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Stanton ST-150 Review

stanton st-150

Type of drive: Direct Tonearm operation: Manual Tonearm shape: S-shaped In-built phono preamp: Yes Reverse play support: Yes USB interface: No iPod dock: No Recording types (33s, 45s, 78s): Yes, Yes, Yes Dimensions in inches (length x height x width): 17.72", 5.75", 13.9" Weight (pounds): 35.15 lbs Super-OEM The Stanton ST-150 is a Super-OEM record player, which essentially means that it is modelled after the Technics SL-1200, which in turn was easily the best turntable when it ...
8.4 Total Score
Stanton ST-150

The Stanton ST-150 is a top-tier record player that ranks among the best in our books. The drawback? It's VERY expensive.

Amazon Rating
8.6
Editor's Rating
9
Sound Quality
9
Value For Money
7

stanton st-150Type of drive: Direct
Tonearm operation: Manual
Tonearm shape: S-shaped
In-built phono preamp: Yes
Reverse play support: Yes
USB interface: No
iPod dock: No
Recording types (33s, 45s, 78s): Yes, Yes, Yes
Dimensions in inches (length x height x width): 17.72″, 5.75″, 13.9″
Weight (pounds): 35.15 lbs

Super-OEM

The Stanton ST-150 is a Super-OEM record player, which essentially means that it is modelled after the Technics SL-1200, which in turn was easily the best turntable when it was first released a couple of years ago. Unfortunately, the latter model is no longer in production any longer. Because of the sheer popularity and effectiveness of the SL-1200, several other higher-end versions, with improved functions have been created in order to replicate it. In fact, these record players share most of the technology and components that were originally used to build the Technics 1200. The main differences mainly lie within the cosmetic parts as well as some of the smaller minor features that have been added to them.

These improved versions by various record player manufacturers such as Audio-Technica, Stanton, KAM, American Audio and a couple more were labelled Super-OEM and these are really the only products that many vinyl listeners or professional DJs have considered to be comparable to the Technics.

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Audio Technica AT-LP1240-USB Review

audio technica at lp 1240
Type of drive: Direct Tonearm operation: Manual Tonearm shape: S-shaped In-built phono preamp: Yes Reverse play support: Yes USB interface: Yes iPod dock: No Recording types (33s, 45s, 78s): Yes, Yes, Yes Dimensions in inches (length x height x width): 18", 6.1", 13" Weight (pounds): 27.6 lbs There's a brief review of the Audio-Technica AT-LP1240 on the home page here already, so we might risk sounding repetitive if you've already read that. Here, we'll be discussing further on ...
9.5 Total Score
Audio Technica AT-LP1240-USB

The Audio Technica AT-LP1240 is our top choice when it comes to high-end record players. The sound quality is super crisp and the build quality is amazing.

Amazon Rating
9.4
Editor's Rating
10
Sound Quality
9.5
Value For Money
9

audio technica at-LP1240 main view Type of drive: Direct
Tonearm operation: Manual
Tonearm shape: S-shaped
In-built phono preamp: Yes
Reverse play support: Yes
USB interface: Yes
iPod dock: No
Recording types (33s, 45s, 78s): Yes, Yes, Yes
Dimensions in inches (length x height x width): 18″, 6.1″, 13″ Weight (pounds): 27.6 lbs

There’s a brief review of the Audio-Technica AT-LP1240 on the home page here already, so we might risk sounding repetitive if you’ve already read that. Here, we’ll be discussing further on the technical specifications of this particular record player.

As you might already know, the Audio-Technica AT-LP1240 has been selected by us as the best record player over 2 other Super-OEM quality turntables, which are the Stanton ST-150 and the Numark TTXUSB. If you don’t know what Super-OEM turntables are, they’re basically “improved” versions of the famed Technics 1200 turntable (a discontinued model that’s often used as a benchmark due to its extremely impressive quality). Now, before you Technics 1200 fans get all mad, the motors of these new Super-OEM models are indeed more powerful than that of the 1200 and most of them have powerful enough features for scratch DJs to play around with so the argument is legit.

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Pyle Home PTCDS2UI Review

Pyle Home PTCDS2UI
Type of drive: Belt Tonearm operation: Manual (with auto-return) Tonearm shape: Straight In-built phono preamp: Yes Reverse play support: No USB interface: Yes iPod dock: Yes Recording types (33s, 45s, 78s): Yes, Yes, Yes Dimensions in inches (length x height x width): 20.08", 8.86", 13.39" Weight (pounds): 21.7 lbs We haven't really had the chance to truly test this record player for a prolonged period, so we can't review it in detail. However, in the short span of time that ...
6.4 Total Score
Pyle Home PTCDS2UI

Our favorite vintage record player in terms of its looks. It's rather disappointing when it comes to the sound it produces however.

Amazon Rating
7.2
Editor's Rating
6.5
Sound Quality
6
Value For Money
6

Pyle Home PTCDS2UI Type of drive: Belt
Tonearm operation: Manual (with auto-return)
Tonearm shape: Straight
In-built phono preamp: Yes
Reverse play support: No
USB interface: Yes
iPod dock: Yes
Recording types (33s, 45s, 78s): Yes, Yes, Yes
Dimensions in inches (length x height x width): 20.08″, 8.86″, 13.39″
Weight (pounds): 21.7 lbs

We haven’t really had the chance to truly test this record player for a prolonged period, so we can’t review it in detail. However, in the short span of time that we’ve tested it in the shop, the music quality was severely lacking. Plus, the record playing on it skipped quite a few times in just a span of a few minutes. We gave it the benefit of the doubt and tried playing another vinyl on it but with similar results. It was the last unit in the shop too so we didn’t get a chance to test another unit.

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Electrohome Wellington Review

electrohome wellington

Type of drive: Belt Tonearm operation: Manual Tonearm shape: Straight In-built phono preamp: Yes Reverse play support: No USB interface: Yes iPod dock: No Recording types (33s, 45s, 78s): Yes, Yes, Yes Dimensions in inches (length x height x width): 21", 12", 15" Weight (pounds): 22.4 lbs The Electrohome Wellington is yet another great-looking player that manages to couple the elegance of vintage design with the modern features that add substantially to the convenience that you ...
7.6 Total Score
Electrohome Wellington

A vintage and elegant looking record player that brings back nostalgic memories.

Amazon Rating
8.4
Editor's Rating
7.5
Sound Quality
7.5
Value For Money
7

electrohome wellingtonType of drive: Belt
Tonearm operation: Manual
Tonearm shape: Straight
In-built phono preamp: Yes
Reverse play support: No
USB interface: Yes
iPod dock: No
Recording types (33s, 45s, 78s): Yes, Yes, Yes
Dimensions in inches (length x height x width): 21″, 12″, 15″
Weight (pounds): 22.4 lbs

The Electrohome Wellington is yet another great-looking player that manages to couple the elegance of vintage design with the modern features that add substantially to the convenience that you would find with any devices today.

It looks a lot like the Pyle Home players and has very similar features. The dials and knobs are placed right at the front alongside the USB port that you can use to transfer songs over to your computer.

Plus, if you want to use this device for listening to your MP3 or your radio, you can easily do so too. The radio function comes inbuilt with the AM/FM tuner. You could also plug in an external hard drive or a USB drive into the allocated port and play your songs directly from it.

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Studebaker SB6051 Review

Studebaker SB6051
Type of drive: Belt Tonearm operation: Manual Tonearm shape: Straight In-built phono preamp: Yes Reverse play support: No USB interface: No iPod dock: No Recording types (33s, 45s, 78s): Yes, Yes, Yes Dimensions in inches (length x height x width): 16.69", 4.17", 15.3" Weight (pounds): 20 lbs First Impressions The Studebaker SB6051 is one of the better vintage record players that you can find on the market nowadays. It has a great-looking case that's made out of pressed wood ...
7.6 Total Score
Studebaker SB6051

One of the better sounding "vintage" record players that are available today. It's also extremely affordable, which makes it a great buy.

Amazon Rating
8
Editor's Rating
7.5
Sound Quality
7
Value For Money
8

Studebaker SB6051Type of drive: Belt
Tonearm operation: Manual
Tonearm shape: Straight
In-built phono preamp: Yes
Reverse play support: No
USB interface: No
iPod dock: No
Recording types (33s, 45s, 78s): Yes, Yes, Yes
Dimensions in inches (length x height x width): 16.69″, 4.17″, 15.3″
Weight (pounds): 20 lbs

First Impressions

The Studebaker SB6051 is one of the better vintage record players that you can find on the market nowadays. It has a great-looking case that’s made out of pressed wood instead of the cheaper plastic. All types of vinyl sizes (33s, 45s and 78s) can be played perfectly well. Some of the reviews have complained about the slightly tinny sound that this record player produces but from a personal viewpoint, that’s actually more of a retro sound that you will certainly not be able to find in today’s modern versions of this device. If you just want to experience the nostalgia from the olden days, along with the occasional crackles or pops that many of the old vinyl scratches have, this is by far the best device that is capable of doing all of that.

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Stanton T92USB Review

Stanton T92USB record player
Type of drive: Direct Tonearm operation: Manual Tonearm shape: S-shaped In-built phono preamp: Yes Reverse play support: Yes USB interface: Yes iPod dock: No Recording types (33s, 45s, 78s): Yes, Yes, Yes Dimensions in inches (length x height x width): 20.5", 7.3", 17.4" Weight (pounds): 22.4 lbs Introduction The Stanton T92USB is a fairly standard turntable with a direct drive that's been made specifically for DJs. It's not exactly cheap with a price of $250, and I had come ...
6.7 Total Score
Stanton T92USB

A turntable that's impressive looking but doesn't hold up to its expectations.

Amazon Rating
7.8
Editor's Rating
6
Sound Quality
7
Value For Money
6

Stanton T92USB record player Type of drive: Direct
Tonearm operation: Manual
Tonearm shape: S-shaped
In-built phono preamp: Yes
Reverse play support: Yes
USB interface: Yes
iPod dock: No
Recording types (33s, 45s, 78s): Yes, Yes, Yes
Dimensions in inches (length x height x width): 20.5″, 7.3″, 17.4″
Weight (pounds): 22.4 lbs

Introduction

The Stanton T92USB is a fairly standard turntable with a direct drive that’s been made specifically for DJs. It’s not exactly cheap with a price of $250, and I had come to expect a certain level of quality that should come from any products (within the record player category of course) that are priced above $200. When you look at the original price tag that this device has (an astounding $450!), you’d immediately have very high expectations for it but sadly it just doesn’t fulfil mine at all.

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Crosley CR8005A-TW Cruiser Review

Crosley CR8005A-TW cruiser
Type of drive: Belt Tonearm operation: Manual (with auto-return) Tonearm shape: Straight In-built phono preamp: Yes Reverse play support: No USB interface: No iPod dock: No Recording types (33s, 45s, 78s): Yes, Yes, Yes Dimensions in inches (length x height x width): 14", 5", 11" Weight (pounds): 6 lbs Vintage record players are much rarer these days and they can be really difficult to find if you don't look in the right places. This is mainly because all of the newest vinyl ...
7 Total Score
Crosley CR8005A-TW Cruiser

A great-looking vintage player modeled after a classical suitcase. It doesn't sound the best but that's rather expected for its low price.

Amazon Rating
7.4
Editor's Rating
7
Sound Quality
6.5
Value For Money
7

Crosley CR8005A-TW cruiserType of drive: Belt
Tonearm operation: Manual (with auto-return)
Tonearm shape: Straight
In-built phono preamp: Yes
Reverse play support: No
USB interface: No
iPod dock: No
Recording types (33s, 45s, 78s): Yes, Yes, Yes
Dimensions in inches (length x height x width): 14″, 5″, 11″
Weight (pounds): 6 lbs

Vintage record players are much rarer these days and they can be really difficult to find if you don’t look in the right places. This is mainly because all of the newest vinyl playback devices are always created in the form of the modern turntables instead (since DJs are often willing to spend hundreds or even thousands on a well built unit). The cheapest vintage players that have a sub-par cartridge can be easily bought at less than $100, but you have to be prepared to lose out on the audio quality.

The Crosley CR8005A-TW Cruiser is a record player that has been made to satisfy vintage lovers who’re on a low budget but surprisingly it still performs fairly well. Back in the 50s, Crosley had been an extremely popular brand due to its quality that had been perceived as top notch. This current belt drive unit is basically a remake of what the old players were all about but technically, it still falls far below the latest modern players as far as the sound quality goes.

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Audio Technica AT-LP60 Review

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Type of drive: Belt Tonearm operation: Automatic Tonearm shape: Straight In-built phono preamp: Yes Reverse play support: Yes USB interface: No iPod dock: No Recording types (33s, 45s, 78s): Yes, Yes, No Dimensions in inches (length x height x width): 17.3", 5.3", 15.6" Weight (pounds): 8.3 lbs First Impressions At a mere $100, the Audio-Technica AT-LP60 was truly a surprise when we first tested it. It doesn't look fancy whatsoever, nor does it have any additional features ...
8.8 Total Score
Audio Technica AT-LP60

This record player is a hidden gem that surprises you with its quality when you least expect it to. One of the best value for money players that you can get today.

Amazon Rating
8.8
Editor's Rating
9
Sound Quality
8
Value For Money
9.5

audio-technica-at-lp60-fully-automatic-stereo-turntable-system
Type of drive: Belt
Tonearm operation: Automatic
Tonearm shape: Straight
In-built phono preamp: Yes
Reverse play support: Yes
USB interface: No
iPod dock: No
Recording types (33s, 45s, 78s): Yes, Yes, No
Dimensions in inches (length x height x width): 17.3″, 5.3″, 15.6″
Weight (pounds): 8.3 lbs

First Impressions

At a mere $100, the Audio-Technica AT-LP60 was truly a surprise when we first tested it. It doesn’t look fancy whatsoever, nor does it have any additional features such as a USB port. Based on its price and looks, we set our bar pretty low in terms of our expectations. The result? It completely blew us away. It sounds like a record player that you’d pay $200 for, and that’s saying a lot.

You could switch out the cartridge for a better one, like many others have done, but personally, I’d rather spend a little more to get an upgrade to the LP120 instead. This way, you get to play ALL record types (33s, 45s and 78s) instead of just the 33s and 45s like the LP60 is capable of. Plus, you also get to transfer songs out of your vinyls into your PC thanks to the very handy USB port that the LP120 comes with.

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Audio-Technica AT-LP-120-USB Review

Audio-Technica AT-LP-120-USB front view
Type of drive: Direct Tonearm operation: Manual Tonearm shape: S-shaped In-built phono preamp: Yes Reverse play support: Yes USB interface: Yes iPod dock: No Recording types (33s, 45s, 78s): Yes, Yes, Yes Dimensions in inches (length x height x width): 17.72", 6.1", 13.86" Weight (pounds): 23.5 lbs The Audio-Technica AT-LP-120-USB is a cheaper alternative to the AT-LP1240 but this is easily the best record player that you can get at a price range of $200 or so. The features ...
8.8 Total Score
Audio-Technica AT-LP-120-USB

The AT-LP-120-USB is a mid-range record player that offers excellent sound quality for its price. The best part of it is that it already comes equipped with a pretty decent cartridge so you don't have to fuss around trying to learn and fix your very own cartridge into it.

Amazon Rating
8.8
Editor's Rating
9
Sound Quality
8.5
Value For Money
9

Audio-Technica AT-LP-120-USB front view Type of drive: Direct
Tonearm operation: Manual
Tonearm shape: S-shaped
In-built phono preamp: Yes
Reverse play support: Yes
USB interface: Yes
iPod dock: No
Recording types (33s, 45s, 78s): Yes, Yes, Yes
Dimensions in inches (length x height x width): 17.72″, 6.1″, 13.86″
Weight (pounds): 23.5 lbs

The Audio-Technica AT-LP-120-USB is a cheaper alternative to the AT-LP1240 but this is easily the best record player that you can get at a price range of $200 or so. The features remain wholly the same so there’s really nothing much to add here if you’ve already read the Audio Technica AT-LP1240 review.

Sure, audiophiles might be able to crank out crisper sound quality with an AT-LP1240 (which costs twice at $400), coupled with a $80 cartridge but if you’re just an average vinyl listener or even a budding DJ, this little machine is certainly enough. If you want to get a little more kick out of this record player, you could install a custom cartridge (the best only costs about $80-$100) and you’ll be all set.

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