Other turntable in the suggested budget range would be -
Project Debut Carbon Esprit SB - Black - $599 - (other colors available) -
Project Debut Carbon Espirt with 2M Blue Cartridge - Black - $799 - (other colors available)-
is an upgraded Debut Carbon.
Pushing up close to the top of the budget -
Project Xpression Classic - Black - $999 - (also Olive and Mahogany) -
There is also another Xpressions model for a bit less -
Project 1Xpression Carbon - Black - $799 -
is a well regarded brand of turntable and most certainly worth considering. Though best if you buy a model with the Performance Pack
, which includes among other things an upgrade to a very good Rega Cartridge -
Rega Planar 1 with Performance Pack - $540 -
Rega Planar 2 - $675 -
Rega Planar 3 - $945 to $1145 -
And as mentioned before Music Hall -
Music Hall MMF-2.3 - $499 to $549 (depending on color) -
Music Hall MMF-2.3 SE - Natural Wood Finish - $750 -
Music Hall MMF-5.3 - Black - $1049 -
These are all proven turntables, well rated, well reviewed, with long histories and good reputations.
In Direct Drive DJ-Style Turntables
, there are a range of options, depending on how much your really want to spend -
On any of these turntables you can find reviews and a closer look on YouTube.
The Audio Technica LP1240
at $450 is a bargain in a quality turntable.
If you want to go for quality, as I have pointed out in another post, the Pioneer PLX-1000
got a rave review from Stereophile Magazine
. Priced at a still reasonable $700.
If you want to trim your budget back a bit, then the Pioneer PLX-500
or the Audio Technica LP120
are worth considering. Again, you can find YouTube videos reviewing these and you can get a more detailed look at them. These run $300 to $350, but will probably need a cartridge upgrade.
If you want to see more DJ-Style Direct Drive Turntable
go to Musician Supply sites like - Sweetwater, Guitar Center, Musicians Friend, and ZZound -
You will also notice the addition of a brand called RELOOP,
which make what are called Super OEM turntable. The Super OEM all resemble each other very closely.
Reloop RP-7000 High Torque Turntable - $599 -
The Reloop 8000 has some additional feature that no one will need for home use, though a DJ might have some use for them
Reloop RP-8000 Advanced Hybrid Torque Turntable - $699 -
I present that for reference, unlikely a home user would need anything above the RP-7000.
Stanton has probably been in the game the longest, and if I were in the market for a DJ-Style turntable, of the Stanton likely I would only consider the Stanton ST-150 with "S" Tonearm.
A bit more expensive than the Audio Technica
, but still affordable .
Stanton ST-150 with "S" Tonearm - $479 -
Audio Technical LP1240 ("S" Arm) - $449 -
Once again, a reminder to pay attention to whether or not the Turntable comes with a Cartridge and if it does, pay attention to what cartridge it comes with. I generally don't recommend cartridge at much less that $100.
I posted a link before of what I consider good cartridges, but for example the Ortofon 2M Series
is just that a series of cartridge - Red, Blue, Bronze, Black
is a good brand of Cartridge -
The Grado Prestige
series has a nice range of cartridge -
Of course the Shure M97
is always a winner -
certainly has it fans -
Audio Technica Cartridge
cover a considerable range -
In approximately the $100 range, certainly the Ortofon 2M Red, the Shure M97, Audio Technica AT120Eb, Grado Prestige Blue, Rega Bias 2
would all get the job done.
Once again, just trying to lend perspective to the modern Turntable market.
The first thing you have to decide is whether you still want a Direct Driver DJ-Style turntable
. Or, if perhaps you want to move to a Belt Driver HiFi turntable.
That's purely your choice. In a DJ-Style, if you can bring your budget that high the Pioneer PLX-1000
with a decent cartridge would keep you under the budget limit. I suspect with a cartridge that turntable would run about $800 to perhaps $850.
However, you could have something like the Stanton ST-150
or the Audio Technica LP1240
with a cartridge upgrade, for about $550 to perhaps as high as $650.
I've not shopped around, but on DJ turntables from musician supply stores seem to have better prices than Needle Doctor. Though Needle Doctor is a reliable source.
Does that help you at all???