It's about time the hi-fi makers started providing turntables again as vinyl is making a welcome return. Noticed how the music shops are dedicating more space to records now? Aiwa's deck is bog standard and although sold seperately, is from a ghastly mini system (and although it's not too bad and does the job, it isn't wonderful). There is a pre-amp on board so that it can be used with amps that don't have the required phono stage. Unfortunately, they have put this control on the inside, so it's a case of taking it apart if you don't have the phono input on your amp. Playback isn't perfect but that's down to the cheapo stylus that came as standard. I have mainly CDs and MDs and some of my old records have been played a lot in the old days, so what the hell. The deck only cost me thirty five quid. A pity they didn't make it in black.
All domestic turntables (record players, then) are overpriced for what they are and most that are offered for sale seperately are the ones supplied with midi-systems which is a scam as the rule of thumb is that hi-fi seperates are superior to midi's so the makers of these are pulling a fast one over us. Sign of the times... Anyway, onto the turntable. Whilst the choice of turntables these days is getting a bit better, most (including this aiwa deck) are poorly built, lightweight plastic casing which could easily break and I always feel that a bit of weight helps a turntable. As is common these days for turntables, there is a pre-amp on board to enable it to be used with amplifiers/receivers that do not have a phone stage. Good idea, but aiwa, in all their wisdom have put this control UNDER the turntable platter - at the back of the unit would have been more sensible. Another remarkably stupid feature is the permanently fixed and very short in length and low quality audio output leads - there should be sockets to enable a proper set of interconnects to be used. Asthetics - well, here's something that annoys me greatly. The vast majority of hifi seperates are black yet turntables are silver, so they look out of place and black always looks more professional. Proberably due to the naff midi-systems out there being silver and this is obviously from a midi system. Audio reproduction using the supplied cartridge (or stylus) isn't perfect but pre-supplied styli never are but it isn't bad either. A fair price for this would be arround half of the MRP, somewhere between thirty and fourty pounds maximum.