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Planning my first audiophile setup with record player

post #1 of 8
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Hey everyone,



Long time reader, first time poster.  I've been casually reading about audiophile systems over the past few months, originally starting with headphones, which progressed to an interest in getting a vinyl system moving.  Now, I feel its time to get serious, make some logical choices, and get some purchases out of the way.  The problem for me is that I lack a fair bit of technical knowledge and expertise with electronics, especially at this level, but would like to enjoy the audiophile experience that many of you speak so highly of on forums such as these. 


I've come to some conclusions through reading reviews and trying products out:
Headphones: Sennheiser HD 598 (I'm not really a base head)
Turntable: U-turn Orbit Plus turntable

Amplifier: TBD

Not only would I like everyone's feedback regarding these choices thus far, but also some suggestions of amplifiers (with phono inputs; either desktop or headphone amp). 


If you need questions for clarification, feel free to ask. 


Thank you,




P.S. I'm interested in various music genres, including classical, contemporary, rock, pop and even R&B/rap. 

post #2 of 8
Price range?

I would suggest getting the phono preamp separately. That way you can use any amp without being limited to only those with a phono input (which is rare).
post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 

I'd like to keep cost as low as possible, while maximizing the potential for enjoyment.  To clarify, if the difference is $200 for an amp that won't allow much adaptability with low to moderate quality and $300 will allow for a significant increase in adaptability and quality, I'd be willing to pay the extra $100.  However, if $400 would get me only a couple more *unnecessary* bells and whistles, it wouldn't be worth the extra $100 for me.

If a small margin of cost increase buys a significant amount of flexibility, I'm willing to make the investment.  This is one of the reasons why the U-turn was so appealing to me as the turn table. 

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post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 
Can that AMP also be used for other purposes, for example the computer or television, if I want to use the headphones for that as well?
post #6 of 8
Yes. Anything that has an analog line-out. The input on the Magni is a pair of stereo RCA jacks. However, it is purely an amp. It is not a USB DAC.
post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 
I'm not entirely sure what a USB DAC is.

Thank you very much for your input. It's greatly appreciated.
post #8 of 8
A USB Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) converts the binary data of an encoded sound file (MP3, FLAC, whatever) back into an analog signal that can be amplified and sent to headphones or speakers. The onboard chipset or soundcard in your PC contains a DAC and does the conversion so that you can plug your headphones into the 3.5mm headphone port.

An external USB DAC bypasses the internal soundcard of your PC and sends the digital bitstream out the USB port to the external DAC. The internal soundcards in PCs are often not audiophile quality, and the external DAC may provide a higher quality analog signal from your PC. It's not required. You could simply hook the headphone or line-out of your PC directly to the Magni amp inputs.
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