Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by ubsman, Mar 10, 2007.
What were these new?
I'm not sure about their turntables, but if the build quality is anything like their late model Mitsubishi FUSO trucks (bad brakes, glove box doors that fall off, etc), I wouldn't want any part of it. Actually, I did find a throwaway Mitsubishi linear tracker setup from the 80s - the one that could be stood up on end (but unfortunately, it was too messed up by it's previous owner to fix, so I parted it out). Construction-wise, it seemed to be made reasonably well. Not sure of the electronics or whether service would be necessary (or available) for such a turntable. Best wishes.
The better Mitsubishi stuff is well made. I have a first generation DP-101 CD player circa 1983 and it's built like the proverbial tank. Made to last. Amazing stuff.
Their electronics, specially the stuff made in the late 1970's was very good also. In Japan they went by the trade name "Diatone".
If the turntable weighs more than 20 lbs it's probably of good quality.
Am I right in thinking that 70's Mitsubishi equipment were also tagged MGA?
Yeah, that's correct. The earliest Mitsubishi units were distributed by MGA in the USA and used the name along with the familiar three diamond logo. By 1980 they were simply branded "Mitsubishi"...
It sure sold fast. I guess I should have checked into it although I'd rather find a good Thorens or Dual.
Thorens 'tables sound great and are very well built (the ones I've heard, anyway,) but they can be a real b#tch to set up—keep that in mind if you're not inclined to fiddling with things (IME, YMMV, etc.)
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