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Re: turntable/record player
« Reply #45 on: August 08, 2015, 02:55:18 AM »
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?

Better cartridge will have much bigger impact on sound.

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Re: turntable/record player
« Reply #46 on: January 01, 2016, 02:25:56 AM »
As of now, I have not purchased anything yet. I have a mcintosh mc2505 that needs repair and a pair of 4 ohm speakers and an enormous record collection coming to me through a family member. I am looking for recommendations on a record player (I don't want to have to anything to make it play besides plug it in) (I have looked at rebuilt duals by Bill Neumann at fixmydual and I am interested in them but not set on the dual), a preamp, preferably tube with a good phono stage, something that will last a long time and has more than just the phone stage. Budget $1200
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Re: turntable/record player
« Reply #47 on: January 03, 2016, 11:41:38 PM »
Getting a tube preamp and a record player on your budget may be tough, as the tube preamps can run $1200 by themselves and getting one with an integrated phono stage may be outside of your budget if you still want a record player. Look on Audiogon and see if you can land a used Conrad-Johnson, Cary, or Audio Research, but you may be pushing $1200 even used for one with a phono stage. Going solid state for the preamp will definitely be cheaper and may be a better use of funds if you are on a budget.

I just bought a Rega RP1 with the Performance Pack for a bedroom system and I like it a lot. The turntable was a demo for $315 and the performance pack (which included an upgraded cartridge) was another demo for $150, making the total $465. Add in a set of cables and you are at $500. Perhaps you can budget something like $500 for a starter turntable (like a Rega RP1, a Pro-Ject Debut Carbon DC, or a Music Hall 2.2) and try to find a used solid-state preamp for the rest.

As a note, the packaging and the dealer said that setting up the RP1 would take two minutes, but it took me well over an hour, and I have some experience with setting up turntables. Installing and aligning the cartridge took some time, and the counterweight setting that Rega recommended was not accurate so I needed to fiddle with it myself. Now that I have it dialed in, it sounds very good.
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Re: turntable/record player
« Reply #48 on: January 04, 2016, 08:29:20 PM »
The Bellari tube pre is around $300, and well reviewed. Leaves enough for entry level table and pair of powered speakers or good cans.

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Re: turntable/record player
« Reply #49 on: January 04, 2016, 09:24:13 PM »
I am all fixed up, just need to have my mcintosh repaired now
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Re: turntable/record player
« Reply #50 on: January 04, 2016, 10:45:25 PM »
The Bellari tube pre is around $300, and well reviewed. Leaves enough for entry level table and pair of powered speakers or good cans.

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Bellari is not a real tube pre. It's a hybrid with a tube buffer stage and solid state everything else. You can likely find hybrid models like the Bellari in the given price range but finding a full tube pre will be really difficult.
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Re: turntable/record player
« Reply #51 on: January 10, 2016, 12:20:30 PM »
I am all fixed up, just need to have my mcintosh repaired now

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« Reply #52 on: January 13, 2016, 09:16:17 AM »
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Re: turntable/record player
« Reply #53 on: January 13, 2016, 12:59:34 PM »
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Re: turntable/record player
« Reply #54 on: January 13, 2016, 07:22:24 PM »
I am all fixed up, just need to have my mcintosh repaired now

What'd ya get?

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You bought Rays turntable ? or same model ?

I bought Ray's, above my budget but I'm excited. I bought a musical surroundings phonomena and a passive preamp to go with an Oppo 103 and a lucid d>a
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