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I'm a complete newbie when it comes to turntables and i don't have a clue where to start. I'm looking for one that's under £200 ideally and i'll be using it partly to record vinyl on the computer. Should i be looking for a USB turntable? Or would a jack plug connection be better? I want to try and get the best sound as possible from the turntable and from the recorded vinyl. What turntables would you suggest?

 

Thanks.


Edited by Wells - 3/22/11 at 8:44am
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The USB turntables out there make the purchase of a ADC unnecessary, so, since you do not already have a turntable, the USB type can save you some expense. Going to the computer using RCA to mini connection is possible too but then you've got to correct the RIAA equalization in your digital recording program. Better to send the turntables output to a phono preamp first and then send to computer via a tape out from the preamp. Also, to reduce low level AC hum from being recorded, be sure to  operate the computer on battery power while recording. Here's my route: Sony PS-4750 fitted with Shure V15VMR to Sony TA-E9000ES  phono input, then tape out from TA-E9000ES to Creative Sound Blaster X-FI HD, and X-FI HD to USB. I use Roxio's LP to MP3  program for recording and  separating tracks. 


Edited by sterling1 - 3/22/11 at 11:28am
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Thanks a lot, you've really helped. Tape out? Is that just the same as line out?  Does the stylus change the sound that much? I have some Shure SE530s and i love them so i'll probably go for Shure as well.

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Yes, tape out is the same as line out. I like my Shure; and,. I've been told the Shure 97E sounds and tracks almost as good as my V15VMR. I think you could get one for about 85 bucks., although, most of the budget turntables out there today will include a MM  cartridge.

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Yeah, I'll probably keep the cartridge you get with the turntable and then maybe buy a new one a bit later. Thanks again!

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Here is a good one that I am considering as well: http://www.amazon.com/Technica-ATLP120-Professional-Turntable-USB/dp/B002S1CJ2Q/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

 

It has the USB connection that lets you record onto your computer.

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Originally Posted by sterling1 View Post

Yes, tape out is the same as line out. I like my Shure; and,. I've been told the Shure 97E sounds and tracks almost as good as my V15VMR. I think you could get one for about 85 bucks., although, most of the budget turntables out there today will include a MM  cartridge.


No tape out is NOT the same as line out. To put it simply, tape out passes the signal through without volume control. Line out passes the signal through with volume control.

 


Edited by computerparts - 3/25/11 at 6:07pm
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Yes, that's right. My Sony TA-9000ES pre/pro has  MD/DAT, TAPE (REC OUT) VIDEO 1, 2, 3 (REC OUT): Voltage: 250mV, Impedance: 1 kilohm . The analog inputs are at line in sensitivity: 250 mV Impedance: 50 kilohms. Pre outs are 1V Impedance: 200 ohms.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Edited by sterling1 - 3/25/11 at 10:04pm
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Here is a good one that I am considering as well: http://www.amazon.com/Technica-ATLP120-Professional-Turntable-USB/dp/B002S1CJ2Q/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

 

It has the USB connection that lets you record onto your computer.


I've read up on this one and people are saying it's more or less a copy of the Technics 1200MK2, which leaves me thinking, is it as good as the 1200MK2? I've been thinking of buying it but without the USB feature, i'm not sure (expense of a pre amp etc. being the only reason).

post #10 of 10

The little preamps at http://www.phonopreamps.com are really good quality for their price.  Might want to check them out as part of your comparison.

 

- Ed

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