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AudioKing
post Dec 15 2012, 23:57
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I currently own 1 vinyl and I would like to purchase a good turntable. My budget is anything less than $160. I would like a record player that doesn't require the use of external stereo speakers. Is it sort of necessary to use external speakers with turntables? Help Me!!
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kritip
post Dec 17 2012, 02:52
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It personally seems crazy you own one vinyl recording and are setting out too buy a deck. If you inherited a massive archive then I may see a benefit.

It's like me being given a single wax cyliner, 8 track, MD or Reel to Reel, and going out to find a decent player for it, for what is esentially a dying format.

Just curious what you reasoning is behind it, that's all smile.gif Each to their own, and I loved the idea of vinyl when I used too be into it 15 years ago, but just starting out now....I don't get it :S
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post Apr 13 2013, 10:36
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QUOTE (kritip @ Dec 17 2012, 11:52) *
It personally seems crazy you own one vinyl recording and are setting out too buy a deck. If you inherited a massive archive then I may see a benefit.

It's like me being given a single wax cyliner, 8 track, MD or Reel to Reel, and going out to find a decent player for it, for what is esentially a dying format.

Just curious what you reasoning is behind it, that's all smile.gif Each to their own, and I loved the idea of vinyl when I used too be into it 15 years ago, but just starting out now....I don't get it :S


Vinyl is not dying, far from it. It's the fastest growing audio format in terms of % sales growth (not outright numbers). CD optical discs are dying, and dying at a far greater rate than vinyl LPs (compare the solid decline in total sales for CDs over the past 5 years). So, if you're going to say vinyl LPs are a dying format, at least correct yourself and include CDs in that list (as well as SACD and DVD-A for that matter).

As to the OP, as someone else said, $160 and quality/good don't belong in the same sentence. You will not do justice to the LP format with such a cheap setup.

It is true that to get a comparable performance between LP and CD, you need to spend a lot more money on the vinyl setup than you would on CD. I think many people who criticise the LP format do so because they've never heard a top flight turntable setup, coupled to a very good pressing.

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post Apr 13 2013, 11:45
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QUOTE (dpastern @ Apr 13 2013, 11:36) *
Vinyl is not dying, far from it. It's the fastest growing audio format in terms of % sales growth (not outright numbers).


Yes, you can get impressive growth numbers going from "very small" to "still very small". smile.gif

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CD optical discs are dying


Yes, they are, but the digital audio formats that used to be delivered on CDs are taking up the slack. Not vinyl.

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if you're going to say vinyl LPs are a dying format, at least correct yourself and include CDs in that list (as well as SACD and DVD-A for that matter)


I would definitely agree with that - but it is still no argument to get a player for just one or two records.

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It is true that to get a comparable performance between LP and CD, you need to spend a lot more money on the vinyl setup than you would on CD. I think many people who criticise the LP format do so because they've never heard a top flight turntable setup, coupled to a very good pressing.


I think you would be rather hard pressed to get "comparable performance" from vinyl, at least if we are talking about conventional attributes such as distortion and signal-to-noise ratio / dynamic range.
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