The Stanton ST-150 is a top-tier record player that ranks among the best in our books. The drawback? It's VERY expensive.
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
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.
Stanton VS Audio-Technica – A Comparison Made
Since the Stanton ST-150 is essentially a Super-OEM turntable, it shares significant similarities with that of the Audio Technica AT-LP1240, which we have deemed to the best among the rest of the Super-OEM models or any other record players for that matter. Indeed, both of these top-end players are using the exact same tonearm, and their buttons and controls’ placements are virtually the same, with the exception of one or two of them.
For instance, the Stanton ST-150 has 2 pitch control buttons, a pitch slider, a reverse play, 2 start/stop buttons, all of which share the same positioning as that of the Audio-Technica. Even the location of the target lights are spot-on when compared to that of the AT-LP1240. In terms of the audio quality, both of these machines are as good as they could possibly get. Playbacks of your system will be utterly fantastic, and soon you would want to replace your speakers or cartridges to take full advantage of the quality.
One noticeable difference between these 2 top-end record players would be the fact that Audio Technica is equipped with a USB port, that allows you to copy over your vinyl records to a computer. That, and the fact that the Audio Technica costs about $200 less compared to the Stanton ST-150, which sports a hefty price tag of $600. Although the Audio-Technica AT-LP1240 costs a mere $400, you have to take into account the fact that the Audio Technica does not come pre-installed with a cartridge. Essentially, Stanton’s charging a whopping $200 for the cartridge.
Pros of the Stanton ST-150 over the Audio-Technica AT-LP1240
- Has a cartridge pre-installed for you
- Costs about $200 more when compared to similar tiered record players
- Lacks a USB port for transfer of vinyl records to a computer
If you decide to go for the Audio-Technica AT-LP1240, you’ll have to purchase an additional cartridge (a decent one such as the Shure M97xE costs about $80) and you can save up about $120 from it. A word of warning however: the installation of a cartridge isn’t a simple task whatsoever and you’ll need to invest a fair bit of time, effort and patience to learn how to do it first. If you’re a beginner at this, it is highly advisable that you go for the Stanton ST-150 instead, to save up on the headaches and inconvenience of having to fix your very own cartridge.