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Gregg Bolinger
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So I bought an album on vinyl and I really want to listen to it on vinyl. What are my options these days when it comes to record players / turn tables? I really don't want to have to buy some big extravagant set up. I've looked online and see a few that can just plug into USB and play through the computer, but these seem to be geared towards ripping vinyl to digital. I'm not interested in that at all. I also require some form of quality.



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Greg Charles
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Vinyl is making a comeback. There are several turn tables listed on Amazon, including a Sony one for $78, which includes the cartridge. I assume you'd need to attach it to an amp or your sound card to get output from speakers.
Gregg Bolinger
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Yes, I'm aware of the handful on Amazon. I'm asking for advice on specific models. Not what is merely available.
J. Kevin Robbins
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It's been a long time since I used a turntable (showing my age here), but I learned two things.

First, select one with belt-drive, not direct-drive. The direct-drive models induce motor noise into the platter, but on a belt-drive, the belt insulates the motor from the platter, reducing noise.

Second, it's all about the cartridge. It's better to get a less expensive turntable with a top-notch cartridge than the other way around.


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Gregg Bolinger
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Jk Robbins wrote:It's been a long time since I used a turntable (showing my age here), but I learned two things.

First, select one with belt-drive, not direct-drive. The direct-drive models induce motor noise into the platter, but on a belt-drive, the belt insulates the motor from the platter, reducing noise.

Second, it's all about the cartridge. It's better to get a less expensive turntable with a top-notch cartridge than the other way around.


Thanks! That is helpful. I can use that to narrow down the search.
Pat Farrell
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You will have to spend about $500 to get one with quality good enough to use for years. Something like:

http://www.needledoctor.com/Rega-RP1-Turntable?sc=2&category=353

You can also look at the SOTA (state of the art) line, they are minimal, and used by Dr House on his TV show.
 
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