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So I spent a few hours in a small record shop in Manly Vale over the weekend with the Mrs. Bought a few records (which we'd been meaning to do for a while). Her previous flatmate had a turntable and some decent records, so we'd always be listening to them. We now live together, and do not have a turntable so I've been on the hunt for one the last couple of days.

 

However I have no idea what to look out for when it comes to something being good or bad. Is there an idiots guide to turntables around here anywhere or can anyone offer some advice?

My receiver has a phono input (one thing I made sure of when I bought it), so that box is ticked.

 

Any direction is appreciated.

 

Cheers

Dave

 

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It might help if you were to browse through the turntable threads here. 

 

There are countless threads in a similar vein to this, I'm sure most of your questions could be answered if you searched through them.

 

Maybe it's me being a bit of a grouch today, but I seem to read the same ol' thread over and over on this site.

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It might help if you were to browse through the turntable threads here. 

 

There are countless threads in a similar vein to this, I'm sure most of your questions could be answered if you searched through them.

 

Maybe it's me being a bit of a grouch today, but I seem to read the same ol' thread over and over on this site.

you grouch  :nana

 

go spin some of that free jazz, should cheer you up  :)

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Budget?

 

Can't go past a Rega RP1 for an easy, reliable new 1st TT. After that things get more complicated...

 

 

 

yep, budget would help, also is the phono input on your receiver MM only or both mm/mc, this will then determine what carts to look for

 

Cheap and cheerful suits me for now, I'd prefer to get up and running (or listening...) and then delve a bit more into the detail and learn more before dropping significant coin. I'd say $150 would be the max in the interim.

 

The receiver is an RX-V671, I can't find anything in the owners manual relating to MM or MC. Information I could find is here: http://i.imgur.com/ewG8syM.png

 

 

I've been looking at old stereo amps (NAD 3020 seems to be mentioned a lot, and Rotel 820/840 to a lesser extent) instead of running it through my HT gear, so it wont be run through the Yamaha forever. It's simply a stepping stone to something more interesting down the track.

I will have a look through the older pages for similar threads. Thanks for the heads up soundfan.

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The receiver is an RX-V671, I can't find anything in the owners manual relating to MM or MC. Information I could find is here: http://i.imgur.com/ewG8syM.png

 

That page of specs you provided the link to, says "Phono input sensitivity is 3.5mV/47Kohms" - that defines it as a MM phono stage.

 

Which is good as that is the type of cartridge which is best for your level of expenditure. ;)

 

 

Regards,

 

Andy

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That page of specs you provided the link to, says "Phono input sensitivity is 3.5mV/47Kohms" - that defines it as a MM phono stage.

 

Which is good as that is the type of cartridge which is best for your level of expenditure. ;)

 

 

Regards,

 

Andy

 

This is the kind of info I need to learn and be aware of - thank you! :)

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I think it is a bit tough on that budget.

 

I would see this as a reasonable starter

http://www.stereo.net.au/forums/index.php?/topic/50409-fs-pro-ject-debut-iii-turntable-ortofon-om5e/

 

Need a couple more $ though sadly.

 

Just dont get sucked in to those Dick Smith/Jaycar cheapies they flog off to transfer to digital. They really are c..p!

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I did look at that as apparently in the entry level that is pretty much the best you can get?

Seems like a good price too, and is something that would last me 5+ years I would imagine. However at the moment I'd rather spend the money on records, hence the bargain basement price level.

If I didn't have car rego coming up I'd be all over it. Such is life.

 

Someone is offering a Sony PS-LX250H in my WTB thread. Thoughts on this as a starting point?

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Your budget is pretty tight,  but I reckon you'd find something OK to get you started.   Here's a few from ebay (within 200km of sydney) around your price range that might be worth a look.      Others might like to offer specific advice whether these are good TT's.    

 

I'd be looking at decent quality 'vintage' TT's like these rather than newer cheap options like the Sony PS-LX250H.   The real problem is whether you trust the seller,  and with ebay it can be hit and miss.  If you buy something local then you can test when you collect..if was advertised as working and doesn't then don't pay.       I'd personally be a bit more comfortable buying from someone on this forum,  but you might have to wait a while for the right TT to be offered.   

 

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Record-player-dual-/271152232907?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_15&hash=item3f21eeb9cb&_uhb=1#ht_480wt_1363

 

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/TECHNICS-SL-Q303-Quartz-Direct-Drive-Auto-Turntable-Pickup-Sydney-/130846389379?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_15&hash=item1e770d7483&_uhb=1#ht_565wt_1342

 

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/JVC-RECORD-PLAYER-L-A55-VINTAGE-RETRO-DIRECT-DRIVE-AUTO-RETURN-TURNTABLE-/190796193585?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_15&hash=item2c6c56df31&_uhb=1#ht_480wt_1130

 

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Vintage-Akai-AP-006-Direct-Drive-Turntable-/230927612620?pt=AU_Electronics_Vintage_Electronics&hash=item35c45bbacc&_uhb=1#ht_480wt_1363

 

 

I wouldn't worry about buying a new amp as your AVR will do the job just fine.     Save your $$ for buying records !!.     

 

You probably should allow for buying a new cartridge/stylus ($50-$100),  but that depends on what comes with the TT you buy.  

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Thank you manchu. I had one of those added to a watch list on ebay, I am a bit weary for items that are getting on in years though. Much prefer to buy from here.


I am happy to wait it out, my old man has just informed me they have one in storage (in a 40ft shipping container which is a 2 hour round trip away..). It is a Sony from the 80's which came as part of a larger stereo system so if I get desperate I can always have a look through there and hopefully dig it out. 

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<blockquote class='ipsBlockquote'data-author="diesel459" data-cid="843822" data-time="1360674686"><p>

<a href='http://www.encelstereo.com.au/products/pro-ject-juke-box-turntable-and-amplifier'>http://www.encelstereo.com.au/products/pro-ject-juke-box-turntable-and-amplifier</a><br />

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I hope new sponsor chips in the explain that it's not a good suggestion. OP already has amp with phono input, and a budget of $150ish for a TT.

If I'm not mistaken these jukebox TT,s can't even be hooked up to external amp??

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