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TN-4D Direct Drive Turntable From Teac

The twin-speed TN-4D is a new direct-drive turntable using a newly-developed brushless DC servo motor plus “…crystal-locked speed stability and smoother rotation while also eliminating cogging,” said the company

TN-4D Direct Drive Turntable From Teac

There’s also a new S-shaped tonearm with knife-edge, pivot-point bearings, developed in collaboration with SAEC Corporation.

TN-4D Direct Drive Turntable From Teac

Partnering the turntable is a built-in phono amplifier. Additionally, a USB port on the back panel allows you to digitally archive your vinyl collection via your PC/Mac.

TN-4D Direct Drive Turntable From Teac

Featuring a die-cast aluminium platter, multi-layer piano black or natural walnut veneer finish.

TN-4D Direct Drive Turntable From Teac

The TN-4D comes with an Oyster MM cartridge from Sumiko, pre-installed. Price is £599 and it will be available in June.

To learn more, visit www.teac-audio.eu

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13 Comments

  • Reply
    Joel
    13th May 2019 at 5:02 pm

    Any rubber dampening of the platter? All that hi-tech with a lousy platter still won’t sound good.

    • Reply
      Paul Rigby
      13th May 2019 at 7:35 pm

      Not sure yet, Joel – I’ve yet to see one in the flesh, as it where.

  • Reply
    Alex
    19th June 2019 at 10:01 am

    Hi, Paul
    Looking for some info about this new TEAC turntable I found your articles and reviews. So, at first thank you for really interesting and helpful materials. Have you had an opportunity to look closer to this TN-4D model? Generally, looking for some middle class turntable for easy listening at home, I think about a couple of models:

    1) Pro-Ject 1-Xpression Carbon Classic DC + Ortofon 2M-Silver
    or Pro-Ject Debut Carbon with 2M RED as a cheaper option
    2) may be some Rega (Plannar 1 or 2?)
    3) …and finally I think about this new model of Teac TN-4D

    May be you can recommend something for a new vinyl lover as me? I’ll be very grateful for your opinion 😉

    • Reply
      Paul Rigby
      19th June 2019 at 1:00 pm

      Hi Alex – thanks for your question. Before we go any further, do you have a budget figure? And what’s the priority here: sound quality or the built in phono amp and the ability to ‘rip’ vinyl to a digital file?

      • Reply
        ALEX
        19th June 2019 at 1:45 pm

        Sound quality is the only priority I have. I have a built in phono preamp in my amplifier (Pioneer A-40AE) and maybe I’ll decide to buy some separate phono amp in future. And I want just to listen to music from vinyl, not interesting to ‘rip’ to digital. As for budżet, so it’s movable 🙂 I looking for some good option for a good price, in a level of my sound system (Pioneer A-40AE + Dali Oberon 3).

        • Reply
          Paul Rigby
          19th June 2019 at 3:55 pm

          Okey dokey – some sort of price boundaries would be useful though, otherwise you’ll receive a useless list of 30 turntables 🙂

          • ALEX
            19th June 2019 at 4:51 pm

            First of all, thanks a lot for your response. I really didn’t expect it 😉 Ok than, something around 500 to 700 euro. And maybe you can recommend something from my list (see the first comment)? Or should I look in a completely different direction?

          • Paul Rigby
            19th June 2019 at 5:43 pm

            Hi Alex – if sound quality is a priority, then I would advise that you ignore any turntable with a built-in phono amp, USB, etc. Their inclusion only harms sound. I would look at a Rega Planar 3, a NAD C588 or a Funk Firm Gett! (the exclamation mark is part of the name 🙂 ) or the Pro-Ject 1-Xpression Carbon Classic DC. All of these can be bought with confidence. The best sound from the above? The Funk Firm. That said, you may prefer the others for personal reasons. All will sound very nice. Here’s a couple of review links for you:
            https://theaudiophileman.com/c588-turntable-review-nad/
            https://theaudiophileman.com/gett/

  • Reply
    ALEX
    20th June 2019 at 11:34 am

    Hi Paul,
    So, no Teac in your recommendations 🙂 Thanks a lot, it’s very helpful and there are a couple of option I’ve never heard before (Funk Firm for example). Have you may be some recommendation for cartridge (budget is 100-200 euro for the beggining)? As I see, buying rega planar 3 or Funk Firm Gett! you have only turntable, not cartridge included. And this is two options I like the most at this moment.

    • Reply
      Paul Rigby
      20th June 2019 at 12:10 pm

      Hi Alex – the Rega has a cartridge as part of the package, you’d need to spend on a cart for the Funk Firm, though. A good cartridge is the Ortofon 2M Red at just under £100 or this one from Goldring: https://theaudiophileman.com/goldring-e3/

      • Reply
        Alex
        20th June 2019 at 2:27 pm

        Paul,
        Thanks a lot for your recommendation 👍🏻👌🏻

  • Reply
    Tag
    28th June 2019 at 2:49 pm

    Hi Paul,
    Thanks for the quick info on TEAC TN-4D. Is it automatic or manual – I couldn’t find relevant info…
    BR,
    Tag

    • Reply
      Paul Rigby
      28th June 2019 at 3:31 pm

      Good point, Tag. The fact that Teac does *not* talk about the semi-automatic this or automatic that in its press materials would strongly suggest that this one is a manual deck 🙂

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