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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Happy Hooligan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 Mar 2013 at 12:56pm
I also refer to the remote control as, "The Clicker"  

I am not an audiophile, but I do enjoy my records.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote rustbucket Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 Mar 2013 at 1:44pm
Look for a vintage turntable ('70s / '80s) in good shape, possibly one that has been reserviced or rebuild by someone knowledgeable, with a quality element, f.i. Ortofon.
German made Thorens are legendary, but some other brands that made quality tuntables are Technics, Dual, CEC.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Bob Dale Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 Mar 2013 at 2:39pm
A friend gave me his Technics  which he bought for 20$ from our high school music department.  A number of friends have found theirs the same way -- you might call around to some of the local districts and see if they don't have any which aren't being used.  I know that the elementary school I attended in 1st grade had at least 2-3 in each class room and the PE department had a TON (like 100s) of line dance calls on vinyl.  I am sure they got thrown away or sold at auction for pennies on the dollar.  I would imagine smaller colleges/universities would have great stuff as well.

(side note : anytime there is a school auction in your area , GO! )
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Ishmael Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 Dec 2013 at 3:55pm
Certainly not an audiophile, but I used the opportunity of purchasing a home to try and set up my first system.

Zu Omen speakers
Triode Japan 300B SET tube amp
Denon DP 300F turntable...all acquired second hand

As you can tell by the sparseness of the apt and the sound of "Wagon Wheels", we're still in the process of moving in.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5e3qtV1zWFA
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I'd go with this one. Looks good.
Orbit
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Funny you mention orbit.

I placed my order back in Aug...still waiting for my turntable

Originally posted by rotten03 rotten03 wrote:

I'd go with this one. Looks good.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Denimetc Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 Dec 2013 at 12:30pm
In my experience two things are worth investing in:
1) good quality stylus
2) a preamplifier

I got back into listening my vinyls couple of years ago and bought a CambridgeAudio preamplifier (it goes between your turnatable and regular amp) and it made a huge difference in sound quality. It was well worth the 110€ investment.

I've bought maybe 8-10 new vinyls this year - mostly from concerts.
Too much Denim - too little time...
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Hi, I still had all my my vinyl from when I got into music in the 70s and 80s so while I had a brief spell without a turntable I soon bought another. Funds allowed me to purchase a Nottingham Anologue Space deck and it's not a purchase I have ever regretted. It's teamed up with an Arcam amp, power amp and some mission floorstanding speakers. If budget is tight I'd suggest looking at Pro-ject or Raga for a turntable and definitely consider second hand. The amp I have is an Arcam Alpha 8 it has a phono stage and is more than capable, again these come up on the bay quite often and are a sound buy. I mostly listen to new wave, punk etc and seek out vinyl on 180g maybe buying a couple of albums a year.

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I've always looked for a detailed warm acoustic sound and "value" in what I spend. Most audiophiles I meet get so caught up in specs that "should" make music sound better, but doesn't always deliver. I've probably received more enjoyment from a basic Jolida tube amp and Magnaplaner speakers than most guys with systems costing 10X as much. I'm a firm believer that spending more doesn't mean sounding better. 

That being said, if you want to get into vinyl, follow the advice of many here and get a nice, clean used Technics turntable. Be prepared to invest another $50 or so in a brand new cartridge. You will get better sound and it will keep your records in much better condition. 

If you can afford it, go for a Rega 1. New or used. It is probably the best entry level audiophile TT in the world. And you can purchase upgrades if your ear and wallet allow. 
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Funny that Orbit was mentioned. I just heard about it from my used record shop. The owner, who also ownes several turntables, said he got one through their Kickstarter and really likes it.

If your amp does not have a dedicated PHONO input then you will need to buy a phono preamp. Most basic amps have inexpensive phone stages or preamps built in. A quality preamp can add a lot of sonic quality and enjoyment. Cambridge Audio offers one for $139. If you are on a budget Radio Shack has a basic for $35 but in this case you get what you pay for. The good news is that quality components can be resold. If you buy them right you should be able to recover a lot of your investment if you decide to sell and upgrade.
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