Everything for the Music Enthusiast.
Music CDs and DVDs, books, musical instruments, music gear, music software, recording gear, audio equipment, music accessories, and more. Music promotion.
Promote Your Music | Subscribe | Advertise | Music Webmasters
Register/Login
Search OW
VIRTUAL CD - Listen          MUSIC REVIEWS        MUSIC RECOMMENDATIONS        NEW MUSIC RELEASES       CD ARCHIVES        ARCHIVES
Cover Stories | Features | Spotlights | Rising Stars | Launchpad | Kaleidoscope | New DVDs | New Soundtracks | Music Books | Music Software | Audio Equipment

Cirque Du Soleil
“Someone”
Delirium
(Cirque Du Soleil)
[listen] [buy] [download]

Patricia Barber
“Whiteworld/Oedipus”
Mythologies
(Blue Note)
[listen] [buy]

Cirque Du Soleil
“Someone”
Delirium
(Cirque Du Soleil)
[listen] [buy] [download]

Jim Pearce
“Why I Haven't Got You”
Prairie Dog Ballet
(Oak Avenue Publishing)
[listen] [buy]

Andy Timmons Band
“Gone (9/11/01)”
Resolution
(Favored Nations)
[listen] [buy]

Ralph Towner
“If”
Time Line
(ECM Records)
[listen] [buy]

Anoushka Shankar
"Beloved"
Rise
(Angel)
[listen]

Amos Lee
"Arms Of A Woman"
Amos Lee
(Blue Note)
[listen]

Julius Curcio
"American Pie"
Alligator Shoes
(Electric Roots)
[listen] [buy]

Lemon
"Come Alive"
Changing Into Me
[listen] [buy]

Feature [Issue #8]
: Turntablism: Not For DJs Only
By Ken Micallef


With iTunes, Napster, and Musicmatch offering more digital downloads than bad music from a zillion teen-pop stars, you might wonder why anyone would still bother with technology as old-fashioned as the analog turntable.

While some believe the marketing mantra “Perfect Sound Forever” - hot air and hokum delivered by the record industry in the late ‘80s when it first introduced the compact disc - many others are discovering that analog is still a more perfect way if audio excellence is your goal.

If anything, today’s turntables do a much better job of extracting information than your dad’s old A&R, Dual, or BSR turntables ever did. Put it down to computer design, imaging, and correction that enable much closer tolerances in construction of both turntables and cartridges. You could say that the turntable has finally caught up with vinyl.

And you don’t have to buy the most expensive turntables to experience all vinyl has to offer. You could go mad with the $10,000 TNT HR-X from VPI Industries or the $7,000 Model 10 from legendary British manufacturer SME, but thanks to trickle down technology, exceptional tables are being manufactured by companies from Yugoslavia to the US. No local dealer? Best Buy still trying to push off that Bose garbage on you? Then journey online to such value-for-buck middleman as MusicDirect.com, Needledoctor.com, Elusivedisc.com and AcousticSounds.com, upstanding retailers who are also purveyors of new and reissued vinyl sounds.

Like the return of the superstar DJ, today’s turntables are superior to the primitive vinyl LP spinners your folks used to play their Eric Clapton and Linda Ronstadt LPs. Vastly improved sonics, hi-tech materials, and stores full of cheap used records can turn you into the next Fatboy Slim or Moby or at least a well-outfitted armchair traveler not in need of a remote to have a good time.


MUSIC HALL MMF 2.1
$299
(includes Music Hall Magic cartridge ($70 retail))


It looks scrawny and low-cost, but the MMF 2.1 is a featherweight champ, producing a robust, detailed, and giselle- like sound. Big-hearted bass’n’boogie factor is matched by sparkling but decently smooth treble, making the 2.1 a natural for hip hop and dance music if not quite the dynamo required for Korn, Metallica, or high octane fusion. Of course that leaves real music, i, e., Buena Vista Social Club and Lisa Loeb, which will both sound just fine on the 2.1. Solid sound and a price even you can afford make for analog bliss on a tiny budget.

PRO-JECT 1.2
$319
(includes Oyster Cartridge, $55 retail)


This table has a surprisingly potent low end and creamy, cognac-on-ice high frequency extension resulting in an easy choice if the lower $300s are your considered turf. The Pro-Ject 1.2 reproduces drums that leap out and grab you (and “reach out and stab you” Frank Zappa would have said) and frames vocals and even DJ scratching with spooky accuracy. The Austrian made Pro-Ject features a heavy alloy platter (better bass, larger sound-field, smoother highs, possibly recessed midrange) and gold-plated RCAs (improved connectivity). A bargain in affordable turntables that only gives up features (like detachable interconnects and power cables) and functions to its more expensive siblings.


MUSIC HALL MMF-5
$499
(includes Goldring G1012 cartridge ($175 retail))

Some tables lure you with their wooly sound, but not the squeaky clean MMF-5. Like a quick punch in the abs, the MMF-5 delivers brilliant treble and quick-witted bass through its clever two-piece construction consisting of two layers of MDF topped off with a glass platter and hefty, that-LP-is-not-gonna-slide record clamp. Crisp, but never ear-splitting, the MMF-5’s built-in level assures perfect tonearm tracking, even if its thunderous sound knocks you out cold. This table would be the first choice for classical lovers who demand accuracy and fast dynamics, but perhaps not the last word in warmth.


PRO-JECT RM-4
$495
(cart not included, available with Sumiko Pearl
cartridge ($95) for $549)


Using the same tonearm as the $1500 RM-9, Pro-Ject’s RM-4 hold its own against turntables costing twice as much. You want clarity? The RM-4 offers it in spades. 3D imaging and arena rock soundstaging? Time to cough up the cash. With enough titanic bass to raise the dead and treble and midrange that are smooth yet sufficiently detailed, the RM-4 makes music flow. Shaped like the Indy 500 racetrack, the cool looking RM-4 comes standard with a lightweight record clamp and two gold RCA jacks, allowing your choice of interconnects. Not as ultimately detailed and fast as the Music Hall MMF-5, the Pro-Ject RM-4 is ultimately more satisfying.


REGA PLANAR 2
$495
(Rega Bias cart included ($125 retail))

Second only to the Pro-Ject RM-4, the Rega Planar 2 and Planar 3 have for years represented the pinnacle among sub-1K turntables. Presenting remarkable impact and cushiony-comfy bass response, the sleek-looking Planar 2 portrays music of all kinds with decent depth and a gutsy, up-front realism. Though treble can be shrill when the music turns especially dynamic, the 2’s clear midrange and articulate, rounded bass make it a great all-rounder. And, it can be greatly improved by upgrading the shabby Bias cartridge.


SOTA MOONBEAM
$543
(cartridge not included)


Like a technological relic from the Soviet Union, this bland, industrial gray unit seems designed for playing only John Phillip Sousa marches, disinformation broadcasts, or the Soviet National Anthem. Three adjustable feet allow for precise leveling and the sound is rich and accurate, but where’s the boogie for almost 600 bucks? That kind of cash should at least include a record clamp and a cartridge. Clean, cold, and efficient, the SOTA Moonbeam will have you saying “Please, comrade! Pass the wodka and that Acoustic Sounds catalog!”





Turntablism: Not For DJs Only


buy issue order article copy printer friendly email

print license web license buy music tickets


More OW Feature articles on
NAMM Show 2007: What's Next In Music? Montreal Jazz Festival The New Feeling of Jazz:Setting The New Standards
The Playboy Jazz Festival: Hef Brings The Jazz Giants The James Moody Scholarship Jazz Art Community
Live at UCLA, Feb 24 SXSX 2006: A Week Of Magical, Musical Moments NAMM Show 2006
Buyer's Guide: Jazz Christmas CDs Complete Library of Congress Recordings Reinventing The Beatle
SXSW: Music's Meeting Ground Exclusive Interview With Tommy Ramone Alan Lomax: Ambassador To The Ages Part II
A Personal Note on Nirvana: With The Lights Out Alan Lomax: Ambassador To The Ages Part I Ray Charles: An American Genius
Southern Culture In Southern California: An Interview With Mark Neill, Soil Of The South Music Production Coachella Valley Music Festival SXSW Music Conference 2004
Behind The Names Of Rock Jazz Present
How To Buy Speakers (Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Listen for the Music) Give The Gift Of Music Give The Gift Of Music
Coming Up? Shall We Dance? Hi-Fi Lives
Timeless Blues Latin Music: Where Is It Headed Anyway? Hail To The Thief
And On The Eighth Day, Punk Was Born!: Part II Music Therapy Music Therapy
A Blues Powerhouse And On The Eight Day, Punk Was Born: Punk I Teaching You The Four R's: Readin', Ritin', Rithmetic, Rock!
Ready For The Four Rs? Readin', Ritin', Rithmetic, Rock!
 



About
| Contact | Jobs | Privacy Policy | Advertisers | Archives | Advertise | Subscribe
Listen To ONE WAY Virtual CD Music Online | New Releases | Upcoming Shows
| Music Webmaster Affiliate Program | Music Link Exchange | Music Bands, Links, Info

Find out more about music promotion through ONE WAY Magazine

   Copyright © 2006 ONE WAY Online. All rights reserved.


 


 


  Internet Links: