2) Is it worth buying a pre-amp separately, from the start? What is a sensible price for one? It seems hard to justify the extraordinary prices of some models, given their task appears to be fairly basic... Shouldn't even a relatively cheap one perform its function 'transparently'? [/b]Any advice at all is appreciated! Thanks, JG.
As a "cartridge benchmark", the Shure M97xE (Shure's best) is less than $100 USD. Shure has always made good cartridges, so I don't see any reason to spend more than that. In the old vinyl days, I was a fan of Grado cartridges, and any Grado is probably "good enough"....
...no matter how high-end/audiophile you go, you're still dealing with inferior analog sound from inferior/scratchy vinyl records.
Thanks a lot for your replies, guys, you've certainly given me food for thought. For clarification: I aim to plug this into my Yamaha receiver, which unfortunately lacks a built in pre-amp.At the moment, I'm looking at some of those mid-range Technics record players from the early 1980s, perhaps in combination with a second-hand pre-amp and a new cartridge. These early 80s models seem well priced, though their reviews range from derision to praise... It's a little difficult to get an objective reading on any of them! Any more advice/model suggestions are appreciated.
Apologies, I didn't make this clear. I need the 'whole rig', as I have nothing except this USB device right now. So that includes a cartridge etc, though I'm happy to use one bundled with a record player (for the time being), so long as it's in good condition etc.You'll have to forgive my ignorance here, but what difference does the rest of my system/musical taste make when buying a record player? I don't want to buy a specific model that introduces colouration that might suit a particular genre, as I hope to play jazz, clasical, rock and dance music - I'm looking for the best representation of the record I can get for my budget. In respect to the pre-amp, I'm really not sure. As I previously raised, I'm concerned that the claimed difference in performance between reasonable second-hand units and expensive 'audiophile' ones is negligble/snake-oil. What sort of price range would you recommend for an (objectively) proficient pre-amp?
If you are digitizing records, you can do noise & click reduction. You can do more with sofware to improve/alter the sound than you will get by spending lots of money on analog hardware.
If you don't mind my asking, what model of Grundig do you use?
Obvious brands to look for would be Denon, JVC, Pioneer, Sansui (as well as Technics, of course).
Quote from: JacksonGrey on 06 April, 2010, 08:21:37 PMThanks a lot for your replies, guys, you've certainly given me food for thought. For clarification: I aim to plug this into my Yamaha receiver, which unfortunately lacks a built in pre-amp.At the moment, I'm looking at some of those mid-range Technics record players from the early 1980s, perhaps in combination with a second-hand pre-amp and a new cartridge. These early 80s models seem well priced, though their reviews range from derision to praise... It's a little difficult to get an objective reading on any of them! Any more advice/model suggestions are appreciated. It´s because most audiophiles despise a direct-drive-turntable (Technics was and is an expert on this). Without a proper reason. They simply love the ultra-expensive Linn turntable for 10000 bucks and more - it is belt-drive system, floating chassis etc. etc. Well, it may be good but I use a Grundig from the early 80s which itself is a rebagded Technics with Direct-Drive from that era. It is a wonderful turntable: robust, good sounding, indestructable, without wow and flutter, well built with an ultrastable sound. I also own a Thorens from the same era which in comparison is just horrible (and audiophiles love Thorens). The only bad thing about my Technics turntable is the pickup: it´s old and not very good (it still is the first system, only the needle was replaced a few years ago). I still have not decided on which replacement pick-up to buy for it.When buying a turntable from the 80s make sure the tonearm is not too lightweight. That was the fashion of those days... today it´s hard to find decent pick-ups for lightweight tonearms. Also avoid the Technics turntables with a tangential tonearm - they are not as robust as the "normal" ones. Then there are Technics turntables that use a special pickup connector designed for easy installation: the system is called TP4. Avoid it because you will only find 3-5 pickup systems for it on the market. The idea was very good but sadly it went out of fashion very soon.A Technics from the 80s will most certainly be better than your current USB-turntable (which I´ve heard myself) but don´t expect too much from Vinyl generally. It was and still is a very flawed medium.
I like the look of both of those. There aren't many review available for either, though - does anyone here have experience with them?
Quote from: JacksonGrey on 15 April, 2010, 11:47:19 PMI like the look of both of those. There aren't many review available for either, though - does anyone here have experience with them? I've seen good things about the Stanton ST.150 (and it's straight-arm variant STR8.150) on Youtube.. they're really heavy, solid, and have a ton of torque.Here's a forum post I saw on a different sitehttp://www.head-fi.org/forums/f7/what-defi...rntable-242907/