Head-Fi.org › Forums › Equipment Forums › Cables, Power, Tweaks, Speakers, Accessories (DBT-Free Forum) › Quick Question Regarding Speakers and Record Player
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Quick Question Regarding Speakers and Record Player

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

Hey guys, quick question:

 

Given a smaller budget of say £350 am I better off getting a cheaper record player and using the extra £100 - £150 on better speakers? Or am I better off evening it out and splitting it between a better record player and lesser speakers? Which option out of the two would give me a better end result?

 

Any advice greatly appreciated.

 

PS

 

Please don't respond to say spend more on both, that's just stating the obvious. I would if I could. 

 

Thanks.

post #2 of 10

Hmm just to be clear when u say record player do u mean a turn table? In your shoes i would almost certainly fish out something used on sites like Gumtree UK, etc? You can start with a vintage TT and a stereo receiver with phono inputs? Not sure if this is for nearfield or for living room audio but you can either go with bookies or floorstanders L3000.gif


Edited by trog - 7/18/13 at 12:30am
post #3 of 10
Speakers, definitely speakers. Cartridge should be nice too. 100 gets you pretty damn far on a cart though.
Save more. wink.gif
post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 

Thanks guys, I figured spending more on speakers would be the way to go, oh and I'll be using this in near field settings - I'm going for some monitors as well strongly considering the M- Audio BX5 D2's but it's pretty much a straight fight between them the ROKIT RP5 and the Yamaha HS50 at different price points and what I can justify spending right now.

 

Basically I'm going for music listening but I want a clean and accurate sound which is a transparent window into the music - hence the monitors and the properly mastered uncompressed vinyl for proper dynamics.

 

Can't really tell from Youtube videos, let alone get the full picture, but the M-Audio monitors seem like they sound fantastic - definitely agreeing more with the sound they seem to produce. As for the turntable I'm considering the Pioneer PS-900 either that or there's a Marantz one for same price pre built. Basically with the record player I want something that's not cheap plastic and looks like it's mounted on a tinker toy and obviously I want something I can output to my monitors when I get them. 

 

I'm thinking then that the final audio should be pretty much exactly what the engineers heard when them and the band gave the final mix the OK for mass production to other mediums. Should be the next best thing to being there in person. And I've got most of the equipment needed on hand should I decide to get into recording and mixing myself. 

post #5 of 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by Thommohawk View Post

Basically I'm going for music listening but I want a clean and accurate sound which is a transparent window into the music - hence the monitors and the properly mastered uncompressed vinyl for proper dynamics.

Well, your expectations may be exceeding your budget. Vinyl is an expensive hobby, and I would want to have much better speakers for listening than the M- Audio BX5 D2s if this is your goal.
post #6 of 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by Thommohawk View Post

 

Basically I'm going for music listening but I want a clean and accurate sound which is a transparent window into the music - hence the monitors and the properly mastered uncompressed vinyl for proper dynamics.

 

I wouldn't assume that the vinyl release is any less compressed than the CD version. If you want clean and accurate on a budget, I would stay with digital.

post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by yage View Post

 

I wouldn't assume that the vinyl release is any less compressed than the CD version. If you want clean and accurate on a budget, I would stay with digital.

 

So then what of the loudness war ? As I understand it the CDs are mastered for loudness thus the dynamics are nerfed whereas my understanding of vinyls are they're mastered properly as they're not as mainstream so there's not as much need to impress the casual consumer so you get the proper dynamics and things sound cleaner. 


Edited by Thommohawk - 7/23/13 at 5:34am
post #8 of 10
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post


Well, your expectations may be exceeding your budget. Vinyl is an expensive hobby, and I would want to have much better speakers for listening than the M- Audio BX5 D2s if this is your goal.

 

My expectations aren't that great, as long as it sounds clean, balanced and good to me then I'm happy. Besides I don't have any speakers at the moment 100% headphones right now so it'll be nice to have some speakers for my small 'studio' room.

post #9 of 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by Thommohawk View Post

My expectations aren't that great, as long as it sounds clean, balanced and good to me then I'm happy. Besides I don't have any speakers at the moment 100% headphones right now so it'll be nice to have some speakers for my small 'studio' room.

If you are now at the point in the hobby where you have higher end headphones, amp, and DAC, such that you are ready to pursue the more expensive hobby of vinyl for the difference in SQ (may not be better, but different, like the difference between tube and solid state amps), you may be disappointed with the sound. You stated above that "M-Audio monitors seem like they sound fantastic." They are entry level studio monitors. Whether or not they will sound "fantastic" to you will depend on your headphone setup. But if you have a good set of mid-fi headphones, with only about £200 on speakers, I think the best you might get is "adequate" not fantastic.

What is your current headphone/amp/DAC setup?
post #10 of 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by Thommohawk View Post

 

So then what of the loudness war ? As I understand it the CDs are mastered for loudness thus the dynamics are nerfed whereas my understanding of vinyls are they're mastered properly as they're not as mainstream so there's not as much need to impress the casual consumer so you get the proper dynamics and things sound cleaner. 

 

I've heard that the new, non-audiophile vinyl releases can be cut from the same masters used for compact disc (http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=88019). It's a hit or miss affair unless you mainly listen to classical or jazz.

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
Head-Fi.org › Forums › Equipment Forums › Cables, Power, Tweaks, Speakers, Accessories (DBT-Free Forum) › Quick Question Regarding Speakers and Record Player