Marantz TT15S1 Turntable. Any opinions 1500.00 Budget. Recommendations


I need a new turntable and looked at Rega, Pro-Ject and Music Hall. Those are all tables I can buy locally.  Looking at Clear Audio but would have to be ordered. I saw a review of the Marantz turntable and see that it was designed but Clear Audio and has a 700-800 cartridge that comes with it. Trying to keep my budget at about 1500.00. Anybody have one of these that could give me an opinion? Any other recommendations in that price range with cartridge? Not opposed to used. Will be playing it through a Luxman 505U integrated. Thanks for any help.
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Check out SOTA ! 

http://www.sotaturntables.com/
I had the Marantz TT15S1 which is really a Clear Audio. I purchased it to see if I wanted to get back into vinyl after 15 years of not having a TT. I was surprised at how good it sounded and much preferred listening to it over CDs. It did end up costing me much more, since it made me want to upgrade everything once again.
Another nice table to consider!

http://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/gem-dandy-polytable/

Sota out of my price range when you add cartridge.

Same for the Gem Dandy. I have a Pro-Ject 5.1 now and the Gem Dandy reminds me of it.

Wanted a more traditional look this time.

Really like the looks of the Marantz as well.

I had the Marantz about three years ago. It was very good but I had a cartridge mishap and it soured me so I sold it...only to buy a Rega RP6 a year later.  Looking back the real reason I sold it was its white and all my components are black, damn OCD!  Anyhoo the Marantz holds it own.  
Find a REGA RP3 and put a Dynavector 10X5 on it!!  That is a lot of jump factor my friend for $1500 or very near...good luck.

Matt M
You will not be dissatisfied with the Marantz/ ClearAudio. I have have owned three of their turntables. Excellent value, easy to maintain and very musical!
tom6897 I am looking at the ClearAudio line as well. Is there a step up going from the Marantz to the ClearAudio line.  mattmiller I will research the combo you mentioned. Thanks for the help guys.
The tables in this class are all pretty close and the Marantz will serve you well.  It really comes down to where you want to put more emphasis up front - table/arm vs cart.  mattmiller's recommendation of an RP3/DV 10X5 is a solid solution if you don't want to upgrade a lot in the future. 

If you step up to the RP6 with Exact 2 cartridge (you should be able to find one in your budget) you get a quieter table, better tone arm and separate power supply.  I have one in a second system and the cartridge is a nice combo with that table and easy to upgrade in the future. 
i guess you have a problem with the looks of the Gem Dandy. As for staying in budget, however, the Absolute Sound reviewed it with a Shelter 201 cartridge. These retail in the US for $310, but can be had from Japan-based vendors on eBay for $167 (I have one). That pretty much puts the Dandy and a good cartridge in your budget range. There's also an advantage in cost of ownership: the 201 replacement stylus is a mere $100 where the Marantz/Clearaudio would be a $500-600 retip plus the several weeks without it while it's being done.

The Gem Dandy has a potential advantage, being made of exclusive polymers instead of available materials. Since the designer also invented these polymers, they are likely optimized for their roles in the turntable construction for vibration damping and control. Also, the available tonearms are by Jelco, which have fluid damping and removable headshells. The latter can be really handy if you want to quickly swap, say, mono and stereo cartridges or MM and MC. 
Here's a review of the Marantz TT15S1. The thing is, the reviewer reviewed it without the platter mat in place and didn't realize how much it affected the sound until he was largely done with the review. Once he put the mat on and adjusted VTA, he should have reviewed it all over again, because--with what little ink he devoted to the setup with the mat--it may have fixed everything he previously criticized.
I have the Marantz and the VPI Traveler, and I much prefer the Traveler.  There were a few issues with the Marantz that I didn't like.  1) Is it all acrylic and seemed to pick up a lot of static.  2)  The tonearm cable is captive.  I have had great success swapping out phono cables with the Traveler, and you can't do that with the Marantz.  You are tied to the quality of their cable, and there's no easy way to burn it in.  3) The outboard motor seems to move around a lot and I had to constantly reposition it to make sure it wasn't touching the plinth.

And most importantly, I think the sonics of the Traveler are superior.  More detail, open soundstage, deeper bass.  

Just my 2 cents.  YMMV.
Scott 
New things to think about. My guy locally it seems there is always an issue with what you get from him plus he doesn't discount a penny and I would have to pay tax because it is local. Got a great deal on the Marantz if I decide on it. Is there a good Rega dealer, VPI dealer, Gem Dandy dealer (johnnyb53 made some great points about a turntable I know nothing about), ClearAudio dealer or good Sota dealer that will deal some on price. Recommendations on who to contact would be fantastic.
I might have missed it, but where are you located?
I travel with my job but I live in Oklahoma. I work mainly in Texas. 
I have a fantastic VPI dealer I've bought from and ironically is in Oklahoma.  Message me and I'll pass on his info.
Will do. Thanks