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    Starter Turntable Kit

    If you don't want to spend a ton of money trying this out, the best bang for your buck is a vintage direct drive unit. Direct drive is driven directly by a motor with no belt, are extremely precise, and will serve you well with no maintenance basically forever. There were a ton made in the '80s...
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    help with technics sl-b200

    If you like the vinyl sound, there are plenty of folks out there making digital rips with super high quality equipment. Less common stuff might be difficult to find, but for classic rock, pop, and pretty much any album that charted, there's a source for.   Do a search for pbthal, lots and...
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    DAC with Optical in for < $100

    You're not alone. I'm looking for one too, and didn't feel like spending hours sifting through years-old threads with thousands of replies. Maybe someone will eventually respond to our threads, or a hero will make a list of these with features and prices listed on a grid to be stickied. Maybe a...
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    Looking for a good USB DAC / Amp combo on somewhat of a budget

    Hi All, I've seen tons of threads like this one, but since some of them are years old and hundreds of pages long, I figured I'd quickly list out what I want and see if there's one or two most appropriate based on what's currently available and popular. My work laptop's onboard sound sucks - I...
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    help with technics sl-b200

    Are you actually running it through the phono input?   The RCA output of a turntable isn't line level like most other components, it takes a preamplifier and EQ curve application to get it to that point.   I'm not familiar with that particular model, but if memory serves, the SL-B...
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    New, confused owner of SR225 pair

    I just switched headbands, and they definitely both feel and sound better, although I'm planning on washing the pads later to get them softer. I'm going to email GL a little later about possibly exchanging the band, mostly because the right adjuster is so loose and that would be an annoyance.
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    New, confused owner of SR225 pair

    I definitely don't think this is the way they're meant to be. I was happy with my 60s out of the box because they didn't have this problem. I'm very familiar with the rustic appearance of Grados - like I said, I've owned my other ones for 5 years now. This is something different.
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    New, confused owner of SR225 pair

    It's not that the headband is too tight, it's just that it feels sort of uneven. I'm aware you can bend it, but so far I've had little luck with that, because it's curved in a lopsided way. Now that I think about it, I don't think it's the pads that are uncomfortable either - it's that the...
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    New, confused owner of SR225 pair

    Forgive my ignorance, but what exactly are liberators?
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    New, confused owner of SR225 pair

    Hi guys, My mom got me a pair of Grado SR225s for Christmas, and my first impression of them is pretty dismal. The headband is bent slightly to favor holding the left earcup to my head more strongly than the right, so that's imbalanced. This is slight, but it's a pretty strange effect when...
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    Tube amp crackle/static sound????

    Quote: Originally Posted by BigTony Pop into B&Q, you should be able to get ipa in there. Methonol or ethanol (Meths) will also work fine, just be wary of slight residue issues and the price! IPA is much cheaper, but its not a magical solution! While methanol would probably work...
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    New hybrid amp by Little Dot, I+

    Man, I have the worst damn luck... So I got a replacement amp while I was home on break, and just got it up and running tonight. First thing I notice is that there's a constant-level hum in the right channel, but it's not too loud. I figure it might be a ground loop or something that I can...
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