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At Drop, we’ve earned a loyal following through our exceptional headphone and headphone amp collaborations. From our original collaboration with the AKG K7XX back in 2014 to our best-selling Sennheiser HD 6XX and our newly-released Drop + THX Panda, we've worked closely with some of the industry's top names to develop great-sounding products for every listener. Having established ourselves in this area, we are now looking to branch out in the two-channel space, which includes speakers, turntables, and speaker amps. The Drop + Audio Technica Carbon VTA turntable will mark our first turntable collaboration.  While vinyl has remained a popular listening format among the dedicated, its popularity has skyrocketed in recent years to include many new fans searching for a more tactile music listening experience. As fans of vinyl ourselves, we created a great sounding turntable that hits all the marks: user-friendliness for new vinyl listeners, and exceptional performance for seasoned turntable users looking to upgrade.
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Benjie
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Feb 25, 2020
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Defiant no thank you. For the price I can get into an older Technics on eBay with way better sound and stability. For shame Audio Technica. Stay in your lane!
Feb 25, 2020
EntropyCollector
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Feb 11, 2020
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Some thoughts: a) Detachable RCA cable is a must. Same for the ground cable, just leave the RCA connectors / a screw there and let people use whatever cables of whatever length they want. Using built-in cables may be cheaper but it's not worth it, you don't want users to have to manually replace damaged cables with a soldering iron. b) Built-in phono stages are practical but in most cases they are cheap and hurt sound quality, also many people would likely want to use their own, if you decide to put one, make sure it's a decent one and allow for it to be completely bypassed. A nice plus would be to also allow switching between MM and MC, since the pre-amp circuitry is a bit different depending on the cartridge + maybe add a headphone jack as well. c) 78RPM support would be a nice plus for some people. d) You'll probably go for a switching supply, make sure it's a decent one with proper noise filtering, especially in case you add a built-in phono stage. e) Rubber feet suck, go for something better instead (e.g. noise damping cones/spikes w pad), it makes a difference if you don't have a proper stand and the upgrade is a relatively cheap one. They also look much cooler :-) f) Throw in there a replacement belt just in case. In general I'd always go for build quality instead of added features, if you can't get the raw sound from the LP without compromises any other stuff such as built-in amp stages, ADCs with usb ports, auto-stop / auto-park, 45/78RPM support don't make much sense. I have an old Thorens turntable, its build quality is phenomenal, from its suspension system to the motor to the spindle. It doesn't need any extras, it's only weak point were the built-in RCA cables that used to be common back then. There are so many turntables out there with "cool features" that can't even play decent stereo (not to mention some of them even damage LPs), on the other hand there are so many over-priced turntables for no reason, targeting "audiophiles" who don't know what they are paying for as long as it's featured on some blog/magazine. Start from a solid turntable and then add the extras, to me a turntable with a good motor, tonearm, plinth and power supply, a decent built-in phono stage, that can properly support MC cartridges, below 400$ would be a good product. Especialy if I could buy it in EU at this price.
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Feb 11, 2020
DenonFanboy
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Feb 10, 2020
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If the original is $299, can we expect $150-200 for the drop version?
Feb 10, 2020
bharker
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Feb 10, 2020
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Very interested in this project. Any idea on a rough time frame? 3, 6 or 9 months? I was actually just looking around on eBay for something decent secondhand, but after seeing this announcement I reckon I'll hold off until this is released.
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Feb 10, 2020
Dinos
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Feb 8, 2020
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😍
Feb 8, 2020
RayF
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Feb 7, 2020
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How many albums can I stack on it at once?
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Feb 7, 2020
uninked
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Feb 7, 2020
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Appears to be a AT-LPW40WN with a slightly darker fake wood veneer, and white lettering that'll flake off in no time.
Feb 7, 2020
zanthine
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Feb 7, 2020
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I think you’re right. In that case it’s an AT 95 cartridge, which is what I thought.
Feb 7, 2020
Evshrug
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Feb 10, 2020
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It is... which isn’t a bad start for its price. Who knows what other changes they might make beyond veneer? I don’t usually have an issue with silkscreened lettering falling off of things that aren’t usually subject to physical contact.
Feb 10, 2020
krakus
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Feb 6, 2020
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lets see a phono stage/s !! thanks
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Feb 6, 2020
Kulpa
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Feb 6, 2020
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Please make it possible for European seller´s by the Way.A Eu Plug where well.
Feb 6, 2020
d3vi0uz
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Feb 6, 2020
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Just make sure it ships with a good cartridge, something better than what an AT LP60 or 120 ships with. If not, why buy this over those two?
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Feb 6, 2020
exsomnis
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Feb 6, 2020
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If it's the one in the photo then that's the AT95E, which comes with an LP120. It's decent enough. But I don't see how they could afford to use a better cart while meeting the price target and making the margin that they want to make on this.
Feb 6, 2020
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