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Cheap turntable/record player setup? < $400

post #1 of 3
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Hello all. I'm new here, and would like to get into vinyls.

 

I currently own Audio Technica ATH-M50 headphones and a Fiio E5 amp.

 

What would be a decent record player for < $400? 
I did some research and found that I could either get the Pro-ject Essential or Genie for around that price, however since they are not pre-amped, will the Fiio E5 work with those for the meantime, or will I have to save up more cash to get a proper amplifier?

 

Thanks for the help!

post #2 of 3

So you do not have a general pre-amp at this point?

 

You have to be able to amplify the signal or a phono cartridge as they output very low signals, so a phono pick-up of some type is required to give enough gain. Realize that this is a fairly important piece to the chain, and that besides the turntable you'll need that cartridge as well. If your budget is $400 the whole thing is a bit more challenging, if your talking just a turntable budget you can get some nice decks for that amount!

post #3 of 3
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the help! I am talking about the whole thing and nope, I have no pre-amp at all, at this point. Is there a cheap pre-amp/equipment that you recommend me to buy temporarily to just get it running? I honestly don't mind temparorily owning a piece of poop for now.

 

Appreciate your help!


Edited by footsouljah - 7/10/11 at 8:53pm
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