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    1. Sony PSLX250H Turntable
    $212.11 list($399.95)
    2. Audio-Technica AT-PL120 Professional
    $119.95 list($129.95)
    3. Rio S35S Sport Digital Audio Player
    $89.88 list($119.99)
    4. Sony TC-WE305 Dual Cassette Deck
    $18.47 list($25.00)
    5. Shure SFG-2 Stylus Tracking Force
    $249.00 list($389.00)
    6. HERCULES DJ Console Portable DJ
    $75.89 $72.22 list($139.95)
    7. Audio TechnicaAT-PL50 Belt Drive
    $149.99 $137.78
    8. Denon DP-29F Fully Automatic Turntable
    9. Stanton STR8-30 Direct Drive Turntable
    10. S-CUSH
    $78.95 list($149.99)
    11. Rio S30S Sport 64 MB MP3 Player
    Too low to display $249.99 list($799.00)
    12. Stanton STR8-100 Direct-Drive
    $197.99 list($299.99)
    13. Ion iCD03 DJ CD Player Mixing
    $349.99 $253.54 list()
    14. Numark BATTLEPACK2002 Complete
    $79.95 list($129.99)
    15. Teac P-988 Full Automatic Turntable
    $113.99 list($179.99)
    16. Panasonic SLBD20D Semi Automatic
    $29.95 list($45.00)
    17. Stanton 500 AL II Phono Cartridge
    $509.95 list($699.99)
    18. Technics SL-1200MK2PK Turntable
    $24.95 list($34.99)
    19. Gruv-Glide Anti-Static Record
    $24.00 list($34.94)
    20. STANTON MAGNETICS Record Cleaner

    1. Sony PSLX250H Turntable
    by Sony
    list price: $99.99
    our price: Too low to display
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00005T3XH
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 1039
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan Product Description

    Get into the groove with the fully automatic PS-LX250H turntable from Sony. Hook the turntable up to any stereo and reacquaint yourself with all of your old vinyl records. The turntable is compatible with all stereo receivers, even units without traditional phono input jacks.

    The PS-LX250H doesn't require a lot of setup out of the box. A built-in preamplifier adjusts the audio output, giving you a terrific sound. The phono cartridge with a diamond stylus needle snaps right into place. Adjust the turntable EQ setting to your stereo receiver's input configuration and you are ready to go.

    The PS-LX250H spins at 33-1/3 and 45 rpm, allowing you to enjoy albums and singles. A spindle adapter is included for your singles. All of the controls are on the front panel and easy to access. The fully automatic, belt-drive turntable features push-button controls that allow you to change the turntable speed and record size, and raise the tone arm automatically.

    What's in the Box
    Turntable, dust cover, 45 rpm record adapter, user's manual, warranty information. ... Read more


    • Convenient front-mounted controls for simplicity
    • Fully automatic operation
    • Supports 33-1/3 and 45 rpm playing speeds
    • Belt-drive system
    • Static balance tonearm

    Reviews (27)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
    Husband was looking for a turntable to connect to our stereo system since our "old" turntable did not have it's own amp and wouldn't work without a pre-amp.I, not knowing diddly about any of the above ordered this turntable for his anniversary present.He is thrilled with it.Plugged it in, turned the amp or equilizer switch to the proper position and he was in heaven.Taught high school band for 18 years and wanted to listen to some of his old teaching tools after changing professions.Loved it!It's probably not heavy duty enough for serious vinyl lovers but it fits the bill for us.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Not Bad 4.25 stars
    My only problem with this turntable is that it is a belt-driven system. the "belt" comes loose quite often. When the belt comes loose, the vinyl record doesn't not play correctly. After about 4 years, the belt came loose daily. It's not a bad turntable but Direct Drive systems are much better

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best inexpensive turntable anywhere!
    I love this turntable! Sound quality is superb. Features are great. It has a start button so just put the album on and hit start and you're in bisiness! Of course, you can also manually put the needle on too. Just so you know, you will have to hook up the belt and set a equilization switch (depending on whether you have phono imput or not). Follow the directions closely and these two things will take only 10 minutes. I happen to have a phono input on my receiver, but for those who don't, that equilization switch could be a god-send. I like the fact that this turntable is super cheap yet still very good performance. Highly recommended!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great turntable for the newcomer.
    I'm a newcomer to the vinyl scene. With pretty much no knowledge about turntables I was looking for one that was pretty much idiot proof.

    This bad boy fit the bill. Out of the box all you have to do really is attach the drive belt and attach the platter, and depending if you have a phono input on you're receiver, you have to click the built in preamp switch on or off. No calibration of speeds was necessary. Whole process from unpacking to playing LP took 5 minutes at most. My bedroom system consists of the following:

    Sony STR-6045 Receiver (1974)
    Sony PSLX350H Turntable
    Klipsch SB-1 Bookshelf's
    Monster Cable & Acoustic Research Interconnects

    My receiver has a phono input, so I didn't have to use the built in preamp. The first 2 LP's I tested was a copy of Death Cab For Cutie "Transatlantiscm" and John Coltrane "A Love Supreme". I hit the "Start" button on the front of the turntable and the arm automatically went up, then down on the edge of the easy was that?

    Right of the bat I noticed that sound was spectacular. The highs were crisp and the bass was low and distortion free. It could be my particular setup, but I was really impressed. My receiver was built in 1974, so I can only imagine how it would sound through a modern day receiver. I have absolutely no complaints as far as sound quality.

    I next hooked up the turntable to my PC to rip some 7" singles that I had acquired. I ran the turntable with the built in preamp on to my SoundBlaster Live! Card with a Monster Cable RCA to mini cable. I ripped the tracks using MusicMatch and encoded at 128kbps. The whole process went off without a hitch. The mp3s sounded great and the process couldn't have been easier.

    Now onto my complaints:

    1.The overall feel of this turntable is kind of cheap. It seems pretty much all plastic. But then again, at this price what do you expect?

    2.The feet are not adjustable.

    3.I have heard that replacing the stylus is a total pain. I have not yet had to do so, but it seems according to others that it is only available through Sony for $50. I do suspect that by going to you will be able to find a suitable replacement though, and for considerably less.

    To wrap it up, this is a great turntable for a beginner. Spectacular if you take the price into consideration. Right out of the box it was easy to set up and use. While the build quality is questionable, at the price you can't really complain. I do plan to upgrade to a higher quality manual turntable once I read up on how to properly calibrate and care for it.

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    2-0 out of 5 stars Not bad for a reasonably priced DISPOSABLE product.
    Like most SONY products the PS-LX250H performs well. It is also very reasonably priced.

    However, like the oil in your car, turntable stylus replacement becomes necessary with time and use. Suddenly, the bargain quickly disappears. The stylus which is only available directly from SONY currently costs $55.52 plus shipping and handling. If SONY would dramatically lower the replacement stylus cost, this turntable would rate 5 stars for it's price to performance value.

    This model should serve well if only occaisonal, casual use is foreseen or if you don't mind paying $15,000 for an oil change. ... Read more

    2. Audio-Technica AT-PL120 Professional Direct-Drive Turntable
    list price: $399.95
    our price: $212.11
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00012EYNG
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: AUDIO TECHNICA
    Sales Rank: 1085
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    High-torque, direct drive motor * quartz-controlled speed lock * manual, 3-speed operation (33, 45, and 78 rpm) * built-in selectable phono preamp * cast aluminum platter with slip mat ... Read more


    • S-shaped tone arm assembly with adjustable counterweight, antiskate adjustment, tone-arm height adjustment and lock
    • Measures 17.8 x 6 x 13.9 inches (W x H x D)
    • Selectable internal stereo phono preamplifier--choose from phono or line-level output
    • Direct-drive, high-torque motor; includes professional cartridge and headshell
    • Selectable 33-1/3, 45, and 78 rpm speeds; +/-10 percent or +/-20 percent pitch adjust; high-accuracy quartz-controlled pitch lock

    Reviews (10)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Sent it back
    I loved it until it started to hum.I sent it back..

    5-0 out of 5 stars You will fall in love with this turntable!
    It's hard not to have the twinkle in your eye and Cloud 9 aura about you after buying this turntable.This gorgeous, solidly constructed turntable will seduce you with its sound and its aesthetic appeal.Assembly only takes a minute or two, and the instruction manual is well-written.This turntable does not feel like a plastic hunk of junk that will die in a few years.With the way this mostly-metal turntable was designed and constructed, I expect to grow old with it.Believe all these five-star reviews--it is easy to fall in love with this turntable.It looks and sounds great and is worth every penny!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Treat Your Ears!
    The AT PL120 is a the best "bang for the buck" for a mid-priced good sounding home use table I've come across yet. It has DJ features like reverse, stylus light, up to 20% pitch adjustment etc-but it's not really a DJ table. I would characterize this machine as a good home system unit suitable for the non "audiophile" who nevertheless appreciates good sounding vinyl. The supplied cartridge sees to that quite well. It really sounds good on a variety of music. The tables DJ features are just uneeded "extras" in my opinion. The important stuff is the direct drive motor which is powerful with lots of torque. The quartz lock control is dead on-what you really need. All in all this is a good sounding good value no fuss home unit. If you're really a DJ get a Technics 1200 instead-don't waste your time with the AT PL120. However, if your reading this I'll bet your not a DJ but just enjoy listening to vinyl-if so go for it! You can't go wrong with this one!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Not up to par
    I ordered the PL120 and I am surprised at the design flaws it has. For one thing the cables are the shortest length I have ever seen in a commercial turnatable(less than three feet). It has no rubber mat. It has a fabric slip mat, but that is supposed to sit on the bare aluminum platter. The motor has a plenty of torque and it seems to run quite steady. The tracking force adjustment is very touchy - it comes out of adjustment sometimes . The anti-skating does not seem to have much effect. The cueing has a height adjustment, but it is quite jumpy as well. This is not acceptable in an 'Audiophile' machine - much less a 'DJ Grade' turntable. The cartridge that comes with it is not high-end , but it is acceptable. It does look sharp though.

    5-0 out of 5 stars New life to my old records
    I had an old Technics turntable that was cheap to begin with, and it needed parts to work, so I started looking around for a new turntable. I am surely glad I read the reviews posted here on Amazon, because they convinced me to buy the AT-PL120. The turntable arrived today 2-25-05, and I put it together almost immediately. I have never experienced a turntable of this quality before. I swear the old records sound much richer and clearer than they ever did before. I really appreciate the pre-amp, because my surround sound amp does not have turntable jacks. This was my first experience with a direct drive versus my belt drives of the past. What a huge noticeable difference. My wife and I kept all of our records, and it was very nice to listen to some of our old favorites in amazingly clear sound that is so rich. If you want to resurrect your old record collection and possibly hear that music in more detail than ever before, you should consider this very nice quality turntable. It far exceeded my expectations. ... Read more

    3. Rio S35S Sport Digital Audio Player
    by Rio
    list price: $129.95
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00006HYJ5
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Rio
    Sales Rank: 4571
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan Product Description

    Designed with the athlete in mind, this compact Rio MP3 player provides rugged durability and up to two hours of skip-free music. Store and play MP3 and WMA digital music files with 128 MB of built-in memory, or listen to your favorite radio station with the integrated FM tuner. Advanced navigation and a large, backlit display make finding songs and artists simple, while the USB connection and Rio Music Manager software provide quick and easy music file transfers. Perfect for the gym, it has a built-in clock and stopwatch and up to 10 hours of battery life. Packaged with incredible software to help you organize your music, including RealOne, iTunes, and MoodLogic software to create mixes for 100 tracks. Upgradable to 256 MB using MMC memory cards (not included). Includes sport earphones, carrying case with belt clip, adjustable sport armband, one AAA battery, and USB cable. PC and Mac compatible. ... Read more


    • Includes earbuds, carry case with clip and armband, AAA battery, USB cable, and music management software
    • 128 MB on-board memory; expandable up to 256 MB via MMC cards
    • Supports MP3 or WMA files; upgradeable for future music formats; PC and Mac compatible
    • Integrated FM tuner, clock, and stopwatch; water and impact resistant
    • Up to 10 hours' playback on one AAA battery; accepts NiMH rechargeables

    Reviews (242)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Surprised sound quality.
    Pleasantly surprised with the sound quality in such a small and light device. Earbuds just so so. (Use my own superior earbuds, so it's okay.) The FM tuner reception is not that good, that's why the four stars. Bought this manufacturer-refurbished for about $50. Spend an additional $27 for an SD 512 mb flash memory(512 mb works in the external memory slot!). The software works well with my Windows XP/Windows Media 10. For less than $80 I get 640 mb of total memory, more than enough for what I need.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Better hope nothing breaks cuz you'll be buying a new one
    Rio no longer supports this model and the Sports case is cheap and breaks easily. Once it breaks, you are out of luck because Rio only carries replacement parts for their newest models. Do yourself a favor and buy something dependable with good product support such as Ipod, Iriver, or CreativeLabs..Leave Rio alone.

    5-0 out of 5 stars So far so good
    I've had my Rio for a couple of days now. It's been working great. The bundled software is not all that great, but if you have Windows XP and Windows Media Player 10 then you can use that. The player has good sound and is really durable. The armband took me a minute to figure out but everything works great. The internal memory is a nice starting size. I was able to fit 54 tracks on my internal memory (64Kbps - WMA format). I bought a 128MB card for $18 and that works perfect and now I have over 100 tracks on my player. I've been hearing that the player can handle cards up to 512MB despite what the specs say. I haven't tested it so it's still a rumor to me.

    In conclusion, for the price this player is a very good buy. I use it when i work out and the armband is a nifty way to keep the player close but out of the way. I'm not sure is the USB interface is version 1 or 2 but the interface is really quick. When I update my track listing it takes about 1 minute and a half to transfer 54 tracks to my player. Check the Rio site frequently for firmware upgrades. When I got mine i had to upgrade the firmware which is a sinch and take about 30 seconds to do.

    Just to add, many have complained about how the player tends to slip out of the armband when you move excessively (ex. Running or jogging). I have to say that I use my Rio everyday while running and have yet to have it slip out of the armband. I run just like everyone else, and wear it while playing basketball also and it has not fallen once.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great, But It Has a Few Flaws
    The Rio Sport is an excellent little mp3 player.The sound quality is great as is the display. While, the original model came with only 128MB of internal memory, it has an SD slot making expansion fairly inexpensive, especially in 2005 when 512MB is available for $50.

    In general, the construction is rugged with a rubberized enclosure apparently meant to reduce the affects of impact from dropping. It is also has a rather compact, odd shape that is probably less than ideal for someone wanting to store it in his pocket.

    While there are a handful of small design flaws, two features that are particularly annoying.First, it has a four position concave rocker switch that is extremely sensitive.While this is great to use blindly with your thumb, it creates a real problem when placing the unit in a pocket as switch easily depresses, causing the RIO to change songs, stop, or pause.

    In short, the Rio Sport is a decent mp3 player that could use a couple of minor interface modifications and feature enhancements

    Excellent sound quality
    Good battery life

    Main concave control button very sensitive, too easily depressed
    Plastic bracket interferes with buttons and jack
    Uses AAA batteries instead of AA

    ****Note that the technical description in Amazon is incorrect regarding the memory type and expandability.It uses and SD card and can go over 128 MB in total.My 512 MB card is working fine.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great little mp3 player
    I used mine over 8 hours a week for over two years in a gym.It took many hard hits and continued to work.It worked for 6 months even after the plastic case was cracked.But the internal memory is starting to fail.Perhaps using it in a steam room was just too much for it.Very well made! ... Read more

    4. Sony TC-WE305 Dual Cassette Deck
    by Sony
    list price: $119.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00004VWGK
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 7953
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
    US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan Product Description

    Tapes can still sound great, especially when you have a good deck to play them on. The Sony TC-WE305 cassette deck has all the basic features you need in an dual well unit. Normal and high speed dubbing are possible with a touch of a button. Dolby B noise reduction reduces hiss and distortion, while an integrated MPX filter further enhances the listening experience. High-density permalloy heads are durable and squeeze more sound quality out of your cassettes. Meanwhile, LED peak level meters help you determine the best recording level for your CD and tape dubs. Lastly, twin analog tape counters help you keep tabs on your recording and playback progress.

    ... Read more


    • Measures 16.9 x 4.7 x 11 inches (WxHxD)
    • High-quality dual-well cassette deck
    • Tape to tape high speed dubbing
    • Dolby B noise reduction, MPX filter
    • LED peak level meters

    Reviews (2)

    5-0 out of 5 stars There's nothing wrong.
    I've had no problems with my deck. It still runs the same as when I bought it. I do pampere my equipment however. I've even recorded from my studio equipment to the deck and had minimal generation loss.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Very poor product
    This is by far the worst dual cassette deck that I have ever purchased. The play back and record have very poor sound quality. The tapes regardless of what kind, do not play at the right speed, in other words they play slower then other tape decks.
    Very unhappy. ... Read more

    5. Shure SFG-2 Stylus Tracking Force Gauge
    by Shure
    list price: $25.00
    our price: $18.47
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00006I5SD
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Shure
    Sales Rank: 16023
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    Product Description

    The Shure SFG-2 stylus tracking force gauge is the industry standard.This simple-to-use measuring device was developed to give listeners a way to insure against the problems caused by improper tracking force settings, which include mistracking, excessive record and tip wear, and poor sound reproduction.This gauge is a highly accurate beam balance instrument designed to measure the actual downward force exerted by a stylus on a record over the range of 0.5 to 3.0 grams.Each gauge is individually calibrated, and displays readings in 0.05 gram increments in order to provide a precise measurement of stylus tracking force. ... Read more


    • Shure Tracking Force Gauge measures force of turntable stylus
    • Precise, 0.05 gram increment scale measures force of stylus on record
    • Prevents mistracking, excessive record and tip wear, and poor sound reproduction
    • For use with all Shure and other brands of turntable stylus

    6. HERCULES DJ Console Portable DJ Console
    by Hercules
    list price: $389.00
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000U3CJ6
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Hercules
    Sales Rank: 21967
    Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
    US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan Product Description

    Why haul around all your DJ equipment along with that crate of records when you can take everything you need with you in a digital deck the size of a small mixer? Make the move from analog to digital with the Portable DJ Console. In a compact console that combines a DJ mixer and two turntables all in one, you'll find everything you need to mix, scratch, and manipulate digital music in real time.

    The Portable DJ Console accesses thousands of digital audio tracks in MP3, WMA, or CD formats from your computer via the supplied powered USB cable (which means that no other power supply is needed). You can mix directly on the console by spinning and scratching the two vinyl-style jog wheels, adjust cue points to create great loops, adjust bpm (beast per minute) for smooth transitions between tracks, and speed up or slow down music.

    The Portable DJ Console supports popular audio software applications including Cakewalk SONAR, SONAR 2, SONAR 3, Cakewalk Pro Audio, Home Studio, Steinberg Cubase VST, Cubase SX, Emagic Logic Audio, Ableton Live and many more. It also comes bundled with a variety of applications to get you started including Virtual DJ (DJ Console Edition) from Atomix Productions, New DJ SE from GMIXON, Ots CD Scratch 1200 and OtsDJ demo from Ots Labs, Storm 2.0 DJ Edition from Storm Music Studio, and DJ Console Softmapper from Hercules, which lets you assign keyboard shortcuts to the console's digital controls.

    Connections include MIDI in/out, 5.1-channel output via minijack (3.5mm) or RCA plugs, stereo line input (2 RCA plugs), .25-inch (6.35 mm) stereo microphone input, and .25-inch (6.35 mm) stereo headphone output.

    What's in the Box
    Portable DJ Console, protective cover, shoulder strap, USB cable, bundled software on CD-ROM, user's manual, and warranty information. ... Read more


    • Access thousands of your favorite digital tracks
    • Find any title in seconds
    • Supports audio applications including -
    • Cakewalk SONAR, SONAR 2, SONAR 3, Cakewalk Pro Audio, Home Studio, Steinberg Cubase VST, Cubase SX, Emagic Logic Audio, Ableton Live and many more
    • DJ Console Includes -2 vinyl-style jog wheels for spinning and scratching

    Reviews (4)

    2-0 out of 5 stars Has Potential
    This device has some potential, but it's not close to being a professional tool. Don't plan on taking this thing on the road. One small bump and you'll hear loose screws shaking inside. The play/cue buttons are terrible too, so mixing and blending can be a pain when you have to press the button repeatedly for it to play. I can't seem to get a scratch effect either, though it's supposed to be capable of it. If that sound it makes when you spin the wheel is what they are calling scratch, then the effect needs some work. If you're just doing house parties and/or want a DJ toy, get this. Otherwise get turn tables (CD or Vinyl) and Final Scratch.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Think very carefully
    1, The buttons are VERY poor leading to many miss-cues.
    2, The "full Professional" software IMO isn't, it's a cut down version and has many fundamental unresolved flaws (BPM detection, sound quality, no id3 tags, poor eq, etc).
    3, Early hardware versions may need returning to manufacturer for upgrade/fix before the console is usable.
    4, Current Problems with Win's stand-by & Hibanate may mean frequent unpluging of USB to fix lock-ups.

    An amusing toy, i kept mine but i will not buy from Hercules or Atomix again.

    5-0 out of 5 stars very cool
    quem poem musica sabe que n e facil arranjar equipamento bom e barato, com tudo o que e preciso

    2-0 out of 5 stars Interesting Idea...Uncertain Reality
    As a person who loves electronic music and DJ's, I was very interested in the DJ console.I bought one and tried it out with the included software, as well as Mixvibes ( results were mixed (no pun intended).While the unit works, it has its problems.There is some major latency between using the console and response from the software (25-50 ms).But worst, about every 5 minutes or so the unit sends false data to the software.So you could be mixing between 2 songs and have a perfect beat match, and suddenly one channel will speed up or slow down randomly, ruining the mix.Or you can have a song cued to a specific spot, and suddenly the song starts moving slowly backwards as if you were turning the jog wheel.I got these random signals in each software package which means it must be a driver problem or a problem with the console itself.I contaced Hercules but they haven't been much help, despite the fact that users on other web forums are experiencing the same thing.So the bottom line is, it's an interesting and fun thing to play around with, but if you want to try doing serious mixing, get a better controller like the PCDJ DAC-2 or Numark DMC. ... Read more

    7. Audio TechnicaAT-PL50 Belt Drive Turntable
    by Audio Technica
    list price: $139.95
    our price: $75.89
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00006HO3O
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Audio Technica
    Sales Rank: 17732
    Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

  • Dynamic balanced tonearm with soft damping control
  • Switchable on/off built-in pre-amp with RIAA filter
  • Selectable 33 and 45 rpm speed settings
  • Metal platter, integrated cartridge
  • Includes 45 rpm adapter, replaceable conical stylus, RCA to mini plug cable ... Read more


    • Balanced tone arm with soft damping control
    • Easily accessible front controls
    • Fully automatic belt-drive turntable; plays records at 33-1/3 and 45 RPM
    • Professional aluminum platter and switchable preamp
    • Integral Dual Magnet stereo cartridge with replaceable stylus

    Reviews (8)

    1-0 out of 5 stars Frustrating
    It's a good price for a turntable with a pre-amp, but this thing skips an awful lot.Even on a brand new record it was skipping, which is very frustrating.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Scraping the bottom here...
    I agree with several of the recent reviws of this item.All that can really be said for this turntable is that it does play back LPs in an easy, no-fuss manner.

    The sound quality is mediocre at best; about like listening to an FM radio station.Maybe that's a bit harsh, but don't expect this turntable to fulfill your vinyl dreams.It just might get you addicted to it though; in which case you'll want to skip directly to a more Audiophile-grade belt turntable (Rega, NAD, Pro-Ject, Music Hall).

    Rating this table objectively is difficult, as @ $80 it's pretty much as good as you're going to get under $100-$150 (The low-end Sony and Denon tables in this same price range appear to just be rebadged versions of the AT-PL50 and are more money).It's just that for $80 there's not very much "good" that you get.It's suitable for the person who has a few old LPs that otherwise won't be used at all, if you're thinking about starting into vinyl though, do yourself a favor and save up more to get a better table or spend time to find a nice second-hand vintage table.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Budget turntable not worth it
    I bought this, used it for a few days and ended up returning this turntable. I thought the performance and quality was pretty weak.

    I knew before I purchased this turntable that it was considered a budget turntable. I just didn't realize how poor quality it would be. I had low expectations, and even those weren't met.

    Virtually every record I played on this turntable skipped. Even records that were in pristine, near mint shape.

    I was surprised that it doesn't even have a p-mount cartridge, just a cheap needle.

    Overall, a poorly made product. If you're in the market for a new turntable, you'd be better off either combing thrift stores for a used turntable in good condition, or spending $250 or $300 on a decent turntable that will last and perform well.

    I ended up doing the latter.

    2-0 out of 5 stars It is What It Is...a no frills, non-audiophile turntable
    Well, at least the platter rotates and plays records...that's about it. Unless you are going to buy this for someone living in a dorm or for someone who does not have a huge record collection then this budget conscious 'table is suitable. Otherwise, skip it or you'll be sorry you didn't hold out for that pricier/audiophile turntable (Technics, Music Hall,Thorens, Denon, etc.). You will regret not getting that direct drive turntable with a high quality tonearm, smooth running and accurate speed motor, anti-skate adjuster dial, and counter weight balance for stylus also have to have that nice pitch control for those records whose mastering speed might be a tad off...

    But for those on a tight budget and who don't really give a rip then knock yourself out...Just don't place this table near the speakers as vibrations will affect playback in an audible annoying manner (you see, there was a reason why dad's old Technics or Denon or Pioneer weighed like a tank). Since there is no weight adjustment for tonearm this player may not be able to track those less than perfect records that are slightly warped. Also,you need to have an anti-skating dial mechanism for the tonearm/cartridge. As a tonearm gets close to the center of a record during playback any cartrdige needle will tend to pull more towards the center of the record(pressing more against the left or inner stereo channel) than stay perfectly in the center of the groove---that's the reason you want anti-skating mechanism. Without it, the sound of the record, as the tonearm moves inward to the last few tracks, will have a sort of static-like distortion when it comes to high frequencies or fast musical passages both loud and complex.

    Basically, if you are looking for a second household turntable to use (since you already have the higher quality one) or for the young ones to use then the Audio Technica AT-PL50 is the way to go. Also, remember that this is a belt driven turntable so depending on how heavily it will be used better inquire about getting that extra belt just in case (as all belts on such a turntable will stretch within time, develop smooth slipping spots or become dry)...

    1-0 out of 5 stars Pictures are deceiving
    This chinese turntable is about as cheap as they go and it shows. The tone arm is a flimsy piece of metal that looks about as sturdy as a portable radio antenna. ... Read more

  • 8. Denon DP-29F Fully Automatic Turntable with Built-In Phono Preamp
    by Denon
    list price: $149.99
    our price: $149.99
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    Asin: B0000BZHGV
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Denon
    Sales Rank: 9876
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    DC servo motor * moving magnet cartridge * built-in RIAA equalizer * wow & flutter 0.15% ... Read more


    • Rename, move, copy, delete files, or make playlists on the fly--without a computer connection
    • Ultra-portable digital music player with massive 3 GB hard drive and PlaysForSure compatibility
    • Holds 750 songs or 50 hours of music at 4 minutes/128 kbps per song
    • Autosyncs with Windows Media Player 9 or 10 so you can easily transfer songs and playlists from your PC
    • ID3-tag compatible; plays MP3, WMA (including protected WMA), and CD-resolution WAV files

    Reviews (3)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good deal for the money
    I've had this for a few weeks now and love it. It's a fine turntable for a casual listener: simple operation, good sound. Note: there is a switch to disable the built-in pre-amp (which provides a good signal) if your receiver has a phono input.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Much less plastic than other plastics for $150... And plays
    You cannot buy REAL turntable for $150. You buy a crap. But Denon crap is much less crap that others within the same price range. It looks plastic, but plays pretty well. I had other piece of plastic, worth $150, reputable manufacturer, looking nicer, "silver" plated, lot of gadgets etc. I sold it on garage sale. 10 bucks.

    I am using Denon to copy my 25 years old LPs to CD. Will not spend $500 or more for this. This model is perfect for this purpose. By the way, has the pre-amp built in. How many modern amplifiers have "phono" input?...

    1-0 out of 5 stars Junk
    This turntable is about as sturdy as a piece of plastic - err, well, that's because it IS a piece of plastic.Not recommended. ... Read more

    9. Stanton STR8-30 Direct Drive Turntable
    by Stanton
    list price: $250.00
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    Asin: B00006FXFR
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Stanton
    Sales Rank: 19710
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    • Strobe indicator and Aluminum Straight Tone Arm
    • Direct-drive motor
    • Comes with 500B cartridge mounted on headshell
    • + / - 10 % pitch control
    • Aluminum platter

    Reviews (3)

    5-0 out of 5 stars good sounds
    this thing works well.course i'm not into the scratching game, so i can't speak on that.but it spins stuff and makes pretty dust noises when i listen to dusty records.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great for beginning!
    I got two of these turntables right now at home. They are what you expect for the price. The price is irresistible.

    If you expect high torque, good cartridges, don't bother buying. The Staton 30's have enough torque for the beginners but not for the pros.

    I give the Stanton 30b's a 2.5/5 on torque, they could've made it alot better. If you need more torque look at the Stanton 80's or Numark TTX's for the pros.

    This is great for starting and you will enjoy them for along time just like I have. I wouldn't suggest another turntable for the beginners.

    If you get them you will enjoy them!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Amazin price quality product
    I've got 2 of those STR8-30 theyre simply g8 for their catogery and price !
    very nice turntable nice features ! Yet it ain't the best for scratchin but its very competitive ! strong needle very resistent !!
    what can I say it is a dream ! you want a very good quality product , dont wanna pay too much !
    Well you got it !!! worth buying ! almost as good/performent to a Technics turntable of the same category !
    you find better @ that price ! go for it !!
    Dj T from Paris ! ... Read more

    10. S-CUSH
    by Grado

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    Asin: B0006DPNOE
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Grado
    Sales Rank: 29416
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    Product Description

    Nothing puts the crimp in a headphone listening session as quickly as a worn-out earpad. Bring back the comfort with a pair of Grado Replacement Earpads. Made of soft foam that feels good to the touch, Grado earpads install easily, stretching to fit over Grado headphone drivers. Choose the small size for the Grado SR-60. Choose large for Grado SR-80, SR-125, SR-225, RS-1, and RS-2. ... Read more

    11. Rio S30S Sport 64 MB MP3 Player
    by Rio
    list price: $149.99
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    Asin: B00006HYJ4
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Rio
    Sales Rank: 7159
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    • Includes earbuds, carry case with clip and armband, AAA battery, USB cable, and music management software
    • 64 MB on-board memory; expandable up to 192 MB via MMC cards
    • Supports MP3 or WMA files; upgradeable for future music formats; PC and Mac compatible
    • Integrated FM tuner, clock, and stopwatch; water and impact resistant
    • Up to 10 hours' playback on one AAA battery; accepts NiMH rechargeables

    Reviews (89)

    5-0 out of 5 stars very good
    this is a very good mp3 player.It only has 64mb but it plays track very good.It never skips but my advice is dont drop it because if u drop it on the wrong spor it can like open up but all u have to is push it back togetheryea just dont drop it

    4-0 out of 5 stars Works Great, added 1 gig Sandisk SD :)
    This is a great cheap player, nice interface.

    You can add the one gigabyte SD cards.(I bought a 1 gig Sandisk for cheap), you may need to update the firmware (you should anyway, it is very easy to do).

    Only took off a star because the SQ while excellent was not up the the Rio Karma I own (I guess that is expected as that may be the best sounding DAP on the market). SQ overall is great but I want everything for nothing and dont hand out 5 stars :)

    5-0 out of 5 stars A fantastic little thing
    I love this mp3 player! I've had it for about 1 1/2 years. It has been through a lot, and it's still working fine. If you bought one, you probably wouldn't abuse it as much as I did. Mine has been through drops, some water, and just some general wear and tear, but all it has to show for it is a few scratches!
    One of the reasons I chose Rio was because of the large screen, with which I could see much of the info about the song, like the artist and album. Many others have only one line of info, and you must wait for it to scroll or something like that. Also, the rubber outside is a plus. It feels very nice, and has a nice grip. It could definetely have more memory, but since it has a memory card slot, it isnt really a problem for me. Some of the new Rio players, and many other mp3 players, have a stick control, where one stick controls all of the play/pause etc. This Rio has a larger control pad, which I find to be much easier to use. The FM a piece of junk. I could only get 5 or so stations that were remotely clear. Also, the stopwatch is very hard to use. You have to go through the menu and select your stopwatch mode in order to start/stop your stopwatch. Then, if you want to go back to your player mode, you must go through the menu again. But overall, this mp3 player is definetly worth the money.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Great Except for MMC Compatibilities
    I had this mp3 player for almost about a year now and so far it has been really worth my money. Talking about the cost it is cheap and the performance is great save for i have to constantly buy new batteries, i guess the power consumption of this player is not that efficient.

    I also bought myself a new 256Mb MMC and its quite frustrating to know that the player can only detect 128Mb while searching for additional info, the official support site said that it can support upto 1Gb. I upgraded to the latest firmware and yet it can only detect upto 128.

    Aside from my MMC frustration, this device works perfectly well i dropped it several times and yet its still functioning properly except for the FM tuner. Im located here in the Philippines and the only radio stations who have good reception can be heard properly.

    I considered buying a new mp3 player but i just settled for a new MMC since after a year this player still works fine for me. I can appreciate help for my MMC problems and i hope the support releases better versions of the firmware to support MMCs.

    1-0 out of 5 stars piece of junk
    i bot this player about a year ago
    and guess what its already making buzzing sounds
    i e-mailed their customer service , and they tell me
    to get new headphones. I GOT NEW HEADPHONES
    the radio feature never worked right. ... Read more

    12. Stanton STR8-100 Direct-Drive Digital Turntable with Straight Tone Arm
    by Stanton
    list price: $799.00
    our price: Too low to display
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    Asin: B00006FXFQ
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Stanton
    Sales Rank: 23896
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Who says you can't teach an OLD dog NEW tricks? Can your turntable do this? Play forward & reverse with the same amount of torque even at speeds up to 45 & 78 rpm? Allow you to plug directly into ANY mixer without a phono in or ground cable? How about connecting directly to your computer or other digital sampler? What about "Key Adjust" changing the tempo (bpm) without changing the pitch (note)? You can even use the MP3 line in sending audio through your turntable without having to even touch your mixer. Come on DJ's Get it STR-8...The New STANdards are coming from STANton: Completely re-inventing the wheel is not an easy job... But someone has to do it. So starting with the industry standards we have re-built the turntable, kept all of the desired features that today's DJ's need and even included some from the future. Introducing the STR8-100 and the ST-100, 2 super high torque turntables that include all the best features of both the analog and digital worlds. Once you have put your hands on deck.... you'll never look at turntables the same way again. New Digital Features: Key Adjust (Change the speed without changing the key) Digital output [S P/DIF] (Plug straight into MAC/PC or CD-R) Selectable phono or line output (Plug straight into a board with no phono in) 3.5mm line input (plug portable players into it) Manual pitch bend [up to 6%] Blue LED's & indicators Standard Features: High torque direct drive motor (2.2 Kgf-cm) Aluminum face- ... Read more


    • Connect directly to your computer or other digital sampler
    • Plays forward and reverse (33, 45, and 78 rpm) with the same amount of torque
    • Selectable phono or line output lets you plug directly into any mixer without a phono in or ground cable
    • Use Key Correction to change the tempo (bpm) without changing the pitch
    • Height adjustable skip-proof straight tone arm, retractable target light, and adjustable feet

    Reviews (3)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great product but (beware) comes without a cartridge!
    Great product but comes without a cartridge! Make sure you order a cartdrige at the same time ...

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great tool for mixing, recording, DJing.
    This turntable allows you to play 33 rpm, 45 rpm, and 78 rpm!
    You can also touch a button, and the record will play in reverse (without missing a beat).
    You can adjust the pitch way beyond the scope of other record players.
    You can adjust the tempo, and keep the pitch consistant with the original tempo!!Think about that one for a minute...
    Overall, you should check this out.And chuck that dinosaur you've got, whattaya call it, oh yeah, the technics 1200.

    3-0 out of 5 stars A professional tool
    I haven't owned a turntable since the seventies, so this seemed like an excellent device to hook up to my computer and turn all those great old LPs into CDs. Much to my consternation, it ships without a needle ("cartridge" to you audiophiles). What's that about? For someone who has only purchased cheap all-in-one sound systems, this required a minor research project. Research project #2 will be how to get it connected to my computer. Yes, it has a "digital ouput" port -- S/P DIF (which means Sony/Phillips Digital Interface), with an RCA jack. All the ports on my sound card are 1/8" mini-stereo. What next? I have to admit that this is a beautiful piece of equipment-- elegantly designed, but clearly targeted at the knowledgeable DJ... But, help the beginner, unless, like me, your thrills come from climbing learning curves. I'll write another review when I get it working! ... Read more

    13. Ion iCD03 DJ CD Player Mixing Kit
    by Ion
    list price: $299.99
    our price: $197.99
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    Asin: B000165648
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Ion
    Sales Rank: 29711
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

  • 2-channel mixer with equalizer, replaceable crossfader, mic input and stereo RCA outputs
  • Dual CD player with CD-R playback, pitch bend, speed adjustment and large play/cue buttons
  • Full range DJ headphones with 40mm drivers
  • DJ microphone with ON/OFF switch ... Read more


    • iMC02 DJ Microphone
    • Kit Includes:
    • iTC02 DJ CD Player
    • iMX02b 2-Channel DJ Mixer
    • iHP03 DJ Headphones

    Reviews (1)

    3-0 out of 5 stars Not Your Best Bet
    This is a good starter dj unit if this is your first time buying dj equipment.It is not the best value though.ION has a dj kit that is also avalible from AMAZON.COM.It is extrememly similar and runs a "touch" more expensive (last time i checked only about $20 more) BUT it includes a pair of starter speakers.This one does not.The ion one does not say in the product description that it does include speakers but trust me, it does.The speakers ION includes are not the best ones but atleast they are something to get you started.They are sufficient enough for practicing in your room or at maybe a small club. ... Read more

  • 14. Numark BATTLEPACK2002 Complete Turntable System with Mixer
    by NUMARK

    our price: $349.99
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    Asin: B00009W5HU
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: NUMARK
    Sales Rank: 23004
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Reviews (3)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good price, good beginner package
    The best package for beginners. You don't have to spend a lot of money to start scratching and djing around. This battlepack has a good pair of decks TT1625 (Direct Drive not Belt Drive.. wow), one DM950 mixer, HF125 Headphones (Not the best..but good enough for beginners), a pair of slipmats and the best...needles to start playing immediately. Good, so good for the price. Good for beginners.

    5-0 out of 5 stars great decks great price!!
    hey i just got my decks in the mail and i wana tell you i got a great price for them and there performance is outstanding for entry level dj's word of the wise if your intrested in djing these tables are great to strat of with dont get belt drive tables !!! get dirrect drive

    4-0 out of 5 stars why so cheap?
    incredible... bought these for my bro n these turntables kick ass! jus as good as my stanton str8-100's, big thumbs up!!!! ... Read more

    15. Teac P-988 Full Automatic Turntable
    by TEAC
    list price: $129.99
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    Asin: B00006I5VL
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: TEAC
    Sales Rank: 25962
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    • Dimensions -3-7/8 High x 14-3/8 Wide x 14-3/8 Deep
    • With rare exceptions, integrated mini-sized stereo and home- theater sound systems no longer come with a turntable nor do they have a provision for adding one
    • Many of these systems do have an auxiliary input port but the required signal is different than that of a turntable so this turntable has a special circuit that permits connection and operation with a mini-stereo
    • Belt driven with an audio-performance speed regulator for superb tracking and performance
    • Includes phono cartridge and dust cover

    Reviews (2)

    1-0 out of 5 stars What Was I Thinking?
    If ever I wanted to hear this one record that I own from my small record collection, I would have to buy a new turntable because that recording was made in 1966 and was never released in any other format. I thought the Teac P-988 at $90 would serve my purpose. What was I thinking? Even if I had been able to get this turntable to produce any sound I would not have kept it and I would still rate it 1 star because 0 star is not an option at Amazon. This unit is so cheap that it's embarassing. I returned it and got the Audio-Technica AT-PL120 at $220 from Amazon. Now there's a turntable that will make all your records sound super fine for just a few more dollars.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great turntable for just listening to records

    Its a pretty good belt-drive turntable which has a built-in pre-amp (on or off) under the metal platter. I bought this turntable because the replacement stylus is easily replaceable and not that expensive, unlike the Sony turntable's stylus that cost some $50 bucks to replace, this one only cost about $20 every 400 hours of usage. If you use it 2 hours a day it should last you the whole year.

    I've hooked this up to my dvd recorder and have recorded 10 hours of music onto a dvd-r via the sylvania dvd recorder which i bought on Amazon recenlty). Nothing to it, i didn't even need a reciever or amp to run it thru, I just took the white and red audio wires and connected to the back of the dvd recorder and connected the yellow video wire on any blank directv channel for the video and started recording, I've transferred all of my 80s 90s and now 2004 12" vinyl singles which aren't available on cds directly to the dvd-r disc.

    This is also a fully automatic turntable (not manual) which means it returns to the needle rest arm after a record is over playing. Since it does have the built-in pre-amp (which you can turn off or on) you can hook this up basically anywhere like your tv or mini audio system. ... Read more

    16. Panasonic SLBD20D Semi Automatic Turntable
    by Panasonic
    list price: $179.99
    our price: $113.99
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    Asin: B00005T3Y8
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Panasonic
    Sales Rank: 17199
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    This Technics turntable is a semiautomatic, belt-driven turntable with DC a servo motor for accurate platter rotation. Also features a full gimbal pivot straight low mass tone-arm, the T4P plug-in connector system, and an anti-resonant/anti-vibration cabinet construction with TNRC and large insulator feet. Front controlled high-performance MM cartridge included. Black finish with clear cover. Imported. Total Dimensions: 21Hx16-1/2Wx8-1/2D". Weight: 10 lbs. ... Read more


    • Component measures 16.9 x 3.8 x 15.8 inches (W x H x D)
    • Panasonic-Technics DC servo belt-drive semi-automatic turntable
    • Auto return and auto shutoff; includes premounted P-mount cartridge
    • Turntable plays at 33-1/3 and 45 rpm speeds using the included adapter for playing 45 rpm records
    • Antiresonant base cuts down on vibration; all controls can be accessed with the turntable's protective cover closed

    Reviews (6)

    1-0 out of 5 stars do not buy it!
    ..mine arrived with no belt for the turntable!..can not use it!ordered a panasonic~received a panasonic in a technics box
    ..instructions are marginal, at best!..a set of technics and a set of panasonic!

    2-0 out of 5 stars Last of the view budget tables
    This and its pitch controllable sibling BD22 are the very last semi listenable semi automatic entry level turntables below 300 dollars on the market. If you are looking for a machine that will lift the arm at the end of the record, this is pretty much the only one left that will do it and not sound like a plastic cup string telephone. Not the worst I've heard, but PLEASE don't pay attention to die-hard "Technics is the best" fans. Most of them only read manufacturer's hype sheets and have never tried a Thorens, Dual, Music Hall, Project, etc, not even mentioning a real high end machine!
    If you are on a strict budget, then for sure this is the best choice under 200 dollars, but don't expect exceptional sound. A good homebaked player to revive your vinyl collection, and take it as such.
    If can you get yourself to get out of the chair at the end of the record to list the arm and return it, then look for a HiFi dealer that carries the contemporary audiophile turntables made by Music Hall or Project. You will have to spring around 300 dollars for their lowest offerings, but you get a real turntable - one that can accept standard 1/2 inch mount cartridges.
    Even the factory cartridges on the Music Hall MMF 2.1 and the Project 1.2 (both use Goldring cartridges) will sound much better than the T4P style cartridge on the Technics BD20 (there is NO good T4P cartridge on the market) and if you need a new needle or want to upgrade to a better one, your selection will be much bigger down the line.

    Almost forgot - Gemini, GLI-Pro, and Stanton have completely manual "DJ" tables for around 120 to 180 dollars on the ,arket, that are much sturdier, heavier, with a better platter and base, and thwey take 1/2 inch mount cartridges as well and allow full adjustment and balancing of the tone arm - for good listening DO NOT get the "straight" DJ tone arms though, you'll ruin your records! Get either the S shaped arms, or make sure the head is angled in.

    Keep in mind that a stylus (the "needle") should be checked at least every 300 hours, and is likely due for replacement after 1000 hours, earlier if your records are worn and scratchy.
    If you cannot tell the difference between a cheap portable Walmart pocket CD player plugged into your stereo and a good full sized CD player, then the Technics BD20 may be for you, but if you can tell any difference at all, then do yourself a favor: Save the 120 bucks for a better turntable - you won't end up throwing it to Goodwill like so many have done (i've been through a lot of turntables - it's a hobby, and I keep peeking around what's out there)
    The problem with the new cheap machines is that they are too light. Flimsy platters, and light flexible bases mean a plasticky sound.
    If you can't afford a new 300 dollar machine you are much better of buying an old used table. SOME of tyhe Technics player were good, the later and current 1200 series is overrated and over priced. Technics models 1300, 1400, 1500, 1600, 1700, 1301 are suitable hifi players, never mind the DJ machines. Old Pioneer, Dual, Sansui, etc are all potentially good choices.

    The bargain hunter's real secret for a cheap frills table are the OLD Sanyo, Hitachi, Pioneer, and a Dual semi auto model 510 is tue audiophile grade and can be on ebay for as little as 25 bucks and will not have the problems of the more complex full auto models!

    Beware fully automatic stacking tables in any case. I love them and have a Dual belt drive collection, but they may take a lot of tinkering to get them to work right!
    Look for a solid belt or direct drive machine with a platter weighing at least 2 pounds, preferrably with a floating chassis (the platter and arm are spring suspended). You can find them for under 50 dollars. Add a new cartridge (Audio Technica AT110, AT70, AT440, Shure M91, M97, or a Stanton - Ortofon is rated high, but always sounds dull to me) for around 50 to 100 dollars, and you have a much better setup. If that's too much see below for the Grado.
    I have an Audio Technica OC-9 moving coil cartridge (expensive), but that is strictly used for burning CD copies. For daily listening the Audio Technica AT440 is hands down one of the best values, along with the Shure M97.
    Grado has ONE offering worth the money, the "Grado Black", which retails for around 35 dollars - sensitive for feedback, but except for a slightly soft (but pleasant) base reproduction you can just about the grass grow with it! I say ONE offering, because the higher priced models are the same thing in a different wrapper. Wanna talk marketing???
    Also keep in mind that you need a "phono" input on your stereo. If you have a modern stereo amp or receiver, chances are you don't have one. A so called phono-preamp will boost the player's signal for use in the "aux" input of your receiver. A good phono preamp is around 50 dollars.
    So never mind the comments about built in phono preamps, the players that have them are mostly shoddy sounding.
    Summary: the Technics BD20 is ok if you're on a budget, but you can do better with a little snooping and effort.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent No-Fuss Turntable
    Attempting to transcribe some rare soundtrack albums unavailable on CD, I discovered to my dismay that my venerable Dual automatic turntable - buried for more than ten years under several stacks of CDs - had given up the ghost.
    No strobe light.No motion.No nothing.Dead.
    I saw the Technics SL-BD20D at a refurbished sale recently and decided to take a chance.I'm very glad I did; this is a solid no-frills turntable that does all the basics right and will satisfy the needs of all but the most demanding audiophiles.
    I did replace the cartridge that came with the machine.Surface noise seemed excessive and the sound seemed a little distant or hollow; in fairness, there was other evidence that the refurbishers might not have done their job properly, and perhaps I bought a unit with a worn needle.
    At any rate, equipped with a Shure MP94E P-Mount Cartridge, the SL-BD20D sounds great.As I say, it handles basics superbly.This is a serious turntable that will treat your vinyl with respect, not one of those retro novelty machines you see advertised.
    The SL-BD20D has a straight low-mass tone arm, and the playing geometry is correct.I don't hear the sibilance at the end of record sides that I have heard when a cartridge is improperly aligned or a tone arm improperly mounted.Surface noise is surprisingly low.The servo motor and belt drive provide good steady speed, with no audible hum, wow, or flutter.
    I read a user griping that you can't set the tracking force or anti-skating on this machine.The whole idea of the P-Mount design is you don't need to; P-Mount cartridges are designed to track properly at this machine's pre-set 1.25 gram force.After several hours of playing records, the SL-BD20D with the Shure cartridge has tracked perfectly, never skipping once in either direction.
    With the low-mass tone arm and anti-resonant base, bass is full but well damped.I am listening to Fleetwood Mac doing Rhiannon now, and it sounds as good as I remember ever hearing it - even with my beloved old Shure V-15 Type IV.
    The SL-BD20D is a semi-automatic design; you lower the stylus onto the record with the well-damped cueing mechanism, and the machine returns the tone arm to rest and shuts off automatically at the end of the side.
    As someone who grew up with generations of what we used to call record players, from Webcors to Garrards to Miracords to Duals, I have seen my share of eccentric and unreliable mechanisms.I am happy to report that the mechanism on the SL-BD20D works very quietly, with smooth and precise movements.Traditional Japanese attention to detail.
    Otherwise, the SL-BD20D is handsome and comes with a hinged smoked dust cover, 45 adapter, and full-sized turntable to support your vinyl properly.It should be noted, however, that the unit does not include a preamp.
    You can spend hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars on an audiophile turntable.But if you simply want first-class sound with a minimum of fuss and bother, you can have the SL-BD20D with a good cartridge that's a snap to install for well under $200.That's impressive indeed.

    3-0 out of 5 stars solid turntable , but no built-in pre-amp
    This is a great basic turntable if you're just looking to play the old LPs, however, be warned that if you plan on hooking this up to a mini-stereo system without phono jacks, then you'll need to purchase a seperate pre-amp which runs around [dollar amount]. This brings the total cost of the unit to about [dollar amount] which is not worth it if you're just a casual user of LPs (plus this is only a semi-automatic). You'd be better off purchasing a cheaper system (e.g. the sony) with a built-in pre-amp so that it can connect to mini-systems.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Technics Stands the Test (For the Casual LP Listener)
    I personally own this turntable. It is not a heavy duty dj constructed turntable such as their MK 2 series or the new M3D. It was designed by Technics for practical and casual in home use.It provides excellent and almost perfect accuracy with regard to very low wow and flutter (speed differences that would audibly affect playback).This is for the couch potato who likes to put an lp on and not have to worry about turning it off.The semi-automatic operation takes care of that.In addition, anti-skating and tone arm weight adjustments have already been pre set at the factory so there is no guess work for the owner.The plug in cartridge is easy to replace without having to gauge stylus contact and performance as with a pro dj turntable. However,heed my warning, here are the drawbacks:If you are a heavy vinyl user and enjoy adjusting anti skating or counter weight balance for optimal high end quality sound, this is not the table for that. Their MK2 or M3D are the tables that are suitable for those tasks.Also, I have been able to compare this table's tracking abilities using a slightly warped record (warped around the edge only) and the SLBD20D could not keep up. However, when I tried it on a Technics M3D I was able to adjust the counterweight balance and tracking force, anti-skating, etc. and low and behold the M3D stood its ground.Don't get me wrong, the SLBD20D is a well constructed table run by a very quietbelt-driven dc motor. It's a fine simple machine that sets out to do the simple operation of just playing a record. Also, not everyone can nor is willing (on a tight budget)to fork over several hundreds of dollars for a dj turntable if their lp collection is very limited. This is a great budget turntable with the feel of remarkable Technics engineering behind it !!! ... Read more

    17. Stanton 500 AL II Phono Cartridge
    by Stanton
    list price: $45.00
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    Asin: B00006FXG5
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Stanton
    Sales Rank: 18625
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    This cartridge provides the perfect blend of economy, reliability, ruggedness and optimum performance. The 500ALII is ideal for the DJ who is very demanding on his equipment. The diamond on the 500ALII is designed to fit firmly in the record groove, minimizing miscuing while backcueing, scratch-mixing and even mishandling. It's thick wall, large diameter cantilever has a sturdy suspension that permits high tracking forces. Its sturdy grounded cartridge body is designed to minimize hum and deliver good sound quality. ... Read more


    • Fits any standard half-inch turntable ton-arm
    • Industry Standard
    • Spherical special high polished diamond
    • Good sound quality
    • Skip resistant

    Reviews (4)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent spherical cartridge and stylus
    For those Stanton fans who use conical styli, club DJs, 45rpm collectors (as most 45s are made out of styrene and not vinyl, if you use an elliptical styli, they are likely to scratch another groove on the disc surface which only ruins the discs if you use the cartridges too much on 45s), fans of spherical (a.k.a. conical) styli for its low cue burn, this is the cartridge for you.It is not intended for most hi-fi applications but for what it is, it is a great cartridge.I played a somewhat scratched vinyl of Amy Grant's "Unguarded" with this cartridge and the surface noise got reduced well with this cartridge while my Stanton 680 EL II (elliptical cartridge) which I recommend for most hi-fi purposes plays it with surface noise.This is the industry standard for spherical styli and cartridges and is one of the cheapest for this purpose plus the styli can easily be replaced.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Be Happy It Won't Burn Your Records...
    Those who are going to purchase this need to pay close attention to the fact that this is for studio-club standard or club DJ and scratching purposes. This is something to play records loud at a venue where the crowd is not going to be analyzing whether you used a mid-end or hi-end set up---who will care as long as the music is going.This also indicates that the Stanton 500 is not for audiophile casual listening purposes to play your favorite classical or jazz records for it's frequency range is somewhat limited and will not track very complex passages, especially loaded with high frequencies. Most low-burn cartridges will have a round stylus tip and not an elliptical or a costlier linear one. For those would not be DJ standard cartridges but your expensive in-home listening grades...The Stanton will get the job done, but it will not perform high end or audiophile quality sound or groundbreaking sonic miracles !

    4-0 out of 5 stars Cheap, reliable, low cue-burn
    This cartridge has a spherical stylus, which gives low record burn. The other review has it wrong. I have two on my 1210s and they work fine. I am going to upgrade to the Shure M44s some time because they give even lower record burn and have a higher output and wider frequency range.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Low-End Stanton cartridge
    Low End cartridge. A decent cartridge would have an elipitical stylus, and not damage your vinyl so fast. ... Read more

    18. Technics SL-1200MK2PK Turntable
    by Technics
    list price: $699.99
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    Asin: B00003005A
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Technics
    Sales Rank: 15677
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    The Technics Direct Drive Turntable is a modern blast from the past allowing you to play all your favorite LP records. Features a Quartz locked direct drive manual turntable with low-mass tone-arm 33-1/3 and 45 RPM, all quartz-locked variable slide-type pitch control (±8%), quick startup and 1 quick braking, wow and flutter 0.01% WRMS, pop-up stylus illuminator, strobe illuminator, gimbal pivoted tone arm with vertical tracking angle adjustment, and aluminum die cast cabinet. Cartridge not included. Silver finish with clear cover. Imported. Total Dimensions: 21Hx16-1/2Wx8-1/2D". Weight: 31 lbs. ... Read more


    • Quartz-synthesizer, direct-drive turntable (cartridge/stylus not included)
    • Totally quartz-locked, continuous-pitch adjustment up to +/-8 percent
    • Unwavering quartz direct-drive accuracy
    • High torque for quick starts
    • Highly sensitive, low-mass tone arm with gimbal suspension

    Reviews (21)

    5-0 out of 5 stars The industry standard.
    When a turntable remains the industry standard for more than 20 years, you should know there is good reason for it. A solid, reliable platform for any DJ's creativity. You don't need any of the fancy gizmos on the digital decks, all you need are these, some good tunes and a bit of imagination.
    Seriously ragged.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I LIKE IT!
    After years of contemplation I bought 2 Technics SL-1200MK2's. What a great descision! The first thing I noticed is how much better vinyl sounds than CD's. It takes long term exposure to digital audio to realize it, but the truth is that 44.1 16-bit or MP3's are both inferior to analog sound. This is especially true with my old records that were recorded, mixed, and mastered without digital compression technology.

    I now realize why the Technics SL-1200MK2 is a world famous industry standard. Sonically it delivers a pure tone and it functions like a workhorse. It is very much appreciated that this model is still manufactured with such high quality. Technics has taken a stake to the industry that seems unbreakable. This product is one of the rare exceptions to the old saying: "They dont make them like they used to." The word on the street is that newer models may have problems and that only the SL-1200MK2 will do.

    5-0 out of 5 stars rolls royce of turntables
    I have been a Mastermixer for a quarter of a century.To get to the bottom line this is a must item. No other turntable will do!!!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars 1200 mkII
    The mighty 1200 will live on forever!! Yes, it does sound better than any CD player out there.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Proven and worth the price.
    This is a fantastic turntable.

    I've used it personally both for casual listening and for beatmixing.It has excellent sound-dampening.The wow and flutter is non-existant.It should be noted that the platter itself on this table is the motor, so that and the tonearm are the only moving parts.Thus - no resonant background noise from within the turntable exists whatsoever.

    You can typically get excellent sound quality from this table as long as you use an average or better quality cartridge.

    Unlike other "DJ" turntables, this turntable was designed as a home turntable first.It is a DJ turntable by accident.This is why the SL 1200 is one of those few products that will give you the best of both worlds!

    If you are a DJ, this is one of the only DJ tables that gives you Quartz pitch lock throughout the full +/-8% of the pitch range.

    If you're serious about vinyl, pay the money and get the best. ... Read more

    19. Gruv-Glide Anti-Static Record Cleaner
    by Gruv-Glide
    list price: $34.99
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    Asin: B0002I1KH2
    Catlog: Musical Instruments
    Manufacturer: Gruv-Glide
    Sales Rank: 1107
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    Product Description

    Gruv-Glide is a dry record treatment that actually enhances the sound of your records. In the past, even the highest quality cartridge could not truly access all the sonic nuances of a vinyl disc. Gruv-Glide changes all that by cleaning the groove and bringing out the best possible sound. The special aerosol formula provides a microscopic layer of lubrication that reduces record wear and prevents static build-up. Designed to last, Gruv-Glide comes in a kit with spray, two pads and a static tester. Experience the record treatment that pro DJs everywhere turn to. Features: Superior dry record treatment Removes static Cleans vinyl Enhances fidelity Reduces surface noise Long lasting Extends the lives of cartridges and records One can treats 300 sides Includes 4.5oz aerosol can, two applicator pads and a static tester ... Read more


    • Superior dry record treatment
    • Removes static
    • Cleans vinyl
    • Enhances fidelity
    • Reduces surface noise

    20. STANTON MAGNETICS Record Cleaner Kit
    by Stanton Magnetics
    list price: $34.94
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    Asin: B00006I5UH
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Stanton Magnetics
    Sales Rank: 14135
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    • Vinyl record cleaner comes with 2 ounces of liquid cleaner and a velvet pile brush for removing dust

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