Anonymous asked in Consumer ElectronicsMusic & Music Players · 2 months ago

Planning to buy a cheap turntable , do u think this is good ?

here are the specs, should I buy it. I wanna start collecting and playing vinyl records :)...should I get this for starters?

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  • Lance
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Those specs are meaningless and tell you nothing about how the turntable is going to preform...You need to know things like signal to noise ratio; speed deviation wow and flutter...What is the phono cartridge like and is it replaceable or up-gradable. What is the frequency response of the cartridge also Total harmonic distortion plus noise...etc...The cheapest turntable I would recommend would be the Audio Technica AT- LP60 or the Crosley C100 and then get a pair of powered speakers by Edifier or Micca...You'll get a lot better performance doing it that way...

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  • 1 month ago

    I dont know the model number and brand of this turntable but my good guess is this is typically sold in a really cheap system.  There is a vast difference in the sound quality of turntables.  I believe there is a starting point to a decent quality turntable in order to be able to hear the benefits of what analog records can provide.  The whole system matters too but if you want to hear the quality of sound that vinyl records can provide i believe $500 is a starting point.  There are many cheap and poorly made turntables out there I would not waste your time and money on them, they sound really bad.

    Each part of the turntable contributes to the sound, from the plinth, the platter, the motor. the tonearm, phono cartridge, phono preamplifier, and of course the quality of the recording.  

    Do not assume every record is going to be better than its cd counter part, because it depends on how it was recorded, who mastered it, and what it was mastered from.  Many of the newer records and mastered from digital files, some are better than the cd versions but it kind of defeats the purpose.  The best records are mastered from the original master tapes and by the better mastering engineers.  

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  • Tony B
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    It looks like it's a record player rather than a turntable.

    From the description it's impossible to comment on its quality. Apart from the dimensions all that's there is a list of features. We don't know what cartridge  and stylus are fitted, the size of the speakers or even its power output.

    You say “cheap” but don't say how much this costs. I would guess that it's very poor quality.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    A turntable is just something that spins a record around and around. The thing that really makes the difference is the phono cartridge. In fact, get a cheap basic turntable and spend your money on the phono catridge instead. BTW, most people who buy vinyl LPs do not actually play them. Every time you play them, you damage them more and more. The LP does not sound any better than a CD, and in fact sounds worse. That is why audiophiles and classical music listeners adopted the CD a lot earlier than rock and roll fans and mid- and low-fi stereo buyers. Buying an LP is a lot like buying a painting. You get the most enjoyment by looking at it. CDs are not much to look at, but they sound a whole lot better.

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  • 2 months ago

    It will work. There is nothing there to indicate the quality of the system. The description suggests it will do the job without actually being the best. Seriously good stuff costs a FORTUNE.

    The biggest risk to your vinyl records will come from careless handling and excessive wear from the stylus (the miniscule diamond tip that actually touches the record). 

    The shape of the stylus matters and so does the tracking weight (how hard it presses down on the record). The harder it presses, the more wear it will cause on the record. If it doesn't press hard enough, it will skate across the record and cause a scratch. It is hard to get it right on a system that does not offer fine adjustment. On a budget system, you will not get the best shaped stylus so you will need to be careful the tracking weight is not too high. I use about 1.4 grams but that is using a very fancy stylus. I'd imagine you will need more weight than that but try to keep it as low as you can.

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  • 2 months ago

    Brand and model? 


    If the description you provided is any clue, I suspect the thing is garbage, 

    because it looks typical of the marketing hype used by many a trash merchant. 

    Don't be cheap.

    Any new turntable worth having costs at least $240 or so.

    Even in the early 1970s when I first became aware of the details

    of good audio equipment, that price was pretty reasonable.

    Today's prices are proportionately higher.

    Bluetooth in any form is a bad attachment to a turntable. 

    • Robert J
      Lv 7
      2 months agoReport

      Agreed 100%

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