Audiophilia’s Turntable Roundup

by Audiophilia on January 8, 2013 · 3 comments

in Analogue

When I began assembling my first ‘high end’ system thirty years ago (with the help of my then new wife’s Marantz receiver), other than Rega, a few prototype big dollar turntables, and a plethora of mainstream Direct Drive turntables, analogue pickings were fairly thin. I went with a Dual. I loved it.

Then, CD was introduced with the hoopla of the second coming and I got bamboozled like many others with the shininess of it all. Happily, the passionate advocates of our avocation continued their relationship with turntables and took the art to heights only imagined by us in the early ’80s. In the here and now and without thinking too much, I could rattle off 50 manufacturers of incredible, well conceived, brilliantly executed turntables.

We’ll show what’s going on with Turntable Audiophilia right here.

We’ll begin with these beauties.

A classic Thorens TD-125 Turntable, rebuilt by Vinyl Nirvana.

A classic Thorens TD-125 Turntable, rebuilt by Vinyl Nirvana.


More for the very sexy suspension than the beautiful Gyrodec.

More for the very sexy suspension than the beautiful Gyrodec.

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I'm sure you won't, but if you need a USB turntable, why not get a good looking one?  From TDK. $399

I'm sure you won't, but if you need a USB turntable, why not get a good looking one? From TDK. $399

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The Michell Engineering Gyro Dec. Still beautiful after all these years.

The Michell Engineering Gyro Dec. Still beautiful after all these years.

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

marvin fox 01.08.13 at 6:28 pm

Great memories these turntables bring back to me.I owned the Thorens 125 and it was really good sounding and built really sturdy back than.The Gyrodeck a handsome piece of equipment also. Those were the good old days than I miss.

Glen 01.14.13 at 5:50 pm

Nice to view these pictures, some TT’s really bring a romance to the music in sight and sound. Don’t play quite as many records as I once did. But my Technics SL1600 still brings a smile to my face when I spin those “big black CD’S” as a young niece once said.

Michael Mercer 01.20.13 at 3:45 am

LOVED the rebuilt Thorens! My dad has an original. The TDK does look really slick, and sold at Urban Outfitters!!!!

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