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« on: August 05, 2014, 05:22:11 PM »
ok, I want one, which one to get? what will I need to go from turntable to speaker?
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Re: turntable/record player
« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2014, 05:42:31 PM »
This is the one I have.  It works perfectly for me. :)

http://www.amazon.com/Technica-AT-LP60-Automatic-Driven-Turntable/dp/B002GYTPAE

It has a built-in phono amp and line out.  If your receiver (like mine), has a built-in phono amp, you'd use that.  If not, turn on the built-in phono amp and use any RCA input.

I think this is the more expensive version.

http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-AT-LP120-USB-Direct-Drive-Professional-USB/dp/B002S1CJ2Q

I, personally, never had a need for that.
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Re: turntable/record player
« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2014, 05:52:28 PM »
Turntables run from $200-$100,000+

Also as noted above we'd need to know what the amp will be an if it has a phono preamp in it.

That being said, most people should be happy with an entry level turntable from either Pro-ject or Rega. $400 is going to get you plenty unless you have a really nice playback system behind it.
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Re: turntable/record player
« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2014, 12:08:06 AM »
This is a great place to start. Well regarded in vinyl forums and lots of options.

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« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2014, 08:10:18 AM »
I'm a Thorens guy, especially for what you can find the 160's for used but the Music Hall MMF's are nice as are the Rega decks. Either or can be found new or used for cheap money. I wouldn't be scared of a used deck, you'll need to learn how to set up a deck regardless new or used & that's the fun of it anyway. You'll need a phono amp, again, plenty of cheap options especially the Cambridge Audio stuff, I started with one of their cheap preamps (about $150 if I recall?) they're great quality, sound great & even with my current preamp costing almost ten times the price there isn't THAT much difference. Get into vinyl Trey, you obviously need another avenue to expand on your sluttieness  ;)
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Re: turntable/record player
« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2014, 09:23:49 AM »
Do you want to buy new or vintage - I have a Lenco l75s and love it but you do have to typically tune vintage decks up a bit before using them (lube up, re-align, rebuild in some cases)
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Re: turntable/record player
« Reply #6 on: August 07, 2014, 01:10:37 PM »
This is the one I have.  It works perfectly for me. :)

http://www.amazon.com/Technica-AT-LP60-Automatic-Driven-Turntable/dp/B002GYTPAE

It has a built-in phono amp and line out.  If your receiver (like mine), has a built-in phono amp, you'd use that.  If not, turn on the built-in phono amp and use any RCA input.

I think this is the more expensive version.

http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-AT-LP120-USB-Direct-Drive-Professional-USB/dp/B002S1CJ2Q

I, personally, never had a need for that.

I have an older model mcintosh
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« Reply #7 on: August 07, 2014, 08:35:23 PM »
Trey, does your Mac have a phono pre? If so I'd bet it's pretty good, the older integrated's generally have great phono preamps. My Sansuai has a really nice preamp. So in that case you'll need a turntable & some cables. Also get a scale to set your cart with, they sell electronic & mechanical, the electronics are cheap & worth it. You'll also need a protractor, you can buy or print one. Then just read read read, it's easy to do & really enjoyable setting up a table (IMO) Its not rocket science, don't get too anal with it & enjoy your vinyl. Next we talk about cleaning, clean, clean, clean! I made a turntable vacuum that was pretty cheap vs the VPI deal but that's a little excessive, you can go pretty far with just a brush & cleaner.
I know you like, tape for people's approval and stuff, and wave your tapes around like they're your dick...  but even you can't actually think section tapes from philips sound good.  



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Re: turntable/record player
« Reply #8 on: August 08, 2014, 08:00:43 AM »
I will throw in my .02 on getting a rega as your first table.  I have gone from a rega p1 to a thorens td165 to a rega p3-24 which I currently own.  All great tables.  The thorens just takes a little more work to get setup and running.  My view is to get you started on the best part of the hobby (spinning records immediately and becoming immersed) I would put my vote in on the rega rp-1. 

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« Reply #9 on: August 08, 2014, 08:30:57 AM »
I have an rp-1, works great and sounds lovely.  If you're looking for a good deal on used turntables check www.audiogon.com
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« Reply #10 on: August 08, 2014, 09:28:38 AM »
I just purchased a VPI Traveler and an iFi iPhono preamp a month ago. It was my housewarming present to myself for the new apartment in Abuja, Nigeria. I went with the Traveler because I can use it in the U.S. and abroad; it has a 110 / 220 power supply. So far, I really like it a lot. The iFi phono stage gives a ton of flexibility regarding choice of cartridge. Because I blew past my budget with all of the accessories, I went cheap for the cartridge. I started out with an AT95E but did not really like it too much. The stylus upgrade to the AT95SA has been a million times better. Will probably upgrade to a Soundsmith next year or something, but enjoying everything a lot right now.

The gotcha with all of this are the billion accessories that you need to get that can add significantly to the cost of everything. So far, I have also purchased a record cleaner (Spin Clean), brush, stylus cleaner, stylus brush, alignment grid, turntable mat, and two pairs of interconnects (TT > phono and phono > amplifier). I also want to get a cover, but cannot stomach spending $300 for a piece of acrylic. I found "Some Guy On The Internet" who can machine acrylic for $80 so I'm going to try measuring everything myself and hoping that it works.

I was really scared of buying used because I have read some horror stories, and because there is little that I can do from Nigeria to return everything. For that reason, I went with a demo model from Music Direct. They have been great to work with and the turntable arrived in perfect condition.

Do you have a budget in mind? That would help out a lot.
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« Reply #11 on: August 08, 2014, 10:36:05 AM »

Do you have a budget in mind? That would help out a lot.


$12 - $15?
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« Reply #12 on: August 08, 2014, 12:19:00 PM »
I'm a Thorens guy, especially for what you can find the 160's for used but the Music Hall MMF's are nice as are the Rega decks. Either or can be found new or used for cheap money. I wouldn't be scared of a used deck, you'll need to learn how to set up a deck regardless new or used & that's the fun of it anyway. You'll need a phono amp, again, plenty of cheap options especially the Cambridge Audio stuff, I started with one of their cheap preamps (about $150 if I recall?) they're great quality, sound great & even with my current preamp costing almost ten times the price there isn't THAT much difference. Get into vinyl Trey, you obviously need another avenue to expand on your sluttieness  ;)

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« Reply #13 on: August 08, 2014, 12:29:45 PM »
I'm a Thorens guy, especially for what you can find the 160's for used but the Music Hall MMF's are nice as are the Rega decks. Either or can be found new or used for cheap money. I wouldn't be scared of a used deck, you'll need to learn how to set up a deck regardless new or used & that's the fun of it anyway. You'll need a phono amp, again, plenty of cheap options especially the Cambridge Audio stuff, I started with one of their cheap preamps (about $150 if I recall?) they're great quality, sound great & even with my current preamp costing almost ten times the price there isn't THAT much difference. Get into vinyl Trey, you obviously need another avenue to expand on your sluttieness  ;)

i have your old mcintosh, remember what is was?
Yikes, honestly I don't, I had a few different ones at that point which reminds me. I kind of miss those blue lights, I may need to find one again.
I know you like, tape for people's approval and stuff, and wave your tapes around like they're your dick...  but even you can't actually think section tapes from philips sound good.  



Mics: Telefunken Elam 260, 61, 62, MBHO KA200, KA500 > Niant PFA's, AKG C34L-MS
Preamps: Grace Lunatec V2, Shure FP24
Decks: Tascam DR-2d, Zoom F8

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Re: turntable/record player
« Reply #14 on: August 08, 2014, 12:34:49 PM »
I kind of miss those blue lights, I may need to find one again.

now that is funny (and true)

 

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