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So Many Choices
Forgive the cornball comparison, but the choice you have in selecting your turntable is like the choice Goldilocks had at the Three Bears house: there’s too hot, too cold and just right. Let’s start with the two options that are not “just right.”
What It Is: Single Unit with Built-In Speakers
What Else You Need: Nothing
Where To Buy It: Urban Outfitters, Best Buy
Cream Puff Commentary: This is the jambox of turntables, and it’s good for the true beginner working on a shoestring budget. Crosley is a good place to start and you can get it for about $100.
Pros: It’s super cheap and a true plug-and-play. You don’t need any other stereo equipment, and you can start listening to your records immediately.
Cons: You pay for what you get. The low cost buys you the lowest quality speakers and components and the sound suffers because of it.
What It Is: Fern & Roby Cast Iron Turntable
What Else You Need: Amplifier and Speakers
Where To Buy It: High End Specialty Shops
Cream Puff Commentary: Are you an Audiophile? If so, you already know that there is a wide world of high performance stereo equipment out there and it’s a literal rabbit hole for those willing to explore it. Check out Fern & Roby, Pro-Ject or Clearaudio Concept for starters.
Pros: These turntables are expertly crafted, will provide the highest sound quality, and are guaranteed to impress anyone who visits your home and checks out your stereo.
Cons: These things are not cheap. Entry-level pricing is $800, and that’s just for the turntable alone. Once you get the rest of your stereo set up, you’re looking at a price tag of anywhere from $1,500 to $30,000.
What It Is: U-Turn Orbit Plus Turntable + Audio Engine 15+ Powered Speakers
What Else You Need: Nothing if you buy the turntable and the powered speakers together (each sold separately)
Where To Buy It: TABOR (of course)
Cream Puff Commentary: Luckily, you can get into the game with a high quality turntable that won’t break your budget. It will look awesome in your house, and most importantly, it will sound fantastic.
We proudly sell turntables by UTurn Audio at Tabor.
· Excellent sound quality
· High performance
· Best looking turntable on the market
· Moderate price point
· Easy set up
· Hand assembled and American-made in Boston
Like all great American companies, U-Turn has a great creation story. A couple of vinyl-heads were convinced they could make high performance turntables at a moderate price point. They launched a Kickstarter campaign and started a company. Next thing you know, they were making some of the best turntables in the world.
The UTurn requires some additional stereo equipment before you can play records.
Preamp. Think of a preamp as the device that converts old technology ( called “analog” and present in all vinyl records) into a new technology (called “line” or “aux” and present in all modern stereos). A preamp makes the analog turntable work with with modern stereos. We sell UTurns with the preamp already built in and it is included with your purchase.
Powered Speakers. These speakers plug directly into the turntable and have their own power cord that goes directly into the wall socket. If you have powered speakers, you do not need any additional stereo equipment. We proudly sell AudioEngine powered speakers, and they sound phenomenal.
Passive Speakers. If you have passive speakers, you will need a receiver or an amp to make them work. These are the typical speakers where you connect speaker wire from a receiver to each speaker.
Sonos. UTurn turntables are compatible with most Sonos systems. As long as the Sonos has an RCA input (i.e. the little red and white plugs) on the back, then you’re in business.