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Audio Files: Turning the Tables

Machines that do your vinyl justice—without breaking the bank

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Pro-Ject Debut Carbon turntable
Rega RP1 turntable
Marantz TT42P turntable
Pro-Ject Elemental turntable
Audio-Technica AT-LP60 turntable

No one has benefitted more from the resurgence of the vinyl record than jazz fans. With so many new record players coming out, often at very reasonable prices, it’s easy and affordable to enjoy old classics and new releases. And with so many great jazz records available used at thrift-store prices, vinyl is an indulgence any of us can afford.

But as the record has risen again, so have a few evil spirits. As interest in proper hi-fi systems has waned, many new record players are built with little concern for sound quality and even less regard for the welfare of your records. If you buy your turntable at, say, a big-box retailer, a home-furnishings store or a trendy chain clothing shop, you may well end up with a plastic hunk of junk that could wear out your records as fast as Hendrix went through Stratocasters.

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