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I can't spend much right now. Max is $200 ($150 if I have to buy an outboard phono preamp). I know I can't get much for that price, but any suggestions. I have found some decent looking Pioneer, Hitachi, etc. turntables on ebay for good prices. It has just been too long since I shopped for a turntable.

Some questions:

direct drive or belt drive? Does one have any inherent benefit?

Linear tracking or regular tone arm? I have found a linear tracking with an audiotechnica cartridge. Any problems with this type? Most are the regular (non linear) design, so wasn't sure if there was a reason most turntables were that way.


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I won't get into all the pros and cons of the questions you asked. I would suggest however that turntables, as you probably know, are full of moving parts that are subject to wear and tear, misalignment, etc. So unless it's a higher-end model on EBay I would be a little leery.

A used turntable from EBay might give you more for your money, but I think if I were looking in that price range that I would go for a new Denon DP-29F. Solid, belt driven model at a good price. I have a vintage high-end Denon still going after 20 years.

MHO. :)

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I won't get into all the pros and cons of the questions you asked. I would suggest however that turntables, as you probably know, are full of moving parts that are subject to wear and tear, misalignment, etc. So unless it's a higher-end model on EBay I would be a little leery.

A used turntable from EBay might give you more for your money, but I think if I were looking in that price range that I would go for a new Denon DP-29F. Solid, belt driven model at a good price. I have a vintage high-end Denon still going after 20 years.

MHO. :)

http://products.consumerguide.com/reviews/product.epub?productId=24214
http://consumerguide.pricegrabber.com/search_getprod.php/masterid=617835
http://usa.denon.com/ProductDetails/529.asp

looks exactly like the Sony and other lower end pieces. Only thing I don't like is the removable cartridge. I can get a new sony 250 turntable online for under $100. I guess it would be safe to use as long as I keep everything clean. I would just really like to be able to get a different cartridge. Might not be worth the hassle with as little use as it will get.
 

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A lot of people recommend the AR XA turntable as an entry audiophile TT. You could find on on ebay for $100 or less. One of the audiophile societies did an article on tweaking one, I think L.A. Another good entry level one is the music hall mmf 2.1.

Belt is better because the motor is isolated from the platter, thus less vibration. You just need to make sure the belt isn't worn out.

Not sure about the arm though.
 

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A lot of people recommend the AR XA turntable as an entry audiophile TT. You could find on on ebay for $100 or less. One of the audiophile societies did an article on tweaking one, I think L.A. Another good entry level one is the music hall mmf 2.1.

Belt is better because the motor is isolated from the platter, thus less vibration. You just need to make sure the belt isn't worn out.

Not sure about the arm though.
On good DD turntables there is little vibration because the platter IS part of the motor. The "motor" turns at the rotation speed of the platter. Although many have argued this point till they were blue in the face :)

Treat yourself to a good cartridge and align it properly, without proper alignment, especially on elliptical styli, damage is eminent to the media.

Chad
 
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