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RE: Lenco or new?

I'd definitely go new and I recommend the Orbit per an earlier post I made on another thread:

Several people have mentioned the Orbit TT from UTurn Audio and I would urge you to take a look at their Web site. The tables range from $179 for the most basic with an Audio-Technica cartridge to $595 fully tricked out with an Ortofon MM Blue.

I recently heard this table during a demo by Frank Van Alstine of Audio by Van Alstine. He was using his own modified Grado Gold cartridge (and his $500 phono preamp) to replace the Ortofon and it sounded amazing. In fact, I thought it sounded as good as, if not better than, his new $1800 DAC that was the real intended focus of the demo session.

If you combine this table-which is a no muss, no fuss package (they don't sell a TT not outfitted with a cartridge already installed and set up)-with an inexpensive phono pre from Schiit, Parasound, NAD, Rega, etc, you can get away with less than $400.

As mentioned, UTurn sells only with a cartridge installed, but if you decide to get one you simply choose the cheapest one they offer and replace it. (I suppose I should say I have no connection to UTurn and get nothing out of a sale. I was just extremely impressed with the demo.)

Of course, there are also the Pro-ject TTs that are pretty good for under $500.

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  • RE: Lenco or new? - suretyguy 10:49:56 07/13/17 (0)


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