Turntable question; Does Audio Technica make any good turntables?

In the $500 to $1000 range does Audio Technica make any good turntables, either belt drive or direct drive? Compared to say Pro-Ject, Fluance, Rega, Music Hall, Technics, etc.

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If you can squeak out a few dollars more the VPI Cliffwood looks like a nice option!


At this price point, turntables are as alike as peas in a pod, in my opinion.  So just pick out a nice looking one that has one feature or another that particularly appeals to you, made by a good company, and you will be happy until you come down with audiophilia nervosa.  It has happened to all of us.  Audio Technica is a giant in the small audio industry and certainly ranks among the "good companies".  Nothing wrong with OL, either, but $1800 is also well above your price range, so their turntable at that cost dang well ought to be a bit better.

Millercarbon, thanks for taking the time for the thoughtful and detailed response…Not sure about the complaint about the length or response… I found your response helpful.,

Avid makes a nice turntable, also over looked....the Avid ingenium plug and play with the Upgraded metal platter is a good value.

The music hall mmf-7.3 is also a very nice table, especially in Walnut with the 2m Bronze. Too bad the price is @ 2k with inflation and all.

If your a fan of direct drive, the Technics mk7 can still be had for $999, and it's now available in different colors. I bought one in black, just for the hell of it....it's a great table for the money.

In my opinion price range of $500-$1000 would be entry level TT price and brand choice shouldn’t be main criteria to look at. If you really tight on your budget range, my suggestion is to concentrate on proper TT setup, arm and cart alignments. Re OL tts agreed with MC. OL is really great machines in every little detail from their bearings to perfectly designed motors. I had great experience talking about OL arms and TTs with Steve Davis from analogmatters.