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Akai Professional BT500 Premium Belt-Drive Record Player $199.99 Free Shipping

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Akai Professional BT500 Premium Belt-Drive Record Player

Musicians Friend has it for $199.99 with Free Shipping (Excellent Reviews on Amazon [amazon.com])

Regular Price:$399.00
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Elegant wood finish with high-end audio performance.

This premium, belt-drive record player extracts every musical detail and subtle nuance from your record collection. The Akai Professional BT500 is an exquisitely crafted, elegant instrument whose performance is complimented by its luxurious walnut finish and brushed aluminum controls. With all the must-have features audiophiles demand for top-flight musical reproduction, the BT500 is also enabled with Bluetooth connectivity so you can stream your vinyl to any external Bluetooth-enabled speaker. Another convenient feature is its ability to convert your vinyl to digital using the included software and USB port.
For audio purists who prefer uncompressed sound, the BT500 boasts a built-in switchable phono preamp so you can use it with a traditional home stereo system or connect it directly to powered speakers.
Vinyl aficionados will appreciate the BT500's quiet belt-drive system and mechanically isolated motor, which eliminates any residual motor noise and vibration. The heavy, die-cast aluminum platter ensures an exemplary signal-to-noise ratio, while the low-mass straight tonearm with adjustable counterweight lets you dial in the precise amount of tracking weight. The BT500 also features an Audio-Technica magnetic cartridge with elliptical stylus, which is mounted to a removable headshell. A leveling bubble and adjustable feet give you the ability to zero in on a perfectly level needle drop for optimal sound.

FEATURES
Streams music wirelessly to any Bluetooth speaker (not included)
Luxurious walnut finish with brushed aluminum controls
Low-mass straight aluminum tonearm with adjustable counterweight for precise tracking
Leveling bubble with adjustable feet
Die-cast anti-resonance aluminum platter and non-slip rubber mat
Built-in switchable phono pre-amplified
Gold-plated RCA jacks
33-1/3 RPM and 45 RPM speeds
Signal-to-noise ration: 67 dB (A-weighted)
Wow and flutter: less than 0.2%
Weight: 14 lb.
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Not bad. By all reports the same as the Teac 300 but with minor cosmetic differences. I like the finish on these better than the Teacs.
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Does this actually retail at $399 or is that just one of those things where it never ACTUALLY costs that much but oh boy look at the savings!...?
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Does this actually retail at $399 or is that just one of those things where it never ACTUALLY costs that much but oh boy look at the savings!...?
its 299 on amazon

https://www.amazon.com/Akai-Profe...ord+Player
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its 299 on amazon

https://www.amazon.com/Akai-Profe...ord+Player
Still a sweet deal then. I'm in the market and this looks quite a bit higher end than I was planning for but at the right price. Might be a go.
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This deal is ABSOLUTELY slick!!! In for one. TU!
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In for one as well, thanks.
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is this A LOT better than the Audio Technica LP60 bluetooth? cause ive been eyeing on the AT-LP60 for quite some time.
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Does this actually retail at $399 or is that just one of those things where it never ACTUALLY costs that much but oh boy look at the savings!...?
Often goes on sale for $249 but is usually at the $299 price. I purchased one back in April for around $230 (after taxes) w/ a Jet coupon and that was the best price I could find. And I was looking out for months. People were paying nearly that much for used on eBay.

With all that being said, I've had multiple bad experiences with Musician's Friend. Once buying from them directly and once buying from them through Amazon. Just check out their resellerratings
http://www.resellerratings.com/st...n_s_Friend

If I was still looking, I'd think twice about buying from them again. Might be worth trying to get a pricematch with someone else. Or at least use a payment method you know will have your back if something goes wrong. I suppose that's just about any credit card these days but might not be worth the headaches.
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is this A LOT better than the Audio Technica LP60 bluetooth? cause ive been eyeing on the AT-LP60 for quite some time.
Some things you'll get right off the bat, better stylus, USB out if you want to record your vinyl, bubble level w/ adjustable feet so you can properly level the deck. Not to mention it just looks a lot better.

Downside, it's not automatic or semi-automatic. So the arm doesn't lift when it gets to the end of the LP. I managed to modify a Q-Up to fit between the platter and the base of the tonearm though. So at least if I fall asleep the stylus isn't just running along for a period of time. Although it's a significant added expense.
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is this A LOT better than the Audio Technica LP60 bluetooth? cause ive been eyeing on the AT-LP60 for quite some time.
I am no audiophile or audio pro, but I own the AT-LP60 (no bluetooth), and I love it. From the research I did before buying it, it was clear it is the minimum turntable anyone remotely serious about vinyl should get. It's light years beyond the cheap Crosley/suitcase/3in1 models that will kill your records, but still lacks a tone arm and counterweight.

This Akai checks all the boxes and comes at a reasonable price for someone starting out. I've seen the AT-LP60BT range from $100-160 depending on color ($110-150 on Amazon now). For ~$50 more, I'd get the Akai. (Just saw someone posted about a lack of auto or semi-auto function, so not quite all the boxes)

I however, purchased my ATLP60 a year ago for $70 and mostly play cheap records I find at goodwill and garage sales - so I'm fine for now. As my vinyl addiction grows, I'm sure to upgrade my turntable to something $200+ eventually. I'm actually struggling with buying this one now, hence this long response.
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I am no audiophile or audio pro, but I own the AT-LP60 (no bluetooth), and I love it. From the research I did before buying it, it was clear it is the minimum turntable anyone remotely serious about vinyl should get. It's light years beyond the cheap Crosley/suitcase/3in1 models that will kill your records, but still lacks a tone arm and counterweight.

This Akai checks all the boxes and comes at a reasonable price for someone starting out. I've seen the AT-LP60BT range from $100-160 depending on color ($110-150 on Amazon now). For ~$50 more, I'd get the Akai. (Just saw someone posted about a lack of auto or semi-auto function, so not quite all the boxes)

I however, purchased my ATLP60 a year ago for $70 and mostly play cheap records I find at goodwill and garage sales - so I'm fine for now. As my vinyl addiction grows, I'm sure to upgrade my turntable to something $200+ eventually. I'm actually struggling with buying this one now, hence this long response.
Thanks to u and the other guy for the reply. I started collecting vinyls. Planning to get a good cheap player soon. Gonna be my first and i also want to get a good portable Bluetooth speaker. I was looking a few of the JBL ones
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Also a great deal on AKAI headphones $15.91 FS

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Gah, I have 3 old ones (one I got free). I definitely shouldn't buy this.
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