Drop + Audio Technica Carbon VTA Turntable
Drop + Audio Technica Carbon VTA Turntable
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We teamed up with Audio Technica to build a turntable that delivers superb vinyl playback with premium components. Precision-crafted, upgradeable, and easy-to-use, our Carbon VTA is the turntable you want in your corner.

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RayF
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Aug 3, 2020
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Just checked out all the reviews and noticed several include photos of the albums people are listening to. So glad none of them are my neighbors ;- )
Aug 3, 2020
kenwstr
89
Jul 28, 2020
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What exactly is audiophile about viny and most especially this turn table? I still have a LAB440 I bought in the 80, it has Wow & flutter < 0.05% WRMS & S/N 70 dB both of these beat this AT offering...... Neither of these specs is particularly good in terms of audio quality. Vinyl is prone to dust noise and has a much more limited dynamic range than tape. Um, this is why chrome tape was used for analogue mastering back in the day, not vinyl. Consumer tape got a bad name because almost no one serviced their tape players. Consequently, the drive would lose traction and slip, this caused the take up spool to loose tension and because nothing was cleaned, the tape would stick to the capstan and wrap around it and get destroyed. Also, the cheap and thin commercial tapes would stretch, causing distortion. Further, the tape deck motor governor would stick intermittently causing speed variations. All this caused by lack of service. So tape got a bad name despite it being the much superior media. I just don't understand this resurgence in vinyl, it is a very inferior media. CD has many orders of magnitude better dynamic range and S/N. I'd say, it is true that mastering is poor these days. I get early release CDs and compare with remastering’s. Generally, the remastered CDs have poor dynamic range, having all sources at much the same level and all dynamic range squeezed out by over compression. The vocals get swamped out by instrumentation so there is not expression, no emotional engagement and no art. Hell, the engineers go and time correct every single note and noise in the whole thing, removing the swing and the performers art. They think they are correcting it, idiots with not art and no soul..... So I suppose the older recordings tend to have art at least, but are you listening to old artistic recordings or remastered sausage machine noise? Anyway, there are some artists doing their own production these days and this the only place is where the art may be found these days, but not necessarily so. Depends on the artist and who they collaborate with of course. In any case, despite the fact that I consider Nyquist a crock, CD is still far a superior format in terms of dynamic range and S/N than any of the analogue ones. It's just that it’s generally not utilised well. My issue with Nyquist is that while it can produce any audio frequency, it cannot map high frequency wave form shape accurately. It can only assume a sin wave form, not square, triangular or some complex shape. With only 2 data points per wave length, amplitude is highly phase dependant. I have don tests at different bit rates and bit depths, using the same software, same equipment and same analogue master chrome tape. While much music sounds pretty similar, there are obvious audible differences with other sounds. Results depend on what you are digitising. Even with all this though, CD at 44.1 kHz is still has a far greater potential for fidelity and expression than any of the analogue media hands down. So, I suppose a valid reason for getting a turntable is to play artistic recordings that today’s labels are just not willing to produce but you are not likely to get that with remastered or modern recordings. I suppose this will put the cat among the pigeons.
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Jul 28, 2020
karl1569
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Jul 27, 2020
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Alright, I'm going to come off as a total idiot noob here, but I am interested in getting into Vinyl (I have a few records standing at attention for their first vinyl deployment), but it seems very overwhelming when I try to read about what is needed. I have a 5.1 system, with a 9.2 channel Denon Receiver. Can I purchase this, plug it into my receiver, and be good to go? Or do I need to buy additional materials with this?
Jul 27, 2020
tonyp063
7
Jul 29, 2020
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The short answer is yes. Which model Denon you have determines whether you plug into the AUX jacks or not.
Jul 29, 2020
RaccoonGuy
0
Jul 14, 2020
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Hello! I am from Germany, so my question is, does the Turntable work in Germany? (I am not a engineer, but becuase of V and Hz and that stuff) and do I have to buy a new Plug, or does Drop provide one for people in Europe? Thanks in Advance!
Jul 14, 2020
digirati
3
Jul 1, 2020
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Is the wood real wood? Is it a solid piece of wood, or just a laminate?
Jul 1, 2020
digirati
3
Jul 2, 2020
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Just curious if it was real wood. Still don’t know. It could be a vinyl sticker I guess. Aesthetics are always part of a decision making process.
Jul 2, 2020
T.Fernandez
300
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Jul 13, 2020
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The Veneer is made of real wood, not a vinyl laminate.
Jul 13, 2020
FByrum
0
Jun 27, 2020
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I'm getting back into vinyl after a nearly 35-year break. My old setup is nearly 40-years old... a Pioneer SX-6 receiver and a PL-7 turntable. Still works although I wanted an upgrade. So here is my setup The Drop+AT Turntable with at the Drop Cavalli Tube HyBrid Amp and MD AKG K7XX... Very happy with all of these! Sound is awesome! A few questions: 1) is there a downside to leaving the cover off the turntable? Dust? 2) any recommendations on the tubes to try? (remember, I just getting started) Frank
Jun 27, 2020
ceeveedee
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Jul 12, 2020
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Not well versed on tubes, but leave the cover on when not in use. Keep it open when spinning. Depending on the cart, you might get noise that dissipates when the cover is open. Though this is a good deal, I think the price and feature set would lead me to a Rega P1 first.
Jul 12, 2020
Sisco973
0
Jun 25, 2020
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I'm new to record player and trying to buy one for my fiance because shes loves music. Do I need to buy speakers for a record player?
Jun 25, 2020
Varholiaglimp
935
Jun 26, 2020
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You definitely need cables -- RCA outs to whatever your powered speakers or amp of choice take -- but a newcomer like yourself might want other people to test a new turntable model that, despite the ubiquitous AT brand, doesn't have its own consumer history. Let people who already own dedicated phono pres, preamps, mixers and the like test it out first and give you an idea of how it sounds under various conditions -- people who can tell from reading specs, and knowing specific models, brands and features, that they're interested. New isn't always better even though it can seem that way to the imagination. To me, plugging a turntable into a pair of speakers directly sounds like a story someone might tell about a gig they played after an airport lost their luggage. On the other, consolidation and miniaturization have reached startling heights of efficacy, so it's possible this setup would sound good enough for you and your grillfiend, and that the built-in phono pre isn't as provisional as I'm assuming. The powered speakers I happen to like are KH 120s, but they're more expensive than Kantos (which I can't use) and, besides, I'm a studio musician who needs merciless reference speaks that only sound tremendous if the original recording does. Most people want their speakers to sound tremendous all the time. Still, I can't help thinking there's a better powered speaker option for you. And here's where you head to a music forum, ask your questions, and preface them by telling members exactly what kinds of music you like.
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Jun 26, 2020
T.Fernandez
300
Collabs
Jul 13, 2020
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If your goal is to listen primarily with speakers, then yes you would probably want to purchase some powered speakers if you wanted a simple setup comprised of just and turntable and a way to listen. You could also connect the turntable to a headphone amp and use headphones to listen for a more private listening experience. The powered speakers would ideally have a pair of RCA inputs with would allow you to directly connect the turntable and utilize the built-in phono preamplifier. A set of RCA cables are included so you should be able to set it up rather easily.
Jul 13, 2020
Imran
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Jun 22, 2020
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Please help me buy my first turntable. I am new to this hobby and curious why I should buy this turntable rather than the Audio Technica AT-LPW40WN or "1byone Belt Drive Turntable with Wireless Connectivity" https://www.amazon.com/Turntable-Wireless-Connectivity-Magnetic-Cartridge/dp/B07S5XSTCW/ref=dp_ob_title_ce which is less than half the price with more features. Thank you for your patience and your insights.
Jun 22, 2020
DenonFanboy
760
Jul 9, 2020
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350$ is quite a lot for someone just getting their feet wet in vinyl listening, I suggest u get yourself a quality working flee market turntable in the 40$ or less range, vinyl is very expensive and it’s not for everyone. If u like what u hear and u want to continue, come back and buy this newer unit. :)
Jul 9, 2020
Liam205
6
Jun 19, 2020
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How would this compare to the AT-LP120X or the PLX-500?
Jun 19, 2020
tcurtis6984
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Jun 19, 2020
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I'm curious about my turntable setup. I ordered this Drop + Audio Technica Carbon VTA Turntable, a Toppings E30 DAC, a Drop + THX AAA 789 Amplifier, and AudioEngine HD6 Speakers. Do I need a pre-amp to connect all of these components?
Jun 19, 2020
T.Fernandez
300
Collabs
Jul 13, 2020
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Since the speakers are self powered you could either connect the turntable directly using the RCA input, or you could connect the turntable to the input of the 789 and then use another set of RCA cables from the pass through on the rear of the THX and connect to the input of the HD6 allowing both the headphone amp and speakers to be connected at the same time.
Jul 13, 2020
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