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Hopless hifi/turntable beginner - help wanted

 Hi  :wave:

I have amassed a fairly decent collection of music and now find myself wanting to listen to it through something other than my laptop/mp3 player. I'm looking for a basic setup (record player/amp/speakers) that will last a while.

I've been reading through similar threads and I know people recommend buying second hand or buying with a view to upgrade, but I'm terrible at fixing things and so good at procrastinating that it'll probably be 10 years+ before I get around to upgrading (bought my first record five years ago - finally getting round to buying a record player!!). So, I'm looking for new, robust gear (made in uk if possible, for fixing purposes).

I do most of my listening through headphones. Here's where I'll ask a really embarassing novice question -  Can headphones be plugged into speakers?? How do heaphones + hifi work?? (Side question: what about CDs? I guess I need a CD player, but that can be used with the turntable amp + speakers, right??) :wall:

I have ~£500 to spend, although I can push that a little. I am very shallow, and will pay more for things that look good :oops:

I've had a look around the forums - is this Denon PMA520AE - £139.95 - Richer sounds/Q Acoustics 2020i - £164.99 - Richer sounds/~£200 for a turntable - e.g. Project Essential turntable, Rega 1 ( http://www.whathifi.com/forum/hi-fi/good-turntablespeakeramp-beginner-setup?page=1) a good setup for me?

Wow, sorry for starting every sentence with I.  :O Thank you for any and all help!

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Welcome

Fancy_Man wrote:

I do most of my listening through headphones. Here's where I'll ask a really embarassing novice question -  Can headphones be plugged into speakers?? How do heaphones + hifi work??

You would usually plug headphones into the headphone socket on an amp or CD player. Many HiFi amps have a quarter-inch socket for the headphones. Presumably you're more used to using an eighth-inch plug if you usually use a laptop/MP3 player, but adaptors are cheap and plentiful. Oh and you wouldn't normally connect them to the speaker outputs, the impedance is all to cøck and besides the voltage would fry them.

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Ahhh a 1/4 inch socket is actually perfect Smile Thanks very much! I did a bit of googling after posting and discovered many images of amps with headphone sockets.  :oops:

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Fancy_Man wrote:

I am very shallow, and will pay more for things that look good :oops:

You're not alone! And no shame for admitting to being a beginner. We're all learning here.

The system you list will be great. If you want to make your budget go further, you could consider buying second hand. I think amplifiers are good to buy second hand. You'll find plenty of good Arcam amps on ebay, as well as other brands.

Good luck!

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I thought that this would be about someone who has more than one leg.

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trj007 wrote:

I thought that this would be about someone who has more than one leg.

HAHAHAAHAHA.

Wait, why wouldn't a person with more than one leg be able to hop? I've got two, I can hop. WTF ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?!? STOP DOING THIS TO MI BRANE!!!!1!

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What do you call a frog with no legs?

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That system maybe OK for you but I would try to hear it first, I suggest you swope a few speakers around to see which is best for you as that will change the sound more than anything. Many RS have demo rooms, best to book first.

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BenLaw wrote:

What do you call a frog with no legs?

Anything you like, he's got no nose!

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Doyouthinkhesaurus. 

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No, Jamaica!

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Douglas. 

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That's a sensible idea! I'm really suggestible though and will no doubt end up hastily agreeing to whatever I'm shown. In what is possibly the least helpful description ever, I like a 'true neutral' sound. Full, but not too warm or too bassy.

I assume I can hook my laptop up to the amp + speakers? I have a ton of CDs and would like to be able to play those too. Or am I better off getting a fancy CD player?

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Someone unable to brew beer due to a lac of resources, was my first thought. Typos Sad

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BenLaw wrote:

Douglas. 

 

Very good.

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Your best bet would be to find a new or newish amp with a USB DAC input and a headphone socket, and a suitable pair of speakers. This will upgrade the laptop sound and provide a simple, coherent system. Look at this website's amplifier reviews and listen to some amps and speakers.

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