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Good Turntable/Speaker/Amp beginner setup
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Hi, apologies if this is in the wrong place.

 

I've become interested in collecting vinyl records, and am looking to get a good turntable/stereo and amplifier setup (I've heard I may also need a pre-amp as well).  I live in the Manchester area of the UK, and my budget is about £400.  All I want to do is to listen to vinyl on it, nothing like Dj'ing or anything like that.  By most record shops I've contacted I've been advised to get my setup from a company called Richer Sounds, which apparently do speaker and amp bundles.  

 

Thanks in advance for the advice.

 

Paul

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RE: Good Turntable/Speaker/Amp beginner setup

i would advise 2nd hand if your budget is £400

Start with a used Denon/Marantz/Nad amp with built in phono stage (this amplifys the Turntables output)

Maybe a used Project Debut TT

If you could stretch your budget a bit more then it would pay dividends!

 

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RE: Good Turntable/Speaker/Amp beginner setup

I could maybe stretch to about £500.

 

I've looked at your recommendations is the Marantz 5004 (which has built in Phono Stage) an amp worth getting.  Not sure about the turntable, even used it might stretch out of my budget, how about speakers? Any good recommendations

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RE: Good Turntable/Speaker/Amp beginner setup

paulb22 wrote:

I've become interested in collecting vinyl records...

Is it too late to stop?

  >)

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chebby wrote:

paulb22 wrote:

I've become interested in collecting vinyl records...

Is it too late to stop?

  >)

 

Well yes, I like the idea of collecting vinyl records, hope that answered your question.

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Go secondhand — don't spend too much and see if you like it or not.

If you don't like it you can flog it.

If you love it then you can look at flogging it and upgrading.

Either way you won't have wasted much money.

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Heres a new system that would fall in budget. 

Denon PMA520AE - £139.95 - Richer sounds

Q Acoustics 2020i - £164.99 - Richer sounds

That leaves around £200 for a turntable - e.g. Project Essential turntable

 

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Vinyl requires a lot of commitment!

The rewards are there if you take the time to keep things clean, look after your vinyl (clean then pop in a Nagaoka Anti Static Sleeve) brush every side before you play etc etc not forgetting the fun part of scouring used record stores & fairs. 

I have best of both worlds, but my vinyl is my main source with digital not far behind!

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Blackdawn wrote:

Heres a new system that would fall in budget. 

Denon PMA520AE - £139.95 - Richer sounds

Q Acoustics 2020i - £164.99 - Richer sounds

That leaves around £200 for a turntable - e.g. Project Essential turntable

 

 

Excellent!! Go for a Rega RP1 though!

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stevebrock wrote:

Blackdawn wrote:

Heres a new system that would fall in budget. 

Denon PMA520AE - £139.95 - Richer sounds

Q Acoustics 2020i - £164.99 - Richer sounds

That leaves around £200 for a turntable - e.g. Project Essential turntable

 

 

Excellent!! Go for a Rega RP1 though!

Yep, you won't go far wrong with the Denon/Q Acoustics pairing, but I agree a Rega RP1 would be a better bet than the Project.  Should be a cracking system.

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RE: Good Turntable/Speaker/Amp beginner setup

I found the rega dull and unentertaining with no real drive, what did come as a shock to me as i when in with the full intention of buying it. After testing the project SE3 the music come alive with personality and musical drive. i did test in shop with following equipment,

Sugden A21SE Amplifier

Project Tube Box MkII Phono Stage

Monitor audio gx50

 

 

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stevebrock wrote:

Vinyl requires a lot of commitment!

The rewards are there if you take the time to keep things clean, look after your vinyl (clean then pop in a Nagaoka Anti Static Sleeve) brush every side before you play etc etc not forgetting the fun part of scouring used record stores & fairs. 

I have best of both worlds, but my vinyl is my main source with digital not far behind!

 

What cleaning methods can be used, I've seen many different videos on YouTube but all seem to have their own method, what would you recommend

 

If I get the Rega RP1 is the stylus and cartridge upgradable later down the line.

 

Thanks for all the great answers and advice

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Sorry... just to add I’m sure the RP3 is a cracking model and would put my table to shame 

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The RP1 will accept another cartridge yes, but you can only take the deck so far before you start spending more than the deck is worth!

I think the RP1 with performance is more than adequate for a newbie, if you take to it save for a better deck!

I was warned by a mate that if I got into vinyl it would be expensive.....he was right I am on an RP3 and just about to pull the trigger on an RP6 and yes i am addicted to vinyl!

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RE: Good Turntable/Speaker/Amp beginner setup

Hey guys, thanks for all the help, got my turntable amp and speakers yesterday, i'm about to set them up tommorrow.  I take it the turntable usually connects into the amplifier and then the amplifier connects to the speakers?  Cheers, Paul

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Yep thats it. (Feels strange giving advice as I'm a newbie too Smile  , but not to many people about tonight)

I'm loving listening to my old vinyl again. Can't believe I was in John Lewis today and they're selling vinyl. Not much, but reasonably cheap. £20 for an LP and matching CD combo.

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