Useful to know as the retailer wants £69 for the separate preamp. So better to go for the USB model Then?
It is well built and I don't think you will find better at this price point Seany2687. The Pro-Ject Primary Phono USB (around £60 more) also includes a pre-amp with USB output so you can connect to a line-level input on your hifi system or a PC/Mac. The turntable in this post does not include a preamp so you would need to connect it either to an external RIAA pre-amp or an amplifier with a specific phono input.
There are people in here that know way more than me about turntables. But from my perspective at a price of £100-£150 there are many so called 'branded' Turntables such as Sony denon lenco pioneer marantz that are rebranded Chinese units. This makes me feel a little mistrust. They are obviously ok otherwise they would not sell so many and there are good reviews . The lenco l-85 for example (not the l85) is well regarded at a price point of £100 or so and can be bought refurbished for £50 . There are some good reviews of the audio technica lp60usb which go on to challenge some of the points raised by others such as high cartridge weight. See what hifi review and youtube. From what I have read almost everywhere though , rega and project make turntables that have reviews which are higher than these brands. Because of their audio quality. But at this price they lack the features such asbuilt in preamp, usb record and automatic tonearm. You have to make a decision. The audio technica lp3 seems to balance it all and is £149. But for the same price you get a project with less features. What we need as consumers is sample audio and you can see this on YouTube where one reviewer has ripped a song on an old technics turntable and a AT LP60. They're not much different to be honest!
So, I am looking for an entry level turntable but not interested in the plastic builds knocking around in the same price range or lower. Will this fit the bill? I was considering the project primary phono before seeing this.
No you didn't, you don't know what you are talking about. Bigsky will be along shortly to explain why with some facts. ;) :/