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Fitter Stoke
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Edited Mar 09, 2017, 18:37
Re: Turntables
Mar 09, 2017, 18:17
Well, as with everything else, you get what you pay for with turntables and indeed hifi in general, though there is inevitably a law of diminishing returns once you get into the big league. I'd say that you'd get maximum bang for your buck if you had around £1500 to spend on a deck - but then you'd need to spend an equivalent amount each on your amp and speakers to hear what it can do. And at least £500 on a cartridge, especially if you choose a moving coil.

I'm a bit of a Britophile where hifi - and especially turntables - is concerned. I'm very proud of my SME deck for which I had to live on baked beans for half my life to afford. But you don't have to spend a five figure sum to get a great TT.

If you can stretch to one, the iconic Linn Sondek LP12 is hard to beat. There are various specs ranging up to very silly money, but the base model (Magik LP12) sounds pretty damn stellar for its £3k price. Needs specialist set up though.

Better value - and substantially cheaper - is the Michell Gyro SE, like the LP12 a decades-old design which has truly stood the test of time. With a decent tonearm (like a Rega) you're looking at around £1,200. Check it out - it looks like a sci-fi cakestand and sounds effing marvellous.

Rega make some fine decks as well. They've recently reissued their iconic Planar 3 and it's a fine deck straight out of the box.

At starter level you can't go far wrong with Pro-Ject. Not of British origin (they're East European) but very well made and usually supplied complete with well matched Ortofon cartridges.

Remember when choosing an amp, you'll need one with a dedicated phono stage built in, or else you'll have to buy one separately. Make sure that the output of your speakers is in line with your amp. And it goes without saying: don't buy any hifi without auditioning it first - especially if you're spending big. If you get it right first time, you'll have made a great investment into years of aural pleasure.
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