The Turntable Thread

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  1. Artisan Fan

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    I have an AR-1 turntable hooked up to some VTL tube amps and preamp with old Thiel speakers, and I'm looking for a new cartridge. I have a cheap Grado that's been on there for awhile, and would like some recommendations for model and source. I want something reasonably priced (~$100?) and which sounds decent.
     
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    I'm running an Ortofon 2M Red on my Rega Planar 3. I picked it up at needledoctor.com. I think it sounds pretty good.

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    My interests are returning to turntables and vinyl after a multiple decade absence. I could use some input.


    I have two very nice tube amps. I'm looking for a turntable. Where to start? I hear you can get decent turntables for $399. Is that true? If so, any particular models and brands?

    Also, I guess I will need some type of phono pre amp. WHat is a good starter brand and model?

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    For new starter turntables on the lower-end of the price bracket, I'd recommend a Pro-Ject Debut or a Music Hall MMF 2.1. I personally had a Rega Planar 3 for about 8 years that treated me very well.

    You can score a killer used turntable for a good price on eBay as well. Thorens, Dual, etc.
     
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    Thanks Nataku..

    I spoke to a high-end Hi Fi guy today. He said you need a $400 cartridge or you "tear up you vinyl". He suggested a Benz or Clear Audio.
     
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    What would be a few good high end models of turntables that someone might buy used on eBay for $400+/-
     
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    Just picked up a Thorens TD160 and put on a new Shure M97xe. I'm using a Musical Fidelity V-LPS II phono preamp. Haven't had it long enough to break in the setup yet, but sounds nice. What phono preamps are you using?
     
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    Just starting to delve into analog. I picked up an Audio Technica LP60. I know it's no Pro-Ject, but I figured I've got to start somewhere. Thinking about Audioengine A2s to run it through. Should I be looking to upgrade the cartridge soon? What would you recommend and what might fit the AT?
     
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    Rega Planar 3 seem to be clear winner in this price range. I have researched this matter extensively and fortunately unlike with electronics or speakers there is one clear winner in TT and that is Rega.

    For cartridge I don't think you can go wrong with Denon for the price.

    Phono pre-amp is very, very important component and I'd recommend Graham Slee Reflex
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/GRAHAM-SLEE..._HomeAudioHiFi_Amplifiers&hash=item3a8135ca63

    Then Amplifier, should be as neutral as possible, none of that designed-by ear crap. Decent amp could be had for under 800.
     
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    Reviewing this right now. Bergmann Magne.

    Air bearing 'table and tangential arm.

    A fun review period.

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    Please do tell what you hear over compressor noise?:)


    P.S. Picked up Rega RP6 for a bargain price, no improvement over 30 y.o. Planar 3 ... Nice shiny plinth though...
     
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    Almost silent. And, in the same room. Exceptional, really.
     

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