The accusation that he was a real pretty boy, has fallen to quite the TEAC TN-300 allow. He just brings a smile to the face of vinyl fans who find even something unexpected: a USB socket.
What da TEAC as “2-speed analog turntable” announces that it has a sly old dog under the platter. Serves not only the belt together with the engine, but also an additional amplifier electronics, which is quite clever but the PSU.
First, the TN-300 with a concrete surprise waiting that one would not expect from TEAC. A turntable? An entry-level model that is affordable? Nowadays? Yes, exactly, these days: Vinyl is a cult and considered themselves in times of music servers, computer audio and headphone hype sound strong and collectable.
But the prices are often just as cool, and many of the solutions offered for beginners not affordable. Also known to be “special” power amps are among the records pleasure. At least those have internalized so much, who have never had to do with records and know the black discs only as a relic of the flea market. RIAA equalization? Phono amp? “My laptop has that?”, the question might be there. Or but: “Suitable for DJs?”
The answer to both questions is: No. Because the TEAC has definitely earned the predicate “audiophile”, but nevertheless most effectively solves the connection problems of newcomers. The small boy in an MDF chassis running on high gloss is available, the color ranging from light wood with white to the cherry red.
Combined with an elaborate running belt drive turns a lighter aluminium plate on a stable axis, whose bronze storing is maintenance-free. A DC motor suspended in rubber disappears under the turntable like the drive belt. This was combined with a straight, statically balanced tone arm, which is certainly not so easily or even cheap.
On the contrary: the detachable headshell actually has Gold contacts and carries the famous Starter cartridges by Audio Technica finished pre-adjusted: AT95E.
Which is to add much in this price class, except perhaps that you could replace the sound strong small MM cartridge later with higher quality. The tone arm is equipped with a manual lift should honor that even. Two perhaps not quite so happily near positioned on the arm tube, very nice rotary switch take care of the speed change (clearly he ‘can’ play also 45 rpm singles), as well as the start / stop function.
The probably only hurdle for vinyl newbies could consist in setting the tracking force by means of the adjustable counterweight, in addition a reasonably correct anti-skating adjustment. But this obstacle is safe to take use of the friendly dealer, because above the crossbar in the TN-300 does not rely on…
Open and playful
The Special on the turntable is clean and elegant made complete as also elsewhere: namely back to the connection box. What one described as a middle-class counts for the other group to the starter. But to dwell on such subtleties, is little economical given the friendly supply of TEAC.
The fact is that newcomers get completely acceptable-sounding, on top of that gorgeous turntables one quite also for more demanding is more than worth its money and far cracks open the door into the analog adventure with AT 95E. The open, playful sound is already a guarantee of fun, and the Audio Technica cartridge does not equal evil takes increasingly worn out washers!
Connection: all options open!
That one at home unpacking the TEAC TN-300 and then facing a connection problem, is almost impossible. Ensured first of all by the built-in A/D converter, which fed into a USB port. What is in the form of traditional vinyl records on the turntable, moves so via USB connection into the computer and ultimately directly on the hard disk. Digitization freaks efforts often include editors who can fix crack, crackling, or other errors.
Although possession of digital security copies of rare discs has its appeal, not all analog fans can imagine, to turn their music into bits and bytes. Here, the TEAC offers two solutions: one of direct, of course analog Phonoausgang from pickup.
Via cinch socket continues the usual, “purist” method for vinyl playback from there in an amplifier equipped with moving magnet input and RIAA- Phono distortion.
Also who neither has an amplifier yet a complete system with phono input, not left out: using a small switch and a built-in Phono equalizer, the TEAC can also undertake this task. High level analog input is at the other end of the Cinchkabels then the right game partner. Thus, the TN-300 as a real connection multi-talent for every age reveals itself. Right thought is supported but also live on the record!
Verdict: Versatile alternative for beginners
Beautifully built Plattenspieler-bundle with pure analog and standard built-in digital (USB) connection. Sound by using the AT95E cartridge a versatile alternative for beginners.
- Dimensions: B: 42 x H: T: 12 x 36 cm
- Weight: 5 kg
- Synchronous sound spectrum: Narrow top, slightly wider to low levels, runs too fast.
- Flutter vs. time: fluctuations in evenly distributed over time without break or regularities.
- Rumpel-spectrum: Very good noise with plate as with Coupler, some engine noise.
- Tracking, rated: ±0, 1%
- Speed: + 1.8%
- Rumble noise, evaluated; Plate/coupler: 70/75 dB
- Tonearm weight class: medium-easy
- Consumption: Standby/operating / 11 W
- Price: 400 euro (manufacturer)
- Sales: Pioneer and Onkyo Europe GmbH, our site
Stereoplay test verdict
- Sound: Upper middle class, 40 points
- Overall rating: good, 62 points
- Price/performance: very good
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