TEAC TN-300 – the turntable for analogue and digital worlds

TEAC TN-300 redTEAC has just announced the unveiling of its all new TN-300 hi-fi turntable. This all-in-one vinyl spinner comes with a built-in phono stage and has been designed for “both analogue and digital worlds”.

I for one have refused to give up my mostly black plastic discs even though I own Mini-Discs, Cassettes, CDs, Flexi-discs, etc. Needless to say then, my turntable is one of my most prized possessions, yes there are more expensive ones out there (mines a Pro-Ject 1 Xpression) but it’s the whole experience of handling the record, reading the sleeve, lowering the arm…

TEAC obviously recognises that there are many others out there, like me, that still love there 7-inch and 12-inch discs which require flipping over at half time and have proudly announced the arrival of their TN-300.

This new manual belt-drive turntable is capable of playing 33 1/3 and 45rpm records, while its heavy MDF plinth – available in deep glossy colours of black, red, cherry or white – helps to reduce “unwanted resonances”.

The die-cast aluminium platter is covered by a heavy rubber mat all of which is driven by a high-torque DC motor and Neoprene belt. Speed changes are made electronically rather than having to adjust the belt as I have to do with my Pro-Ject.

TEAC TN-300 turntable coloursThe TN-300’s straight tone-arm comes loaded with an Audio-Technica AT-95E moving magnet (MM) cartridge, with the design of the tone-arm itself intended to offer “optimum tracking accuracy”.

Having a built-in phono stage means that you can just plug the turntable into the CD, auxiliary or line input of your stereo amplifier, hi-fi system, active speaker or smartphone dock. No additional box required here.

The digital nod comes way of the USB port on the rear of the TN-300 which allows the turntable to send what you’re playing out to your computer so that you can create digital archives of your vinyl collection on a PC or MAC.

TEAC’s TN-300 is available now for £300.