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Re: turntable/record player
« Reply #30 on: December 25, 2014, 12:27:46 AM »
Ok, I want an older one to compliment my mcintosh. Current budget is $500-$700. I like the look of the thorens tables and would be good with getting something I can later upgrade components of. I am not dead set on a thorens either.
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Re: turntable/record player
« Reply #31 on: December 25, 2014, 02:55:37 AM »
Ok, I want an older one to compliment my mcintosh. Current budget is $500-$700. I like the look of the thorens tables and would be good with getting something I can later upgrade components of. I am not dead set on a thorens either.

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Re: turntable/record player
« Reply #32 on: December 25, 2014, 04:46:01 PM »
Ok, I want an older one to compliment my mcintosh. Current budget is $500-$700. I like the look of the thorens tables and would be good with getting something I can later upgrade components of. I am not dead set on a thorens either.


I'm very happy with the sound of my Thorens TD160 with my McIntosh. TD160s can be found at a reasonable price.
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Re: turntable/record player
« Reply #33 on: January 04, 2015, 04:23:57 PM »
My McIntosh MC2505 doesn't have a phono stage. What is a good phono pre-amp to compliment it? I will be using a dual 1229 turntable and the budget is below $500
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Re: turntable/record player
« Reply #34 on: January 04, 2015, 10:02:44 PM »
Rega Fono mini is perfectly fine, small and in budget. I think bellari makes a tube amp in that range but I know nothing about it.
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Re: turntable/record player
« Reply #35 on: January 05, 2015, 05:59:22 AM »
I spin my records on a Thorens TD-160.
 
Very basic, very good. You can tweak them a lot too.

If you don't want to tweak and have enough $$ I would advice vinylnirvana.com
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Re: turntable/record player
« Reply #36 on: January 05, 2015, 10:02:21 AM »
Lehmann (sp?) black cube or an Acoustech Ph1 or premium. The later can be had for between 450 to 750 depending on whether it is the standard or premium model.

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Re: turntable/record player
« Reply #37 on: January 05, 2015, 11:20:26 AM »
There are a number of good sub-$300 phono pres.  Among others and in addition to the aforementioned Rega Fono:

Cambridge Audio Azur 651P
Graham Slee Gram Amp 2
Musical Fidelity V90-LPS
Music Hall PA1.2
NAD PP 2e
Pro-Ject Phono Box S

What's nice about the Pro-Ject box is that if you have a finicky cartridge it has adjustable impedance and capacitance for loading.  What's not so great is that it's via little DIP switches on the bottom of the unit.

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Re: turntable/record player
« Reply #38 on: January 06, 2015, 05:11:03 PM »
In a breaking news kind of a moment,…. this just in.
I grabbed this image from another forum. Apparently, UTurn Audio is going to release a preamp as well. Go guys!
According to the forum where I grabbed the image, no specs available yet.

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Re: turntable/record player
« Reply #39 on: January 08, 2015, 04:27:42 PM »
My McIntosh MC2505 doesn't have a phono stage. What is a good phono pre-amp to compliment it? I will be using a dual 1229 turntable and the budget is below $500

ifi iPhono. Costs $400 and can do both MC and MM, with variable impedance and gain. Sounds completely transparent.
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Re: turntable/record player
« Reply #40 on: January 08, 2015, 09:11:45 PM »
I was going to build my own phono pre amp - any good circuit diagrams (preferably transistor/fet based)
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Re: turntable/record player
« Reply #41 on: January 10, 2015, 12:12:01 PM »
Also Check out the Schiit Mani phono preamp.  American made.... fair price and getting good reviews on headfi.



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Re: turntable/record player
« Reply #42 on: June 22, 2015, 03:00:01 PM »
U-Turn Audio releases its new phono-stage, $89:
http://store.uturnaudio.com/products/pluto-phono-preamp

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Re: turntable/record player
« Reply #43 on: August 05, 2015, 08:47:14 PM »
thinking of going with the u-turn.  is the acrylic platter a necessary upgrade or would my money be better spent on upgrading to that Grado Blue1 cartridge?
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Re: turntable/record player
« Reply #44 on: August 05, 2015, 09:09:02 PM »
Also Check out the Schiit Mani phono preamp.  American made.... fair price and getting good reviews on headfi.





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