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post #1 of 7 Old 12-10-2011, 09:33 AM - Thread Starter
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My son has recently "discovered" vinyl. I want to get him an entry-level turntable in the $200 to $250 price range (preferable not a cheap plastic usb model).

Our primary use would be to playback his small, but growing LP collection, and my old Yammy RX-V1300 receiver has a phono input.

To throw a wrinkle in, I would like the ability to convert some of the albums into mp3 files for iPod playback. I also have a huge audio cassette collection, and good condition Nakamichi deck (yes, I'm 56 years old), and I wouldn't mind the ability to convert those to mp3 files, too.

After reading quite a few negative reviews about usb turnyables in my price range, I came upon an aoption from DAK (man, they're as old as I am):http://www.dak.com/reviews/2020pics.cfm#turntable1

I could really use some input here. I do know that I want a turntable in which I can switch out the cartridge (not one that comes with a permenantly attached ceramic one)...other than that, I really could use some help.
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After reading quite a few negative reviews about usb turnyables in my price range, I came upon an aoption from DAK (man, they're as old as I am):http://www.dak.com/reviews/2020pics.cfm#turntable1


Um, notice any resemblance?

For something a bit different.

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Um, notice any resemblance?

For something a bit different.

Oops. I didn't realize that everyone is selling that Technics variant. How about this for $50 more?

http://www.needledoctor.com/Pro-Ject...=2&category=46

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I'm interested in the same price range as him, but without the converting needs. Would you recommend the audio technica over the Pro-ject essentials turntable?

http://www.needledoctor.com/Pro-Ject...=2&category=46

What could I be looking for on the used market? Don't mean to jack his thread, but it sounds like we are in the same boat.

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Looks like the Pro-Ject Essential comes with a better cartridge than any of the others mentioned in the thread so far.

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I know you stated new. But I somehow feel compelled to respond about used. I'm trying to control my typing hands but some power outside my body is forcing me to type:

Look on Ebay. There are always quite a few used tables from several good companies. Like Dual for example. I just picked up a Dual table CS606 in outstanding condition with a brand new cartridge for slightly more than $100. Does it sound as good as my Rega P2? Nope. But it sounds pretty damn good. Beautiful oak wood base and semi-automatic. Just a thought.

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