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Turntables: Direct Drive vs Belt Driven, what are the differences, pros, and cons?

Belt Drive Pros The belt acts as a shock-absorber, preventing vibration transmitted from the motor reaching the platter Isolating the motor from the platter results in less noise transmission to the ...
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What to look for when buying cartridge and stylus for my turntable?

Cartridges, broadly speaking, come in two types - Moving Magnet [MM] and Moving Coil [MC] Both types can come pre-fitted & balanced, as part of a pre-built system, or bought as separates & ...
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What to look for when buying a turntable?

To start very simply… Your first consideration should be its intended use. If you want to DJ, then a belt drive turntable is immediately out of the question; you must have direct drive. If you need ...
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"N" option on turntable speed selector

It's probably "Neutral" meaning the motor can be running but not engaged with the platter. That's useful for cueing up a song (manually putting the needle on the part of the record where you want it ...
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Is it a good idea to stream a vinyl turntable via Bluetooth?

This is a more controversial question than you might expect. For a certain subset of vinyl fans, myself among them, it makes at least a psychological difference that the sound of an old record (or a ...
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Turntable motor speed slow

Most countries with 110V power use a frequency of 60Hz and the majority of countries with 220V use 50Hz. This would explain the speed difference. Those Sony turntables would have been produced for ...
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Linear turntables - more damaging than a standard turntable?

Regarding 'as the needle is round'. This rule only applies to the cheapest low end stylus 'nails' or needles. They are called spherical. Then as price and tracking ability increases, as well as use of ...
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Linear turntables - more damaging than a standard turntable?

The idea behind the linear turntable was that it would reproduce more faithfully the original recording, as the master mould for the vinil pressing was made with a linearly moving "grooving" head. ...
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Is it a good idea to stream a vinyl turntable via Bluetooth?

It's just a personal choice. It's up to you in the end. I prefer vinyl for the attention it needs. I have to take care of it and and what you put into it is what you get back out of it. No one has ...
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Is it a good idea to stream a vinyl turntable via Bluetooth?

I was about to answer with "there is no perceivable difference" and give you a lesson on high quality digital conversion techniques, but then I read this: Audio Technica AT-LP60BK-BT ...and this: what-...
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Could connecting a turntable to non-phono input damage equipment?

I think the main issue won't be that it's too quiet [which it will be] but that it will sound like complete c**p without an RIAA pre-amp. A phono pre-amp has a very specific EQ [treble & bass] ...
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Turntable spins faster after moving to a new country with different power spec

The 'problem' is that the turntable uses an AC adapter rather than a DC one. The motor speed is based on the supplied AC frequency rather than anything the PSU/transformer is doing to it. Simply put, ...
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Turntables: Direct Drive vs Belt Driven, what are the differences, pros, and cons?

There is so much misinformation when it comes to direct drive vs. belt drive turntables. Yes, much of what you hear about the two is pretty much correct, except..... Direct drive turntables have been ...

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