I bought this Vinyl Styl turntable for my wife on her birthday. My wife has many records left over from her childhood days and she wanted to listen to them again. So when a friend of mine, who brings them in here in Singapore, told me and showed me this turntable, I was instantly hooked. I had to get one of them for her and for her, this turntable is perfect. This is an excerpt from their website:
In a variety of custom designs, the Vinyl Styl™ Groove portable turntable comes equipped with two full range stereo speakers, stylus with protective cover, 3.5mm headphone output jack, RCA outputs and a belt driven platter allowing you to choose from 3 speeds; 33 1/3, 45 & 78 RPM.
I have never been a fan of belt-drive turntables but to be honest, direct-drive small turntables like these are little hard to come by. I suppose this will have to do. But then again I am sure my wife will not do hardcore DJ’ing and scratching on this one!
Get one. It is relatively inexpensive and sounds pretty good
It was all over the news yesterday. DJ forums online and on Facebook had people posting pictures of the prototypes of these turntables. A few years back, Technics said that they were stopping production of these turntables because of the declining volume of vinyl sales. But after the resurgence of vinyl, I think the head-honchos at Panasonic / Technics realised that maybe their decision to retire these iconic turntables may have been a wee bit hasty. After all, vinyl sales went up by 56% last year alone.
Apparently, the new turntables are specifically designed to remove the “weaknesses of direct-drive turntables”, and they eliminate “cogging” by removing the iron core within the motor. Not only that. The motor has been re-designed with sensors and the like. And that is not all. The tonearms are different too. The SL-1200G employs a lightweight aluminum construction, while the SL-1200GAE uses magnesium.
Two models were released, as mentioned in the paragraph above. The first is the 50th anniversary limited edition Grand Class SL-1200GAE, with a limited serial number plate in a quantity of just 1,200 pieces. The standard Grand Class SL-1200G will be available in late 2016.
Frankly, I cannot wait.
There have been a lot of these all-in-ones surfacing recently and this Philips OTT2000 is one of them. This one is pretty impressive. It can play back sources using Bluetooth connectivity, you can play back from a USB drive. It has a built-in tuner so you can turn to your favourite radio stations. It also has a CD player and a turntable….all played though built-in speakers. And therein lies the reason why I do not care for it. First of all, the plastic tone-arm. Any tone-arm made of plastic sends warning bells ringing. And the built-in speakers. This is gonna set the rumble stats of this player, when it is playing vinyl, through the roof
If you ask me, If you want to get a good vinyl player, get a good set of speakers, an amplifier with a built-in PHONO RIAA preamp stage, and a turntable. Those Audio-Technica ones which are direct-drive only go for slightly more than $400 at Mustafa in Singapore. Then at last, you will have a good sound-system to enjoy your vinyl.
I saw a post on Facebook about this guy who sent his Technics turntables to the platers and had them gold-plated for about US$4000. Egads! That is a LOT to pay for a turntable to be gold-plated but I must say that you get what you pay for. The end result is absolutely stunning. See the picture above. Isn’t it fantastic?
I saw this video on YouTube and I must say that it is one helluva inspiration. That is the way I started out…not on these beautiful Micro Seiki turntables but on hi-fi turntables no less. Check out the mixing…smooth. And that Tascam mixer. There used to be one just like that installed in the church near my home back in the day.
But anyway, back to these Micro Seiki turntables. These direct-drive beauties had a platter that I simply could not tear my eyes away from. Many back in the day used to make fun of us, stating that only Technics SL-1200s were the turntables for DJs. I proved them wrong. Hi-fi turntables can be good if not, just as good as the Technics. They did not have the torgue of the Technics but they could work the business.
I got this picture from VinylEngine.com which shows the exploded view of these Micro Seiki beauties. Check out the size of the motor. Its huge! There is a separate controller that controls the pitch. That is why when you see the guy above in the video, he is fiddling with a box with a knob on it. That is the pitch control. It does not have the slider like the Technics SL-1200 MKII but it works.
Call me quirky but if I ever see these Micro Seiki turntables being sold online and for the right price, I would snap them up
I was on the Internet, browsing for sound-systems and boomboxes of old. Hey, I am an audio freak after all! So in any case, I came upon this site and this boombox caught my eye. It was a boombox from the early 80s an it featured a turntable in it. Now hang on. I know that the electronic firms back in the day wanted to get any advantage they could over each other but honestly, a turntable? How is the tonearm in that thing going to track well? Also, if the volume is turned up too high, won’t there be feedback? I do not know about you but although such things like turntables in boomboxes are novelties, you will not catch me buying them…no sirree! Bt it is interesting to come across gems like these. I never even knew such a thing existed!
I got a pleasant surprise when I stripped the CPU cooler fan from my PC a couple of days back. I foud out that the motor assembly was just like the Technics SL-1200 MKII turntable’s motor. But back to the fan. It was making lots of noise so I suspected that all it needed was some oil. So oil the sfat I did and put it back. It works fine now with no noise. But honestly, I am glad I found out about this fan. Put it this way…if the motor in my turntables can last years, I am pretty sure this fan can do so as well!