group of manufacturers that meet exacting quality standards. The result is durable products designed for your continued musical enjoyment.

    DESIGNER-FULL-alexhanderahnebrinkAlexander Åhnebrink, Product Designer

    A graduate of Central St Martins in London, Alexander has worked with several pioneering design brands, among them: Paul Smith, Walter Knoll, Thonet, JVC and Samsung. For seven years, he worked for Bellini as a senior product/furniture designer. Particularly well known in the field of furniture and interior design, Alexander understands the need to create products that are as functional as they are beautiful. Alexander’s professional experience is a natural fit for +AUDIO, ensuring that great sounding devices are intuitive to use and blend in with a variety of environments.

    bob-hazelwoodBob Hazelwood, Director of Engineering

    Chief coordinator and engineer at +AUDIO is Bob Hazelwood, a 35-year audio industry veteran. At JBL he was Product and Marketing Manager for JBL Mobile Audio. After three successful years, Bob returned to a/d/s/ as VP of ProductManagement, where he was responsible for managing the engineering, marketing, and service departments. In 1999, he was invited to join Cambridge SoundWorks to manage the transition and expansion of the company’s product line upon Henry Kloss’ retirement. Bob is now designing technology for, and coordinating the development of a new generation of +AUDIO products.

    sanino-vaturiSanino Vaturi, Chief of Sales and Marketing

    With 35 years of experience promoting many successful audio products from the likes of Harman International, NAD electronics and other premium brands, Sanino Vaturi anticipates market needs and guides the product design team. Sanino seeks to make the most iconic audio products in the industry, promoting great sound quality, simple functionality, decor-friendly design and space-efficient size.


    THE+RECORD PLAYER is now available to early backers on Kickstarter on this link: Backers have the choice between two genuine wood finishes: Walnut and Maple. Press-quality photos are available on in the downloads section.

    If you support this kickstarter campaign, you can not go wrong, since this is a great new turntable concept that deserves to go live, and it can be achieved with your help. So go to kickstarter on this link: and support those guys!

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    Thorens TD 309 Review – Mister Oldtimer Tue, 29 Aug 2017 06:15:52 +0000

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    In this text we will meet a turntable that under the attractive design hides probably the most radical technical innovations of this brand in the last 15 years.

    Let’s begin…

    Thorens TD 309 Review & Hearing Test


    Thorens always associates the authors of these lines with a classic old-timer, with his elegant logo, like a long limousine wing, a massive appearance and a sub chassis on springs that jiggle on touch. Since Heinz Rorer was once again alive this company, Thorens has adopted and applied new materials and technologies, but also retained some good construction features from the past that endured the test of time – a floating sub chassis, for example – but technically completely different.

    The TD 309 is a floating chassis turntable, on which, in contrast to earlier Thorens’ models, the floating top plate of a 22 mm MDF floating on three shock absorbers on an recessed triangular base from aluminum below it. This suspension called Tri-Balance is the work of Fink Audio Consulting from Esen, known in the field of speaker design, which is not a coincidence because the problem of mechanical and acoustic vibration should be solved in the turntables. The designer Karlheinz Fink managed in the following way: back to the classical spiral spring, since other manufacturers have long replaced  spiral springs with the rubber and other materials in an attempt to lower their resonant frequency to single digits, and even Thorens, who transferred to sheet springs. And while the drawback of these latter ones was the unequal elasticity in both directions of bending, the spiral spring should have prevented the lateral shearing off the entire sub chassis, well known in the classic Thorens. There is a borrowed solution from speaker technology so that the tip of each spring is fixed into a solid speaker suspension, like the small membranes in the middle of the springs. There is no longer a “jump” of the sub chassis. The TD 309 relies on such three suspensions with the possibility of adjusting the force using the enclosed hexagon key, but this does not serve to adjust the level – use the washers for this.

    Thorens TD 309 Tri-Balance Manual Turntable - TP92 AT95B (High Gloss White) Thorens TD 309 Tri-Balance Manual Turntable - TP92 AT95B (High Gloss White)

    The exceptionally quiet single-engine motor is not separated from the floating chassis as it used to be but is fixed to it by using the same two shock absorbers from the top and bottom, which prevents vibration. By moving the engine that is eccentrically placed in the circle hole in the base and fastened with one screw, it is possible to adjust the belt tension. The engine has external power and electronic regulation and speed switching; In addition to the speed selector, there are two small openings for access to trimmers that can be fine-tuned or corrected at both speeds. The transmission is done over the belt to an aluminum pulley with a platter of pure quartz glass weighing about 2.5 kilograms, with the necessary matte. The platte lies across the rubber ring at a 60.5-millimeter circumference, where the lowest platter resonance was calculated and measured.

    TP 92 tonearm is specially designed for TD 309. It is made of rolled aluminum 9 inches long in a massive base. It runs in two axes and relies on four bearings of the Japanese MMB manufacturer, which are otherwise installed in mechanical measuring tools. The headshell is fastened with a single bolt screw to the tonearm, it can not be rotated, but it can be moved back and forth in a range of 2.5 millimeters for precise adjustment of the overhang. On the ideal tonearm, the headshell would not be mounted at the very end of the tonearm, but between the end and the middle, according to the calculation of the resonance. However, in practice, the resonance is additionally lowered by the uneven mass distribution on the body of the tonearm and the ring wieght at the critical point near the middle of the tonearm. TP 92 has anti-skip settings, VTA and header height on the elevator, while anti-skating is with the magnet. The brunt of the entire tonearm is at the height of the needle.


    The futuristic look and color of the turntable rounds off the transparent clarity cover, which, however, also makes mechanical protection and dust protection, but only on the upper side. There are also a couple of interconnect cables, scale, libel and protractor.

    Thorens TD 309 Hearing Test

    In the first version, the TD 309 was shipped with the head of the Audio Technica AT95B, later replaced by the lesser-known MM home head, Thorens TAS 267, MM with relatively standard specifications (elliptical top, 2 g, 3.5 mV, 47 kΩ ). After initial unpacking TD 309 is already set up and is ready for use immediately, including the checking of torque, tracking force, and libelle. Finally, on the turntable we needs to set a mysterious object in the form of a platter, but with a larger aperture – it is a counterweight on a rubber ring, which is positioned diametrically opposite to the tonearm base, over the shock absorber and plays a double role: establish a balance and, at the same time, further lowers the resonant frequency of the sub chassis to about four Hertzs.

    On the special Thorens’ mat of pressed cork and rubber (purchased as accessories), we put live Milve and Astor Piazzola’s “Live at the Bouffes du Nord” album in 1984. Immediately there came a mid-range amusement: the smattering of Milve’s voice and her discreet, abrupt pronunciation runs in parallel with the accordion and the violin about the same scale and are well differentiated, without confusion and struggle for domination. Voice and instruments – all with the right color and warmth. Already in the sequential numbers, the jagged piano, which struck at the deepest dirty notes, showed the sensation of rhythm and competence of this turntable, the almost-understanding of this genre of music, the piano as an instrument, and the sharp, powerful vibration of thick wires. The theater scene on which this live recording was made sounded wide and even though it did not miss the width, we had the impression that the depth was not equally represented in the reproduction.

    At the end of the album, we wondered what it was that we wanted to listen to whole. On a cheaper sets of turntables, tonearm and headshell of the same manufacturer it would be more or less implied; However, on the turntable of this class, the answer can only lie in very well-embedded “in house” components.

    On the album “Live in Vienna” the dZihan & Kamien duo from 2004, the turntable had a different task: more aggressive material, a combination of electronic and acoustic instruments and a club environment. Since this music was abundant with creations and in general with high tones, space was now even better, and the high volume of fine texture, without grain, giving enough space for percussion to breathe. In a rather complex tone picture, the turntable keeps an excellent tone balance and the autonomous space of each instrument on this very purely productive album. The sharper electronic tones still do not bother with acoustic instruments and do not turn them into artificial buzz, while the sound of the electronics is not heard as soft, but with a dose of the sharpness. Indeed, fans of either music were not dissatisfied with what they heard from their record.


    When it comes to rhythm, it is more than correct, but the TD 309 may be too shy and engineered to properly reproduce the lack of the ultimate indention of the listener into music. Distance? Not. Partying? Not. Middle? It could be said: The TD 309 best performs itself at medium complexity and loudness, though, intuition and experience tell us so much, part of this impression would be fixed by cartridge change, even by switching to MC, for which the factory tonearm is very suitable .

    If we had any doubts about the barely sharpening of the lowest octave on this otherwise very well restrained turntable, they were completely missing along with Thorens’ massive record clamp (additional accessorie), which on the records that we listeneded removed the most subtle artifacts.


    The new construction with the sub-chassis as the main adut TD 309 raises the advantages of this type of high-end turntable. In the tone language, it translates as a solid bass, the absence of coloration and a good stage. If you should describe the sound of this turntablein the shortest time, the TD 309 is a reputable reproduction player: competent and detailed with various types of music but not too analytic, although it may be less cautious and detailed and more vivid and more playable. Although we have not experimented with other cartridges, the upgrade from the factory to an even better MM or MC cartridge on the TP 92 tonearmcan only bring even better quality reproduction in this highly harmonized system. It’s a hot recommendation if you want to replace your youthful turntable with a new one, without starting from the beginning, but to jump right into turntable of the next-generation. In our opinion this is one of the best turntables under 2000 $ that money can buy.

    Very well-optimized “starter pack” components.
    Clear and precise reproduction.

    Nothing especially if it does not compare to the TD160HD.
    The “design” cover does not provide full dust protection.

    √Check The Price And Availability Here√

    Here is a video of a Thorens TD 309 turntable in action:


    Thorens TD 309 Specifications

    Base: solid chassis with floating subchassis
    Drive: belt
    Speeds: 33⅓ and 45, electronic switching
    Platter: glass
    Bearing: Sintered bronze
    Engine: DC with electronic control, on subchase
    Tonearm: Thorens TP 92
    Cartridge: Thorens TAS 267
    Dimensions (WxHxD): 47x43x11,5 V (with cover)
    Weight: 6.5 kg
    Price: $$$$

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    Rega RP1 – Review, Test and Final Verdict Fri, 11 Aug 2017 10:52:39 +0000

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    The turntable in initial class can sound soft and seductive on the first impression, but over time, that impression can turn into a feeling that we have a deal with a subtle, “lazy” device. Rega RP1 does not really belong to that line of “budget” turntable classes. We can say it is a turntable under 500$, but it has a sound like it belongs in a higher class than that. Read the details below.


    RP1 is a new entry-level model of the legendary British music company that has built its name for decades on high-quality and affordable turntables and tonearms.

    Rega RP1 replaces P1 model with upgrades that we could not just call cosmetics. Namely, RP1 has a brand new, lighter tonearm RB101, it looks like it is borrowed from the P2 model, and it’s a new platter made of highly durable and persistent phenolic resin, popularly referred to as bakelite.

    Rega does not keep up with some unspoken rules in hi-fi, especially not in the initial series. For example, the weight of the component is talking about the quality of the device. If that were really true, Rega’s cheaper devices would not be worth anything. We remember the small Rega R1 compared the competition in the same class with the impression that there was no built-in unit as light as it was. Also the low quality of the terminal. But when R1 was connected, it showed a character that did not come out of memory so easily. Simply, when Rega thinks something is not important for the sound, then it does not try to hide it. And RP1 is an unusually lightweight device, including a bakelite platter.


    The interconnection wire is not worth mentioning since it is a very cheap thing. And it can only be replaced if the mechanism is opened and the solder is used. A piece of thin cloth is on the platter, the base of the gramophone is a relatively thin panel covered with a plastic furnace. Although Rega seems to have nothing to do with the impression that it is a collection device than it really is (except “brilliant” handles), the overall RP1 is a very harmonious, eye-pleasing device designed well, not in China, but in England.

    Rega RP-1 has only one ON/OFF switch, which is also the trigger for starting/stopping the plate. To change the 33 rpm to 45 rpm and vice versa you need to remove the platter and move the rubber belt from one pulley on the other. Considering the less disturbance of the signal, this is a desirable minimalism, commonplace with other cheap turntables with audiophiles pretensions.


    Rega RP1 is a true plug & play device; It is factory-installed inexpensive, but very solid Rega Carbon MM cartridge and the tracking force is factory set to the value Rega claims in the range of 1.5 to 2 g. The counterweight, though, can move, but there is no common thread for adjusting the weight at will, which could give way to those who decide to upgrade this turntable with a tonearm that requires tracking force beyond the default range. As with the interconnect, in Rega thinks it just does not matter. If they have concluded that the Rega Carbon MM cartridge works well with RP1 then that’s the way it is.

    The Sound

    And just when Rega is a little overdone in deciding what is important and what’s wrong, they hit our ears with such a sound so we quickly forget about the interconnection stories and the impossibility of setting the tracking force. The old, pretty “dry” mono-recording of Ramsey Lewis trio revealed the contours of the sound of this turntable. In this class the turntable can “toughen” the harder footage a bit, rounding off the edges, as it does ProJect RPM4 turntable in this same class. Rega did not give up, the footage was reproduced tightly and clearly in the middle, and in the highs there were some grainy edges. The piano of Ramsey Lewis showed the correct contours of the volume in the lower registers and gave the impression of timbral correction in the higher, the double bass was fast and tense, and the drum – at least on the transitions – kept somewhat of not a very pleasant resonance, which is a matter of recordings rather than turntable. With Lewis, we came to the first conclusion; RP1 does not enhance tart recordings that respond to Rega’s philosophy of sound.

    Stevie Wonder’s albums from his most adventurous stage don’t have a hi-fi sound, are pretty dark and a bad system will give us a restriction of details. But “Sir Duke” and other hits with the Rega RP1 get on the dynamics, and the rich brass section and Wonder’s voice on the transparency. With these easy-to-see features, RP1 discovered a concealed, but precious one; Compared to the Pro-Ject, Rega RP1 drawn a smoother and darker background from the vinyl grooves.

    A better record of the cult American rocker Meat Puppets confirmed the original impression of sound tightness with less softness but more details. The voice of Curt Kirkwood is presented and in a deep perspective pushed forward. The post-punk Arctic Mokey’s latest date seemed to be warmer than we remember the sound of the same songs from the CD, but the cymbals sound is more natural and organic, just like the guitar riffs. With a great record of the Swiss avant-garde Yello and in this case, the referent Pro-Ject RPM4 and the RP1 tested have been brilliant in every way – Pro-Ject is playing a bit warmer with a more luxurious stereo picture, while Rega catches bass control and speed as well as impressive depth of stage. When Miles Davis started to play, Rega RP1 was brilliant; With a clear separation of instruments Miles’s trumpet floated in the room and conveyed the craftsmanship of the master. Impressive for this class of device with a tonearm of 50 $.

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    Here is this great turntable in action:

    Rega RP1 Specifications:

    Description: Two-speed belt-drive turntable with manual tonearm & moving-magnet cartridge. Motor: AC synchronous. Platter: phenolic resin. Speeds: 33.3 & 45rpm. Tonearm tube: aluminum alloy. Downforce calibration: none. Antiskating mechanism: magnetic. Tonearm effective length: 240mm.

    Cartridge: Ortofon OM 5E. Recommended tracking force: 1.75gm. Output: 4mV at 1kHz, 5cm/s. Wow & flutter: unspecified. Rumble: unspecified.

    Rega RP-1 Performance Pack: Upgrade kit for Rega RP-1 comprising new drive belt & platter mat, new Rega Bias 2 moving-magnet cartridge: recommended downforce, 1.75gm; output, 6.8mV.

    Dimensions: 17.5″ (450mm) W by ca 4.5″ (115mm) H (including dustcover) by 15″ (385mm) D. Weight: 9.2 lbs (4.2kg).

    Finish: Medium-gray semigloss (dark gray and white semigloss available).

    Manufacturer: Rega Research, Ltd., 6 Coopers Way, Temple Farm Industrial Estate, Southend on Sea, Essex, England SS2 5TE, UK. Web:


    Initial music genres can sound soft and seductive on the first, but over time, that impression can turn into the feeling that we have a deal with a subtle, “lazy” device. Rega RP1 does not really belong to that line of “budget” turntable classes. Like many other Rega’s products, this can be attributed to a specific character. Its focus is music and music, providing a presentation and a fast sound with a rich mid-range sound spectrum. With its debut and Genie models, Pro-ject has held power in this class of the turntables, retiring the P1 model and inaugurating the better RP1 Rega, once again throwing down the gauntlet into the face of the competition. This is a top of the record players under 500 $ class.

    No doubt, the RP1 can provide a lot of excitement and musical pleasure in the adventure of first or rediscovering the world of analog sound and magic of sour vinyl.

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    Audio Technica AT-LP5 Review Sun, 30 Jul 2017 10:27:20 +0000

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    I have to admit that I’m constantly surprised by the rate of return of the vinyl to the audio scene. At a time when every free moment of your time is valuable and there is a huge offer of simple music players, a turntable that requires time, attention and certainly not the most practical sound source is returned back to the scene.
    The record player has its own charm and impression that leaves on a listener, as well as dealing with the records and interacting with the true music lover. Looking at a few days ago by one owner and the whole rally of getting out a vinyl record from a sleeve and cleaning it, it seemed to me that the preparation to play a record makes him happy at least as well as just listening. Thus, more and more competent models are available on the market, many of which are given additional functionality, and as it usually is in a large market the prices of high-quality models are becoming more and more reasonable. The situation with new records is somewhat different, but as we have already concluded, in the world of vinyl reproduction different rules are applied.



    An excellent example of high quality and a very well equipped turntable is the Audio Technica AT-LP5. There are several segments on which this technically simple, but extremely balanced configuration rests. The device has come to the test already assembled and with a little adjustment of the geometry, I started to play records. It took me a few hours to realize that there is a Direct Drive model in front of me. Most models in the comparable price class that I have had occasion to listen to rely on the belt drive philosophy and that is for a reason.
    Direct transmission at the very beginning is simpler and requires an extremely accurate engine that performs its job with as little vibration as it can penetrate vital parts of the turntable and can significantly compromise the reproduction. The tranquility in the work shown by the construction is more like belt drive based models whose vibration, in part, eases with the drive belt itself.
    Furthermore, the chassis is fitted with metal struts that also helps with unwanted external and internal vibrations and we should not forget the finely crafted and heavy aluminum platter equipped with a rubber damping mat.


    Another interesting element is certainly the tonearm that will remind a little older analog lovers on time when Audio Technica was also a very significant tonearm manufacturer. It is “J” shape and settings are a reminder of the days when the company ran a fight with numerous competitors, of which only a small number is active today.
    The tonearm carries a lightweight HS AT10 headshell and the already prepared AT95EX cartridge. The cartridge is, of course, a derivative of the legendary AT95, which has experienced a small redesign with which the company is particularly pleased. Dual magnet has remained the backbone of the popular MM model, but minor improvements and slightly different materials have been able to further improve the already familiar amalgam of classical design, quality of production and popular price. For this occasion, the tonearm, in place of a recognizable green color, is made in even more attractive red.

    Audio-Technica AT-LP5 Direct-Drive Turntable, Black Audio-Technica AT-LP5 Direct-Drive Turntable, Black

    Let’s also mention the hydraulic lift of good precision and the anti skating force knob, the weight that is easy to set up and we have almost all the important elements for playback, as well as any future upgrade for which the AT-LP5 is created.
    Easy to set up even for a less experienced user, with a 10g headshell and a sleek design, it can accommodate a variety of cartridge models. With the quality of the base itself and the engine, this turntable is just provoking to try it at least with some more better quality headshell. Classical speeds of 33 ½ RPM and every day more interesting 45 RPM are determined by a very nice round switch, while the speed required is achieved very quickly thanks to the direct drive.


    But this is not all that Audio Technica has been packed with. There are two more useful things: It is built-in MM phono amplifier and USB port. The built-in amplifier can be turned off by a switch if the owner already has a quality solution but I recommend listening to it at least briefly. I personally stayed pleasantly surprised by the results. The USB port is an extremely convenient solution for digitizing vinyl in virtually two clicks. Just after connecting to the computer start any of the appropriate applications and start the recording.
    Audacity software comes with this Audio Technica AT-LP5 turntable, but any other software can be used depending on the user’s preferences. Please note that the software included is free and has a very frequent rhythm of new versions releases and a large user base, and is a suitable choice for targeted use. The IEC plug is designed for connection to the current so that we can experiment here as well as with the interconnect cables. For the turntable in this price range, this is really a nice package of almost anything that a user may need.

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    Hearing Test And Conclusion

    The hearing test was performed with the built-in MM amplifier and built-in tonearm. Impressions, therefore, relate to the configuration out-of-the-box as they had imagined in the factory only with checking and adjusting the geometry and tracking force. It required less than an hour and proved to be extremely simple.
    For starters, let’s say that the combination of built-in tonearm and cartridge has proven to be extremely fine to track the groove and extract large amounts of records and with slightly less preserved records. The elliptical needle is shown once again in the right light. These first impressions have motivated me to pull out the classic AT 95E which I have been keeping for years, only to mount it on quality integration. I’m really interested in its reach outside of the box it usually uses. Part of that could be seen on the test.
    Turntable sounded accentuated analogously, but with a lot of rhythms and very legato. The mid-range area was extra-supple, soft with lots of details and seemed like a pivot around which a sound image was formed. But no less praise does not deserve bass, which with its rhythm, good focus, speed, and solid depth, also has unexpectedly good control, but also a sufficient amount of detail. I could hardly even assume that the word “authoritative” would ever be used in the turntable integration test in this price class, but major orchestras were just like that. Turntable showed speed, and easily crossed heavy stocks.
    On the other side of the spectrum, one that belongs to the treble area, the situation is quite similar, but for the louder sections, the transitional peaks tend to jump a little out of the overall picture, so the louder parts can leave an unbalanced and stiff impression on the loud listening. There is not too much euphony in the sound, but in general, there is quite enough warmth, softness and suppleness.
    For an owner who wants to play safely and have an almost complete, proven solution, the Audio Technica AT-LP5 is an outstanding opportunity, but those who want to further enhance the turntable have the space to do it. Easy adjustment, superior sound for this device class, excellent equipment, and truly quality design deserve a clear recommendation.
    The tonearm proves once again why it has successfully resisted time and was also favored by other manufacturers who were charged it significantly more with their brands.

    Audio Technica AT-LP5 Specifications:

    • Direct-drive, high-torque motor
    • Fully manual operation with two speeds: 33-1/3 and 45 RPM
    • Exclusive AT95EX Dual Moving Magnet stereo cartridge with replaceable stylus
    • Lightweight AT-HS10 headshell
    • J-shaped tonearm, modeled after original Audio-Technica designs from the 1960s and ’70s, are engineered to minimize tracking errors
    • Switchable built-in pre-amplifier enables connection to components with or without a dedicated phono input
    • Anti-resonance, die-cast aluminum platter
    • Heavy rubber damping mat for improved low-frequency reproduction
    • Sleek, matte black finish
    • Includes dual RCA (male) to dual RCA (male) stereo cable, 45 RPM adapter, USB cable, and Audacity recording software for MAC or PC
    • Included dust cover and mounting hardware

    In a case you need a user manual you can download it(or view it online) in this link: Audio Technica AT-LP5 User Manual

    Here is Audio Technica AT-LP5 setup video:

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