When it comes to turntables, is more torque better? The answer is a resounding "Yes," which is why the Stanton STR8-150 and ST-150 Super High Torque Turntables (this product)
are so significant. We're talking starting torque greater than 4.5Kgf-cm, which may sound like gobbledegook to you, but that would be TRIPLE the 1.5Kgf-cm of the Technics™ SL-1200 Mk V or SL-1210
, their latest versions. Stanton provides adjustment for both start and brake speed, so if you like slower response you can have it. You'll also find three speeds plus a versatile pitch control system, with ranges of ±8%, ±25% and ±50% for some totally mind-bending speed changes. Key Correction
keeps pitch constant even while you're changing speed, a fantastic effect that offers you total control over tempo without destroying musical integrity (works via Line Out and Digital Out.) Speaking of outputs, Stanton has you covered; RCA jacks are switchable between Line Out and Phono Out, so these tables can be used with any mixer whether it has Phono inputs or not. Need digital? Hook up to the integral S/PDIF Digital Out. No ground wire is required. Additional features include Reverse Play
as well as Motor Off,
for completely manual scratching or a slowdown that ends in a complete halt. Best of all, our selling price includes a top-grade Stanton 680HP cartridge
pre-mounted on a headshell. The STR8-150 employs a straight tone arm while the ST-150 opts for an S-shaped arm; both are static balanced and are constructed with a Cardan suspension
(gimbal) design that keeps the arm perpendicular to the vinyl. A wide range of adjustments make it easy to customize either arm to your liking. Both tables feature heavy-weight ultra-rugged steel construction for durability and incredibly resistance to feedback.
If you're looking for the advantages of the 150 series turntables but they don't fit your budget at the moment, consider the STR8-80
. It comes with a Stanton 520 SK cartridge mounted in the headshell, and offers more than 1.6Kgf - cm of start-up torque, which still exceeds the latest Technics SL-1200! Pitch control ranges include ±8% and ±12%. Reverse Play and Motor Off are featured, plus electronic braking, Key Adjustment, S/PDIF and Line/Phono outs, and an included slipmat and dust cover.