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Thread: Newbie Turntable - Budget 200

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    Join Date: May 2014

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    Default Newbie Turntable - Budget 200

    Hi Folks,

    Pretty simple one this - friend of mine asking for advice on a turntable for around the 200 for her fella's birthday - first foray into Vinyl....

    I guess less compliacated the better - inbuilt phono stage ideal..

    So far i've come up with:-

    Flexson VinylPlay 200 (includes inbuilt phono stage and USB which is handy)
    Project Primary 189 (includes inbuild phono mm stage and usb)

    Any others anyone can reccommend?

    Regards

    Chris.

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    A secondhand RP3 would be much better.
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    Any Rega will be better but no inbuilt phono stage.

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    Grab a cheap phono stage because 99% of those inbuilt players are poor.

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    Don't waste your time on any 'all in one' solution as they're just poor and will destroy records. I would personally look out for a used Rega (ideally an RP2 or 3) and then get a 2nd hand phono stage to go with it. I reckon you could get something decent for 200 if you keep an eye out on all the usual places for 2nd hand gear.

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    For 200 you can get a Thorens TD-160 which IMHO is better than either of the OP's options

    No built in Phono stage though but they can be had for little money these days, as long as you don't want one with a recognised Hi-Fi name on it, often around 20 for something to get you started.
    Current setup Thorens TD-160 Mk1 with Denon DL-110 MC Cartridge, Pioneer A-70 Amp, Yamaha AX-592 Amp, Yamaha CDX-710 CD Player, Pioneer PD-4300 CD Player, Monitor Audio Bronze 5 speakers, Van-Damme Cables throughout.

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    I agree with most of the above suggestions. A Schiit Mani phono stage with a decent 2nd hand Rega or their likes will simply blow all in one TT's into the weeds.

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    I would agree with the suggestions above, but air on the side of the Rega as they are so simple.


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    Got msy lad a Project Elemental for last Christmas, as near plug and play as you can get, nothing to set or adjust, good tracking, fair sound, 160 ish.
    190 with USB 30 for starter phono stage. All from Amazon

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