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Is it time to upgrade your old DJ gear? Do you need power, performance, and reliability – but at a price that won’t break the bank? The Stanton T92 might just be your smartest choice. Let’s check it out.
Stanton has long had a deserved reputation for making good-looking turntables – and the T92 is no exception. Simple in its design, the T92 features a high-quality, durable build dressed in black with silver and gray accents around the solid aluminum platter. This is a turntable made to last and can certainly take a beating. Weighing in at a hefty 22.4lbs, this isn’t going feel very portable, but its hardened construction gives it the additional weight, and it’s something a gigging DJ will appreciate.
Controls are nicely spaced, easy to navigate and have individual LEDs which is a nice touch. In short, you get a minimalist design and a fantastic build quality for very little money. My only gripe is that Stanton’s branding is on pretty much every flat surface!
When shopping for a good mid-tier turntable you’re going to come across many, all boasting features and gimmicks you probably don’t need. The T92 is different – it’s a musician’s tool, giving you exactly what’s required and no more. You’re getting a high-quality, balanced and fully adjustable curved tonearm with Stanton’s fantastic 500.V3 cartridge pre-mounted. Pitch shift controls range up to +/- 12% with a DSP key lock, allowing you to change the tempo of your track without changing pitch.
They’ve generously included Cakewalk Pyro Audio Creator LE Software for converting your records to MP3 and, of course, you’ve got a USB interface round back to get creative with. There are also multiple start/stop switches and more than enough outputs to keep any wirehead happy. This is a turntable for DJs and the creative musician – you could certainly use this in your home Hi-Fi setup, but you wouldn’t be pushing it to its full potential.
Time to get a little nerdy! The T92 sports a high-torque direct-drive motor, meaning it’s fast – spinning at 33, 45 and 78 RPM, so you’re in no way limited by what records you can play. On top of that, the start/stop times are kept under a second which is important if you’re planning on gigging with this little guy. The build is going to hold up nicely over time and sound quality is nothing short of great.
There are better sounding Hi-Fi turntables out there, of course, but for a sub-$300 machine this is a great option. Stanton seems pretty confident with this and offer a fully-fledged specs sheet with everything from its tracking force range to the applicable cartridge weight. So if you really want to get down to the nitty-gritty, they’ve got you covered!
The Stanton T92 is a small, performance-focused creative tool that delivers on style, build quality, and sound. There are some great options out there at this price range, and this is one that should definitely not be overlooked.