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HOW TO BUY HIGH-END TURN TABLES

If money isn’t too tight to mention and you’re looking to splash out on a top-quality turntable, then you’d best let resident hi-figuru Paul Rigby guide you around what’s on the market

Well, this should be pretty easy, shouldn’t it? No limit in terms of build budget from the manufacturer, topquality parts included and you’ve got a big pot of cash to splurge on a great turntable. The world’s your oyster, isn’t it? Yes… and no.

Buying a high-end turntable is a big step. When I say “high-end”, I mean a turntable from around £4,000 upwards. Give or take. So that’s the first item on the agenda, right then and there. Money. Unless you are in the fortunate position where flashing £10,000 or so on a dream machine is about as painful as buying a tin of baked beans, then spending serious cash on a turntable is a big step. If you are about to take that big step, congratulations. Read on.

Why is it such a big decision? Surely, all turntables that are priced in the stratosphere are wonderfully designed, superbly put together and sound incredible? You’d think that, wouldn’t you? It’s not always so, I have to tell you. This is why, even at this level, it pays to shop around.

WHAT CAN GO WRONG?

Firstly, before considering the key features, look at the seemingly boring aspects. Think about the footprint. If you have a particular turntable in mind, ask yourself, ‘how much space does this thing occupy?’. High-end decks often arrive with sprawling plinths, arms that hang off the side, detached motors and external power supplies that are sometimes very large indeed. Make sure that you can handle the space.

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