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Both of these tables are made by Hanpin, which used to only make very low end junk, but has improved their offerings lately.
My preferences are a belt drive manual table with a premounted cartridge for that plug and play ready to go table with a hinged dust cover.
Your preference sounds exactly like a Thorens turntable. I never heard one but I like the way they look, just how a classic turntable should look. Prices for a belt drive manual with hinged dust cover start at $400.https://thorens.com/en/products/thorens%C2%AE-turntables.html
The Orbit Special is a Gimbal arm not unipovot and has Atiskate it states.The Sol is a unipivot arm. Have to read more after it is re-released.
Thanks for the correction It doesn't look very different from their original arm which was unipivot. I wonder about the 'one size fits all' antiskating though- tracking force and tip shape both affect skating. I used to use a Johnny Winter double album that had one blank side to 'dial in' my antiskating setting.
It's a little crazy for me to be posting in the vinyl circle (first one ever) as I haven't played any vinyl in nearly 30 years. I've been looking into a budget friendly TT and phono pre to play my vinyl collection that my wife is pressuring me to sell. I can't do it! Some of the stuff was my dad's.That said, my budget is something less than the OP's, but I've learned a lot from my research. I was strongly considering a Fluance RT83 or RT85 or a U-Turn Orbit Plus, then a Pro-ject Debut Carbon DC, and landed on a Rega Planer 1. Why? This guy's reviews: https://youtu.be/MuuOgT0XBK0That review, and others from this guy are some of the best I've seen, and I wanted others to see them as they my help. He's not easy to understand, but he covers that by putting the dialog on the screen. Based on his reviews and other information around the web, I'm planning to order a Rega P1 and a Schiit Mani. It's interesting to get what seems like very respectable performance from a budget table with a $12 cartridge. Upgrading the cartridge in the future will just be another bonus. My only issue with the Rega P1 and P2 is the lame anti-skate setup which requires DIY modification for alternative cartridges. That said, I wouldn't buy any of the other tables over the Rega now based on what I know overall. Please understand that I just barely understand any of this stuff, and I'd appreciate any comments. Hope this helps the OP a bit.
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