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themrs
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Need help with a set up for my husband

I want to buy my husband a completely entry level set up for Christmas. I don't want to buy anything that's going to be complete crap or ruin the vinyl we already have, but I don't want to spend a lot until I'm 100% sure he's going to really use the set up, since his digital music collection is outrageously large. I'm pretty set on buying this turntable:

http://www.amazon.com/Technica-AT-LP60-Automatic-Driven-Turntable/dp/B00...

I've heard it's the best you can get under the $300. But I'm totally clueless about everything else. I see there's a built in pre-amp. Do I need to buy anything else besides speakers just to make it play? Can someone recommend a similarly affordable-but-decent pair of bookshelf speakers to get him started? I have every intention of upgrading his equipment later so this is all just for him to try and it make sure he really likes the format before dropping some serious cash.

Thanks!

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1.  You cannot connect this

1.  You cannot connect this (or any other turntable) directly to speakers.  At the very least, an amplifier with a volume control is needed.

2.  You can get this one for under $100 in this holiday shopping season but it is not in a class with the cheapest models from Rega, Music Hall or ProJect.

3.  Since you say that "his digital music collection is outrageously large," you need to consider what other audio equipment he has as well.

Kal

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themrs, If you already have

themrs,

If you already have an amplifier and speakers, you probably can plug this into the amp. A home theater receiver will work with the LINE output of this turntable. If you do not have an amp or home theater setup, you will need an amp and speakers.

The good thing is that this t-table comes with either option of outputting the signal as a 'phono' signal or a slightly more amplified 'line' output. The phono output goes into a pre-amp or integrated amp (pre-amp and amp in one box) into the phono input of the pre-amp/integrated amp. That's useful if the separate pre-amp's phono electronics are better than that in the Audio Technica, something likely if you later upgrade to really good electronics.

If you have no separate pre-amp and you have a separate amp/receiver, you use the 'line' output (which uses the internal phono pre-amp and the RIAA equilizer) to feed the amp's AUX/CD/DVD or similar input.

 

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Thank you! I know it's not in

Thank you! I know it's not in the same class as the least expensive models from other reputable brands but like I said, I want to make sure this is something that sticks before dropping $400 on a turntable and other equipment.

He has no speakers or anything - he used headphones exclusively in his apartment or a portable Bose sounddock for his iPod. So I still need speaker reccomendations. Is there an amp you recommend also? 

Thanks so much! I'm so clueless. 

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amp or speakers?

Stereophile and other sites have archived reviews of speakers and amplifiers, among all other components too. Stereophile also has a recommended list every April and October. I believe these are on-line too.

In the amplifier/receiver category, the lower priced groups would be Stereophile class C or D components. It appears to me that these groups are below $1000.

Look at speakers in the Stereophile Classes C, D, E, or K. Some of these are below $1000. The 'restricted LF' group, as opposed to the 'full'range' group is explained in the beginning of the Loudspeakers section. Basically, it means that the bass does not go all the way down to 20 Hz (the low string on a bass string instrument is around 41 Hz). A doubling of Hz is musically one octave. Looks like these classes in the restricted LFgroup do not reach down to 40 Hz. It also depends whether low bass is important to the listener or not.

Speaker choice should be foremost in your decision and has the larger proportion of the budget $, followed by the amplifier/receiver in your case.

Most of all, listen to the components, especially speakers, before buying.

 

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