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Dukedudez
post Feb 5 2012, 03:52
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I really want to get into records because my dad has a lot of old ones that I really want to listen to. I also have some myself from newer bands. I need a turntable, but I'm not sure what brand or type to get. So far the only one that looks great to me is the Audio Technica AT-PL60 for around $65. Does anyone else know of a good record player/turntable that is under $100? I'm not looking for the best of the best, I just really need one that is great for its price and will play my vinyls well. I now realize that I'll need to get a decent pair of speakers. The Sony SS-B1000 Bookshelf speakers look nice to me, but again, you guys know more than I do. Are these good speakers? Are there better speakers out there for under $50? I also realized that I need an Amp. What is a good amp for this turntable?

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DVDdoug
post Feb 6 2012, 19:59
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What you need:

- A turntable

- A phono cartridge. (The part with the stylus/needle. Some turntables come with a cartridge.)

- A preamp. (In the old days, stereo receivers came with phono inputs. Some turntbles have a built-in preamp and line-level outputs.)

- A receiver or integrated amplifier. (An integrated amplifier has multiple inputs and volume/tone controls, etc., and it may have a phono preamp. A reciever will have all of the above, plus a tuner. Receivers are often cheaper than integrated amplifiers, because they are mass-marketed.)

- Speakers

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So far the only one that looks great to me is the Audio Technica AT-PL60 for around $65.
The price is on the low end. On one hand, it's a good idea to keep the cost down because no matter how much you spend, you are never going to get digital sound quality from "scratchy" analog records. On the other hand, analog quality does tend to improve as you spend more money.

Does that turntable have a USB connection? A USB conection allows you to more-easily digitize your records, and you can listen through your computer speakers if you wish (and you don't need a preamp). Knowzy.com has reviews & resommendations for many USB turntables.

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The Sony SS-B1000 Bookshelf speakers look nice to me, ...Are these good speakers? Are there better speakers out there for under $50?
Again, these are on the low end. Speakers make a bigger difference in sound quality than anything else, and all speakers sound different. And, you can't tell much from the specs. For that reason, it's best if you go to an audio/video store and listen to some speakers, before you make a purchase decision. (Just don't get too intimidated by all of the high-priced stuff.)

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I also realized that I need an Amp. What is a good amp for this turntable?
Unlike speakers, most receivers/amplifiers sound alike. You can consider things like power (Watts), inputs/outputs, controls & features, and "build quality".


Of course, use your receiver & speakers with digital sources such as a CD player, your computer, or as part of your home theater system.

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mzil
post Feb 6 2012, 22:48
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QUOTE (DVDdoug @ Feb 6 2012, 13:59) *
What you need...

Not necessarily.
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