What is your favourite turntable?

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by Airbus, Nov 14, 2017.

  1. Brother_Rael

    Brother_Rael Forum Resident

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    Not me, I don't have a turntable any more!
     
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    Goldmund Reference...
     
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  3. Love my LP12, but always lusted after an SME30
     
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  4. russk

    russk Forum Resident

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    Syracuse NY
    Woodsong Audio Garrard 301 with a 12 inch SME arm. One of the best sounding tables I have ever heard.
     
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  5. xmas111

    xmas111 Well-Known Member

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    Plymouth MA
    Always loved these turntables. And enjoy rebuilding them too.

    Simplicity at it's best!

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  6. Chris Schoen

    Chris Schoen Forum Resident

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    One that keeps perfect speed, has no "hum" issues, and has a cart which is well matched to the arm mass.
    That's my Denon direct drive table with a DL-110. :agree:
     
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  7. robertk

    robertk Well-Known Member

     
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  8. robertk

    robertk Well-Known Member

    That's the best I've heard as well.
     
  9. Ghostworld

    Ghostworld Forum Resident

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    That I own? Lean and mean'd SL-1600MkII

    (picking up a little dust, lately, I see.

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  10. Ghostworld

    Ghostworld Forum Resident

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    But, Stanley, micro-cassettes? Tsk. Tsk.
     
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  11. ZenMango

    ZenMango Well-Known Member

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    Florida
    La Platine Verdier. I've been in love with this table for ever. Not really attainable for me, but Lord, this checks all the boxes for me.
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  12. I like all kinds, from a looks perspective.

    The Walker is pretty sharp:

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    I like the Basis Inspiration that has already been posted.

    I like the Sota Cosmos:

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    And I think the Artisan Fidelity tables are real purty:

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    Now, sound wise, I'd probably just have to stick with what I know and that is currently the VPI HW-19 Mk. IV with a JMW-10 arm. I've heard the Walker and Sota, but at show conditions where I didn't feel like anything special was being communicated, though the Walker demo was more impressive than the Sota which was being played over some horn speakers I didn't care for. :)
     
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  13. Always liked the Clearaudio Statement but there’s no way I could afford one.

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    Somewhat the same for the VPI Classic Direct.

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  14. GyroSE

    GyroSE Well-Known Member

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    Sweden
    Michell Orbe SE and Michell Gyro SE ;)
     
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  15. Fishoutofwater

    Fishoutofwater Forum Resident

    They make great speakers too!!
     
  16. allied333

    allied333 Active Member

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    waterford, mi
    Garrard 401 on custom plinth with 12 inch Jelco tonearm. Compared to my previous Sony PS-45X with same cartridge as in the Garrard and it was no comparison. The Sony direct drive sounded 'jittery' for lack of a better word. The Garrard was smooth, open & accurate sounding.
     
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  17. Wes_in_va

    Wes_in_va Well-Known Member

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    Southwest VA
    I’ll keep mine in the realm of one that’s attainable for me if a bit of a stretch (at least til we get these kids out of the house!): the Kenwood Kd990
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  18. Jimi Floyd

    Jimi Floyd Forum Resident

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    They are not micro-cassettes, they are mini-cassettes.
     
  19. Alan2

    Alan2 Forum Resident

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    UK
    LP 12.
     
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  20. Mike from NYC

    Mike from NYC Forum Resident

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    Surprise, AZ
    I love my Kenwood 750 which I have owned since 1985. I did upgrade the arm yesterday to another Jelco but a 750E a 10" arm. The original arm pictured here is 9.5" !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a weird length!

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    Here's a photo of my late Dad's last turntable which he bought in the late 70s - a Kenwood KD 500 with an SME 3009 Series 2 improved arm.

    Still works like new!

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  21. TheVinylAddict

    TheVinylAddict Forum Resident

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    Arizona
    You have great taste. I have been looking for a KP-9010 for a while now in great shape.... This "Japanese market only" Kenwood, and was originally tabbed as the KP-1100 until they changed the name. The 750 you have is nice also, same timeframe as the 1100 / 9010,.

    KD-990 was sent to US in that timeframe also (KP-990 for the Japanese market), it has the spider chassis like the 9010.

    Kenwoods are great TT's and one of the most underrated IMHO.
     
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  22. tyinkc

    tyinkc Forum Resident

    I have three really, depending on price point:
    If I win the lottery- The top of the line Kronos Pro (gives me goosebumps)
    10k-15k range - Clearaudio Inn0vation wood (a longtime fave)
    3k - 5k range - E.A.T. C-Sharp (lucky to own one. Fantastic table and sexy looking to boot.)
     
  23. nosliw

    nosliw Forum Resident

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    Ottawa, ON, Canada
    Lots of really neat looking turntables in this thread. Keep 'em coming!

    I'd love to at least try this Nakamichi TX-1000 turntable:

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  24. Bill Hart

    Bill Hart Forum Resident

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    Austin
    If you are looking for turntable porn, @rockitman, who I thought used to post here, recently acquired an AS turntable which handily outperforms his big TechDas and some high end Clear Audio unit. He sourced this unit, which is a reboot of the original from David Karmeli, who has all the big dog tables.
     
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  25. I've always loved the looks of this Thorens TD550. It's way above my pricepoint, but I wouldn't hesitate for a second to buy one if I could. In the meantime I'm more than pleased with my Oracle Paris MkV.

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