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Stanton STR8-60 Direct Drive Turntable (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

by Stanton

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  • Direct-drive motor with 33 1/3 and 45 rpm speeds
  • Comes with 520 SK cartridge mounted on headshell
  • + / - 10 % pitch control
  • Aluminum platter
  • Strobe indicator and Aluminum Straight Tone Arm
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Product Specifications

Brand NameStanton

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 17.7 x 13.9 x 5.8 inches ; 20.9 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 25.6 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00006FXFT
  • Item model number: STR8-60
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #358,521 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 6, 2002

Product Description

The Stanton STR8-60 is the entry level direct drive turntable suited for beginner to intermediate users alike. The quality/price point is one of the best ever!

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jeff P. on January 4, 2007
This is by far the best beginner table you can get. I got my first pair on ebay for under $200.

I've played on most ttables (I own 1200's now) and can say these were the perfect beginner tables. Most DJ's starting out will naturally be attracted to the Numarks because of their slicker styling. The TT-200's have been marketed and talked up to be the universal "best" starter tables on the many DJ message boards. Don't do it! I know a couple dozen other DJ's that learned this the hard way when starting out.

Most overlook these Stanton's because they're a little older. But these tables do what most new belt-drives and Numark's can not: hold a pitch.

Yeah, the TT-200's have a little more torque and look cooler. But you won't care when your mixes are drifting after 30 seconds due to their high wow/flutter %. And if you read many reviews, you'll find out what I found out the hard way at a gig; TT-200's speed up their tempo when you try to slow them down. This is really annoying when you're in the middle of a mix and try to slow down the platter of a drifting record. The 'wonderful engineering' which has a motor that attempts to compensate for the change of speed ends up making your mix gallup even more.

I've had my Staton's for over a half decade now and have had no problems with the motor. These suckers are built to last. And you won't have any trouble learning to beatmatch because they're very reliable. Most newbie DJ's get so frustrated because they're trying to learn on turntables that simply won't keep a consistent speed. For under $200 for a pair on ebay, you can't match these.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Norfeest VINE VOICE on February 17, 2005
The Stanton Str8 60s are pretty simplistic when compared to most high end turntables. In fact, I would only reccomend these to beginners that are looking for their first or second set of tables. While they are pretty simple and somewhat basic, they are still very efficient turntables. If you want to talk about performance, there isn't much difference between these turntables or the Stanton Str8 80s or 100s. The other two just have more features and probably better torque, but the performance is about the same. I still use the Str8 60s for small parties and/or house parties because they definitely do the trick. I highly reccomend this item to beginners, but I wouldn't buy them just yet. I'd wait a few months. With everything going the way of the compact disc, analog turntables will eventually drop in price and begin to sell for what they are REALLY worth.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Matt on January 25, 2011
I have to admit that I don't own an STR8-60. But I DO have an STR8-80. And given the similarities between the two, what I have to say about the STR8-80 most likely is also true about the STR8-60. Anyway, I bought an STR8-80 a few years back just to listen to old records and to convert them to digital files (as opposed to DJing). For this purpose, it seemed to be OKAY. One thing I was never too fond of is the rather high rumble of this table. But I always just chalked this up as an inescapable part of what vinyl is all about (just like the occasional snap, crackle, pop).

But my thoughts about this turntable changed quite a bit when I picked up a Technics SL-B2 for next to nothing a while back. After changing the belt and slapping on the headshell from my STR8-80, I was SO surprised to find out just how GOOD it sounds. No only is rumble MUCH lower. But somehow, it just sounds more 'musical' . It's kind of hard to put a finger on just what sounds better about it. But it DOES sound better. What REALLY surprised me is that the SL-B2 was a rather low-end turntable that went out of production over 30 years ago! And this thing is beating the PANTS off a (relatively) newer model turntable with features galore! Just imagine what a better turntable than the SL-B2 might sound like.

Okay, so the SL-B2 probably would not be suitable for DJ use. And maybe if you ARE considering this turntable for DJ use, it is probably one of the better low-budget choices out there. But if you just want a turntable for your home stereo to play records on OR to digitize old vinyl, there are FAR better choices out there, both new and used. Cheaper ones, too. On the other hand, the STR8-60/80 is probably better than one of those 'el cheapo' USB turntables that have become popular lately.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By NMhiphopper on June 17, 2013
I found a used pair of Stanton Str-8 60s for a very reasonable price, especially in retrospect. Turntables are intimidatingly expensive for a newbie and it is a big commitment to make. I am new to turntablism, tho it is something i have been a fan of for years i finally decided to try my hand at the DJ thing with no experience and without much knowledge about turntables. Choosing these turntables was a great decision because they function perfectly and work well for getting a feel for the ins and outs of a turntable. The biggest drawback is the lack of torque! I want to learn scratching and the lack of torque makes these less than ideal, but i am still able to practice scratching using butter rugs slip mats and a light touch, making it a limitation to work around but they are still quality direct drives that will correct pitch quickly after the platter is stopped, especially with a push! i will definitely be upgrading now that i have had a taste of scratching but these were perfect to test the feel of turntables if they were right for me! These make a wonderful beginner deck because of the quality for the price, you can try them out without the pressure of making a huge investment into something new. As another reviewer noted, these are not the best for scratching but they are damn near perfect for mixing! I have been having a blast playing records about everyday since i got these and have not had any issues with pitch flutter. The pitch bend works smoothly and I can safely say its difficult to think of cons i have noticed so far. The power supply wiggles loose sometimes, but the turntable itself is fairly sturdy and feels very well built. All in all, this was a great buy for me!
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