The Technics brand (a subsidiary of Panasonic) has returned from dormancy, and 2015-16 has seen the reintroduction of the famous and popular SL-1200 turntable. The limited edition “Grand Class” GAE model is the top of the range.
Denon’s DL103 is one of the best selling phono cartridges of all time, having been in nearly continuous production since the early 1960’s. It has seen several variants, but the black-bodied “DL103” with conical stylus shape and 2.5 gram tracking force, has remained constant. This cartridge is well-reviewed and considered to have outstanding performance for Read More…
Pro-ject Audio Systems Debut III
Pro-ject Audio Systems is based in Austria, with manufacturing based mainly in the Czech Republic. Pro-ject has an extensive lineup of analog products, with a dizzying number of turntable models. The Debut III is a budget model, with a focus on precision machining in the bearing, and a high-quality aluminim tonearm. It comes with the Read More…
U-Turn Audio Orbit Plus
U-Turn is a product of the crowdfunding era, and its Orbit Plus is now a retail offering, selling for $309-349US. It features the excellent Ortofon OM 5E cartridge. The U-Turn is American made and has received rave reviews as a high-quality, well-priced alternative to imports like the Rega and Pro-ject models. Specs: Weight 12.5 lbs Read More…
Pioneer has a long history in audio, with many good turntables coming from Japan in the 1970’s. The PL-30K is a fully automatic, budget model with a built-in phono preamp. It retails for $300.