Disadvantages? If you frequently switch between 33 RPM and 45 RPM, the T1 BT can be frustrating. Unlike most turntables, there is no simple switch that toggles between speeds. Instead, you need to remove the glass platter, hook the drive belt to another part of the motor pulley, and put the platter back in place. I don’t have 45 rpm records, so that’s okay for me.
The biggest problem is the lack of an automatic shutdown feature, which is found on many entry-level turntables (like the Fluance), but which is somewhat rare on record players. more expensive. When one side of the record ends and the tonearm goes toward the exit area of a record, my Fluance RT80 prevents the platter from spinning. The T1 BT only stops when you manually turn off the switch. It doesn’t bother me that much now, but first I had to get used to getting up and walking on it to turn it off. There have been a few occasions where I have left it spinning a lot after stopping the disc, which reduces the life of the stylus very slightly. It means I’m listening even more carefully, which can be a good thing.
Whenever I use the aluminum tonearm precision is the word that comes to my mind. The locking mechanism that holds the tonearm securely in its cradle is much sleeker than the more fragile one on the RT80. In addition, moving the tone arm of the Pro-Ject over a record is more precise. It doesn’t move, which sometimes happens on the Fluance.
Pushing the registration lever down is also satisfactory, as the needle floats smoothly in the groove. Best of all, the factory installed Ortofon OM5e cartridge doesn’t have a huge head so I can see the stylus needle. This makes it easier to place it at the correct starting point of a disc, which I sometimes had problems with on the RT80.
Elegant look, warm sound
Since the first record I played (Arcade Fire Soundtrack for Spike Jonze’s Her), I picked up a slightly larger soundstage from the T1 BT on the Fluance. I noticed a little less surface noise, and while the songs seemed clearer overall, the bass can get overwhelming at times. To be honest, I connected it to Klipsch the five speakers, which are very heavy bass.
The pleasant and warm sound always comes out. But is the overall musical fidelity better than the cheaper RT80 I used before? No. It’s a noticeable improvement, but very, very small. The problem is, if you spend just $ 50 more, you can get one of the best turntables around: the one from Pro-Ject. Carbon Evo debut, which my colleague Parker Hall is delighted with. It uses better quality materials, like a carbon fiber tonearm, but without a built-in phono preamp, it requires a bit more setup (and potentially more money).
T1 BT is nicer for newcomers, but there is a lot cheaper turntables you can buy with more features. Either way, Pro-Ject Audio beat them in design and feel. The T1 is just a lot nicer to touch and use, and the satin white and walnut finishes are gorgeous. (If you don’t care about Bluetooth, the T1 standard is $ 100 cheaper.)
That said, there is something even more special about the Houseplant-style model. The matte texture of the eggshell-shaped finish is lovely and the slightly off-white plinth generates a wave of nostalgia as if it is riding a rainbow that crosses time straight from the 80s. The little color spices it up a bit and makes the Fluance look positively dreary next to it. It’s a piece of statement, and it’s creepy Seth Rogen turntable.
Houseplant says its record player is a limited run, so if you like the look, you’ll want to grab it quickly. The company says it is deliberating whether or not to produce more once the current stock runs out.