Turntables / Record Players
MAIN NOTE: As we believe in human interaction, we do not usually sell online, but we have put buy it now buttons on this page for the more adventurous of you. We do, however, find that most people like to have a good ol' gasbag about how to set up the tone arm weight and anti-skating and how to care for records and the like, which we can do on phone but LOVE to do in person. If you do have questions but cannot come in, we still like to answer those, so just call or email us :)
SIDE NOTE: Don't buy electronics from overseas! Even if you get a transformer, you will be buying a product that is not supported locally for service or repairs but FAR MORE IMPORTANTLY it will not have passed the Australian Government's QC inspectors and will therefor be illegal. This means that you will be legally liable if anything untoward (read, burn your house down or electrocute someone) happens and insurance will not cover it. True Story. And now, our two most popular decks; the Audio-Technica LP60 and LP120.
Oh, ps, we can sort out any pre-amp or connectivity issues you might have :)
Entry Level Belt Drive - LP60
NOTE: Both LP60s come with regular audio cables and are LINE & PHONO out. You will, however, have to make a choice between USB (great for recording into your computer) and BT (great if you have a BT speaker).
LP60 USB - $249
+ $50 Gift Voucher
Black & Gun Metal (Dark Silver)
LP60 Bluetooth - $299
+ $50 Gift Voucher
Black & White
For a long time we struggled to find you an entry level deck that didn't suck. As many of you are now aware the little suitcase ones are rubbish, skipping all over the place because their tone arms are set incorrectly, their needles are super cheap and their parent companies are not actually audio manufacturers with decades of experience, but rather simply junk peddlers pushing badly designed rubbish out of the cheapest factories they can find in China. The same problem exists for most of the ones you buy from chain stores and mega-markets.
While the LP60 has the same type of design, i.e. tone arm without an adjustable weight or tracking and non-removable headshell, Audio-Technica bring to bear their fantastic design skills, high standard of quality control and 51 years of experience as a quality auduio manufacturer. We have tested this turntable and it plays all records without skipping. You will also note the much better, AT91, needle that the LP60 comes with compared to all the other turn tables in this price range.
The AT LP60 is perfect record player for the dabbler or beginner. While both versions of the LP60 come with the traditional RCA outputs (both phono and line) you can choose between a USB or BLUETOOTH version, which means that this versatile little turntable play on anything that makes a noise.
The LP 60 USB also comes with recording software so you can archive your collection while you listen to it.
While these turntables lack the sophistication and features of the more expensive Audio-Technica decks, they are a quality product, with sleek retro lines from a company with over 50 years audio know-how.
If you are wondering why we sell this with $50 gift voucher, it's for a couple of reasons. Firstly it's how we add value for you so we can compete with high turn-over low margin internet operators and keep the vinyl flowing into the racks of our physical store, but far more importantly it's because you will, without a doubt, require cleaning products or a spare needle or if it's a gift, even better, bonus double-gift.
Home HiFi Turntable
$499 + $50 gift voucher
Available in Gloss Black & Matt Silver
This baby is an all-round gem. First of all, let's start by saying that audiophiles hate direct drive turntables, so if you are a fruit bat or want something that looks vintage (rather than Technics 1200 Retro) then you should go check out Classic HiFi or the VIntage Record in Newtown and Annandale Respectively.
If, on the other hand, you want something that works, out-of-the-box with any audio system you might have at home and would like to record any record (33, 45, 78) you play via USB while you listen to it with minimal fuss, then look no further.
Play and record your vinyl via USB at the same time. Direct drive, forward and reverse play capability; cast aluminium platter with slipmat; three speeds 33/45/78; quartz-controlled pitch lock; pitch control with +/-10% or +/-20% ; and a removable hinged dust cover. The main different between the LP120 and the LP60 is that this deck has an adjustable tone-arm, this means less wear on your records and more precision in playing them. it also has a removable headshell which means you can upgrade your cartridge in the future should you so desire.
The internal (and by-passable) stereo phono pre-amp allows you to plug into components with no phono input. Comes with a USB cable plus Mac- and PC-compatible Audacity software to record your LPs.
$499 plus $50 store credit *
If you are wondering why we sell this for $499 including a $50 gift voucher when you have seen it cheaper online, it's for a couple of reasons. Firstly it's how we add value for you so we can compete with high turn-over low margin internet operators and keep the vinyl flowing into our racks, but far more importantly it's because you will, without a doubt, require cleaning products or a spare needle or if it's a gift, even better, bonus double-gift.
NB: A lot of the Rega and Project turntables have the insanely stupid hardwired headshell design. This makes it incredibly tricky to swap cartridges (something you will eventually do because they do eventually need replacing) and highly likely that you'll tear out a wire. The LP120 and LP1240 have a tone-arm collar (made famous by the Technics 1200) for an easily removable headshell assembly. This also makes it way easier to clean your stylus - something you should be doing regularly.
Entry Level versus Home Hi-Fi.
While the entry level deck works a treat it is not adjustable or up-gradable. This means it 1) wears your records more over time and 2) cannot have a new cartridge installed on it should you wish to upgrade in the future. A good rule of thumb is that if you are intending to continue buying new records, collecting etc, then you are probably better off investing in the home Hifi turntable, while if you are just messing around, buying old records from op-shops or occasionally listening to old records you inherited, the entry level will do just fine (in our opinion the LP60 is the best of this design available in Australia). We can elaborate on this quite extensively if required ..
A note on the below decks
So, the LP120 and LP60 are by far our biggest selling turntables. The decks listed below are also in the range but you'd want a specific reason to buy them. The LP5 is a direct drive (no rubber bands) like the LP120 but does less and costs more, so you would be buying it for aesthetic reasons. The LP3 is a belt drive like the LP60, but you can replace the cartridge and also use a moving coil cartridge. This is more a deck for audio boffins who think they can hear the hum of a direct drive motor or want to spend lots on a moving coil cartridge but not the turntable (which makes sense because all a deck has to do is spin and be quiet, while the cartridge is where the sound quality is)
Automatic Home HiFi Turntable
$469 + $50 gift voucher
This guy is a nice simple belt drive with the fancy tone arm and upgradable, so if you don't need the features on the LP120, and you prefer the automatic stop then this guy is for you.
The AT-LP3 fully automatic belt-drive turntable lets you take your analog listening experience to the next level with advanced features not typically found on automatic turntables. The balanced straight tone arm comes with a 1/2″ mount universal headshell and AT91R Dual Moving Magnet phono cartridge, giving you excellent high-fidelity performance, plus the option to use other moving magnet or moving coil cartridges of your choosing.
A hydraulically damped lift control allows the stylus to be precisely and safely lowered and raised at any point on a record. Yet the turntable also offers fully automatic operation, so you can simply press the Start button to begin play and the Stop button to lift and return the tone arm and shut off the turntable (the stop function occurs automatically when a record has played all the way through).
The AT-LP3 is constructed of anti-vibration damping materials that limits low-frequency feedback. Resonance is further reduced by the turntable’s die-cast aluminum platter and accompanying 4 mm rubber damping mat. Equipped to play both 33-1/3 and 45 RPM records, the AT-LP3 features a built-in switchable phono preamp and an attached dual RCA output cable that enable it be connected to a home stereo, powered speakers and other components whether they have a dedicated turntable input or not.
The AT-LP3 is available in black (AT-LP3BK) and white (AT-LP3WH).
Home HiFi Turntable - AT LP5
$799 + $50 gift voucher.
The Audio-Technica AT-LP5 is perfect balance of technology and design, aesthetically minimal; it’s a nice contrast to the retro looks of the LP60 and LP120.
Direct-drive (no rubber band), it comes a precision-engineered cast aluminium platter and is fitted with the high-performance AT95EX Dual Moving Magnet cart. There is no pitch control for fiddling about with the speed, but the LP5 record player has and does the following:
· USB functionality (record your wax while you play it)
· J-shaped tonearm (helps minimise tracking errors).
· Plays 33 1/3rd & 45 RPM speeds,
· Both phono and line stereo outputs with separate grounding (plugs into anything you have that makes a noise).
· Low-resonance damped & weighted chassis structure,
· Audacity recording software.
· USB cable
· RCA / RCA stereo adapter cable.
Why is it more than the LP120 if it ostensibly does less? Components. The LP5 weighs twice what the LP120 does, and has more gold bits (for better signal paths), all of this adds up to a more solid and better sounding deck.
Having said this, Audio-Technica is a 51 year old Japanese brand with the highest production standards; they make a $6000 cartridge – so they are not going to trash their brand with bad gear in any part of their range.
PRO DJ Turntable
$700 - 829
Available to order - We price match and explain things to you, so contact us to discover why stuff needs to be explained about this deck.
We're very happy to be stocking this little number. Ever since Panasonic killed off the Technics 1200 range we've been looking for something equal or better and it's finally here.
After giving this baby a serious thrashing on our counter we believe we have found something worth owning again. FINALLY someone got it right! Come test it out today.
$829 loaded with Ortofon DJ Cart & Stylus or $700 without
Note that these decks DO NOT come with DJ needles, so when you see them advertised elsewhere cheaper, the price does not include a $150 component. Sneaky, but true. Call us for a chat about your DJing options. 9380 8223. This is why there is no buy it now button on this deck.
POST SCRIPT: Why do we only sell one brand? We could prattle on about the tyranny of choice but it comes down to this: We don't like drama and we don't like you having to come back with issues. In our 13 years of experience Audio-Technica has the least coming-backness of the lot and they clearly failed acting class because the lack of drama surrounding this brand is palpable. Finally, both the LP60 and LP120 consistently come top or very near top in almost all comparisons between brands. A simple google search will verify this.