Turntable Reviews

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Michael Fremer Posted: Aug 24, 2016 Published: Aug 23, 2016 36 comments
The Prime is the first turntable designed by Mat Weisfeld. What that means in this case is more a series of smart executive decisions rather than a “from scratch” effort (for you vegetarians, the headline incorporates all three USDA grades of meat).

Michael Fremer Posted: Mar 30, 2016 Published: Mar 29, 2016 30 comments
News at this past year’s International Consumer Electronics Show that “novelty” turntable manufacturer Crosley was introducing a pair of quality turntables built for the company by Pro-Ject drew me to the “ZOO” to check them out.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Mar 05, 2016 12 comments
SOTA is an American turntable brand founded circa 1980 by Dave Fletcher and Robert Becker in Berkeley California.The talented Spiral Groove turntable designer Allen Perkins worked for the company in the late 1980s.

Michael Fremer Posted: Sep 26, 2015 Published: Sep 25, 2015 16 comments
For vinyl lovers, it’s important to know that Wilson-Benesch first began in 1989 as a start-up dedicated to building a turntable simply because it felt vinyl was a superior medium compared to CD. For that reason alone, the company should be venerated. W-B argued that new, emerging technologies like carbon fiber could further elevate vinyl playback.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Jul 21, 2015 19 comments
Even had the purchase by Onkyo of Pioneer Home Electronics not been made public, some kind of connection would have been obvious to anyone opening the boxes of this Onkyo CP-1050 turntable and the recently reviewed Pioneer PL-30-K turntable.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Jun 10, 2015 Published: Jun 09, 2015 27 comments
Spend some time with Pioneer’s PL-30-K automatic turntable ($349 MSRP/$300 “street price”) and you’ll quickly realize it’s not a “throwaway” turntable put together in haste by a company keen on “cashing in” on the vinyl resurgence.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Apr 10, 2015 Published: Apr 09, 2015 11 comments
Souix-Falls, South Dakota based George-Warren Precision Sound manufactures and sells direct but one model turntable. After spending a few months with it, I’d say one is enough.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Dec 02, 2014 Published: Dec 01, 2014 37 comments
Another listen to Music Hall's MMF 11.1 turntable? Wasn't one full review sufficient?
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Michael Fremer Posted: Aug 27, 2014 Published: Aug 26, 2014 26 comments
Designing a turntable (or pretty much anything) with no budgetary constraints is far easier than is designing one to a specific price point, especially a low one.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Jul 23, 2014 Published: Jul 22, 2014 45 comments
Off the audiophile pedestal and into the “real world” we go, with a review of Audio Technica’s easy to set up $250 AT-LP120-USB turntable.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Jul 04, 2014 Published: Jul 03, 2014 12 comments
It’s no secret that Pro-Ject builds Music Hall turntables to Music Hall’s specifications and design parameters using mostly “off the Pro-Ject shelf” mechanical components. Before getting to the 11.1, perhaps you are wondering why Pro-Ject would want to compete with itself.

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Michael Fremer Posted: May 10, 2014 Published: May 09, 2014 9 comments
Zorin Audio is a China-based company producing a series of tone arms and turntables that last year at an audio show impressed visually. The machining appeared superb and the designs sensible, but with sufficient innovation to draw my interest.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Apr 10, 2014 19 comments
Rega Research sold more turntables last year than in any of its previous forty odd years and is on target to do so again this year.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Mar 07, 2014 53 comments
Investors in U-Turn’s Kickstarter-funded Orbit turntable get more than their money’s worth in this remarkably well-designed record player manufactured in Woburn, Massachusetts.

One can only imagine why the principles chose the name U-turn™, but I’d like to think it means a reversal of direction from the low resolution MP3 digital hell into which a generation or two has been led, back to high resolution vinyl heaven.