Even if the rumors of 24-bit audio file playback in iTunes come true there’s still one thing it will never do: play vinyl. 1’s and 0’s simply can’t recreate the intimacy and authentic sound of vinyl so until people smarter than us come up with an analog magicsauce filter, we’ll stick to our plates. TDK, a brand you might only associate with floppy’s and blank tapes has been on a bit of a resurgence lately, and their new advanced belt-driven TDK Turntable ($300) brings high-fidelity performance without the need for TARP funds. An upscale gloss black case, embedded visual equalizer, 33 1/3 & 45 RPM support, and a floating platter design ensure noises and vibrations won’t get in the way of those Miles Davis trumpet riffs. Supports most stylus and cartridges.
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