- 1 Top 3 Best Mid Range Turntable
- 2 1. Audio-Technica At-Lp120-Usb Direct-Drive Professional Turntable
- 3 2. Stanton T92USB
- 4 3. Studebaker SB6051
Top 3 Best Mid Range Turntable
General thoughts on the Audio Technica turntable
Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB Direct-Drive Professional Turntable stands out with a high-torque direct drive motor that enables quick start-ups and has a USB output which you connect directly to your computer.
Are you a DJ, or do you really love music? Then this is the most perfect device that will cater to your desires. Starting your DJ career will be with this turntable of to a great start.
The stop/start button which has a remote start/stop control provides you with the ability to integrate a player with more integrated DJ tools that you need to make your work presentable.
It is also the easiest way to digitalize your old LPs when connected to an external disk or computer. Though sold separately, the 45 rpm adapter can be included with a storage receptacle for the adapter and for a surplus or even for the replacement headshell.
- This device has measures 450.0mm (17.72”) W x 352.0 mm (13.86”) D x 157.0mm (6.1”)
- H. it has a power supply requirement of 115/230V
- AC, 60/50 kHz USB selectable; Computer interface – USB1.1 with power consumption of 11W.
- Its weight of 10.7 Kgs equal to 23.5 lbs makes it an easy device to move from one place to another
- You will actually be impressed by its speeds of 33-1/3RPM, 45 RPM, 78RPM and a pitch variation of +/-10% or +/-20%
- It has a signal-to-signal Noise Ratio greater than 50db and wow and flutter of less than 0.2% WRM (33RPM)
- It has an output level Pre-amp “PHONO”: 2.5mV nominal at 1 kHz, 5cm/sec Pre-amp “LINE”: 150 mV nominal 1 kHz, 5 cm/sec
The Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB Direct-Drive Professional Turntable has the forward and reverse play capability with three speeds of 33/45/78 and selectable high-accuracy quartz-controlled pitch lock and a pitch change slider control. Alongside these credible features is the USB output which enables you to plug and play by directly connecting it to your computer. This is one of the best mid range turntable on the market.
The Mac- and PC compatible Audacity software is what actually digitalizes your LPs.
The system includes a direct drive professional stereo USB turntable, USB cable, and adapter cables. Basically, this system encompasses a conglomeration of features which solves most of your music problems.
All is not enough with this wonderful music system without additional features such as the direct drive high-torque motor and the professional cast aluminum platter with slip mat and a ½-inch mount universal headshell that has a dual magnet phono cartridge. The half-inch standard mount AT95E phonograph cartridge results are of high quality as well as well detailed and clarity.
This is a high performing device and recommend its functionality. It is quite affordable and truly worth your money. Its elliptical diamond stylus has been designed in a way that it can track all record grooves and has a high accuracy for quite recommendable audio reproduction. This product is perfect for combination with external speakers and an amplifier.
Consequently, when looking for a professional, reliable and high-quality turntable, the Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB Direct-Drive Professional Turntable is really standing out. This is no Chinese plastic toy, but a trustworthy modern player that does perform when needed.
The Stanton T92USB is a fairly standard turntable with a direct drive that’s been made specifically for DJs. It’s not exactly cheap, 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 high. When you look at the original price tag that this device has, you’d immediately have very high expectations for it but sadly it just doesn’t fulfil mine at all.
What Makes It Sub-par?
This record player has most of the basic features such as a USB and PDIF output port for music transfer over to the PC, a steely tonearm that’s manually operated, a sturdy looking construction for both the platter and the base of the player and more. On the outset, it looks all good, right? Not really. It has a pre-mounted cartridge, something which Stanton is well known for (in a bad way). For us vinyl fanboys or at least those that know what they’re doing, we very much prefer our record players to come in the most fundamental form i.e without a cartridge already mounted on for us.
Don’t get me wrong now, it’s fine if the cartridge is decent or at least above average but the pre-mounted version of this particular T92USB model has a Stanton 500 v3 cartridge on it. On the company’s website, this cartridge is listed as being of “audiophile-quality” but it’s really just for the average Joe who doesn’t know any better. Audiophiles would do a lot better off with a Shure M97Xe for instance and even then, it doesn’t cost much at all. The improvement might not be that great but it was still an improvement regardless and this kept me thinking “Hmm.. if the fact that a cheap cartridge performs better than the pre-mounted one that Stanton had installed on this product, how much exactly could the latter be worth?”. Come on Stanton, a turntable shouldn’t be low-end at all. In fact, most reviews that you find on the Stanton T92USB will say the exact same thing i.e the first thing that the reviewer does is to scrap off the so-called “DJ” cartridge that Stanton had included with the set and install a new one immediately because the quality of it is just that bad.
Besides that, there’s another lacking feature that the Stanton T92USB and for that matter, multiple other record players have omitted and that’s the dust cover. A simple plexiglass cover would do wonders in protecting your device and if the player you decide to purchase doesn’t include this, you should just spend an additional amount or so to invest in one.
Appearance-wise though, Stanton does great. I like how most of their models, including the current one under review, looks a lot like a turntable that a professional DJ would have and use in popular clubs. The highly polished surface and steely looking components all make the Stanton T92USB look a lot more expensive than it actually is.
- 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
On the whole, I can’t help but feel that Stanton could’ve done a lot better if they had replaced the original cartridge with one that’s worth at least more. After some minor tweaking and adjustments including the replacement of both the needle and the cartridge, and of course after hooking it up to an external audio system, a few test records on the T92USB sounded surprisingly well and I’m actually impressed by the overall quality. So, if you’re looking to purchase this record player, make sure that you’re willing to spend some time to implement the necessary adjustments but you’ll likely need to spend an additional amount to truly make it shine.
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.
Feature-wise, it’s pretty basic so don’t expect to have additional utilities like a USB port or an iPod dock on the player. Surprisingly though, the Studebaker SB6051 does have an in-built radio, which further enhances its aura of what a true record player from the golden days ought to be like. That, along with its classical looks is just the perfect combination.
It has an internal phono preamp so you don’t really need to plug in a set of external speakers to be able to hear the music that’s playing on it, but you certainly have the option to do so. There have been certain complaints about its maximum volume level, but I can’t imagine what that’s all about because to me, the volume can go pretty darn loud. Sure, it’s not blaringly loud that you can hear the music being played clearly throughout the entire house (unless you have an open floor plan) but it’s certainly adequate to be heard from another room away and that’s sufficient for me.
Just in case you’re wondering through, the Studebaker uses a belt drive for its motor (again, this is the classical way) and the tonearm has to be operated manually, without any form of auto-return. That’s the only downside that I could think of. It weighs at around 20 lbs, which is really rather light and this makes it easy for you to lug it around the house. Some of the modern turntables can weigh about twice as much at approximately 40 lbs, so you might want to keep that in mind.
For the price that you can get the Studebaker SB6501 at, it’s definitely an excellent deal. This is even more so if you’ve been looking to get a record player that has a classy vintage look to it. Out of all of the available “vintage” record players on the market, the SB6501 is by far the best in terms of the audio quality that you can get out of it.