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Gemini has been a household name for music lovers and creators since the 70s. For more than 14 years, their TT-1100 turntable has been one of the best turntables under $200 and it is still going strong. Lets find out why.
Looks are always a personal preference but the TT-1100 does seem a tad dated. The compact, hard plastic silver body doesn’t scream quality, although it is reminiscent of higher-end club style turntables, and is small enough to throw into a bag for easy travel. The solid aluminum platter is durable, good-looking and a really nice addition at this price.
The controls are a bit cramped up top but do have individual LED lights which make it easier to work with. The tonearm is curved with room for a target light (not included) and they’ve kindly included both RCA and USB cables for the connections round back. At a modest 7.66lbs, it is both AC and battery powered, so is good for traveling.
Gemini has thrown in some nice features that you wouldn’t normally expect to see on such an affordable product – like the addition of a USB port for direct recording to your PC/Mac and a copy of Audacity included in the box. It does run off a manual belt drive, which is common place for a budget turntable, and the controls are pretty standard.
However, with the inclusion of a ‘reverse’ switch, dual stop/start switches, and a pitch dial for increasing or decreasing pitch by 10%, there’s enough to experiment with. Beyond this, pretty much everything about the system is adjustable for your intended purpose and makes the TT-1100 a great starting point to build upon for DJs or recording enthusiasts.
Depending on what you plan on using the TT-1100 for, it may need a bit of setup. This is nothing new for any turntable and thankfully everything is laid out clearly for you here. The manual belt drive will run smoothly at 33, 45 or 78 RPM and – thanks to that solid aluminum platter – this system should last you over time.
The thick rubber feet ground the player nicely and keep it firm to the surface for good scratching. Sound quality isn’t anything spectacular but is still pretty strong nonetheless. The entire system has a good overall weight, and the stop/start switches are nicely spaced for dual mixing or scratching.
With its dated design, Gemini’s trusted TT-1100 is not going to turn many heads. But, for under $200, the features and performance suggest you are getting a lot for your money, making this a great buy for the DJ on a budget.