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WHICH TURNTABLE TO BUY

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January 26, 2011 4:26:41 PM

HELLO. I HAVE A NUMARK LP2CD TURNTABLE FOR TRANSFERING MY VINYL TO CD.. I ALSO HAVE A DENON DP-29F I USE FOR ONLY VINYL LISTENING..THE SPEED KEEPS CHANGING WHILE PLAYING, AND SOMETIME STOPS. LOOKING TO PURCHASE A NEW UNIT IN THE 150 TO 300 DOLLAR RANGE FOR VINYL LISTENING ONLY..ANTY IDEA WHICH TURNTABLE WOULD BEST FIT MY NEED AND PRICE RANGE? ALSO A NEEDLE/STYLUS UPGRADE WOULD BE NICE FOR BETTER SOUND.. ANY IMPUT , GREATLY APPRECIATED.. THANKS......"C"

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January 27, 2011 1:46:00 PM

It is probably worth having the Denon repaired by the service center, rather than buying a new one.
The best type of turntable is straight line tracking.
The best type of stylus is an upper end unit, such as a Shure.
A better sounding stylus is moving coil, but requires more tracking weight, which wears the LPs out faster.
In any case, it is better to let the experienced technician install the cartridge in the turntable, and test the tracking, before playing your records.
January 27, 2011 2:02:52 PM

soundguruman said:
It is probably worth having the Denon repaired by the service center, rather than buying a new one.
The best type of turntable is straight line tracking.
The best type of stylus is an upper end unit, such as a Shure.
A better sounding stylus is moving coil, but requires more tracking weight, which wears the LPs out faster.
In any case, it is better to let the experienced technician install the cartridge in the turntable, and test the tracking, before playing your records.

THANKS FOR THE SOUND ADVICE..MY MAIN CONCERN WITH REPAIR IS THAT THE SAME PROBLEM MAY OCCUR.MANY OTHER USERS HAVE SAME PROBLEM. I'D HATE TO FIX A PROBLEM WITH A PROBLEM..WORTH A TRY THO. I'LL CALL FOR REPAIR COST AND "SHURE" STYLUS..THANKS.. "C".
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January 27, 2011 2:10:55 PM

"The best type of turntable is straight line tracking."

Where did you hear that ? I guess you've never heard a Linn Sondek with a Breuer or SME Series V arm.

It's true there have been many attempts to build reliable straight tracking turntables (Technics and Bang & Olufsen, notably) but most current models are very expensive and so complex as to really qualify as experimental -- you certainly would not use a relatively cheap cartridge like a Shure with one.

A sensibly designed conventional arm will do the job, the main requirements being precision bearings low mass and rigidity (for example Mission 774 , Rega and the arms supplied with Project turntables. ).

As for Moving Coil, these require a special phono stage in the amp/receiver or preamp. You're right about tracking weight -- but not wear -- I used Ortofon and Audio Technica MC cartridges for years and my vinyl collection is in pretty good condition still.
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