Stanton T52B Straight Arm Belt-Drive Turntable
Stanton is one of those few names known by both audiophiles and DJs. Since Technics left the game, the higher end Stanton turntables have become the choice for those in the market for a new DJ table. And, Stanton has made a wide range of phono cartridges for many years.
The big feature of the Stanton T52B is its cartridge. It comes with a pre-mounted Stanton 500.v3. This alone means increased audio fidelity as compared to other budget turntables. Plus this cartridge can be upgraded via changing out the stylus. But, you need to realize that in exchange for the better cartridge you are not getting a built-in phono preamp, nor USB connectivity. If you need those features you will need to buy a separate USB preamp, or already have a stereo that accepts phono level inputs.
As far as mechanical features are concerned, the T52B utilizes a belt-driven platter with a straight tonearm, and operates at either 33.3 or 45 RPM. The soft start and stop buttons, and sliding pitch adjustment, make this turntable at home in the home, or connected to a club mixer.