I need some gear advice. I will be inheriting an older (80s) JVC Turntable. I'm unsure of the model number, but I know I will adding a Grado Labs Blue Cartridge. Then going to a Bellari VP130 preamp, to a Topping TP-22 amp, to some older yamaha speakers. Overall budget is $500. Will this setup work? Better equipment options? Suggestions? Its my first step into higher quality sound and I'm looking for best bang for the buck.
Gear advice, vinyl upgrade
In the 1980's you could buy some excellent turntables in the general market. I still have a Technics direct drive turntable from that era. However without knowing the model number and condition of the JVC, there is little to go on. The turntable will the center of your kit. So it's very important that it provides a strong foundation for the rest of the chain.
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The turntable is a JVC QL-A7. Its from my father in law. He says there is a Black Widow stylus on it but he thinks it needs to be replaced. I'm not sure if its the whole cartridge or just the needle itself, I'm not familiar with Black Widow. I'll be listening in my living room where the sitting area is about 13 by 15 feet. But its an open concept house where the living room connects through to the kitchen for a total of about 15 by 50, but I don't need to fill the whole room.
I am not personally familiar with this turntable, but from the looks it is a quality product. If it's in good condition, it should be great.
I'm not familiar with the Black Widow, but Grado cartridges are generally well regarded. I also know nothing about your pre-amp.
I have another model Topping amp. I see that the one you have goes for about $100 and I have not seen a picture on the back, where it's inputs and outputs are located. I don't know how well it will do pushing vintage speakers. Of course the model number and their specs, as well as whether they can be (easily) connected to your amp are all important.