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So lately I've been thinking about vinyl. I actually have a few albums from over the years but no way to play them and I would love to grow a collection. I'm looking for any advice anyone out here may have to offer on players. Phono preamp is not required. I have an HK730 that I can use up to get started. Automatic isn't a requirement.

 

I've read about the heavily reviewed and liked Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB. I don't have a need at all for USB and in all fairness I'd prefer that the RCA cables not be part of the unit but this seems to be fairly common on cheaper units anyway. 

 

Any advice or recommendations are welcome and appreciated.

 

Thanks for reading.

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Do you have a budget or range in mInd?

 

There are a lot of very knowledgeable people on here that can assist you, but if you can give a range or target number it will help you sort through things quicker. 

 

 

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I was thinking of keeping it around $500 or less if possible. I'm a patient guy, I can always wait and save if needed.

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19 minutes ago, mojomc said:

I was thinking of keeping it around $500 or less if possible. I'm a patient guy, I can always wait and save if needed.

You may consider the new Klipsch turntable in that price point. Quite the thing...

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27 minutes ago, mojomc said:

I was thinking of keeping it around $500 or less if possible. I'm a patient guy, I can always wait and save if needed.

Lot of great options there.

 

I will see if I can find a recent thread for you that I recall was asking for similar info.

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Do you know if you want belt drive or direct drive?  That will help narrow it down some. 

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Can't say I have a preference as I have no experience and I can find opinions on the net arguing either as best depending on design. 

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I just got the Klipsch Reference TT mentioned above.  It is my first experience with a turntable other than occasionally playing around with one my Dad had when I was growing up.  So far, I've been very very pleased with the performance.  The price ($250) offers a reasonable entry point to try things out without committing too much, and it is more than just a Klipsch marketing piece as the Pro-Ject line seems to gather really good reviews overall and the Ortofon cartridge is well received as well.  Plus, if you have Klipsch Reference speakers, it just looks plain cool next to them. B)20170108_135555_resized.jpg

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That's a good deal.  It's basically a pro-ject with aluminum arm instead of carbon fiber.

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Thanks for the replies. Just getting out of bed. Working nights this weekend. 

 

What if any is the difference in an aluminum vs carbon fiber tonearm? 

 

I've got LaScalas and KLF-30s in my sandbox. 

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6 hours ago, oldtimer said:

The pro-ject debut carbon looks to be another good choice for a little less.

http://www.needledoctor.com/Online-Store/Budget-Turntables

 

This is a good choice. Almost plug and play out of the box. I have one in red and it came with an ortofon red cart. Pretty decent cart to get started.

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I would look into a Yamaha Px3, they are trending down last I looked but used to sell for around 800 recently for around 400. They get great reviews and a small group on the web did a shootout with some pricey tables and it faired very well. They are a awesome budget tables and a pleasure to use.

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There are so many out there I don't see how you could say one over another in that price range. Crutchfield has about 30 under 400 bucks some with cartridges.

 I would say find one you like or in your price range and buy it. If you want the cartridge mounted already there are a few of those. If you think speaker guys get crazy opinions you should listen to turntable guys.

But to support KLIPSCH why not just buy one from them?? Problem is I don't see it on the site anymore just the whole system set up.

 I must say I like that U-Turn table with the clear platter that TEKNOID posted. Looks like made in the USA also ....wow.

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I'm really leaning towards the uturn after reading more about it. USA! I'm about to make a statement and ask a question which I'm guessing will be the equivalent of asking which tube has the best sound and at the same time start a discussion about PP VS SET. :D

 

From what I've read my upgrade money is best spent on the cartridge and I can always go back and pick up an acrylic platter. Is this valid? 

 

Going the custom route with a black base and basic Mdf platter there are a few options for the cartridge. I'm aware this is all subjective but I'd like to hear any opinions that anyone would not mind sharing. 

 

Ortofon 0m5e

Ortofon red

Ortofon blue 

Grado black 

 

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