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Please need help about getting into vinyl.

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Ok, so I know really nothing about vinyl. But I plan on buying the AudioTechnica AT-LP60. I heard its a decent recorder. My main question is. Can I use my Shiit Magni as a headphone amp that can connect to the turntable? Or do I just hook my headphones directly up to the turntable? Also I know this may sound stupid. But si there any sort of DACS or audio equipment to increase the sound quality of the turntables? Sorry for noob questions, but really want to make the best out of this hobby. Thanks :)

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The AudioTechnica AT-LP60 has a built in preamp so you may not need an external preamp.  The player outputs into RCA connectors which can plug right into the Schiit Magni amp.

 

You will not have nearly enough power / voltage straight from the player to drive a headphone.

 

You can dig around on the internet for Steve Guttenberg's various posts about turntables.

 

Just type this in:

steve guttenberg turntable

 

A DAC is a Digital to Analog Converter.  The signal from almost every turntable is analog so a DAC makes no sense in that case.  A DAC is used to translate the ones and zeros from a CD or mp3 and convert it to the analog signal an amp or headphone can use.

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So will the headphone amp provide enough power to my headphones? Or are you saying i will need a new preamp?

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Originally Posted by pichu View Post

So will the headphone amp provide enough power to my headphones? Or are you saying i will need a new preamp?

What he's saying is that the turntable itself won't be enough to power your headphones, so you using the Schitt Magni is a good move.

 

But be prepared to upgrade some time in the future. Since you're going to listen through headphones (the Ultrasone HFI 580 is revealing enough), you won't be satisfied with the turntable.

 

Also, a good test record is very important as well for you to set up the turntable to its prime working condition. Since this is analog music and there is an actual physical stylus tracking an actual physical groove in 3D space, you need to make sure that the setup of the turntable is good.

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How about the Audio Technica LP120 for $250? Also, Ill be using the Pioneer SEA1000 phones for the turntable. They are an open phone. They are in general the Sennheiser HD650 in sound. But with an airyness of a Grado phone.


Edited by pichu - 7/4/13 at 4:28pm
post #6 of 9
Much better. The LP120 is considered as a very good entry level turntable for the price. You may up the budget a little for a Rega P1, but then you'll have to get yourself a separate phono preamp which will cost some money.
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Originally Posted by pichu View Post

How about the Audio Technica LP120 for $250? Also, Ill be using the Pioneer SEA1000 phones for the turntable. They are an open phone. They are in general the Sennheiser HD650 in sound. But with an airyness of a Grado phone.


If you can wait, why not look into getting this?

 

www.uturnaudio.com

 

It won't be released until September, but from the looks of everything it seems promising.  I've considered ordering myself one and probably will end up doing so. :) Of course you will need a phono amplifier, but you can always purchase a small one from The Needle Doctor (Music Fidelity, Pro-Ject, Rega to name a few).  Now this does add to the cost, but entering a hobby such as Record listening is a luxury in itself.  It's best to ensure yourself that you receive the full experience of Hi-Fi Record listening and that your records will be treated well (not only by cleaning them) as they can be rather expensive to purchase.  This isn't all to say that the LP120 is a terrible turntable, it's not.  It is known to suffer from motor-noise, which for some might become an issue.  I just believe you can do better for the money.

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If your willing to up your budget, I believe the Rega P1 would be the preferred choice as an entry level turntable, because it is a very simple turntable to setup and and is essentially the SR-60 of turntables: low price, high quality, and comparable to turntables of a much higher price. While this will mean you'll need a Phono-preamp, you will eventually come to this point, so it seems better IMO to get that out of the way.


Edited by Sir Tmotts III - 7/9/13 at 6:47am
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I made the move to vinyl a while ago and this year I went with a pro-ject debut carbon III and a pro-ject S phono amp. Setup was easy and the ortofon stylus that comes on board the turntable is rather high quality for the price. I feel like I am getting great tone from this turntable and it really sounds above its price point. The Rega is also a good choice and the price is right there too. The pro-ject stuff is great quality for the price. I made the mistake of getting the AT LP120 and just ended up giving it to a friend. I never enjoyed it FWIW and had problems with it tracking poorly, being fiddly and getting in the way of enjoying my records. Acoustic Sounds is a good place to check out on the web, they also have a good inventory of 180gram vinyl. Your setup will sound killer with a good turntable.
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