I read the FAQ but didn't help me to decide on the brand of cartridges or other information on buying a stylus or cartridge set.
I need a new turntable......Any help for a vinyl newb like myself would be appreciated.
You could buy one of those USB turntables, than convert your LPs to lossless digital files. After encoding all your LPs you can sell the turn table, recovering some of the money (assuming you can't borrow one for that purpose.)
...In my opinion, Lossless digital files of vinyl tracks sound almost the same as original CD tracks except the fact that there unwanted artifacts in the vinyl rips. A USB turntable would just be a waste when I could get a quality turntable that was meant for analog playback.I'd like to thank everyone in the thread for their advice and I will do some more research and report back to this thread with more questions later on.
3. I'd like to get into vinyl because from my personal experiences listening to someone else's set up...
...to me it sounds more "real" compared to CDs and because I listen to alot of metal, the guitars are usually more powerful sounding and the drums have more punch and character. I like that CDs don't have the artifacts found in vinyl records, but I'd like to start listening to a warmer sounding medium.
Just to clarify and apologize:What I really meant when I said artifacts were actually the pops and clicks that are present in vinyl. I've observed that "artifacts" is a term mostly used in digital discussions on this forum so I'll be careful not to confuse the term in vinyl discussion.Also the reason why I'd prefer not to digitize my vinyl collection is because of the pops. I'm just weird that I like them in vinyl playback but I can't stand them when listening to a digital audio file. I feel that I just like listening to a recording on vinyl regardless of "sound quality."I'd rather spend most of my budget on a good sound system and amplifier I guess the turntable could come second if I find one at a reasonable price.What I'm going to do is print out your suggestions and see I can go to a local electronics shop that specializes in audio and get some more opinions. Right now seems like an awkward time due to other un-related problems so I apologize if I sound mixed up or wrong.
b) the most important decision you have to make is whether to seek a turntable with or without a suspension, which will depend on where it will sit. Unsuspended turntables (even very heavy ones like mine) are susceptible to acoustic and structure-borne feedback which will color the sound, increasing the bass but making it muddy. (Many do like this effect and think of it as part of the vinyl sound). If you will put the turntable away from the speakers, then an unsuspended table like a Rega, Project, or Music Hall, or a partially suspended table will be ok. Otherwise, look for a used model with a spring suspension from Thorens, AR, Systemdek, Linn, SOTA, VPI, Sonographe, Logic, Ariston, etc.