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  • Anyone else into vinyl?

    Title says it all.

    Is anyone else into collecting or just listening to vinyl? I'm more into listening than collecting, though for me the hobby is as much about the ritual and the routine of digging through stacks, picking a record, taking it home, taking it out of its sleeve, setting the needle, etc. as it is about the sound quality of vinyl over digital.

    Right now, my setup is somewhere at the mid or budget end of low end, which may be a generous appraisal. I run a U Turn Orbit turntable with an acrylic platter and Grado Black1 cartridge to a built-in phono preamp to M Audio AV 42 monitors. I fantasize about upgrading every stage of that setup, but my discretionary budget, and my wife, just doesn't allow it. My listening room is small, though, and I'm pretty sure I'm squeezing every bit of performance possible from a $550 setup.

    So, anyone else here down this same rabbit hole? What're your setups like? What's your dream equipment? I personally daydream about the McIntosh MT10…

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    I like vinyl. I have an old Technics table and an onkyo reciever with some paradigm speakers. Nothing special, but i like it. My collection has been lagging a bit lately but when we move out of this apartment into a house i definitely plan on a dedicated room for the setup if not a combination office/music room.

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    • #3
      I had to give up my office/music room to make way for my kids' playroom, but when we eventually outgrow this space, a dedicated music room is a must-have in the next house. The plus side is that I moved my setup to a corner of the living room and so now music gets more play than the TV. It's fun to hear my kids ask to listen to the Minutemen or Patti Smith, or even some obscure garage sale picked jazz record with cool jacket art, rather than to see them plop in front of some cartoon. They inevitably ask about the music and the artist and I can more easily get to work developing the next generation of nerds 😄

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      • #4
        I've got a small collection that I plan on growing, especially now that I am adding an office in my home. We have a few vinyl shops around town in Charlotte and a few of the breweries and bottle shops will do some "pop up vinyl shops" on the weekends. These are a lot of fun; have a beer or two while you trade, sell, and buy records.

        I've got a cheap turntable, but I plan on converting one of the older record tables into a record player, iPhone/Android dock, wet bar combo. Just change out the speakers, add a better amp, and bore out the bottom for liquor and glasses.
        We are here to drink beer. We are here to kill war. We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us.” ― Charles Bukowski

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        • #5
          That's cool man! i got a little fella on the way, hopefully i can interest him in music instead of those godawful cartoon my nieces and nephew watch.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by APinNC View Post
            Just change out the speakers, add a better amp, and bore out the bottom for liquor and glasses.
            I have a buddy who did something similar. Depending on the configuration, it might be a good idea to line the inside with acoustic foam. When my friend did his, he skipped that step at first and had to add it. The glass is super resonant and was rattling and humming a bit. The foam fixed it right up.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Alpha King View Post
              That's cool man! i got a little fella on the way, hopefully i can interest him in music instead of those godawful cartoon my nieces and nephew watch.
              Congrats on the kid. I have two boys and they tend to float around my interests, especially when I'm not trying and if I don't make a big deal out of it and let them come to it naturally. I listen to at least one record every morning while getting ready for work/school and another couple after dinner when TV would normally play. The result is they want to participate in those routines. It's cool to share things with them and have them pique your interest into things you might not have been into before. My younger son really responds to Motown. As a result, we listen to A LOT of those records, a lot of which I'd either never or only rarely heard. It's fun. Enjoy it when it comes.

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              • #8
                I've been toying with the idea of starting. My dad has, what I understand to be, a fairly nice record player that he's offered me (with a modest collection). We recently added a room to our house so we have space for it now. I need to figure out what kind of setup I'm going to use and find a suitable table/stand.

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                • #9
                  It's a slippery slope, [MENTION=2659]Deke[/MENTION]. Once you start, it's hard to stop. Before you know it, you'll be trying to figure out where to store all the crates you've filled with the records you never knew you needed to listen to again. What kind of turntable does your dad have? Some of those old ones can be great if they were well taken care of. If they were, and if you pop a new stylus or a new cartridge on the tonearm, you can get a lot of life out of them.

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                  • #10
                    Where would one buy a record player now a days?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Brent k View Post
                      Where would one buy a record player now a days?
                      Seriously?

                      Any number of places. You can get pretty cheap and pretty terrible Crosley turntables at Target. These are in the $50-75 range and often come with built-in components like speakers and pre-amps. Mid-range and high-end companies like Audio-Technica, U-Turn, Pro-Ject, Music Hall, Rega, Clearaudio, Technics, Thorens, etc. are available through stereo and home-audio dealers or online. These tables can range from $200 to tens of thousands of dollars. I read something after Christmas about the crazy number of turntables and records Amazon sold this year.

                      EDIT: I didn't mean for that "Seriously?" to read like a hipster burn.

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                      • #12
                        Thanks for the information. I always thought a lot of those brands were like DJ turn tables more than the home audio.

                        I have wanted to buy a vintage one but figured save a couple bucks and go new instead of a vintage refurb.

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                        • #13
                          I haven't gone retro and gotten back in to vinyl. A few of my friends have, and they a quite enjoy it. Me, I don't really have the space to setup a record player, amp, etc. That's not to say I don't appreciate the nostalgia of it. Just isn't something that I can facilitate.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Brent k View Post
                            Thanks for the information. I always thought a lot of those brands were like DJ turn tables more than the home audio.

                            I have wanted to buy a vintage one but figured save a couple bucks and go new instead of a vintage refurb.
                            Depends on the brand and exact model. Some definitely showcase features that would only appeal to or be necessary for DJing. Some are just designed to look like they do. These are also perfectly suitable for listening at home. Other models are more minimal and are designed for home use. It all depends on what you want/how you want it to look. The table I have is from U-Turn. It's a totally minimalist table from a company out of Boston. Pro-Ject makes the most similar style of table—the Debut Carbon—but I went with the U-Turn because they're made/assembled in the USA and have a great customer service reputation. I upgraded the features and it came in at around $400. Audiophiles would call it "entry level," but it's entry level in the audiophile category. It and the others in its class are like the Ludlow of turntables, whereas true starter level (like those Crosleys you can get at Target) would be like a suit from JCP.

                            I was incredibly tempted to start looking for vintage, but I don't have a trustworthy dealer near me and I don't know enough about internal components and repairs to deal with any headaches that would come from buying on my own. It's like buying a used car.

                            For me, this is the holy grail, at least of tables I could one day see myself affording: http://www.mcintoshlabs.com/us/Produ...ProductId=MT10

                            It can be mine for the low, low price of $8K.

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                            • #15
                              This thread is quite timely for me since, instead of watching the Super Bowl yesterday, I set up my new turntable (Audio Technica LP-120 USB) and hooked it up to my Marantz receiver and Paradigm Reference Studio 20 speakers. The speakers and receiver were cast-offs from a family member who bought a Sonos wireless system. To my serious-listener-but-not-crazy-audiophile ears, it sounds pretty great.

                              For me, I particularly like the ritual of listening to vinyl, having to be attentive to flipping the record, etc. It seems to encourage me to actually slow down and listen, instead of treating music as ever-present background. And used record shopping is a lot of fun. I have a modest collection of vinyl, maybe about 120 LPs. I'm looking to slowly expand it, but not to crazy proportions.

                              If I heard someone's stereo set-up and it sounded a lot better than what I've got now, I might be tempted to upgrade some of the components. But my ears would need to convince my pocketbook.

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