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I recently went full on retro,

sanyo dca-30 amp
Philips 22rh-426 speakers.
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Anyone has a nice preamp to recomend ?

My old H/K blew up yesterday.

I´m looking for a preamp to my home cinema, but that is really good

when it comes to just listening in stereo.

 

My speakers when listening to stereo is Aurum Cantus Volla

they are driven active with a ICE-powerd amplifier and a home made amplifier to

the tweeter.

 

Thanks Magnus

post #2133 of 2376
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Interesting - I've never read much about the Levinson DAC, although his amps get a lot of press. How would you describe the Levinson's character?

Don't know anything about the Sugden either. Naim are, of course, Naim.

I take your point on the form factor, but hi-res is the big draw for me. THe magnitude of difference in sound quality I encounter from one CD to the next keeps me on the hunt for well-produced stuff.

Thanks for the rec on JS. I've been out there a couple of times, but was pretty frustrated that after significant travel time, they couldn't figure out how to get their Weiss DAC202 to work my Macbook pro so I could audition using music I'm familiar with. Maybe I'll give them another shot.

Problem is nothing will sound the same in your home. Your room, other equipment, changes everything.

The Levinson is detailed and refined. There are probably better DACs out there but this is the equivalent of a BMW M3 or 911.
post #2134 of 2376
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Originally Posted by chiftec View Post

Anyone has a nice preamp to recomend ?
My old H/K blew up yesterday.
I´m looking for a preamp to my home cinema, but that is really good
when it comes to just listening in stereo.

My speakers when listening to stereo is Aurum Cantus Volla
they are driven active with a ICE-powerd amplifier and a home made amplifier to
the tweeter.

Thanks Magnus

How many channels do you need? How much do you want to spend?
post #2135 of 2376
I've just bought a Pro-ject Debut III turntable which I plan on using with some old (but still great-functioning) speakers I already own.

However, I still need to buy an amplifier. I found this one (http://www.ebay.com/itm/270911112356) on ebay for cheap, and I've read it should integrate the famous T-Amp circuit popular some time ago. Is it a good (i.e. acceptable --I don't want/need to spend a lot/have a super-audiophile equipment) choice in your opinion?

Also, it is an integrated amplifier thus

turntable-->amplifier-->speakers

Correct?
post #2136 of 2376
I have a Technics SL-1210 mk5 turntable and a Cambridge Audio 640C CD player running thorugh a Marantz 2325 to a pair of A/D/S L-810 speakers, and I'm very happy with my setup.

However, sometimes I can't be flipping records and just want a long playlist in the background. How can I play my iTunes library through my home wifi on my stereo? Is there a piece of equipment that I can run into my integrated amp that I can sync with my laptop over wifi?
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I have a Technics SL-1210 mk5 turntable and a Cambridge Audio 640C CD player running thorugh a Marantz 2325 to a pair of A/D/S L-810 speakers, and I'm very happy with my setup.
However, sometimes I can't be flipping records and just want a long playlist in the background. How can I play my iTunes library through my home wifi on my stereo? Is there a piece of equipment that I can run into my integrated amp that I can sync with my laptop over wifi?

Is an airport express not the perfect option for you? Otherwise what about a Squeezebox? I am not too familiar with the new models but they seem to be pretty damn fancy (though the price has moved up I think as well).
post #2138 of 2376
Figured I would try in this thread first before starting a new one.

If I want a turntable--what should I get as a sort of entry/budget model? Don't want to spend much money (and probably need more like guidelines for what to look for in used options) but I want the ability to listen to some records.

I don't have the *most* stable floors in my apartment so it should be able to handle a little shaking on occasion (whatever one my parents have seems to do ok in the same situation but I have seen other ones that skip with the slightest wiggle). Will feed into my generic pioneer receiver. Don't think the one I upgraded to last year has a phono-input anymore so I guess I will need a preamp as well.

On a related note, I might be interested in buying two--the girl I am seeing had expressed interest in buying a record player. She doesn't really have a stereo setup already. Short of thrifting up a vintage marantz receiver and some speakers, is there anything out there like a groovy mono speaker and amp combo with a phono input that could sit next to the turntable and not take up a ton of space?
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Sounds pretty hipster. Not sure why anyone would ever want to spend money on an inferior format, both in terms of fidelity and also due to the physical floorspace commanded by both the player and records. Everyone in Portland has vinyl players, if that tells you anything. Pretty stupid when you can get something that sounds better, cheaper, and takes up no space.

 

I believe the default recommended TT is a Rega P3 for several hundred depending on options/cartridge.

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Originally Posted by Morgan View Post

I have a Technics SL-1210 mk5 turntable and a Cambridge Audio 640C CD player running thorugh a Marantz 2325 to a pair of A/D/S L-810 speakers, and I'm very happy with my setup.
However, sometimes I can't be flipping records and just want a long playlist in the background. How can I play my iTunes library through my home wifi on my stereo? Is there a piece of equipment that I can run into my integrated amp that I can sync with my laptop over wifi?

Sonos
post #2141 of 2376
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Originally Posted by MarioImpemba View Post

Sounds pretty hipster. Not sure why anyone would ever want to spend money on an inferior format, both in terms of fidelity and also due to the physical floorspace commanded by both the player and records. Everyone in Portland has vinyl players, if that tells you anything. Pretty stupid when you can get something that sounds better, cheaper, and takes up no space.

I believe the default recommended TT is a Rega P3 for several hundred depending on options/cartridge.

Several hundred is more than I am looking for.

I know I can get better quality from what I've already got...but I can't buy 99cent records at the thrift store and play them on what I've got. Also a lot of new music is available on vinyl with a code to get the digital versions...so you can lay a whole album down on the turntable or shuffle some tracks in the media library. That's why I don't need something super fancy...I'm not doing it to try and maximize sound quality or anything...
post #2142 of 2376

Try to pick up a technics for $100 or so from a thrift store / ebay / craigslist.

 

Really anything that spins should be fine, and you can always upgrade the cartridge.

post #2143 of 2376
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Several hundred is more than I am looking for.
I know I can get better quality from what I've already got...but I can't buy 99cent records at the thrift store and play them on what I've got. Also a lot of new music is available on vinyl with a code to get the digital versions...so you can lay a whole album down on the turntable or shuffle some tracks in the media library. That's why I don't need something super fancy...I'm not doing it to try and maximize sound quality or anything...

Get a Rega P1

If you cant afford it dont bother. I mean that with respect.

http://www.amazon.com/Rega-RP1-Turntable-Titanium/dp/B004B3CNBG/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1351218809&sr=1-3
post #2144 of 2376

^ Audiogon is your best friend for this sort of thing. http://app.audiogon.com/

post #2145 of 2376
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

What is everybody using for a power conditioner? I really want to get something simple and effective so I don't damage my equipment. I was looking at some Furman's, but they make a million different ones and I don't really know what I need for my electronics. The price ranges are insane as well.

I use Audio Power. One of the few PCs that has not fubared the sound in my setup. PS Audio, Audience were good, too. I remember an old MIT unit doing a great job. Blue Circle and Chang Lightspeed were disasters in my system. Also, I never plug in my power amplifier to a PC.
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