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first turntable indecision.

Hello all,

Basically I'm a broke teenager working part-time all the time, who happens to enjoy music more than is socially acceptable. I keep putting off buying a turntable and getting into vinyl, but Insound is having 20% off select turntables until the 9th, and needless to say it's hard to resist taking a plunge.

The two turntables I've been going back and forth on are the music hall USB-1 ($199) and mmf-2.2 ($359/$399). The USB-1 is an obvious choice for a starter turntable. It's cheap, has a built-in phono preamp so I can just hook it up to my Audioengine A2s, and it's cheap, meaning more money towards records, and that's always good, right?

But I think the USB-1 is a compromise, and the mmf-2.2 is a more luxurious and "sound" choice. Sound and build quality are going to be much better. And the USB-1 comes off as retro and bulky, while the mmf-2.2 is more understated and minimal, an aesthetic I prefer.

However, I do have a comically small amount of LPs, so the mmf-2.2 also seems excessive. It's also going to need a phono preamp, and while I do have a Yamaha RX-V659 reciever lying around, pairing it with my A2s seems bulky. But I am willing to live with it until I get a dedicated phono preamp, or a set of passive speakers.

This is really just a battle of convenience vs. luxury, and I want both. :/

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If you can get a Music Hall MMF-2.2 for $360 grab it!

The Music Hall USB-1 will be a disappointment, now and in the long haul. Better to get the MMF-2.2 and a Rek-O-Kut Professional Preamp MKII for $74 or a TC-760LC for $74.

Even a TCC TC-750 phono preamp for $44 would do until you could upgrade.

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I'm realizing compromise and

I'm realizing compromise and this hobby don't really go hand in hand, so I went for the mmf-2.2, in white, no less. Next up is a phono preamp, should the above suffice, or should I look into maybe a Music Fidelity V-LPS Mk II or music hall pa1.2?

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The Music Fidelity V-LPS Mk II is not much of a

compromise for an entry level system. Performs above its price point. The Music Hall PA1.2 is another competent entry level phono stage and is essentially a ProJect Phono Box from what I can tell.

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Looks like I might shoot the

Looks like I might shoot for the Music Fidelity then. Anywho, thanks for your advice.

Is there any miscellaneous info, tips, tricks, or even recommended accesories a vinyl newbie should know?

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Spin Clean Record Washer System MkII and a

carbon fiber brush to keep your precious vinyl clean. Spin Clean them once when they are new and then use the carbon brush between playing and they won't require another Spin Clean for a while. Spin Clean all used records and then use the carbon brush between playing.

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wow.

Just wanted to follow-up and say that I'm madly in love with my music hall mmf-2.2. Managed to get it set up and playing beautiful music without a hitch, and I look forward to maybe upgrading it in the near future. Also, record cleaning acessories are definitely next on my to buy list.

Regards.

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