All the Denon 'F' series are full auto, repeat included. Look for the 47F model, it is a winner. Very reliable. Currently own two, one as a back up. I have given a few of these to my children hoping to get them interested in vinyl, in a painless way. The 47, paired with a 160 cartridge, or Shure 97 offers a sensible way to enjoy vinyl. Little chance of a damaged stylus. I have an VPI Aries, with a 2K ClearAudio cartridge, SDS etc. and unless you point out the sonic difference to people, most can't tell which is better. Also, if you run across a Sony 800, tangential tracking, jump on it. I have one running with a Grace Ruby. It also is fully auto.
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Music Direct has a Denon DP-300F here is the description clipped from their website
The Denon DP-300F is a belt driven table with great speed accuracy, a sophisticated tonearm, a DC motor and a balanced aluminum platter. The DP-300F couldnt be easier to use. Start and stop at the touch of a button. The arm lifts up after playing a record. Switch between 33 and 45 without having to move the belt. Dustcover is included. The DP-300F even has a pre-mounted moving magnet cartridge and a built-in MM phono preamplifier. Just connect the DP-300F to any input on any audio system and youre ready to spin wax!
and a link
I don't think it gets much easier to use.It looks pretty nice although I have not herd it
From the same era, using the same technology, and according to some, designed by the same design team...
The JVC QL-Y series (5/7/55/66/77) - all have the electro mechanical servo damped arm, the later top models have magnetic bearing direct drive motors, and interchangeable arm tubes - so they can be low mass straight arms or mid-mass S-arms depending on the tube fitted.
I would not stress too much about the Ortofon Omega - the cartridge body itself is completely standard OM series, so by replacing the stylus you can upgraded it to an OM20/30/40.
Also the Omega is a surprisingly good cartridge, even if it doesn't get much respect from audiophiles... very much an undervalued cartridge. (it is effectively a rebadged OM5 I believe - and sold for less than the price of an OM5 stylus)
I particularly like the Denon, JVC, and Sony Biotracer electro mechanical arms, as the automatic function is achieved without gears/levers and doodads that can gum up or interfere with playback performance.
Also the servo damping really does work and makes them very very versatile, able to match up with a wide variety of cartridges, that might have resonance problems due to compliance/mass mismatches with a non damped arm.
Very highly recommended tables
Other interesting automatics:
Pioneer PL-L1000/1100, Yamaha PX1/2/3, Revox (this one is sort of automatic/semi-automatic), Mitsubishi LT20/30
The below models have auto lift at end of record and auto shut off. Auto return is NOT necessary as it adds a motor underneath the tonearm, just more things to break and resonate. All have really decent arms.
JVC QL-A7, same as QL-7 but with auto lift & shut off, detachable headshell.
Yamaha YP-D71, JVC coreless motor, detachable headshell.
Kenwood KD-770D, coreless motor, excellent tonearm with detachable headshell with offset angle on straight armwand.
Technics SL-M2, two versions: P-mount or detachable headshell(hard to find).
I also agree with Dlaloum from above.
I recently obtained a Scott automatic TT on fleabay for really cheap (under $100.00). I got it because I have some Scott tube equipment and I thought it would be nice to round out the collection with another Scott product. I did not expect it to sound good. In fact, I was just going to put it on a shelf. One day I had nothing to do and for fun I put a Grado black cartridge on it and fired it up. I was very suprised by the sound. Very detailed, very clear and very easy to listen to. It compares quite well to my NAD533 which is a Rega P2 clone and sold for amost four times what I paid for the Scott. You may want to look into one.
Check out the 80's versions of the Technics tables. The SL-1300 MK2 was quartz locked speed controlled fully auto version(I have the SL-150 MK2, the fully manual armless version) or the SL-1400 MK2 semi automatic version.
You may be able to find these on EBay at resonable prices. They are pretty good TTs, even by today's standards. Although with any auto/semi-auto version you have to use the Technics arms.
I would suggest searching fleabay, audiogon, the various audiophile forum sales sections...
But also Yahoo auctions Japan - I think the Japanese sites are the most likely place to find them - I've seen some there a few times over the last year or so...
They are also excellent audioporn sites!
??? - My JVC QL-Y5F is very definitely an SME type bayonet fit headshell S-arm
I do use quite a few p-mount cartridges on it, but I use these via either a p-mount adapter on a standard headshell, or on a Technics SH90S p-mount bayonet adapter...
Info on the QL-Y5F here: http://www.vinylengine.com/library/jvc/ql-y5f.shtml
And yes they are great tables - the entire QL-Y range (5/7/55/66/77)
And you do see them around...
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