Target's Heydey $99 Turntable

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  1. vinylfilmaholic

    vinylfilmaholic Forum Resident

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    My stereo rig is nothing special but I shall try!
     
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  2. vinylfilmaholic

    vinylfilmaholic Forum Resident

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    So I’ve decided that the table is going back to Target. Now hear me out first...

    If you want to get your kids into collecting records or what not for a decent price, this is a good turntable. But for me, some things I didn’t like. The tonearm is very wobbly, lot of play in this one. Off center records sound even more off pitch with it. Any sound the table makes will be transferred into the Bluetooth signal. I didn’t test it with the RCA outs though. Also, the table does have an auto stop but it’s similar to the ones suitcase tables have. Not a fan of that.

    So for me, it didn’t suit my needs but I’m telling you guys don’t poopoo it, because its a pretty decent table for teens, kids and college students for sure.
     
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  3. Grant

    Grant Fight The Power

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    A wobbly tonearm is a bad sign, and pitch issues is something not even young people should put up with. After all, if they are just getting started, they should have better representation of what the format can give them, lest they eventually just move back to digital.
     
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  4. Cyclone Ranger

    Cyclone Ranger New old stock

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    U-Turn's starting to look better and better, isn't it? :bdance:
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  5. 2trackmind

    2trackmind Forum Resident

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    I wonder how this 'table compares to the Sony PS-LX350H that was on sale on Amazon a few years back for $63.00.
     
  6. vwestlife

    vwestlife Forum Resident

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    Best Buy is selling that model right now for $79. It's the same basic design as the AT-LP60 and numerous other turntables that have been around since 1993, just in a larger chassis. Opinions vary, but most people are happy with them, and even audiophiles like Michael Fremer and Steve Guttenberg say they're good beginner turntables.

    As for the Heyday turntable, I think it gives you all the hassle of a fully adjustable tonearm with none of the benefits, because while it's not bad for a $99 turntable, it's apparently not really worth putting a better phono cartridge on, even if it's capable of it. Also, some of the reviews on Target's web site indicate that people buying it don't really grasp the concept of zero-balancing the tonearm, and are just blindly twiddling with the counterweight until it can play their records without sounding horrible or skipping. I think beginners like that would be better served with turntables like the Sony and AT-LP60 which come with a tonearm that is pre-adjusted at the factory.
     
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  7. Dan C

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    My older daughter has been hinting for a turntable for a while now. I was considering the cheap Sony at Best Buy (I actually have one as a backup, and it sounds better than it ever should at that price...I particularly enjoy playing 45s on it).

    After seeing this thread I looked into the Heyday. It's the Bluetooth that eventually convinced me this is the one for her, as well as its simple, modern looks.

    We gave it to her for Xmas along with a few LPs I knew she'd like. My old copy of The Beatles "1", an old Greek copy of Queen's Greatest Hits (it's a little too well loved for me, I'm going to buy a new one) and The Killers "Hot Fuss". The Killers is like catnip to every white Millennial ever. Seriously, ever been in a bar with a much of Millennials when "Mr. Brightside" comes on the TouchTunes? It's hilarious.

    Anyway, she absolutely loves the turntable. I did coach her on how to balance the tonearm, and the above post is totally correct about newbies just setting it up until it doesn't skip. Yikes! But she's got it set up properly.

    She's wired it into an older little Sony CD dorm system and also uses the Bluetooth to play it through the Alexa in their kitchen that her mom gave her. She sent me some Snapchats of it running.

    She's in Denver, and yesterday she told me she and her boyfriend were going to Wax Trax in Denver to buy more LPs. This is the kid who used to HATE when I'd slip into a record store when she was little. Now she's a new fan. :righton:

    dan c
     
  8. Ntotrar

    Ntotrar Nope

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    I read this as great for kids or even the want to be audiophile with very little friends. Time for new glasses...
     
  9. uzn007

    uzn007 Pack Rat

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    Thanks for ruining your daughter's life. Ha ha ha, no seriously, nice work, Dad. You'll have only yourself to blame when you're helping her move them all from apartment to apartment.
     
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  10. SandAndGlass

    SandAndGlass Twilight Forum Resident

    Maybe it should read; "great for kids or even the want to be audiophile with very little real audiophile friends." :laugh:
     
  11. Aftermath

    Aftermath Senior Member

    Love reading stories like this.

    71 years running and the appeal of LPs goes on and on and on. . .
     
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  12. Fruff76

    Fruff76 L100 Classic - Fan Club President

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    Bought it for my 13 year old daughter. I’m going to hook it up tonight
     
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  13. vwestlife

    vwestlife Forum Resident

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    I discovered the Heyday turntable is manufactured by Leetac, the company which also makes the turntable mechanisms used in antique-style all-in-one systems (Crosley, Victrola, etc.). Its model number is E-E490.

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  14. Cyclone Ranger

    Cyclone Ranger New old stock

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    Somehow, I am not shocked. :sigh:

    This is as I guessed way back in post #18.
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  16. rischa

    rischa Forgive my irreverence.

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    So I know I kind of shat on the Heyday a few months ago, but I bought a new receiver for my 10-year old and the Heyday actually sounds pretty good through it for for 99 bucks.

    Here's a clip of Three Dog Night (and just for fun I'll post a couple more below):


    The receiver is a Sony STR-DH190, $150, speakers are Andrew Jones Pioneer bookshelf speakers, $99. The Heyday is playing through the phono-stage in the Sony. Not a bad little starter system and the kids can even play their iTunes playlists through the Sony via bluetooth.
     
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  17. rischa

    rischa Forgive my irreverence.

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    Alan Parsons (and my 3-year old daughter in the background):
     
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  18. rischa

    rischa Forgive my irreverence.

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    Queen:
     
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  19. hifitommy

    hifitommy Forum Resident

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    for a HUNDRED? not bad with a counterweight and antiskate. i can see gettng a skeptical person agreeing to see if this works well enough and then going on UP from there to a serious tt like a used technics or pio which can really lead someone into the hobby with a hands on approach.
     
  20. rischa

    rischa Forgive my irreverence.

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    Forgot about this thread...

    The Heydey I got for my kids (as seen upthread) ended up not holding speed and had tracking issues. I swapped it out for the $100 Sony (can't remember model number), and overall it's been working well, though it doesn't always hold the correct speed either.
     
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  21. MKHopkins

    MKHopkins Cool Aid Chemist

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    Picked up one of these yesterday so I can listen to my vinyl while working upstairs (main system is downstairs).

    Apparent problem with power to the motor- once belt was hooked up, turntable didn't turn although it did connect to bluetooth. Drive spindle wasn't doing anything. Took it back but they only had the one. Bought a replacement online and will try again.
     
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  22. Fruff76

    Fruff76 L100 Classic - Fan Club President

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    The platter won’t move until you move the tonearm.
     
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