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Tarchaic
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New to vinyl and I want to do it right

Hello,

As the title says I'm new to the whole vinyl thing. I've done a lot of research over the last several weeks regarding putting together the necessary components for listening to, and appreciating the sound that vinyl has to offer. I have a few things in mind and I wanted to run them by the experts to see if I need to rethink my approach.

First, here is my current set up:

Receiver: Sony STR-DN1040 (doubles as surround sound receiver)

Front tower speakers: Polk Audio RTiA5 x2

 

1. I'm looking at getting a decent turntable and my current budget is about $400. I've read a number of good reviews for the Pro-ject debut 3. Any thoughts on this turntable or how it will sound on the equipment above? Would you recommend another turntable within my budget?

2. I know I will need a phono preamp in conjunction with the turntable above. I've read that the ART DJ Pre-II is pretty decent for the money. Would you recommend a different one? I would be willing to spend a bit more if it was worth it.

3. What kind of RCA cables would you recommend using to connect the turntable to the preamp and preamp to the receiver? The turntable shouldn't be more than 4 feet from the receiver so I wont need a long cable. 

Thanks for taking the time to read this!

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TURNTABLE

I would suggest that you get the Pro-Ject Essential USB turntable, which has a built-in USB interface and also a built-in Phono preamp; Needle Doctor sells it for $349. The USB is handy if you want to transfer an LP to your computer music library. 

I don't think much of the ART phono preamp. I am sure the one included with the above turntable is better.

If you really want to do it right, get the Project Carbon and spend the extra money to get the Musical Fidelity V90 phono preamp, which is excellent. It costs $229, but is definitely well worth it. If that is more than you want to spend, then the Project Phono Box MM is $99, and not too bad.

That is well over $400, but if you have the money it is well worth the money for the upgrades.

For cables, I suggest the Audioquest Red River or KIng Cobra interconnects, or any Audioquest cables.

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thank you

Thank you very much for your reply. After much deliberation, I have decided to take your advice and go with the debut carbon and V90 preamp. I am trying to avoid spending upwards of $100 on cables since I'm going to need 2 pairs of them. Would you recommend a cheaper cable? Have you heard anything about Blue Jean cables LC-1?

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Cables

If you don't want to get the Audioquest cables, I would suggest the Monoprice cables (#2869 or #2864).

They have gold-plated plugs and are very inexpensive (less than $5 per set).

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turntable and phono stage...

i can recommend the music hall mmf 2.2 turntable. i can also recommend the musical fidelity v-lps 2 phono stage. i own both of these and they sound great. the turntable is $450 and the phono stage is $190. i don't know where in new york you are, but there is an authorized music hall dealer in victor, ny (it's in central upstate ny) good luck.  

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