Turntable (Vinyl Players)

The vinyl renaissance is truly a worldwide phenomenon.  People around the globe are crawling through their attics and basement and dusting off crates of vinyl records, rediscovering music they listened to as children or indeed music that was listened to by their parents or grandparents.  The ubiquitous turntable record players that filled just about every home in the 60 and 70 are making a comeback.

 Manual vs Automatic Turntables?

The choice of manual vs automatic turntables is definitely a personal choice.  There is a lot to be said for the KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid) Principle; there are a lot of moving gears involved in an automatic turntable that can, over time get out of alignment and cause expensive repair bills.  Having said that, a manual turntable does require a certain amount of vigilance to ensure the turntable doesn’t keep spinning in the final groove of the record and damage the delicate stylus needle (styli). Keep in mind that it would take many MANY hours of continuous running in that groove to start doing any damage to anything.

 Belt Drive vs Direct Drive?

Belt drive is much more popular in high end turntables where audio fidelity is the primary concern. The belt will absorb some of the vibration energy the motor produces, hence reducing noticable rumble. Belt drive turntables are usually a much simpler construction, with fewer electronic components to fail.

Direct Drive turntables are much more popular in the DJ scene, where being able to stop and start instantly is a necessity (Back scratching the record). Direct drive turntables tend to be much more sophisticated mechanisms that lend themselves to high speed stability, and high torque. There are some arguments for motor vibration, due to it being mounted directly underneath the platter, but that is an extremely minor concern.

 About Cartridges.

Cartridges are attached to the turntable tonearm to hold the stylus to track the grooves in the record.  The better the cartridge, the more accurately it will track the grooves, picking up more detail in the vinyl recordings.  There are two types of cartridge: moving magnet and moving coil.  Most turntables use the more common and affordable moving magnet design, and the higher audiophile grade turntables tend to use the much more accurate (and expensive) moving coil design.  The moving coil design tend to be a lot more delicate and can be easily damaged if not looked after correctly.

Moving Magnet cartridges are generally a standardised design, meaning no tweaking to the phono pre-amp is necessary. In the majority of cases, the stylus can be replaced without replacing the whole cartridge. Rega is an exception to this.

Moving Coil cartridges vary in electronic design, and some adjustments may need to be done on your phono pre-amp. You will need a phono pre-amp with an MC section. For the most part, Moving Coil cartridges will be more dynamic, and have a better depth of sound than their MM counterparts.

 Balancing Turntables.

It is important to balance a turntable arm correctly as per the cartridge manufacturer’s recommended tracking force, not only will this improve the sound of your vinyl, it will also increase the longevity of both your vinyl and stylus.

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  1. DENON DP29 Turntable with Phono Pre Amp

    Denon's DP-29F has been designed to give you maximum enjoyment out of your valuable vinyl record collection. The DP-29F features an automatic start system and a switchable PHONO equalizer enabling you to connect the turntable to any amp with an auxillary input.

    DENON DP29 Turntable with Phono Pre Amp
    As low as $339.00
  2. MAG LEV Audio ML1 Levitating Turntable

    The worlds first levitating turntable.  

    MAG LEV Audio ML1 Levitating Turntable
    As low as $3,849.00
  3. PROJECT Debut Carbon DC Turntable

    Ortofon 2M Red Upgraded! The best-buy turntable classic with carbon tonearm and DC power supply! The first Debut turntable, introduced in the late 1990s, was a revolution for the hi-fi industry. For the first time after the arrival of Compact Disc and the assumed demise of vinyl records, an analogue product re-emerged in the “mass market” – something all music lovers could afford. The new DEBUT Carbon DC has been designed to set new standards in this category for the coming decade – perfectly timed as analogue today is again a respected source, while the demand for good turntables is growing again!

    PROJECT Debut Carbon DC Turntable
    As low as $674.00
  4. PROJECT Debut Carbon EVO Turntable

    Time for Evolution. We have taken our most popular turntable design and improved every aspect of it. The result is an incredible refined product.

    PROJECT Debut Carbon EVO Turntable
    As low as $879.00
  5. PROJECT Debut Carbon RecordMaster HiRes Turntable

    Breathe new life into analogue masterpieces with DSD. Simply connect your Debut Carbon RecordMaster HiRes turntable to your PC via USB, play a record, rip your precious vinyl collection into High-Resolution Audio.

    PROJECT Debut Carbon RecordMaster HiRes Turntable
    As low as $1,088.00
  6. PROJECT Essential III Phono Turntable

    Essential III Phono takes all advantages of the regular version Essential III and adds line level output meaning no need for a phono pre-amp! Delivering audio-phile sonics in a convenient package, easy to intstall into any hifi system and to hook up to an already existing amplifier in your living or listening room.

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    As low as $719.00
  7. PROJECT Essential III RecordMaster Turntable

    Essential III turntable fitted with an Ortofon OM10 Cartridge, phono pre-amp, speed box, and USB Output

    PROJECT Essential III RecordMaster Turntable
    As low as $683.00
  8. PROJECT Essential III Turntable

    A modern classic with great sound at an attractive price! 

    PROJECT Essential III Turntable
    As low as $566.00
  9. PROJECT JukeBox E Turntable with Bluetooth Amplifier

    Audiophile “All-in-one Plug & Play“ turntable system

    PROJECT JukeBox E Turntable with Bluetooth Amplifier
    As low as $899.00
  10. PROJECT The Classic EVO Turntable

    Sub-chassis turntable with 9“ carbon/alu sandwich tonearm

    PROJECT The Classic EVO Turntable
    As low as $2,449.00
  11. PROJECT X1 Turntable

    The Pro-Ject X1 Turntable brings classic Pro-Ject design into the modern era, resulting in a superb turntable with electronic speed control, a heavy acrylic platter & a tempered carbon & aluminum tonearm.

    PROJECT X1 Turntable
    As low as $1,214.00
  12. PROJECT X2 Turntable

    Uncompromised High-End Design Luxurious turntable configuration

    PROJECT X2 Turntable
    As low as $2,024.00
  13. REGA Planar 1 Plus Turntable with Preamp

    The Rega Planar 1 PLUS is a brand new plug-and-play turntable that benefits from all of the Planar 1's advantages and adds a brand new built-in phono stage. Where this model still retains the low noise 24v motor, precision hub bearing assembly and handmade RB110 tonearm with factory fitted Carbon cartridge that could be found on its predecessor, the Planar 1 PLUS features a built-in phono stage that will offer the ability to connect this turntable directly to nearly any system with a standard line input via a phono to phono cable that comes supplied, or a phono to 3.5mm lead. With the P1 PLUS, there is absolutely no need to buy a standalone phono stage or amplifier with a built in stage.

    REGA Planar 1 Plus Turntable with Preamp
    As low as $695.00
  14. REGA Planar 1 Turntable

    The new Planar 1 is the most user friendly Rega turntable to date. Now with preset bias force on the brand new RB110 tonearm, the Planar 1 is set up in seconds after unpacking. Simply slide the balance weight onto the rear of the tonearm as far as it will go, remove the stylus guard and start spinning your favourite vinyl.

    REGA Planar 1 Turntable
    As low as $549.00
  15. REGA Planar 2 Turntable

    Featuring the brand new RB220 tonearm which is packed with groundbreaking new features.

    REGA Planar 2 Turntable
    As low as $899.00
  16. REGA Planar 3 Turntable

    New and improved design, ease of use and most importantly sound performance, the Planar Three is a completely new turntable, using just 2 components from the RP3 it replaces.

    REGA Planar 3 Turntable
    As low as $1,299.00
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