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Can anyone recommend a good direct-drive turntable?

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Tim McCulloch:

--- Quote from: Craig Hauber on May 20, 2024, 01:31:38 AM ---Went exploring down the internet rabbit hole and yes, Technics is still with us and still part of Panasonic/Matsushita and they make various "audiopile" stuff with a large selection of turntables beyond just the DJ one.
Looks like the SL1200MK7 is the current workhorse.
I've been using my original SL1200 for decades and it seems to still be working as normal.  With a Shure cartridge too.  Audiophiles generally snob on direct-drive but I've never heard anything unpleasant from it (aside from artistic considerations of course)
Good to know a company I liked as a kid is still around and hasn't been swallowed by a Harman/Samsung type overlord yet.  As far as plastic audio equipment is concerned, Panasonic seems to outlast other similar products.  At least my Ramsa speakers can attest to that.

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The turntable for my home playback system is an SL1700MKII, 'semi-automatic' that lifts the tone arm at the run out, but does not swing the arm back to its rest.  It replaced the Harman Kardon/Rabco belt drive, linear tracking tone arm (the Rabco part) that had too much rumble.  Ortofon cartridge (before they became DJ-preferred brand).

DJ Mister Vince:
I agree technics 1200 are the way to go. I have multiple sets of em & even a set that is 32 years old. I purchased them new in 92. They still work great! And these things got used a lot. So they seriously hold up over time. What can you buy today that will last that long?

Mac Kerr:

--- Quote from: DJ Mister Vince on May 23, 2024, 03:19:56 PM ---I agree technics 1200 are the way to go. I have multiple sets of em & even a set that is 32 years old. I purchased them new in 92. They still work great! And these things got used a lot. So they seriously hold up over time. What can you buy today that will last that long?

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Tim Padrick:
For DJ use, those mentioned are good.  For home use, Linn (not the e-drum folks) and Rega would be my choices, depending on budget.

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