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sotherbee's picture
Last seen: 7 years 6 months ago
Joined: Apr 10 2014 - 1:32pm
Numark PT-01, vinyl newb questions

I just made the decision (and possibly the mistake) of purchasing a Numark PT-01. I bought it to listen to vinyl. I'm not interested in its archiving technology, however I like the fact that I can listen to it through my PC speakers without having to buy a receiver, amp, additional speakers etc. The sound quality is definitely not high fidelity, which is fine, but I've read on a lot of vinyl forums that playing records on this turntable will potentially damage or accelerate wear on the vinyl. One person said you might as well be playing records with a nail if you're going to play records on such a turntable.

Apparently this is due to the heavy, nonadjustable tone arm weight, no anti-skate technology, the ceramic cartridge and/or the stylus being cheap. This allegation is also leveled at most other USB turntables that sell for around $100.Is there concrete truth to this allegation? If there is, would the replacement/upgrade of the cartridge/needle help avoid damage? Or do I need to just replace it with a decent retro turntable? I can deal with bad sound quality, but I CANNOT afford to damage my vinyl. I have some albums which are precious to me. Any info would be appreciated.


wkhanna's picture
Last seen: 1 year 5 months ago
Joined: Jul 13 2007 - 1:46pm
Hi, sotherbee. I agree, you

Hi, sotherbee.

I agree, you are dong your precious vinyl no favors by playing them on this TT.

As they say, "if you want to dance, you must pay the fiddler".

You need a decent properly setup TT to get the most enjoyment from your vinyl without damaging it.

Good things said of this offering LINK



commsysman's picture
Last seen: 3 weeks 2 days ago
Joined: Apr 4 2006 - 11:33am

The Audio-Technica LP60 is available from Needle Doctor for $149.

It is a USB turntable with a decent arm and cartridge.

It will be better for your records.


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