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Basic set-up: Brand new to this-any input would be appreciated

My name is Ryan. I've been using my grandmas late 70s fisher turntable all-purpose combo for a year or two now and have decided to put together my own system. I've done some research and this is what the plan is currently:

-Pro-ject Carbon

-Music hall A15.2

-A set of pioneer Andrew Jones SP-F5Ss

Along with these essentials I am also planning on getting an acrylic platter mat and a 2m blue cartridge. 

I am confident in my research but am more than willing to hear some suggestions from you experts. My specific question actually deals with basic setup since all I've ever known is the combo. Do I go from the TT to the phono in on the amp and then out through the speaker out to the speakers? Am I in need of any wires outside of what will be provided by the items I am purchasing?

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If you have the Pro-Ject Debut Carbon with the Ortofon 2M Red

all you need to do is replace the stylus with the 2M Blue stylus and save $46. You will have an Ortofon 2M Blue with just a replacement stylus. The Pro-Ject Acryl-It acrylic platter is worth it as would be a Pro-Ject Speed Box S. The Music Hall A15.2 is a very good entry level piece, you should be pleased with it. And the Pioneer SP-FS52 floorstanding loudspeakers are a real bargain and should give you a good start. The Pro-Ject Debut Carbon comes with a connector cable, so just hook the cable and ground to the turntable and the other end to the phono input and ground on the Music Hall A15.2. To connect your speakers to the A15.2 just get some good quality 14 gauge speaker wire and go from the binding posts (left/right, correct phase + on + and - on -) on the A15.2 to the binding posts on the speakers. The binding posts on both accept bananas so I would suggest the Dayton SCP line of speaker cables the length you need. http://www.parts-express.com/cat/speaker-cables/2161?m=301

Good Luck!

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Those look like good choices, except that I have heard that the Music Hall amplifier has been discontinued and no one has it.

You might want to consider the Marantz PM-6004 amplifier (which does have a phono preamp in it).

I would suggest that you also consider the Music Hall MMF-2.2 turntable, which comes fully equipped and will require no extra expense. It is an excellent turntable.

I assume that you mean the Pioneer FS-52 speakers, and just garbled the model number. They are good for the price. The Polk R300 is another one to consider.

You might want to go to Monoprice and get a roll of 14 gauge speaker wire. Monoprice #2748; $13.

 

 

 

My name is Ryan. I've been using my grandmas late 70s fisher turntable all-purpose combo for a year or two now and have decided to put together my own system. I've done some research and this is what the plan is currently:

-Pro-ject Carbon

-Music hall A15.2

-A set of pioneer Andrew Jones SP-F5Ss

Along with these essentials I am also planning on getting an acrylic platter mat and a 2m blue cartridge. 

I am confident in my research but am more than willing to hear some suggestions from you experts. My specific question actually deals with basic setup since all I've ever known is the combo. Do I go from the TT to the phono in on the amp and then out through the speaker out to the speakers? Am I in need of any wires outside of what will be provided by the items I am purchasing?

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Wow, you guys are the best.

Wow, you guys are the best. Thanks for the suggestions. I'll do some more research on the Pro-ject Carbon vs. Music Hall 2.2, those were the two TT I was considering-was more leaning towards the Pro-ject though.

Thanks for saving me some money Jackfish. :)

I'll also be picking up that Acrylic mat and cable choices you've suggested. You've been a great help and I really appreciate it.

I have e-mailed some sellers of the Music hall a.15, seems like most people are no longer selling it. Some didn't specifically state that they were out of stock so I sent them an e-mail inquiring them on their stock. Hopefully I'll be able to pick one up, seems like the best choice considering my price range.

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I don't know if you are too late but...
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multiple zones

I am renovating a beach house and will end up with three to four zones that I would like to control with a smart phone, laptop and/or remote control and be able to play the same or different music or radio on each zone simultaneously. We will have a main floor, lower den/rec room and the outdoor decks. I already have home run speaker wires run from the main floor down to the den and outside to the decks...4 lines to the outside speakers and 5 to the den for 4 speakers and a woofer. I foam insulated the lower den and had to run the speaker wires before it was too late to run, although I can still make some adjustments Someone told me there was a receiver that would allow for remote control of the different zones being able to play different formats as well. I would like to be able to run the TV through the speakers in the den and main floor as well. Confused and wondering if I should just have each zone have its own system before the drywall goes up. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks MD

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