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The better budget table
on August 6, 2010
Vinyl enthusiasts anno 2010 beware: there is a huge discrepancy between the high quality of vinyl records offered these days and the mediocre state of affairs in the turntable department. A cheap plastic turntable will NOT let you enjoy the benefits of heavier pressings, quite the contrary: it is this type of equipment that gave vinyl a bad name in the first place. Flimsy 'starter level' gear will damage your records, play them at varying speeds (who wants that?) and generally subdue your appetite for analog to the point of disdain. No wonder so many people were eager to switch formats when cd's came along. Most of us never were exposed to halfway decent playback equipment or never committed to the first and foremost investment: a good turntable.
Stanton offers a line of affordable quality gear, including this basic model - a belt drive built of composite materials and metal parts. The model allows for adjustments in tracking, tonearm weight and has an easy-to-change universal mount headshell. Only thing lacking is an armlift and a hard dust cover, but those are compromises I'm willing to make for the benefits I get at this price. Often overlooked but important: since the tonearm is straight, you'll have to install the cartridge at an angle - the correct position is indicated with two lines on the top of the headshell. That way, inner groove distortion is minimized and tracking improved.