Buying some TOYS? Use these nifty links to help support the Mego Museum!

Support the Museum! Buy toys!
ReMegos @ Entertainment Earth | Megos on eBay | Amazon USA | Amazon UK | Amazon Canada


Running the Museum isn't cheap, and we could use your help!

Page 3 of 4 FirstFirst 1234 LastLast
Results 21 to 30 of 32

Thread: Turntable recommendations...

  1. #21
    Join Date
    Apr 23, 2006
    Location
    Ridgeway, Ontario
    Posts
    9,660
    Cool thanks, I was thinking of upgrading from the standard cartridge when I ordered an Orbit, and I have heard good things about that Grado cart.

  2. #22
    Join Date
    Apr 23, 2006
    Location
    Ridgeway, Ontario
    Posts
    9,660
    OK, any recommendations for preamps? I'll need one of those too, U-turn sells one to go with their turntables, but there might be a better option out there?

  3. #23
    Join Date
    Apr 11, 2002
    Location
    Soggy Tundra
    Posts
    4,100
    Grado are good carts, as are the ortofon red and blue that U-Turn also offers. I'd say if you don't want to go all the way with a blue (the highest-end cart U-Turn offers), you're no worse off with the Grado than you would be with the Red, so it's a good approach.

    Preamps are a tough one - there's a lot of really nice stuff out there that can cost more than a decent turntable - what sort of amp are you going to hook it up to, and what kind of speakers? Your receiver/amplifier might have a built in phono pre, but that's getting less common these days...
    "If you take a dog which is starving and feed him and make him prosperous, that dog will not bite you. This is the primary difference between a dog and a man."

    - Mark Twain

  4. #24
    i have a couple pre-amps here and one is from Orbit...it has a better punch, but not near as good as the built in preamp in any of my other turntables...and that pre-amp was something like $99 from Orbit and it is sitting in a spare room of my house collecting dust. :-/

  5. #25
    Join Date
    Apr 11, 2002
    Location
    Soggy Tundra
    Posts
    4,100
    Quote Originally Posted by noelani72 View Post
    i have a couple pre-amps here and one is from Orbit...it has a better punch, but not near as good as the built in preamp in any of my other turntables...and that pre-amp was something like $99 from Orbit and it is sitting in a spare room of my house collecting dust. :-/
    What tables are you using with built-in preamps? Few if any built-ins have a reputation for sounding good...
    "If you take a dog which is starving and feed him and make him prosperous, that dog will not bite you. This is the primary difference between a dog and a man."

    - Mark Twain

  6. #26
    Join Date
    Apr 23, 2006
    Location
    Ridgeway, Ontario
    Posts
    9,660
    Quote Originally Posted by jimbutsu View Post
    Grado are good carts, as are the ortofon red and blue that U-Turn also offers. I'd say if you don't want to go all the way with a blue (the highest-end cart U-Turn offers), you're no worse off with the Grado than you would be with the Red, so it's a good approach.

    Preamps are a tough one - there's a lot of really nice stuff out there that can cost more than a decent turntable - what sort of amp are you going to hook it up to, and what kind of speakers? Your receiver/amplifier might have a built in phono pre, but that's getting less common these days...
    Yeah, I don't want to go nuts, so I might get the Grado. I also don't want to go nuts with a preamp, ie. don't want to spend more for that than for the turntable. Unfortunately I'm not a rich audiophile (I wish!), I have some JBL speakers and a Yamaha amp. The Yamaha is around 15 years old but still works like a champ, it's always had a great sound IMO, alas no phono pre though.

  7. #27
    Join Date
    Apr 11, 2002
    Location
    Soggy Tundra
    Posts
    4,100
    In the absence of a phono pre in the amp, and with decent speakers like JBLs, you could do a lot worse than the Pluto that U-Turn sells. It does a nice job for the price, gets solid reviews, and it won't break the bank. If you know you like the table you're getting, you can have the Pluto built in, but the modularity between table/pre/cartridge/stylus offers a lot of customizability and fixability if you ever want to try something different or something breaks down.

    Other pres that have a good rep in the $100-200 range:
    Schiit Mani (well priced, can use lots of different cartidges with it - which won't be an issue if you stick with the Grado, but the Pluto generally is said to sound better in reviews)
    Graham Slee Communicator (Supposed to be one of the best budget-friendly pres out there, but has to be ordered from the UK and comes with all the associated headaches)
    Musical Fidelity V90 (there's a lot of people who really like this one, though to be honest I've never heard it)

    I've gone with a few things, but settled on the Parks Audio Budgie. It's probably more than you want to put into a preamp right now, but I bring it up because sooner or later you're going to have to ask yourself if you want to dabble in sticking tubes anywhere in the chain. Some people look at tubes and quickly say "hell to the no, I'm not going to do that."
    And to those people I say: You are probably much, much smarter than me.
    "If you take a dog which is starving and feed him and make him prosperous, that dog will not bite you. This is the primary difference between a dog and a man."

    - Mark Twain

  8. #28
    Join Date
    Apr 23, 2006
    Location
    Ridgeway, Ontario
    Posts
    9,660
    Thanks for the advice sir! I'd like to try something with tubes someday, that Budgie looks nice, but I think I'll work my way up to that.

  9. #29
    Join Date
    Oct 4, 2008
    Location
    Mid Hudson Valley, NY
    Posts
    7,753
    Images
    12
    I have found the same issues as Noelani on new vinyl, not all, bust some of them. I prefer vintage turntables. I bought a beautiful console Magnavox at an estate sale. it was hard to find someone who still makes repairs and it was costly but it sounds great. I paid $50 for the console at an estate sale and it cost me $300 to have the turntable repaired but well worth it. also has storage for records, radio, etc. though you do have to have the room for such a large piece

  10. #30
    Quote Originally Posted by jimbutsu View Post
    What tables are you using with built-in preamps? Few if any built-ins have a reputation for sounding good...
    in my earlier post that had all the links - the best sounding one was the Sony (oddly enough). I have two of them and I was half tempted to open it up, remove the pre-amp and wire it up for the U-Turn Orbit....but then we get into the area of what kind of amp is needed for the cartridge type...didn't want to tinker.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •