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Teac TN-300SE Analog Belt Drive Turntable (Black or Walnut) EXPIRED

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BuyDig has Teac TN-300SE Analog Belt Drive Turntable (Matte Black or Walnut) for $139 when you apply promo code SPIN in cart (or 'clip' the coupon on the product page). Shipping is free. Thanks iconian

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  • This turntable has earned 4.3 stars out of 5 based on 50 customer reviews at Amazon.com. -oceanlake
  • Our research indicates that this Teac TN-300SE Analog Belt Drive Turntable is $50 lower (26% savings) than the next best available price from a reputable merchant with prices starting at $189 at the time of this posting.

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Teac TN-300SE Analog Belt Drive Turntable with USB $139 + free shippingAmazon link for reference / reviews [amazon.com]
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Direct drive is good for Djing because of the extra strain you put on machine, but for home listening, belt drive is generally the way to go.

The LP120 is known for audible motor hum, not to mention coloration of the sound from the preamp circuit even when the preamp is off, and having faulty anti-skate. From those points, the Teac will be a better proposition for sound quality.
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No light and no speed adjust lever but there are ports on the bottom of the turntable to allow you to adjust the motor speed with a tiny screwdriver. The motor control, power supply, and motor itself in this turntable are exactly the same as in the following turntables:
Fluance RT80
Fluance RT81
Monoprice Monolith
Teac TN350
Akai/Ion 500BT
Denon 300F
And that is just for starters. The list is much longer. Inconsistent motor problems do happen from time to time with this combo, but no more than most mass produced belt drive turntables under $500 currently being made.Only exceptions are u-turn and pro-ject made stuff as it is a different set-up (pro-ject oems for Music Hall and crosley's flagship C10 and C20 fyi), but they are not immune from their own problems.

There are basically two large Taiwanese oem companies that produce turntables for all the large name brands. Sony, Audio-Technica, and Pioneer are all made by Hanpin, while Fluance, Teac, Denon, Onkyo, and Elac use Ya Horng. The brands will order turntables from both Hanpin and Ya Horng, but they trend towards one or the other. Other than maybe the highest models, you can be sure it comes from one or the other though no matter what you buy. All the cheap suitcase and all-in-one turntables from Crosley, Victrola, and the like are typically made by the Chinese companies Skywin and Leetac.
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$50 less than Amazon where it has a 4.3 out of 5 stars. [amazon.com] I've been using this for my albums and it sounds great but I wouldn't consider myself an audiophile.
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Got this last time it was on sale. I'm very happy with it, but I've never owned another record player so I can't comment on "this vs that".
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Thanks for posting this, I took this deal. This same turntable has been on the frontpage at $160 and $150 this year already.
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What are you getting more with the TN-350 for another $30 bucks- from another SD?
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Finally pulled trigger after being tempted the last two times this showed up in SD. Thanks OP!
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What are you getting more with the TN-350 for another $30 bucks- from another SD?
S-shaped arm? Can't find any other real difference, but I'm not an expert on this.
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Note: A lot of the Amazon reviews are actually for some all-in-one TEAC unit that had a CD player and speakers. Not sure why they're showing up there.
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Don't get a belt drive! They're not as fast or reliable as direct drive motors. I recommend the at-lp120X. Little on the pricy side but the best you'll get for recreation
I have an LP60. How much sound difference from 60 to 120?
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Don't get a belt drive! They're not as fast or reliable as direct drive motors. I recommend the at-lp120X. Little on the pricy side but the best you'll get for recreation
The LP120 is junk. Low end construction, lousy sound. Not as bad as the LP60, but not worth considering.

The Teac is a fine turntable for $140.

And there's nothing wrong with a belt drive turntable. Most high end turntables are belt drive. The advantages of belt drive (motor isolation) are not really a huge deal for lower end turntables like this one, but there's nothing wrong with belt drive.
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The LP120 is junk. Low end construction, lousy sound. Not as bad as the LP60, but not worth considering.

The Teac is a fine turntable for $140.

And there's nothing wrong with a belt drive turntable. Most high end turntables are belt drive. The advantages of belt drive (motor isolation) are not really a huge deal for lower end turntables like this one, but there's nothing wrong with belt drive.
I don't understand why everyone claims direct drive is better. Thank you for setting it straight.
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S-shaped arm? Can't find any other real difference, but I'm not an expert on this.
You are correct. That is the only difference other than color variations between 300 and 350. The S-shaped arm gives you more cartridge upgrade options but otherwise there is no performance difference.
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The LP120 is junk. Low end construction, lousy sound. Not as bad as the LP60, but not worth considering.

The Teac is a fine turntable for $140.

And there's nothing wrong with a belt drive turntable. Most high end turntables are belt drive. The advantages of belt drive (motor isolation) are not really a huge deal for lower end turntables like this one, but there's nothing wrong with belt drive.
Direct drive is good for Djing because of the extra strain you put on machine, but for home listening, belt drive is generally the way to go.

The LP120 is known for audible motor hum, not to mention coloration of the sound from the preamp circuit even when the preamp is off, and having faulty anti-skate. From those points, the Teac will be a better proposition for sound quality.
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