What are the options these days when it comes to buying a new turntable that comes closest to what I already have without having to pay over 1000 Euros? So direct-drive, sturdy, reliable and decent sounding? Enter the Hanpin Super OEMs as they are called. These are the higher level Technics SL-1200 copies that are being branded under a myriad of different names:

  • Pioneer PLX-1000
  • Reloop RP-7000 MK2
  • Reloop RP-6000 MK5 S
  • Omnitronic 5220/5250
  • Audio-Technica AT-LP1240
  • Mixars STA
  • Stanton ST-150

These are apparently all the same Hanpin DJ-5500 model with slightly varying features. Out of the above list only the Pioneer, SYNQ and Reloop RP-7000 MK2 models are currently available. But which one to choose? Inching toward the Reloop since that turntable has a height adjustable tone arm and personally I think it looks the best of all three contenders. But then this DJ-5500 design is like over 15 years old and apparently has some issues (hum with certain elements, anti-skating not working correctly) so maybe I should just go for another second hand SL-1200?

Argh, why didn’t I buy both SL-1200s back when I bought mine, together they were 700 Euros…


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