Stanton just released two new turntables, the ST.150 M2 and STR8.150 M2. They have been redesigned from the ground up, and feature a new, heavy-duty aluminium housing that makes them lighter than their predecessors. Stanton also updated the face of the turntables by moving controls around to make the decks less cluttered.
The only difference between the two models is the straight tone arm found on the STR8.150 M2 over the more conventional “S-shape” version found on the ST8.150 M2. This is predominantly of interest to turntablists, who favour a straight tonearm for superior tracking ability during routines – that means less chances of your needle skipping in the middle of a scratch.
Some additional features include the removable target light, 33, 45 and 78 RPM platter speeds and adjustable pitch ranges of 8, 25 and 50%. A full version of Deckadance DVS comes bundled.
Both turntables are updates to the original ST.150 and STR8.150 decks. As we mentioned in our roundup of Musikmesse 2017, this is an interesting development from Stanton and we are looking forward to putting these turntables through their paces in a full review as soon as we can.
• You can find out more about the ST.150 M2 and STR8.150 M2 on the Stanton website.
What do you think about the release of these decks? Have you had any experience with their predecessors? Are you looking to upgrade your decks? Let us know in the comments below…