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Old 05-01-2014, 02:47 PM   #1
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I'm kind of shocked that this sort of thread does not already exist on here. I admit my search skills are not the greatest but I can't seem to find anything close...

I am interested in upgrading my turntable and am genuinely curious as to what you guys currently use.

I used to have an old technics turntable but it died a couple of years ago and just recently I have decided to start collecting vinyl since CDs seem to be fast approaching the end of their life span.

My $500 budget and a large amount of positive reviews have lead me to the Pro-Ject Debut Carbon which sounds like a good investment. By the sounds of it I will have to purchase a preamp since my Yamaha receiver does not have a phono stage amp built in but it looks like there are inexpensive ones available that do the job.

Any thoughts or suggestions?
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Old 05-01-2014, 03:05 PM   #2
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I'm kind of shocked that this sort of thread does not already exist on here. I admit my search skills are not the greatest but I can't seem to find anything close...
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That would be the closest, I guess, but it's a bit too narrow in scope.

But to your question, this link seems helpful:

The Best Turntable for Casual Listening | The Wirecutter

Though it's geared more towards casual listening, they end up going with the Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB . The USB output seems like a pretty sweet option to easily digitize vinyl, actually. They do mention that the Pro-Ject Carbon sounds better and can accept better quality cartridges, so it sounds like you've made a good choice.

Not too sure about pre-amps. It seems like you can get ones for pretty cheap, though. This one has pretty great reviews and is <$50.
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Good idea for a thread - I always end up posting my questions in the B&C, but this is better.

I don't really have a turntable recommendation (my 10-year old technics is running strong), but I recently upgraded my pre-amp and couldn't be happier. I got this one after doing some research: Amazon.com: ART DJPRE II Phono Preamplifier RCA Type Input and Output Switchable Low Cut Filter: Musical Instruments

For cartridges, I like Grado's products a lot. I use the Grado Prestige Black Phono Cartridge, which cost like $70.00. They have higher-end models, but I was pretty happy with this one.

Edit: and Diemen just suggested the same pre-amp. You can't really go wrong with that one, given the price.
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interesting, if you don't mind me asking gump, did you buy your amp in NYC? I'm actually traveling there at the end of the month and was trying to see if there were any good stereo stores to look at while I'm there - I find the price difference between audio equipment in the US vs Canada to be pretty steep.
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I ordered mine through Amazon, as couldn't find it at a real store. I just checked, and unfortunately it seems to be out of stock at B&H (one of the biggest audio/photo stores here). J&R, another big audio store downtown, recently closed, so there aren't many options. Some other places you could look are Stereo Exchange and Sound by Singer, but they don't have online catalogs (and generally tend to sell really high-end stuff). So online may be the best way to go, unfortunately.
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Old 05-01-2014, 03:57 PM   #6
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They do have a similar model at B&H, though: ART USB Phono Plus Phono Preamp with USB USBPHONOPLUS PS B&H

It has added USB functionality, but I'm not sure if it's otherwise the same one as I have.
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Now that I have a proper turntable (gotta buy an Australian power adapter though, stupidly totally forgot that it would be an American power cord grrr) I'm going to keep an eye on this thread. I don't know what a pre-amp or cartilage or any of that stuff is, I'm quite ignorant.
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What kind of turntable did you get again, Cobbler?
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i believe he posted on fb that he got one of these: http://iamthejeff.com/img/posts/turntable_cat.jpg
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was the cat included?
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Haha! I got one of these. Numark TTUSB

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ooh, nice. are you going to need a transformer (is that the right word? like a voltage converter) for it too? i remember when i was there, my laptop wasn't an issue but some other stuff needed one of those too or they would've been fried as soon as i plugged them into an outlet.
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I have no fucking idea.
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