Product Type: Aiwa turntables
Newest Review: ... 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... more
Guilty as charged!
Date: 21/01/01, updated on 21/01/01 (2358 review reads)
Advantages: performs reasonably well
Disadvantages: poor build quality
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.
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