Most people starting out in vinyl won't be fooling with anything pre-RIAA.
-- Tom Fine
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From: "Steven Smolian" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Saturday, March 15, 2014 2:32 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] WSJ article on vinyl playbackl equipment
> All this assumes stereo records that are RIAA, which is fine if you care to
> limit yourself to stereo or mono that was recut to RIAA.
> Steve Smolian
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> Sent: Saturday, March 15, 2014 2:03 PM
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> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] WSJ article on vinyl playbackl equipment
> What about buying a half-decent stereo receiver? Are the pre-amps in these
> units so inferior? Then attach speakers to the receiver.
> On Mar 15, 2014, at 8:34 AM, Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> One other comment about this "starter" vinyl system. It will definitely
> produce far superior sound to vintage record-wreckers, anything sold by
> "Crosley" and most other catalog-sold self-contained "record players." If
> any listmembers or their friends/family are considering plungeing into vinyl
> (it'll be a deep dive before you're done, be forewarned!), I recommend the
>> 1. read the manual carefully to your turntable. Understand how to align a
> cartridge. You will not enjoy playback without a properly aligned cartridge.
> Any of the Technics-like Chinese turntables can use the Technics alignment
> gauge/headshell holder. You can still find these little plastic do-dads for
> a few bucks from Needle Doctor or KAB. You can find a good, useful alignment
> grid from Sleeve City.
>> 2. also from Sleeve City, you will find several options at low cost for
> record cleaning, I would say that the Spin-Clean is the minimum system
> likely to properly clean the records you get for a buck at the Goodwill or
> yard sale. There is a good stylus cleaner sold by Sleeve City, too. They
> also sell reasonably-priced record crates. The assemble-yourself model, for
> about $20, can be copied if you have a few wood-shop tools. It's very useful
> for keeping your "in rotation" records near your turntable.
>> 3. finally, from Sleeve City or the place in Rochester NY (which is more
> costly than Sleeve City), invest in good plastic-lined inner sleeves. Always
> dump old paper and plastic inner sleeves, and dump most of the inner sleeves
> included with new-issue vinyl, especially those pink plastic inner sleeves
> used by Sony. A few cents invested will save a lifetime of scuffing on the
> record. Vinyl "guru" Mike Fremer makes a convincing argument that if you
> clean and store your records properly from the get-go, and keep your stylus
> clean always, and set your cartridge tracking angles correctly, and track at
> the light weights recommended by the manufacturer of your cartridge, your
> records should not wear out over hundreds of plays. Antique record-wreckers
> will destroy your platters from the first play forward.
>> 4. A good phono preamp will sound superior to what's built into any of
> these "USB turntables." I would say that should be your first upgrade. There
> are many choices under $200 that do the job well.
>> Bottom line, if I were starting out in the world of LP records, I'd set it
> up this way:
>> 1. Music Hall USB turntable - $250
>> 2. Shure M97 cartridge - $100 or Denon DL-110 cartridge - $130
>> 3. Cambridge Audio phono preamp/USB ADC - $230
>> 4. Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones - $150
>> 5. figure $300-500 for a good headphone amp, more like $500 if you want a
> decent USB DAC so you can listen to your laptop or PC.
>> 6. if you want powered speakers, there are many choices at many price
> ranges. Anything with a woofer smaller than 8" will not give you very good
> bass response, so figure on a subwoofer.
>> -- Tom Fine
>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Steve Ramm" <[log in to unmask]>
>> To: <[log in to unmask]>
>> Sent: Saturday, March 15, 2014 11:04 AM
>> Subject: [ARSCLIST] WSJ article on vinyl playbackl equipment
>>> Not to start a discussion but for those who don't get the Wall Street
>>> Journal you might enjoy reading this if interested in NEW "Home"
>>> _Svelte Systems for Spinning Vinyl - WSJ.com_
>>> Steve Ramm