Over To You: What DJ Record Decks Should I Buy?

Phil Morse | Founder & Tutor
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Last updated 5 April, 2018

Good old Technics. But in 2014, is there a better choice for someone buying their first turntables? That’s our reader question today…

Our forum member Koengsv117 writes: “My question is, which of the following options would you recommend to get familiar with a vinyl set-up? First one, to buy a set of Technics. Second, to buy a set of Technics replicas like the Audio Technica LP-120. Third, buying turntables which are equal or maybe even better according to some than the venerable Technics like say a Stanton ST-150. What do you think?”

Digital DJ Tips says:

Big question for anyone who wants to try turntables. It’s not cheap either, so your decision is going to be swayed by expense too. Technics, if you can find a good used pair, are great (“nobody ever got fired for buying Technics”, to bastardise IBM’s advertising slogan of old), but so are many of the better current turntables from Reloop, Stanton and so on. The cat has really been thrown among the pigeons this week, however, with the arrival of the Pioneer turntable.

So rather than offer my opinion (I still have my Technics, so my opinion is probably going to be biased), I’m going to throw this one over to the readers.

So, if you had to go out tomorrow and buy a pair of record decks for DJing on, what would you buy? And what would you avoid? Let us know your thoughts in the comments…

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