With high buyer ratings, advanced sound features and affordable pricing, it is easy to see why this is, not only the best belt-drive turntable under $500, but also Amazon’s Choice.
The rigid 8.6-inch tonearm made of carbon fiber, which is stiffer than steel, generates a tighter and more detailed sound by improving accuracy and reducing unnecessary resonance.
The platter featuring a durable medium density fiberboard (MDF) plinth with a gloss finish has been made larger and heavier to reduce resonance, enhance the bass sound, and dampen background noise and vibrations. Noise is also significantly reduced by isolating and decoupling the Sorbothane motor with a rubber suspension system for a more dynamic sound.
Unlike Fluance RT81 (read the description below) which uses a simple knob to change the speed, you have to move the belt between the pulleys to switch speed between 33 ⅓ and 45 RPM.
Unfortunately, it does not have an integrated preamp, so you will have to acquire an amplifier for turntable, phono preamp, and external speakers separately. Once these are available, you only need to install the counter and bias weights and adjust the speed to start playing your favorite oldies since the turntable is already fixed to the headshell.
The preinstalled Ortofon 2M Red cartridge is convenient for beginners because you do not have to align it. It is also great at groove tracking and detail retrieval.
A dust cover is availed with this turntable which continues to generate positive reviews from buyers who do not seem to mind its lack of USB function, auto start/stop feature, built-in preamp, and anti-skate dial settings.
What do we love it for?
- Stylish design
- Stiff carbon fiber tonearm
- Speed adjustment
- Built-in cartridge
- A wide range of dynamic sound
What were we disappointed with?
- No USB function
- No built-in preamp
- No auto start/stop and anti-skate features