What We Like
- Sleek modern style that will look great in any home Hi-Fi setup.
- The direct driven platter is a rare find in this price range.
- Superb sound and build quality.
What We Don’t Like
- Lack of ports is disappointing and could be a bit limiting.
- Definitely not the lightest or most portable of turntables.
It’s so easy to get lost in a sea of affordable turntables when shopping, especially with so many ‘no-name’ brands around. Thankfully Stanton is stepping in to help narrow your search, with their T62 bringing both quality and a trusted name to a sub-$200 price point.
With a familiar look, the T62 is based on the best-selling original T60. Keeping a simple, modern and sleek aesthetic with an all-black top and gray controls that are nicely spaced. The compact squared-off design is raised slightly, sitting on four feet. The T62 weighs in at 16.5lbs, so it’s not the most portable of devices, but will sit comfortably in any home entertainment system or home studio. The 300 cartridge is pre-mounted and screams quality, giving the whole system the high-end look and feel of a more expensive turntable.
A design choice that won’t appeal to everyone is the Stanton branding on pretty much every flat surface, although it’s a look I personally like and is something you will find a lot of brands doing on their more affordable devices.
Although this turntable is aimed towards DJs it’s sadly a little lacking in features. You do get a manual pitch fader, to increase or decrease the playback pitch by 10%, dual start/stop switches for two person scratching, and RCA stereo outputs with included RCA cables. But it’s missing certain features like a headphone out or line in which have come to be standard on most turntables, even at this low price point. It’s also missing any built-in speakers or a USB interface for home recording, and playback speeds are limited to just 33 or 45 RPM.
It’s clear that when it comes to features, Stanton have opted for quality over quantity, and for most day-to-day users this will be fine. The limitations will only affect you if you’re looking to get a little more creative with your scratching or home recording, in which case there are plenty of other options available.
What it lacks in features, the T62 more than makes up for it in performance. The tonearm is nicely weighted, the pre-mounted cartridge is beautifully made, and the overall quality is reflected in the sound. Controls are smooth and both start/stop switches are easy to access.
When purchasing music equipment of any kind, people often assume that the more you spend the better the quality of the product – but companies like Stanton are leading by example, showing that you don’t need to spend a fortune to get really good sounding gear! I’m not saying that Stanton will match the quality of the higher end systems, but I am saying for a budget turntable the T62 is hard to beat.
There are certainly other turntables in this price bracket that offer more features and versatility, but the overall quality, design, build and sound of Stanton’s T62 is comparable to much higher-end products and is well worth a look!