mr. zilla goes to town

Thursday, December 16, 2004

compare and contrast, part II

On a more serious note to the borderline behaviour of anglospherical ministers, which turntable am I gonna buy next? While I'm about 20 years hard work away from skratch piklz' skillz, its still money I'd like to spend, and sensibly.

(Oh yeah, if comparing and contrasting turntables bores you, stop reading now and just go look at the kick arse work on display by Jon Cruz AKA DJ Shortkut in the above link. Freakin' wild.)

So in the blue corner is the Technics 1200MK2 (or 1210, if you prefer black). What does it have going for it? It's the industry standard. No bells, no whistles, just the genuine tried and true rock solid performer.

In the red corner is the Stanton STR8-100. It has better torque (2.2kg to the Technics' 1.5) and a quicker startup. Also has quartz (ie pitch) lock - and therefore the potential to make good use of the extended switchable pitch ranges out to 8/16/25%. Another nice feature is the digital output, which makes possible recording high quality vinyl samples into the laptop, something I'm looking at in the medium term. Also plays in reverse.

Bang for buck the Stanton wins hands down as well: the best local prices for brand new units I can find are 325 quid for the Technics and 225 quid for the Stanton, a not insignificant difference.

So what am I missing here? Is the 1200s price just brand name markup? Should I be looking in a third corner at the (also pricey) Vestax PDX2000 Mk2? Noting that some of the highest grade audiophile tonearms are straight, do the straight or standard (curved) tonearms factor in at all? (I doubt it, but still...)

Decisions, decisions.


  • a great elder once told me

    "the stanton warriors mixing style... so versatile..."

    and i think you shoud join the warriors. just be careful of the ritual scarring ceremony they make you go through...

    By Blogger lunch, at 9:12 pm  

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