I recently inherited a heap of interesting old vinyl and, next to what I had already, I thought I'd like to return to playing it. Now that digital media is with us the CD is dead, right?
So I looked up a few reviews and thought that the Project Debut III came in at about right for my budget. Unfortunately I didn't read closely enough and ended up also buying a Cambridge Audio 540p, since my existing amp -- a Sony STR DE375 -- didn't have a phono input. It all goes through a pair of Eltax Symphony 4.2.
(Okay, bear with me here, I know the amp and speakers aren't up to much, but I'm going to change bits as I can afford to -- it's basically an old home cinema set up I wasn't using any more.)
So it's all plugged in, as is my iTouch. But what's really bugging me is that I'm not getting a decent sound from the vinyl. The bass seems fine, and when a track is pretty simple -- just acoustic guitar and vocals, say -- I really enjoy it. But as soon as the sound fills out to a full rock band scenario, it all starts to sound terrible. Sort of tinny or underpowered somehow.
You might be keen to blame my rubbish set up, but when I play the same songs digitally through the iTouch, I get a better sound. It's not awesome or anything, but it just sounds fuller, or more rounded.
So, am I doing something wrong? Is it possible that some bit of my kit just isn't working right? Is that 540p just rubbish? I think the sound I'm getting is not just audiophile bad, but something that would annoy you in a little ghettoblaster.
Any help you can offer would be much appreciated. I'm quite deflated at the moment.