Audio-Technica AT-LP5 turntable on special for $249

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steve149

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Not sure why and don't know for how long .. this is normally a $450 unit. Well rated middle of the road direct-drive turntable for home use. Has a built-in phono preamp as well as a USB output if you want to rip LPs. It's manual, so no automatic start or stop. Also has removable cables .. both power and audio. Just bought one .. will probably replace the included cartridge with a new Shure M97XE I have.

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I had planned on refurbing a vintage Yamaha PX-3 tangential tonearm unit, but have had a problem finding the correct belts (the tonearm is belt driven) and not sure there isn't any other issues (other issues people have found include sensing mechanisms inside).

So I may sell it on eBay, though it's a pretty unit ...

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Reviews mentioned platter noise and wobble, and now it's discontinued.

I like the looks of that Yamaha though. I still have my pair of Technics 1200s, but my first better-than-average turntable was a Sanyo TP-727. I'm not sure where it ended up (probably in my parents' basement and then sold in a yard sale), but I wish I still had it. You don't appreciate the quality of a good belt--drive turntable when you're a teenager and just want 1200s.
 
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steve149

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Reviews mentioned platter noise and wobble, and now it's discontinued.

I like the looks of that Yamaha though. I still have my pair of Technics 1200s, but my first better-than-average turntable was a Sanyo TP-727. I'm not sure where it ended up (probably in my parents' basement and then sold in a yard sale), but I wish I still had it. You don't appreciate the quality of a good belt--drive turntable when you're a teenager and just want 1200s.
I got rid of my 1200s about 10 years ago .. just wasn't using them. Mine were bought used and weren't pretty enough to display in my home system. Even sold one to a buyer in South America. I did have a real nice setup in the 80s-90s .. bought a "New AR" turntable base, a Sumiko tonearm and a Dynavector cartridge. I think I paid $800 for that 35+ years ago. Sold that setup about 20 years ago .. that one I should have kept.

I didn't see many bad reviews of the unit .. it is still is on the AT website .. and for $250, if it breaks I throw it away ..
 
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I didn't see many bad reviews of the unit .. it is still is on the AT website .. and for $250, if it breaks I throw it away ..
I haven't bought an A-T product (aside from headphones) in two decades so I don't know much about the components they're putting out these days. I'm sure it'll be fine.
 
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But...it's a turntable!

They'd have to be giving it away.... and then, still no.

Constructed from anti-vibration damping materials ....
Better known as: MDF
 

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Well, I'm trying to imagine this scene of a guy who still owns vinyl - playing it on his new $250 turntable:

Are you wearing socks with sandals and a bathrobe for a sweater?
Is there a penny taped to the head shell keeping that well-worn ELO album from skipping?
 

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Well, I'm trying to imagine this scene of a guy who still owns vinyl - playing it on his new $250 turntable:

Are you wearing socks with sandals and a bathrobe for a sweater?
Is there a penny taped to the head shell keeping that well-worn ELO album from skipping?
$450 turntable that I got for $250 .. :) And I don't own sandals or a bathrobe. I've always had good gear, so none of my albums are that worn.

I have a bunch of interesting music that I'd have a hard time replacing or finding a digital version.
 
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