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Old 06-12-2012, 19:46
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Looking for a Turntable/Record Player online as my mum wants to give my dad the turntable as Xmas present - must be a decent one though but I have no idea where to start!

What sort of price gets a decent turntable these days? Any recommendations?
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Old 06-12-2012, 19:55
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Is this a standalone turntable or to plug into a HiFi system. And if the later does the amplifier have an appropriate input for a turntable? If it doesn't (and a lot of modern amps don't) you will have to factor in the cost of a pre-amp as well.
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Old 06-12-2012, 20:05
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There are a few on amazon. Have a look at the reviews.

I have this one.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Wooden-Turnt...824245&sr=8-13
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Old 06-12-2012, 20:17
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If you are talking 'decent' hi-fi then the following two turntables are entry level:

Rega RP1 or Pro-Ject Debut S/E3

http://www.whathifi.com/reviews/hi-fi/turntables
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Old 06-12-2012, 22:01
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Budget 200-300.

Needs to be separate from Hi-fi.
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Old 06-12-2012, 23:52
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200 is a bit of a no-mans land. Either spend about 100 for one of the novelty all-in-one record players.... I quite like the look of this retro Dansette design here

... or give him a taste of doing the separates thing properly for around 300

Turntable 105

Phono stage 30

Amp 80


Speakers 100

You'll need some speaker wire and some interconnects
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Old 08-12-2012, 06:08
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Definitely second the recommendation for Rega. You will have to pay an awful lot more to improve on it. It is a simple (and, therefore, not ludicrously expensive) design that works superbly.
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Old 10-12-2012, 10:18
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Definitely second the recommendation for Rega. You will have to pay an awful lot more to improve on it. It is a simple (and, therefore, not ludicrously expensive) design that works superbly.
I've got a Rega P3 and for the price it is superb.
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Old 10-12-2012, 16:13
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Nothing against Rega but have a close look at Pro-Ject as well
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Old 10-12-2012, 16:14
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There are a few on amazon. Have a look at the reviews.

I have this one.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Wooden-Turnt...824245&sr=8-13
I'd be surprised if this fell within the OP's requirement of being "decent"
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Old 11-12-2012, 14:02
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Nothing against Rega but have a close look at Pro-Ject as well
I agree, there are many very, very, good turntable manufacturers.

I'm simply commenting on my personal owning experience.
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Old 11-12-2012, 18:56
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I'd be surprised if this fell within the OP's requirement of being "decent"
it works.
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Old 11-12-2012, 19:02
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My dad is a big fan of vintage (i.e. 1970s/80s) HiFi decks, as he claims that generally they are better.

Your dad might appreciate having an old piece of HiFi equipment from his youth in decent nick.
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Old 12-12-2012, 17:09
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I have a Rega P2 that I have had since the late 80's and still going strong today
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Old 12-12-2012, 18:11
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My dad is a big fan of vintage (i.e. 1970s/80s) HiFi decks, as he claims that generally they are better.

Your dad might appreciate having an old piece of HiFi equipment from his youth in decent nick.
Maybe the good old Garrad SP25!
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Old 12-12-2012, 20:51
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If you are talking 'decent' hi-fi then the following two turntables are entry level:

Rega RP1 or Pro-Ject Debut S/E3

http://www.whathifi.com/reviews/hi-fi/turntables
I have the project debut turntable given in the link above, and I have to say, its really good - the sound quality is superb!
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Old 13-12-2012, 11:10
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So does my 25-year-old (edit: no, more like 35) BSR Quanta 800 I have collecting dust in the loft.

Value? Worthless, other than kitsch value.

It's still leagues ahead of that Chinese wooden thing above. With a semi-decent AT95E cartridge installed it almost qualifies as hi-fi.

There's a reason why it's sat in the loft though.
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Old 13-12-2012, 14:17
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Hmm....I suspect the OP would be able to source something that "works" without feeling it necessary to seek advice here
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Old 13-12-2012, 14:25
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Looking for a Turntable/Record Player online as my mum wants to give my dad the turntable as Xmas present - must be a decent one though but I have no idea where to start!

What sort of price gets a decent turntable these days? Any recommendations?
Do you have a Richer Sounds near you (Looks like there's only 2 in Scotland)?

If so, have a wander down there for a browse. I usually find they give good friendly advice.
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