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OK... oddball question I doubt will have an answer from anyone with direct experience, but here goes:
Which is a better choice for 78rpm playback... the Teac TN-400 or Audio Technica LP120?
I've got stacks of inherited 78s that I would love to be able to play. I have a good main turntable for LP playback (MMF-5), so this will be a secondary table in another room. Yes, I know I'll need a separate cartridge and will probably buy a second headshell for whichever table I choose. Nice that the Teac comes with the AT100E for LP playback.
I had a choice between this TN-400 and the LP120, and I went with the LP120. This is solely based on (a lot of) reviews and forum posts.
So far I'm quite impressed with it. So far I've bought a separate phono amp but have not totally disabled the internal amp (a mod that was advised). I also still need to upgrade my cartridge to an MM Ortofon I'm looking at.
The main difference here being the belt driven vs. direct. But seeing that they both achieve 0.2% wow and flutter, I would not pay extra for the pain of belt maintenance for no benefit.
That aside, it may go either way with you. They are on par, and the Teac just costs more.
Also, the pitch control on the LP120 may be an advantage if you have the need for it... But I'm sure it runs pretty well at 78rpm and almost no records would need this adjusted.
That said, I'm still new at this, so I may have things wrong, but if I had the money for this I would rather pay a bit extra and would have gone for the RP1 or RP2.
I have the TN-300 and was also looking at the LP120. The main reason I went with the Teac was the RCA cables are built into the LP120. I didnt want to take the chance with the built in cables being damaged. Just my thoughts for others reading.
That is indeed something people have complained about, mostly when they are using only the digital USB. I don't mind since I needed them, and I'm adept enough to be able to replace them myself if I need to. I see this as my first (cheap) forays into turntables... something even my kids could use. A learning experience but still good quality.
Fair enough. I had the same thought on the cables ultimately I also really liked the Chery Teac. ;)
I like wood as well, it would go great in my living room! The AT styling is also quite retro in my view, but the wood is definitely prettier.
I ended up going with the LP120 as well, and have been pleasantly surprised by the build quality and features. Since I bought it primary for 78 RPM, the fast start up and braking of the direct drive are welcome characteristics. The reviews also swayed me to the LP120.