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dsherman
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College Kid Seeks Turntable

Next year will be my sophomore year at college. In preparation for that year, I'm purchasing some audio equipment, as I was sorely lacking what I wanted last year. I've picked out my receiver and my bookshelf speakers (the PSB Alpha B1 I saw promoted here all throughout past pages), and now I'm looking for a turntable.

I have about 200 dollars to spend, though I could go a little higher if I needed to, and I was wondering what the greater community would recommend I buy.

Is the price cap I set on it unreasonable?

What do I need to know about buying a turntable?

I leave it to the masters.

Thanks.

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Re: College Kid Seeks Turntable

If you can spend $350 you could receive an exponential return in audio quality.

Rega P1
Music Hall MMF 2.1
Project Debut III

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Re: College Kid Seeks Turntable

You could buy a pretty good record clamp for $200, or:

http://buy0.audiogon.com/cgia/fsb.pl?anlgtabl&1&ctg&st1

As you can see, even buying used gear, there's not a lot available for $200. I'd commit to spending a bit more and then your choices are the usual Rega models and its clones.

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Re: College Kid Seeks Turntable

Rega got me started in "the high-end" in college and the company still rocks for the prices they have. I assume you have a built in Phono stage in your amp or receiver? Better check since it's a must (due to RIAA equalization issues). Good luck and enjoy!

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Re: College Kid Seeks Turntable

I do have a Phono stage in my receiver.

What if I had like 350?

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Quote>> "What if I had like 350?"

Jackfish listed the three leading contenders at that price point. Check them out, you'll like what you hear.

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Re: College Kid Seeks Turntable

HiFi+ had a comparative review of a Rega P2, a Goldring GR2 and a Project 1. They liked them all but chose the Rega as the best of the group. Best advice, scrap any Ortofon OM5 cartridge that comes with any of the tables you choose, it doesn't suit the tonearms on today's turntables. Look for a low priced Rega, Audio Technica or Shure cartridge. Grado's work well and can't be beat for sound quality at the lower price ranges but might have a problem with hum on certain tables. Cherck with your dealer.

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