TEAC TN-300SE Turntable
TEAC TN-300SE Turntable
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Product Description
Modern functionality meets old-school cool in the TEAC TN-300SE: a belt-driven, two-speed turntable with an straight tonearm, an all-new motor assembly, and a built-in USB output that makes it easy to archive your vinyl collection. The Neoprene-coated, high-inertia aluminum diecast platter is driven by a high-torque DC motor and a polished stainless steel spindle, which work together to deliver precise speed consistency and tonal accuracy ... Read More

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Galilchan
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Aug 26, 2018
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Does this guy have an automatic return function or does it have to be set and returned manually.
Aug 26, 2018
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Aug 26, 2018
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This is a manual turntable, so you have to retrieve the tone arm, it does not happen automatically.
Aug 26, 2018
DiamondPilot
206
Aug 24, 2018
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I have the TN-300 (not the SE version). The two look cosmetically identical, so I'm not sure what the differences are. Probably in the preamp, I'm guessing.
There were a ton of problems with my turntable.
The platter wasn't machined smoothly where it sits on the spindle, so I had to file off an imperfection to get it to rotate without stuttering. The spindle was not mounted level in the plinth. Therefore, even a perfect platter would sit tilted slightly but visibly noticeable in relation to the plinth.
The azimuth of the tonearm was off. This was a manufacturing defect in the tonearm where the headshell receptable mounts to the arm. The screw hole that affixes the headshell socket (not the headshell itself) was drilled slightly off-center, which causes the headshell/cartridge to sit tilted sideways in relation to the record.
The wow and flutter was noticeably audible on sustained notes, especially acoustic instruments in the midrange, such as piano or strings. This wasn't a manufacturing defect, but was in-line with the specs.
No matter what I did with the turntable, I couldn't tame a nasty sibilance problem, even when using an AT-440MLb with MicroLine stylus, and properly aligning the cart with the proper equipment, and setting tracking force using a digital scale. This was true for any tracking force within the cart manufacturer's specifications. I even tried adjusting the VTA by using various aftermarket mats of varying thicknesses and a USB microscope, but couldn't get it to stop hissing on esses like a scorned woman.
Also, the pivot is in the headshell, not the arm. This means, despite having a swappable headshell, you are limited to using TEAC's proprietary shell with the pivot. You can physically install a standard headshell, but you'll have alignment issues.
I will say that the built-in phono preamp was surprisingly good. I liked it way better than the Schiit Mani, U-Turn Pluto, and a little bit better than the MM phono pre in my vintage SAE P102 Preamplifier.
I ended up replacing the tonearm with the S-shaped one from the TN-400S, removing the spindle, milling the hole in the plinth flat and reinstalling the spindle.
Now, after these mods/repairs, I have a TT whose sound I like quite a bit for the price with the internal phono preamp (except for the audible wow/flutter).
Would I go back and do it all over again? No... Except, that beautiful gloss cherry finish with aluminum highlights does make a tempting piece of mid-fi furniture once you get the kinks worked out.
Aug 24, 2018
GunsOfBrixton
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Aug 24, 2018
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Is it just me, or is that review the lamest endorsement ever?
It reminds of the Steve Martin line from his "Dear Amanda" bit:
"Remember how your mother raved about me, calling me 'pleasant' ? "
Aug 24, 2018
RayF
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Aug 23, 2018
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What no 78 rpm? I'm out'a here!
Aug 23, 2018
Slethron
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Aug 23, 2018
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Heads up before your purchase. I have an older version of this turntable (non SE) and there is not a true ground path. The turntable must be modded for true ground. This is a problem for most enthusiasts. The power adapter that comes with the table also causes some hum/noise unless it, too, is upgraded to a linear non-switching power supply. That said, the turntable has been fine for me the last two years and functioning perfectly with no other issues. The cartridge can also be upgraded to something like the AT VM540ML.
Aug 23, 2018
DiamondPilot
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Aug 24, 2018
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I have the non SE version also. The true ground is completely unnecessary if you are using the turntable unmodded. This is true whether you switch the preamp/RIAA curve switch in or out, because even with the onboard preamp disabled, the output is active and the circuitry on the PCB compensates for the lack of ground wire between the TT and receiver (or whatever you're using). Now, if you want to bypass the onboard PCB to get a direct line between the cartridge wires and your external phono pre, then you'll need to drill a hole in the back of the unit and install a ground post. Been there done that. At the end of the day, I was shocked by how good the onboard phono preamp sounded (at least in the non-SE version, no idea about the SE), and I ended up not bothering using my external preamps. It was even better than some of the phono stages in some of my vintage Hi-Fi gear. Is it as good as separate phono preamps costing several hundred dollars? No. But you wouldn't want to use a wow and flutter monster like the TN-300 with a boutique pre anyway I don't think.
Aug 24, 2018
asantiano11112
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Aug 23, 2018
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I have this turntable and if i can do it again, I'd buy another one. The weight is too light and it absorbs noise from table bumps and other external noise.
Aug 23, 2018
macaca
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Aug 24, 2018
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"Buy another one"??? Buy "another" Teac tn-300se, OR "another" brand/product???
"I'd buy another one," sounds like you're endorsing the TEAC product... THEN you do a 180* and critique with 2 negatives...
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Aug 24, 2018
atsu333
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Aug 23, 2018
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Aww that's so rude, showing that sexy red color and not having it available as an option :(
Aug 23, 2018
zanthine
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Aug 23, 2018
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Damn, you’re right. Grumble.
Aug 23, 2018
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