i want the sound quality of the 1200s without all the DJ shit.
anyone know of anything that's really solid for an audiophile that doesn't go overboard? I don't care about automation. I just want something that sounds great.
Last edited by wmgaretjax; 01-03-2008 at 08:41 PM.
all good brands for Turntables that aren't considered "DJ Style (like Technics 1200)". Some audiophiles prefer the above brands to the technics.
This is a decent player:
My dad has a technics 1500 direct drive I think, and we have an Onkyo (but both are sitting in the garage right now).
i have three record players
one is an 80s sony turntable. need new speakers for it.
another is an rca portable plastic one from the 70s. plays, but will need a new needle soon.
the last is a trav-ler portable tube one from about the 30s or 40s. needs a new needle which is hard to find, given its age.
After not much time looking, I am going to go on the cheap this round.
I think I am going with this one. I know sound won't be super top notch, but frankly I don't want to be blowing a shit ton of money on this. Way too much to spend this year.
Guess not... hahahaha. It has now been removed from their search results and is out of stock. Damn!
Last edited by luckyface; 01-07-2008 at 09:45 PM.
For your health
I've got a Crosley, it's a good turntable for a decent price.
Originally Posted by thelastgreatman
1/18 Volcano Choir - The Fonda
1/22 Vampire Weekend - USC
2/14 Spiritualized - Ace Hotel
3/8 Mark Kozelek - First Unitarian Church
3/18 Kraftwerk - Walt Disney Concert Hall
3/19 Kraftwerk - Walt Disney Concert Hall
Music Hall MMF 2.1 is pretty good.
i'm thinking about going with the mmf 2.1
i'm nervous about the calibration, given I have no experience.
I'm going to get the MMF 2.2. Anyone have any suggestions on a good phono preamp... I'm tempted to seek out something tube, but I don't know what the fuck I'm doing...
the needles are probably the most important part.
technics 1200 mk3, the only way to go
only have 1, and i don't spin
if you're just using it for playback, things like the platter torque and the stop/start skid, etc don't matter-
go with a lower end turntable, and spend your money where it really counts- on the speakers, and on the CARTRIDGE.
a tech 12 just plain old playing back a record with a stock stanton cartridge is going to sound, realistically, the same as a low end stanton with the same cartridge.
replace the cartridge on the stanton with an ortofon concord, and it'll outshine the tech in a double blind.
If you're not a DJ, and don't plan on becoming a DJ, then you don't need a 1200. Pitch control and a direct-drive motor are good for DJs but if you just want to put on your Sufjan LP and relax then you don't need those things.
I got talked into a Pro-Ject Xpression II. A little pricier than I had planned, but I'm pretty happy with my choice.
I'm not saying the cartridge doesn't matter, I'm just saying that there are multiple bottlenecks that need to be addressed. I'm only talking about listening here, I could give two shits about anything else.
Last edited by wmgaretjax; 02-29-2008 at 05:51 PM.
So I have my Project Xpression II set up and calibrated and I'm in love with it. I opted for the standard project phono amp ($130) and will probably also nab the speed box (quartz motor regulation and easy non-belt 33/45 switching). The cartridge I have is the standard Sumiko Oyster, but I will eventually upgrade to something that is about as top tier as my tone arm can handle (probably in the $250 range). I don't have the best speakers (Audioengine B5As that I'm totally happy with) but the next time I have some spare money I'll start saving for something worthy of the turntable.
Man, I wish I could afford a decent Tube pre-amp. But after some tests, I'm really happy with the solid state project phonoamp I got, and it's like half the price of a decent tube pre-amp.
I tried out the Rega P2 at the dealership I went to (really just some nuts house that is an absolute audiophile) but chose the xperience II based on intuitions and the advice of the expert.
So I added the speed box to my turntable and it actually made a pretty noticeable difference. I was already really satisfied with the table I bought (in fact, I'm totally blown away by it) but it brought out even more clarity in the mid range (I assume because it's less cloudy because of the lack of any PWM wavering in the motor).
Wooo! I just picked up a hard to find record that I've been after for a while:
John Parish & Polly Jean Harvey Dance Hall at Louse Point
Can't wait to play it.
Last edited by TonyWonder; 04-13-2008 at 02:13 PM.
7/18 Death Grips - Mohawk
8/01 Gorilla vs Bear 5 - Mohawk
8/04 Holly Herndon - The Parish
8/09 Neon Indian vs Toro y Moi - Theater at Ace Hotel
8/15 La Luz - Mohawk
9/25 Kraftwerk 3D - Bass Concert Hall
10/14 Garbage - Stubb's
11/6-8 Fun Fun Fun - Auditorium Shores
12/19 Beach House - The Fillmore
07, 08, 09, 10, 12.1, 13.1, 14.1, 15.1
nice. just so you know there is a CD/LP purchase thread too...