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Record player/turn table advice

Posted: Sun Sep 15, 2019 6:26 pm
by Gemini73
I was in HMV the other day and thought it might be fun to start a small collection of vinyl albums, however I've not had a record player since the 80's and was wondering if anyone here has such a set up in this modern age of digital downloads and could offer some advice. Where best to buy, what type of player would best suit my needs, accessories, that sort of thing.

I don't have a huge budget, but can be flexible to a degree.

Cheers

Re: Record player/turn table advice

Posted: Sun Sep 15, 2019 6:59 pm
by Curls
I hear that you and your band have sold your guitars and bought turntables!

I hear that you and your band have sold your turntables and bought guitars!

Re: Record player/turn table advice

Posted: Sun Sep 15, 2019 8:00 pm
by Gemini73
Very helpful.

Re: Record player/turn table advice

Posted: Sun Sep 15, 2019 10:12 pm
by Curls
Keeping your thread on the first page. ;) I try my best :D

Re: Record player/turn table advice

Posted: Sun Sep 15, 2019 10:44 pm
by Jenu-All I Want For Christmas

Re: Record player/turn table advice

Posted: Sun Sep 15, 2019 10:54 pm
by Gemini73
Curls wrote:Keeping your thread on the first page. ;) I try my best :D


that's why I said very helpful. :shifty:

Re: Record player/turn table advice

Posted: Sun Sep 15, 2019 10:55 pm
by Gemini73
Jenuall wrote:


You lot are bastards. :lol:

Re: Record player/turn table advice

Posted: Mon Sep 16, 2019 10:23 am
by Jenu-All I Want For Christmas
Sorry :slol:

I don't have any real advice to offer but I have a friend who is very much into this stuff so I will see if I can get any useful info out of them!

Re: Record player/turn table advice

Posted: Mon Sep 16, 2019 11:37 am
by Saigon Slick
I have a small vinyl collection and a record player in my living room - it’s great for atmosphere and the collection looks lovely. The player itself was a cheap one, looks a little bit ‘80s in a bad way and I think it was bought off Amazon for about £30. I’ll see if I can find a link later on.

Re: Record player/turn table advice

Posted: Mon Sep 16, 2019 11:43 am
by Rex Kramer
Gemini73 wrote:I was in HMV the other day and thought it might be fun to start a small collection of vinyl albums, however I've not had a record player since the 80's and was wondering if anyone here has such a set up in this modern age of digital downloads and could offer some advice. Where best to buy, what type of player would best suit my needs, accessories, that sort of thing.

I don't have a huge budget, but can be flexible to a degree.

Cheers

This is exactly what happened with my daughter, we were wandering around HMV and she was just enthralled by the idea of vinyl. She ended up buying (via me) this one from Amazon

https://www.amazon.co.uk/1byone-Belt-Dr ... way&sr=8-4

It seems ok though the speakers aren't that great (but it does have rca output so you could send it to an amp). There seems to be an absolute stack of similar looking ones available. If you wanted something a bit more audiophile then I'd imagine Richer Sounds would be your first port of call.

Re: Record player/turn table advice

Posted: Mon Sep 16, 2019 12:33 pm
by BID0
Get a Rega

http://www.rega.co.uk/

They're manufactured in the UK and are quality. And they have a range of devices depending on how much money you have/how serious you are

Re: Record player/turn table advice

Posted: Mon Sep 16, 2019 12:34 pm
by Mommy Christmas
Gemini73 wrote:I was in HMV the other day and thought it might be fun to start a small collection of vinyl albums, however I've not had a record player since the 80's and was wondering if anyone here has such a set up in this modern age of digital downloads and could offer some advice. Where best to buy, what type of player would best suit my needs, accessories, that sort of thing.

I don't have a huge budget, but can be flexible to a degree.

Cheers



I was tempted too, but had to ask myself in the end one question - Why? Once the novely has worn off it will be something that just takes up space and the sound won't be as rich as on a CD.

I do agree with the fun bit though. As a kid I played the LP of Queen's Sheer Heart Attack more or less constantly. It's a more interactive experience certainly, but we have moved on.

However....

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Audio-Technica-Turntable-Edifier-Exclusive-Audio/dp/B07B652V54/ref=pd_sbs_23_8?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B07B652V54&pd_rd_r=fbb3a276-5bdf-4b82-a43e-5c64c65c195e&pd_rd_w=5TYmS&pd_rd_wg=bCuIJ&pf_rd_p=2b420a2f-6593-478e-8b5f-cb43865ff16f&pf_rd_r=E524YXWKR8WW6R44T0SD&psc=1&refRID=E524YXWKR8WW6R44T0SD

Not a bad set up.

Re: Record player/turn table advice

Posted: Mon Sep 16, 2019 5:28 pm
by Gemini73
Cheers, guys. :D

Re: Record player/turn table advice

Posted: Mon Sep 16, 2019 6:25 pm
by Green Gecko
Put half of your budget into the cartridge/stylus/needle as that's the part that actually "plays" the record and is merely amplified by the rest. Besides a deck you need a phono amp and an amplifier/speakers or some active (built in amp) speakers.

That audio technica set up probably already has a half decent one as a turnkey solution.

I have a Pioneer deck that needs a new belt and cartridge, and Kenwood direct drive turntable stacked on top of each other, unused. Thinking about getting rid of them. Gets expensive though. I actually plug mine directly into a pro audio setup but should get a proper phono amp to sort out wow and flutter (yes this is a real thing). I also own a grand total of about 3 records so there isn't much point having them around. I got them for art experiments and one is a hand-me-down. I agree it is something that kind of just piles up unless you really get into it and are willing to invest in the collection, then it's great.

Re: Record player/turn table advice

Posted: Tue Sep 17, 2019 7:42 am
by Partridge Iciclebubbles
I don't know anything about record players, but this seems to give decent advice and recommendations: https://www.techradar.com/uk/news/best-turntables

Re: Record player/turn table advice

Posted: Tue Sep 17, 2019 8:35 am
by Gemini73
Again, thanks for the advice guys. I'm also going to pop into Richer Sounds as they've always been pretty good in the past.