quick turntable question
Cohasset / Hippisley
Tue Oct 20 09:57:49 EDT 2009
On Oct 19, 2009, at 5:14 PM, A. Joseph Ross wrote:
> I've seen old-style phonograps around in catalogs and online from
> time to time. There's also one that shows up in department stores
> and at Radio Shack now and then, a combination 3- or 4- speed record
> player, cassette player, and CD player. Trouble is, I'm not sure the
> sound quality of these things.
A related product is the combination turntable / CD-Audio recorder.
They're in a higher price range but, as a class of products, my
impression is that these all-in-one boxes are pretty poor. Marketed
as an easy way to convert your vinyl collection to digital, they've
not gotten very good reviews. A well-meaning relative of mine gave me
one (a Teac) as a holiday gift a couple of years ago. The audio from
the turntable source is awful, and quite tinny. My suspicion is that
Teac engineers "forgot" to put in the RIAA playback equalization
> I have a 4-speed turntable, which I bought from a person I knew and
> trusted some years ago at a yard sale.
I still have (and regularly use) my Miracord 50H 4-speed changer from
the 60s. I had it completely reconditioned by a speciality audio
repair shop a half-dozen years ago. The guy did a great job, but the
design is inherently less than state-of-the-art with respect to rumble
content and sensitivity to floor vibration.
I've picked up two used turntables in the past decade, a Technics SL-
DD2 and a Panasonic RD-2900, both direct drive. Neither one is
particularly fast starting, but I can "slip cue" for home segues
pretty well on either one of them with a circular piece of felt from
my wife's sewing supplies. They're only 2-speed, so I still use the
Miracord for my dad's 78s. The RD-2900 is a jewel, with very low
rumble and superior immunity to floor bounce.
For true DJ cueing applications, I've been assuming the Technics
SL-1200 series was the way to go. Maybe someday....
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