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post #16 of 31
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Originally Posted by JLay87 View Post
Depends on what kind of music you're into. I listen to a lot of lo-fi, DIY albums and older stuff, so I've always gravitated towards the older "higher quality" equipment. My dad has a turntable he bought in the 70's for a ton of money and I really enjoy it, along with an amp and some speakers from the same era. Just replaced the stylus and I was set.

When it comes to vinyl/cassettes I'm a lo-fi junkie; if I wan't quality I'll listen to my ipod.

EDIT: Just wanted to brag about my latest acquisition.



Yes, that is a glow in the dark skull shaped record.

EDIT 2: Sorry about the size.

jerome's dream/orchid split! i sold my copy a while ago. regret it all teh time.
post #17 of 31
once again, i'm a reverse leading indicator. i was a record critic back in the late 70s and early 80s and still had a bunch of stuff, despite periodic culls. i figured nobody would want vinyl anymore, but i was tired of storing them, so i did one more hard sort and took them to my local good record store. wound up with, literally, about 6 linear feet of lps (mostly blues/country/"american roots"). almost fainted. the guy gave me $800 for them.
post #18 of 31
I'm saving up for my first system too (every bachelor pad needs a nice stereo, right? )

Anyway, I've heard good things about the Rega P1 TT, but can anyone share any thoughts on it? Also, does anyone know how it pairs with the above mentioned phono pre-amp?
post #19 of 31
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Originally Posted by migo View Post
I'm saving up for my first system too (every bachelor pad needs a nice stereo, right? )

Anyway, I've heard good things about the Rega P1 TT, but can anyone share any thoughts on it? Also, does anyone know how it pairs with the above mentioned phono pre-amp?

The P1 is really good but the new replacement the RP1 is even better if you can afford that slightly more expensive version.

Generally speaking turntables and phono stages match fine - it's the cartridge and phono stage interface that is most important. And the more entry level there is generally no problems there either.
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post #21 of 31
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Originally Posted by migo View Post
I'm saving up for my first system too (every bachelor pad needs a nice stereo, right? )

Anyway, I've heard good things about the Rega P1 TT, but can anyone share any thoughts on it? Also, does anyone know how it pairs with the above mentioned phono pre-amp?

I checked it out when shopping for a turntable and it seemed great but the manual speed change was a dealbreaker for me. This may not be an issue if you don't have 7"s, but I wasn't going to remove the platter and reattach the belt every time I switched between 33 and 45 rpm.
post #22 of 31
Thanks for the replies. Does anyone know of an actual store in the DC/MD/VA area that I can visit to check this stuff out?
post #23 of 31
^Best to go to brand websites and look for a Store Locator section.
post #24 of 31
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Originally Posted by migo View Post
Thanks for the replies. Does anyone know of an actual store in the DC/MD/VA area that I can visit to check this stuff out?
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Please let me know if you find a shop in dc, just moved here...
post #25 of 31
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Originally Posted by k9n View Post
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Please let me know if you find a shop in dc, just moved here...

Call the US Distributor:

United States GMT - 5hrs (BST - 5hrs)

The Sound Organisation is the US Distributor for Rega.
Please contact them for details of a Rega dealer near you.

The Sound Organisation

Stephen Daniels
159 Leslie Street
Dallas
Texas 75207

Tel: 001 972 234 0182
Fax: 001 972 234 0249

E-Mail: steve@soundorg.com
post #26 of 31
spoke with the guy at sound org. This is the DMV store he told me about:

Gifted Listener Audio
5720 Pickwick Road
Centreville, VA 20121
703-818-8000
post #27 of 31
You're, like, 40 years late, dude.
post #28 of 31
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Originally Posted by grimslade View Post
You're, like, 40 years late, dude.
No. Vinyl never died and now its very popular and sounding better than ever. Some details on the affordable new Rega: http://blog.stereophile.com/stephenm...egas_new_rp-1/
post #29 of 31
i'm actually curious if anyone knows of a nice looking record shelf besides those ikea ones. i have a really beautiful one built into my css but it only holds like 25 records (and the player) and none of the modules are produced anymore regardless.
post #30 of 31
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Originally Posted by Artisan Fan View Post
Three steps to good cheap vinyl sound...

Look at the $200 Audio Technica PL-120:

http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica...9833118&sr=8-1

Add an Ortofon 2M Red Cartridge at $99:

http://www.needledoctor.com/Ortofon-...hono-Cartridge

Add an Audio Technic phono stage for $44:

http://www.needledoctor.com/Brand-St...dio-Technica_3

Then sit back and enjoy the music through existing stereo.

Audiophile advice: Avoid Pro-Ject and Music Hall tables. Just trust me on that. Avoid really cheap cartridges as well.

Since that table has a built-in preamp, I would almost suggest he get a quality headphone amp and headphones and forgo the rest of the crap that comes with a receiver. When I was into headphones, my final setup was a PPP amp with the diamond discrete buffers that I built myself paired with Senn 650s. I was very pleased with that setup. The whole thing was less than $800 IIRC and obviously sounded better than the Bowers and Wilkins 683s I have now.
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