Target's Heydey $99 Turntable

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by jmobrien68, Dec 3, 2018.

  1. jmobrien68

    jmobrien68 Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Toms River, NJ
    Thoughts?



    Good entry level option for a kid?
    Counterweight, anti-skate, pre-amp, option for cartridge upgrade...
    Is this a decent way to send a beginner down the rabbit hole or is it garbage?
     
  2. rockin_since_58

    rockin_since_58 Forum Resident

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    Simi Valley, CA
    Looks like it would be perfect to get a kid started on vinyl.
     
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  3. SandAndGlass

    SandAndGlass Twilight Forum Resident

    On these entry level TT's, I would stick to used records as much as possible.
     
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  4. forthlin

    forthlin Forum Resident

    Pretty sweet for $100. There are plenty of people, mostly younger ones, for whom bluetooth is the only thing they're interested in so this is for that crowd. Target is having some kind of sale just about every day now. If someone is thinking of picking one of these up you might wait to see if they're going to have a deal.

    BTW, I was in Target yesterday and noticed they had some vinyl--very limited but some Beatles, Hendrix, mostly classic rock stuff, might have been a James Taylor hits album. I know the discount stores have been stocking some vinyl for a while but this was the first time I had see it in my neighborhood store.:)
     
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  5. McGuy

    McGuy Forum Resident

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    I saw that too at Target! not cheap but probably standard retail pricing. Mine had quite a few DSOTM reissues and Appetite for Destruction. And Marvin What's Goin On.
     
  6. allied333

    allied333 TUBE AMPLIFIER REBUILDER - inquire

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    Unbelievable for $100. Great for kids or even the want to be audiophile with very little funds.
     
  7. Deuce66

    Deuce66 Forum Resident

    the software costs will kill you, cheap table, $50 vinyl....
     
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  8. Spin Doctor

    Spin Doctor Forum Resident

    There's plenty of great sounding, brand new vinyl to be had for less than half that price, all day, everyday. Then there's thrift stores, ebay, friends, neighbors, etc. Friends of parents that will just give you vinyl... I gave my piano tuners daughter literal crates of records. Software is not a deal at all. If you wanna spend big money on records, that's strictly a personal choice.
     
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  9. rockin_since_58

    rockin_since_58 Forum Resident

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    Just got back from Target... Picked up the Marvin Gaye What's Going On and Hendrix Smash Hits with alternate cover.
     
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  10. forthlin

    forthlin Forum Resident

    Had that one in my hand but put it back. Looks good though!
     
  11. lightbulb

    lightbulb Not the Brightest of the Bunch

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    Yes, new vinyl at can be had at reasonable prices, as long as patience and discipline are exercised.

    For teenagers/children, parents can supervise login to family friendly SHMF right here, and dive into the Discussion Thread:
    • “Coupons, Discounts & Sales”
    Then:
    • Enter inquiries on CamelCamelCamel
    • Also “Heidoc”, for Amazon tracking and inquiries.
     
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  12. vinylfilmaholic

    vinylfilmaholic Well-Known Member

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    Orange County, CA
    I might get one of these for my bedroom. Its a small area.

    I wish I could have seen if there was much wobble in that video but I’m convinced. Could be worth a shot for $99.
     
  13. uzn007

    uzn007 Pack Rat

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    Anything to keep the youth off the Crosleys is good IMO.

    I haven't watched the video yet, but is there reason to believe that this is better than, say, the $100 Audio-Technica?
     
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  14. vinylfilmaholic

    vinylfilmaholic Well-Known Member

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    Orange County, CA
    Anti-skate, counterweight. No auto functions as far as I can tell.

     
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  15. Aftermath

    Aftermath Senior Member

    That turntable looks like a great deal to me. :thumbsup:
     
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  16. lightbulb

    lightbulb Not the Brightest of the Bunch

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    I wonder how this stacks up in comparison to a Crosley, feature-wise and quality-wise...
     
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  17. SpeedMorris

    SpeedMorris Forum Resident

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    Iowa
    My gosh, 6th-9th grade me would have been over the moon opening this box on Xmas/birthday. Then again, BT speakers in 1965 left something to be desired. I probably would have saved my paper route money for a $4.95 Lepai-Lepy amp and some $21.95 Andrew Jones SP22 speakers.
     
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  18. Cyclone Ranger

    Cyclone Ranger New old stock

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    Best Coast USA
    Uhhh, let me get this straight... 99 bucks, and it includes wireless, a cart, and a preamp?

    Sooo... just how good do you think the bearing, motor, build quality, sound quality, etc. will then be, even by el cheapo TT standards? :sigh:

    Unless it’s being sold as a pretty huge loss-leader for Target, would think it’d have to have ‘Crosley-like’ internals/quality. Hope I’m wrong.
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  19. Did you all start on Linn's ???

    It's a starter TT at starter pricing.
     
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  20. Cyclone Ranger

    Cyclone Ranger New old stock

    Location:
    Best Coast USA
    So’s a U-Turn. But it’s actually good. :)

    To be fair, I haven’t heard or inspected a Heyday yet. But given the economics and the ‘target audience’ (forgive the pun), I’m not optimistic.

    YMMV.
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  21. SandAndGlass

    SandAndGlass Twilight Forum Resident

    It does look like a nice starter TT.
     
  22. MondoFanM

    MondoFanM Member from ATX

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    Austin
    I am astounded by the defeatable phono pre and dustcover! Cheap enough to pick one up to play with
     
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  23. Spin Doctor

    Spin Doctor Forum Resident

    It's like some of these guys have zero life perspective... I guess everyone's first car needs to be a Ferrari.
     
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  24. rockin_since_58

    rockin_since_58 Forum Resident

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    Simi Valley, CA
    Could be a loss leader now that they are selling vinyl in Target. My local Target had a decent selection of popular titles with prices comparable to Amazon.
     
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  25. Bill

    Bill Senior Member

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    Eastern Shore
    I think it's a great way to introduce the masses to the sonic wonders of vinyl without requiring them to mortgage their homes and learn about the mysteries of anti-skating and VTA that fascinate us so. Opens up a whole new market: normal people!
     
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