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Audiophile Turntable Newbie - What to buy as a gift?, [moved from Audio Hardware]
musiclove
post Jun 15 2012, 19:11
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Hi there all!

I am glad to have discovered this forum. I am a newbie at the audiophile game and want to buy my super audiophile boyfriend a turntable as a gift. I have done some initial research and have found brands such as Pro-Ject, Rega, and Pyle. I am not familiar with turntables and audio systems at all and want to make sure I am buying the right thing. I am looking for something with great sound quality (of course) and up to date technical capabilities - meaning I want him to be able to connect to his computer via USB and be able to hook up the turntable to his home audio system. I am having trouble understanding pre-amps etc. I also want it to be able to play all types of records - 78, 35, 45 etc. and my budget maxes at 400-450 US dollars. Please help - I need to be educated but dont want him to be underwhelmed when he opens the gift!

thank you all so much in advance. i really appreciate it.
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musiclove
post Jun 16 2012, 02:52
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thank you all for your input. i really truly appreciate it.

he does have quite the collection of records, which is why I am even considering buying it in the first place. He mentioned to me a few months how he wishes he had to budget to buy one - he just graduated from med school so this is his grad present. There are not many other gadgets or technologies I could buy him - most everything of his is pretty up to date. This sounded like a unique and personalized gift.

again, thank you to everyone for the guidance.
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post Jun 16 2012, 06:59
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DJ's, turntablists, scratchers, and sound effect technicians have a completely different set of needs than an audiophile. They need immediate speed at start up, back cueing, the ability to stop the platter with their fingers yet have an almost instantaneous return to full speed when they let go, etc.

"Audiophile" designs on the other hand want complete isolation from the motor vibration (and room) above all else, usually accomplished via a floating sub chassis with a belt coupling to the motor, ala AR, Thorens, or Linn, or in modern times, a poor man's version of it, such as the rubber motor suspension mount of the ProJect turntables [I've heard mixed stories about its success, though]. They usually sacrifice any playback automation beyond a simple cue lever (and sometimes not even that) and regaining full speed from a dead stop takes a long time so a DJ would dismiss them immediately.

In the past (pre-1980s), it was expected that reviews of turntables would have the fundamental measurements of wow, flutter, hum, rumble, speed accuracy, etc. with disclosure as to what standards they used (JIS, DIN, etc) to measure them, but as the audio review industry has become more anti-science and pro-poetry in their style, gaining this critical data has become much more difficult for the consumer, yet it is infinitely more important than the current reviewers' ramblings about a turntables, um, "imaging and sound stage".

I feel sorry for people needing to make an educated choice in this matter because the truly relevant information is hard to come by, unless you trust manufacturer's claims, which I don't. Good luck though.

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