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TheSneakerDude
post May 11 2009, 15:32
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Hello, I'm new to turntables and vinyl since they're before my time. (I'm 19) My father is an avid collector and he has quite a collection but his turntable is in need of a new cartidge. He has an old Technics 1200 MK2. I already own about 10 records, mostly modern rock and some european dance. However, I want to buy a solid turntable that will let me import the records onto my comuter and keep the sound pure and better than cd. I already own the records I have on cd. I want to import the LP's in a way that will let me hear the difference clearly. I mainly listen to my music on my ipod or my computer. I am considering buying a Technics 1200 MK5 and attaching an Audio Technica Turntable Cartridge AT150MLX to it and using a Rolls/Bellari VP530 to import onto my computer. The total cost for this investment will come around 1k. Now what I want to know is, will this be a good enough investment for me to imporve on the sound of my cd's? I don't want to invest a grand in equipment and the records will sound identical to the cds on my ipod. I understand that headphones are part of the equation so I already own Bose Quiet Comfort 3 to be able hear a better range of frequencies. Am I wasting my money investing in all these parts? Instead of investing in all these parts, should I just stick to the turntable and the Rolls/Bellari VP530? Any help is greatly apreciated. Thank you!

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Tuberocity
post May 31 2009, 18:59
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For the layman out there ( I don't have the technical ability to explain otherwise lol ) Having been into vinyl for many years, and amassing over 1000 albums in my 48 years, I have to say stick with cd's/digital. To even come close to the quality of a cd you must have equipment up to the task. The recording will be only as good as the signal you record. My Planar 9 $2800, My Grado cartridge $500 ( And that's a less expensive cartridge ) My Audible Illusions tube preamp, better part of three grand, and it sounded awsome! BUT!!!!! 1000 albums taking up an inordinate amount of space, the cost of the equipment, the degradation of the vinyl everytime you put the needle to it, getting up to change songs or albums every 10-20 minutes, and on and on. Just to many hassles and expense for something that can more conveniently be had on a $10 cd, and a few hundred dollar player. $1000 in equipment is not going to give you anywhere near the quality of a cheap cd playing through a $50 player. If you are really into vinyl, by all means spend the cash, I did, and enjoyed it very much, but beware the cost to get the analog signal into a digital format equal to what you can buy off the shelf for $10-$15 is cost prohibitive, and just a plain pain in the *** if you ask me. lol
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gorgekko
post Jun 24 2009, 04:51
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QUOTE (Tuberocity @ May 31 2009, 13:59) *
For the layman out there ( I don't have the technical ability to explain otherwise lol ) Having been into vinyl for many years, and amassing over 1000 albums in my 48 years, I have to say stick with cd's/digital. To even come close to the quality of a cd you must have equipment up to the task. The recording will be only as good as the signal you record. My Planar 9 $2800, My Grado cartridge $500 ( And that's a less expensive cartridge ) My Audible Illusions tube preamp, better part of three grand, and it sounded awsome! BUT!!!!! 1000 albums taking up an inordinate amount of space, the cost of the equipment, the degradation of the vinyl everytime you put the needle to it, getting up to change songs or albums every 10-20 minutes, and on and on. Just to many hassles and expense for something that can more conveniently be had on a $10 cd, and a few hundred dollar player. $1000 in equipment is not going to give you anywhere near the quality of a cheap cd playing through a $50 player. If you are really into vinyl, by all means spend the cash, I did, and enjoyed it very much, but beware the cost to get the analog signal into a digital format equal to what you can buy off the shelf for $10-$15 is cost prohibitive, and just a plain pain in the *** if you ask me. lol


I don't mean this as an attack but I do have a question. Given the relatively prohibitive costs to reach a level with vinyl where it merely nearly replicates the abilities of CDs (I don't know if you DBT this so I'll simply accept your word for the sake of this discussion), why did you embark down this path? Before CDs came out I can understand it, but since their advent you seem to have spent a lot of money for an experience that you yourself admit diminishes every time you play each record due to wear.

Again, merely a question and not an accusation. I'm interested why people still prefer the vinyl experience and your setup certainly shows you to be dedicated.
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- TheSneakerDude   Getting into Records   May 11 2009, 15:32
- - Tahnru   QUOTE (TheSneakerDude @ May 11 2009, 09:3...   May 11 2009, 15:34
- - TheSneakerDude   I want to be able to hear a difference between my ...   May 11 2009, 15:39
- - rpp3po   The CD format's technical limitations are much...   May 11 2009, 15:39
- - TheSneakerDude   I know that vinyl sounds good when you're list...   May 11 2009, 15:46
|- - rpp3po   QUOTE (TheSneakerDude @ May 11 2009, 16:4...   May 11 2009, 15:48
- - TheSneakerDude   All of my records are brand new, and I haven't...   May 11 2009, 15:53
|- - Tahnru   QUOTE (TheSneakerDude @ May 11 2009, 09:5...   May 11 2009, 16:27
|- - krabapple   QUOTE (Tahnru @ May 11 2009, 11:27) QUOTE...   May 12 2009, 19:06
- - TheSneakerDude   so the VP530 would not be adequate enough? right? ...   May 12 2009, 17:10
|- - rpp3po   QUOTE (TheSneakerDude @ May 12 2009, 18:1...   May 12 2009, 17:20
- - TheSneakerDude   I recently read about sampling Records at 24Bit/19...   May 12 2009, 17:19
- - 2Bdecided   TheSneakerDude, You're going to be told the t...   May 12 2009, 18:06
|- - TheSneakerDude   QUOTE (2Bdecided @ May 12 2009, 12:06) Th...   May 12 2009, 18:16
|- - PaJaRo   QUOTE (TheSneakerDude @ May 12 2009, 19:1...   May 12 2009, 18:43
- - Tahnru   @ Krabapple: Thank you for pointing that out. It...   May 12 2009, 19:26
- - TheSneakerDude   Does anyone from New York know a store where one c...   May 13 2009, 01:13
- - Audible!   Overpaid - you seem to be under the impression tha...   May 24 2009, 19:25
- - Tuberocity   For the layman out there ( I don't have the te...   May 31 2009, 18:59
|- - gorgekko   QUOTE (Tuberocity @ May 31 2009, 13:59) F...   Jun 24 2009, 04:51
- - audioapprentice   Sneaker Dude: I'd get a cheap as chips second...   Jun 24 2009, 03:35
|- - Axon   QUOTE (audioapprentice @ Jun 23 2009, 21...   Jun 24 2009, 03:45
|- - audioapprentice   Axon: Luckily, I have no idea what "tracking...   Jun 24 2009, 23:57
- - Canar   How did I miss this thread? Tuberocity and Overpai...   Jun 24 2009, 06:15
- - WmAx   I have many LPs that have a noise floor that is ra...   Jun 25 2009, 01:05
- - Curtor   QUOTE (TheSneakerDude @ May 11 2009, 07:3...   Jun 25 2009, 01:19


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