What turntable would you recommend for the followingI what to get best for my money to compliment.krell 400xi integrated ampcambridge audio 840c used with amp nowand paradigm 100 rev3 biwiredplease adviseFisherman
Welcome to the forum!What is your budget?
Keep in mind that your integrated does not have a phono pre-amp, so you will need to budget for the turntable, cartridge, phono pre, and interconnects.
Give us a ballpark and we'll start running our mouths!
Welcome from me also. I have also thought about a turntable again having given away mine in 1982 and my entire LP collection.
I have been entirely CD based since I started listening to music at home again on a hifi in the late 1990's. I have now got my system to a place I am happy with, and except for a new Cable or two, was pretty happy with the sound.
But... I have a lot of music on CD that I had on LP. And though I only listened to the LPs from 1973 until 1982, the sound still stays in my mind. To my mind the LP versions always sounded more real. I was also fortunate enough to see a lot of my favourite acts live in the 70's also, and heard them play indoor and outdoor. I also heard live bands 3 nights a week, every week for years.
But in 1982 I gave away my Turntable and Stereo. But, I actually listened to live music at least 5 times a week for the next 16 years. Both massed, solo,rock and orchestral, electric and acustic guitar based, and full drum kits. Usually in 300 seat venues down to 50 seat ones. Plus intimate 20 seat ones.
After this I took up in 1998 listening to a HiFi at home again and CDs. Si I have kept my ear in so to speak on the sound of real voices and instruments, both amplified and natural, in a variety of venues, even outside ones.
As much as I love the music I listen to in my room and much of it is the same music I listen to at 17, and I am 51 now. I can't but wonder whether the 'old black magic' of the LP is what I need to complete my system.
Fisherman Didn't mean to ramble on, but I will be interested in the recommendations you get, as I am looking at taking the same road again as you.
I also have the same Krell integrated, although that alone doesn't allow me to give the "perfect" recommendation. Anyway, it IS all about budget. I have a Well-Tempered turntable classic and have it loved it for years. To my mind the Music Hall 'tables basically grabbed a lot of what the Well-Tempered has going for it but at substantially lower cost. Rega makes great 'tables too- I'd go for the Rega 3 probably. I use the Grado Sonata for my cartridge, which (along with the Grado phono pre-amp) is a great match IMO with the Krell. I say that because Grado has a very dynamic, solid sort of sound, but leans toward a warm presentation- a good match for solid state. I think the Krell leans towards a slightly warm presentation too so there is some synergy with the combination.
Obviously there are an incredible array of combinations to choose from, but maybe this would be a place to start. See if a local dealer will either set up a turntable/phono amp for you to borrow, or let you bring in your integrated if they don't carry Krell. Good luck- analogue is still alive and well, with a wealth of used stuff out there and the newer audiophile records are nothing short of incredible!
I have a Krell KAV 300-i.
Well Tempered made/makes great gear.
If you could find a used Well Tempered locally, it could be the deal closer!
Fisherman, what city do you live in?
This from Acoustic Sounds. Quite the deal...http://store.acousticsounds.com/browse_detail.cfm?Title_ID=9834
Music Hall MMF-7The MMF-7 turntable is one of the best values in the world of analog. This audiophile quality turntable has a completely isolated stand-alone motor and a heavily damped split plinth finished in high gloss piano black lacquer. Other features include a heavy acrylic platter with a supplied record clamp, a Project 9 tonearm with a solid aluminum arm tube, decoupled counterweight, adjustable VTA and high purity copper wiring terminated with RCA jacks is also supplied. In addition, a high quality phono cable is included AND a $400 Goldring Eroica High Output MC cartridge! The MMF-7 is a complete turntable package. Couple the MMF-7 with an AcousTech PH-1 phono preamp for true reference level performance. Sterophile Recommended! See the review by Michael Fremer in the Nov. 2001 issue.