Depends on budgetStill have loads of vinyl but have no turntable, Thorens TD280 mk 11 was my last, motor packed up 2 years ago and its never been replaced. What is a reasonable turntable to have these days?
Hey, I started out with a Systemdek IIX bought in 1985. It was a close call against a Linn Sondek LP12 but I decided that I would split my £1000 budget more evenly rather than spend 60% on the deck alone. I started out with the AR Cambridge A60 amplifier which I upgraded in 1989 to a Linn LK1/LK280 pre/power amp setup and Pro-ac Super Tablet speakers which are still going strong after 24 years!System Dek I bought in '81 now hooked into computer through a gizmo called VidBox (can use with vhs player as it has video.) use vidbox software (has some glitches with Vista but will sort out sometime) outputs to mp3.
My B&W speakers and Harman/kardan HK 750 lput out to pasture in practice room as all stuff we use in house uses HDMI cables now.
Depends on budget
Project RPM 3 less that £170 with arm/cartridge - 5* What HIFi award
There are other good Project decks below £500 (or above).
Rega still do some great turntables from around £200 up to as much as you want to spend.
I don't think I'd look at much else unless you want to spend £500 to £700 or more.
Or you could get an ex-demo from somewhere like Vickers Hi-Fi Specialists, York, North Yorkshire, UK
Check out my comment above. It all depends on what you want to spend but the Project deals are pretty good and usually include and arm and cartridge to get you going.Got rid of my deck about 12 years ago, can't even remember what it was, but it was british and used different coloured cables for left and right compared the the red/whaite standard. Still have the best of my records. Need to find a deck to copy them to CD. Then I'll keep the vinyl for copyright, but use the CDs for practicality. Any suggestions for an affordable, yet OK deck?
Doesn't it depend on what polystyrene, what needle, what tip, whether it is solidly mounted or on a 0.974 mm bed of Blu Tack, record clamp, lo ox cabling and solid gold connectors?A non-record owning friend asked if it was a USB turntable, and I had to spit on the floor.. they sound like a polystyrene cup with a needle stuck in it!