Product Type: Numark DJ equipment
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A beginners turntable
Member Name: maidstoneman
Advantages: Cost and motor
Disadvantages: Arm is very lightweight and generally feels cheap to use
i Brought a pair of these turntables a few years ago i have since replaced them but were very good for starting out on. Mainly this is due to there exceptionally low price compared to your higher end turntables which can easily be on the bigger side of £700 each. These only cost a meer £130 each if you shop around in the right places. I guess that really is there biggest selling point!
It containes an s shaped tonearm with a groove tool cartridge, Its not a particuarly bad design but its one those cases where you pay for what you get, the arm itself just feels cheap and although metallic it is far too light and can be easily jogged about, even by walking past it at times, so it might be worth trying to get some extra weight on the arm somehow or to buy a new arm to give extra weight on the arm to keep it on each record, It also skips about a bit sometimes down to the same reason. It has two speed functions (33 and 45RPM) of which is standard for playing various records at different speed. The mounting platter is made from aluminium, this is pretty decent and does feel very solid although still has a very cheap appeal to it.
You can also change the pitch on the machine with a 10% increase / decrease on each record, i find this function rather useless as this is a function which can be computed on most average mixing consoles.
Its important to note that these are direct driven turntables so unlike belt driven turntables they can easily get up to speed very quickly without having to wait too long at all, in fact its pretty much instant, and the motor itself feels rather durable and stronger unlike the rest of the machine and had no problems with the motors throughout having owned them.
They can also be used in two different ways in both a battle position and normal (club) design.
This is a nice feature which alot of turntables for a similar price do not have.
The product to look at is rather ugly with the matte finish doing it no justice to hide the plasticy feel which is a constant reminded of the price. They are also rather big in terms of width and length 370mm(W) by 460mm(D). This was sometimes a problem in terms of where to put them when in use as most tables that i owned simply were not big enough and had to be rotated into the battle position in most cases. This is not a particular bad point but was rather inconvenient at times as i personally prefer the club set up and my mixer to lay inbetween the pair of turntables.
I guess its important to remember the price when buying these turntables and for the price they are not bad, particuarly if you just want to play the odd few records at home but in another environment they simply would not cutt it, being too lightweight and unsteady for my liking, it would be far too easy to slate this product when comparing it to turntables which cost 2/3x as much as these do,
On that basis i would recommend them for a beginner particuarly if you just want to try this out as a hobby as im pretty sure you could pick up a mixer in a package like deal from one of the retailers.
However if your looking for a cheaper decent spec turntable i would save a bit extra and go for the TT200's which are a far better bet than these in my opinion.
Summary: A low cost beginners turntable
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