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Wednesday
Nov122014

Classic Retro Hi-Fi Turntable: Sansui XR-Q7 

Vinyl record sales are increasing at the same time that sales of most (all?) other physical music formats are contracting.. I'm not going to begin to try and explain the reasons behind this anomaly, but I will say that in my opinion turntable manufacturers just aren't keeping up with this demand.

There are some beautiful turntables available nowadays, but all the high-end machines I've found are manual - the biggest concession you'll find to convenience is the occasional auto-stop or button to select the speed.

I know that there are people out there that consider any kind of automatic turntable mechanism tantamount to blasphemy and they'll stroke their beards in anger at such a crazy idea. These things introduce noise, feedback electrical interference they'll say. Popycock I say - the existence of the SansuiQ7 proves that an automatic turntable doesn't need to compromise on audio performance in the slightest. 

When it comes to cars, some people choose an automatic gearbox and some prefer manual and this is accepted as normal, yet the current turntable manufacturers are only appealing to people who would prefer the pure experience of driving a car with a manual gearboxes, wind-up windows, and no ABS or power steering, radio, heater or roof.

If Sansui (and others) were capable of bringing out a top quality fully automatic direct drive turntable in the early 1980s are the current crop of high-end turntable manufacturers happy to admit that thirty years later they just don't know how to make something as good. If so, they should be embarrased.

Rant over - here's my quick video about my beautiful new (old) turntable. They just don't make 'em like they used to. 

 

 

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Reader Comments (12)

And the last you're missing is vintage speakers. :)

November 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPhakorn

Hi Mat, nice and cool turntable, it is weird all the auto turntables have vanished.

Nice one that, I like it.

Keep up the excellent work.

Daz

November 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDaz

I'm looking for some speakers that are more in keeping with the aesthetic of the rest of the gear...but I'm in no hurry, I'm not sure I have the room.

November 13, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I have a Technics turntable somewhere - I bought it in 1980 - Direct drive - Auto - auto detected the disc size. Not used it since 1999 for certain.

November 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChris

For those who don't know, the quality of audio (HiFi) gear was at an apex in the early 80's, with Sansui being the leaders at the time.
I had an electronics magazine, it showed a bench test of a Sansui sound amplifier. This test showed linearity of frequency response.
As one could imagine the linearity was straight as an arrow, but the really surprising thing is - the bench test was 'limited' to 500 kHz!
Would love to know where that 3dB drop would've started... :-)

PS: 0.0009% wow and flutter - for a TURNTABLE is astonishingly good!

November 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMiklos73

Whoops - I meant 0.009%...still awesome for an analogue device.

November 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMiklos73

Hi Mat, Thank you for great review(s). I have noticed you have some nice vintage audio equipment. I'm new to it and browsing at the moment for some receiver and speakers maybe turntable later on. Would you recommend something, brand, model for beginner?

73, Keep up good work,

YouTube viewer.
J4kub

November 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJ4kub

Love your reviews of all your electronics. You are so dead-on in your descriptions. I will be buying the mini dash cam soon because of your great review. Thanks, keep up the great work. Jack

December 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJack

Should i buy this one?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/191756511265?_trksid=p2055359.m2763.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

December 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAdrian C Black

I seem to remember a piece of hardware reviewed in Rolling Stone,probably in the 1970s, that would eliminate clicks from scratches on a vinyl record. Would the technology have been commercially available then to detect a click, take a "bit of music" from before the click, and stretch it a bit to bridge the gap?

April 8, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGary

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