Best turntables according to redditors

We found 2,058 Reddit comments discussing the best turntables. We ranked the 341 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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u/AlphaBetaParkingLot · 45 pointsr/pics

He makes a good point. 15 plays is quite an exaggeration, but if you listen to the same album once a week for a year, it will be noticeably less crisp/good sounding

If you do want to use it, you can easily find lots of cool random jazz/swing music at tag sales and record stores (or whatever sort of music you want). Tag sales are dirt cheap but usually poor selection, record stores are pricey but have just about anything you want.

and If you are interested in a less beautiful, but high-quality record player, I have this one and love it:

(Note: Shop around... I got it for 50 bucks less than that)

u/PurpleMoustache · 22 pointsr/vinyl

Here’s why:

It actually DOESN’T sound good. Normally, I’m the kind of guy who goes “if it sounds good to you, it sounds good to you”, but Victrola/Crosley/etc brand turntables have incredibly INCREDIBLY cheap components, cheap speakers (that are part of the unit, which I’ll explain why that’s bad in a second), and a bunch more stuff, crammed in an ugly form factor for like $60.

Let’s break all that down:

Cheap components - depending on the model, the Victrola is either $60, or $110, frequently on sale for much less. We must also keep in mind the laws of economics, these machines are cheaper to make then they sell for. Let’s give a conservative estimate of $70 for the 8-in-1, and $40 for the 3-in-1.

The Audio Technica AT95E NEEDLE, not even a whole turntable, not even the cartridge it goes onto, just the needle costs $35, and that’s a cheap entry level needle.

Now ask yourself: if buying a needle is nearly as much as the whole turntable costs to make... how good are those parts? Probably not that great. In fact, the needle on most cheap turntables use ceramics, rather than diamond tips. Ceramic needles not only are harsher on records, but have a poorer quality sound overall.

Then we look at the motor, we need an even speed for playing back records, and with quartz crystals or belts, that’s fairly easy, but those systems are $$$, so we have a cheapo motor that can’t handle a constant speed leading to “wow and flutter”, fluctuations in pitch and sound caused by speed differences. Now, unless you have a really really high end deck, some amounts of wow and flutter are to be expected, but the Victrola has a high amount.

Then, the tone arm. Generally speaking, the needle shouldn’t be pressing down on a record more than 3-4 grams or so, depending on the needle/cartridge you are using. Because these things are portable, they need a solution that doesn’t get goofed up when you move it, so weight from the tone arm varies BY UNIT to 10+ grams. That’s CRUSHING your record, and actively wearing out the grooves. Now, yes, records DO wear out over time, but that’s after hundreds if not thousands of plays.

And lastly, the speakers. These are contained IN THE UNIT, meaning if you are playing loud, they are shaking the whole unit, and thus the needle, and thus reducing the sound. As well as the fact that these speakers are usually quite small, and as stated before, quite cheap.

The rest of the buffalo- So that’s just the turntable! Then you’ve crammed a cassette deck, a CD player, a radio (am and fm with antenna), a aux in, and a Bluetooth receiver in there, and you have to assume the cost of those parts are as cheap as well, so you really have a $20 turntable, $10 CD player, $10 radio, $10 cassette deck, $5 aux input, $10 Bluetooth chip, and $5 for plastic assembly and now you’re realizing you’ve paid $110 for a $70 Machine that promises too much and can’t fulfill much of what it claims to do very well.

Ugly- And then this is down to personal taste: dude, that shits just ugly. Faux wood paneling, a “retro” design that never really existed, disks and buttons everywhere. I’m not saying the LP-120 looks good, but it’s leagues better in comparison.

So that’s why it’s dumped upon.

So why would you spend $110 on a $70 machine, when you could save up about $100 more, and get a DRAMATICALLY BETTER MACHINE. Yes, it's made in China like the rest of the Victrola/Crosley tables, and yes, it has a plastic body, BUT!

It has:

  • A proper Quartz Lock mechanism keeping the speed constant

  • A good, starter quality needle and cartridge (the above mentioned AT95E), with the ability to CHANGE IN THE FUTURE (you can't do that on a victrola)

  • A tone arm weight you can set yourself, making sure weight distribution on your records is at needle manufacture recommendations

  • MUCH higher quality audio components, leading to a crisper sound

  • USB out, so you can record your records

  • and a built in pre-amp, so all you need is a pair of cheap bookshelf speakers, and the table, and nothing else.

    Or, how about only $60 more, and you could get a U-Turn Orbit. It's belt driven, so if you wanna run a record at 45 RPM you'd have to move the belt, but still, DRAMATICALLY better than the motor driving a Victrola, and again, DRAMATICALLY better parts for audio. Sure it's missing a Phono preamp, but that's only $13.

    In short: why would you buy a $70 machine for $110 if you could save up a bit more and get something so so so much better
u/nevermind4790 · 15 pointsr/vinyl

Good turntable, BAD price!

Amazon has it cheaper

u/COREyfeldmen · 14 pointsr/TheeOhSees

I'd stay away from something like this. A lot of these console players don't have the best components, and if you're spending good money on records, you want to play them on something good. Some of the console style players come with great turntables and receivers, but a lot come with cheap stuff. For instance, the turntable could not have an adjustable counter weight on the tone arm, or not have pitch control so you can accurately set the speed. It could have something other than a standard mount cartridge too. Plus, things that are this old are prone to breaking, so if something goes out, it might be hard to fix or flat out impossible.

That being said, vintage isn't a bad route to go, just go with a dedicated turn table and receiver from a reputable company. r/vinyl has a lot of great guides for buying your first set up and what to look for as far as vintage gear. Just make sure you've got an adjustable counter weight and pitch control as I think those are the biggest factors in having a good turntable. With receivers you have a little more leeway, but you basically just need something with a phono input. Just test whatever you buy before you buy it. Remember, a lot of these things are 20/30/40 years old at this point and not everything is going to work properly. A vintage tube receiver from the 70's will sound incredible if you get one that it's great shape, but something solid state from the 80's or 90's will be just fine and much more affordable. Speakers you can probably find pretty cheap. Again, I'd recommend trying them before you buy them to make sure they're not blown, but typically if they're made my a reputable speaker brand, you're usually fine.

If you go new, I'd recommend getting one of these Audio Technica's. It's got all the features you'd need and it's got a built in phono preamp so you don't even need a receiver right away (you can buy a nice one down the line and improve your sound a ton). $250 for the turntable and drop another $100-200 on speakers and you'll have a badass setup, and the peace of mind that your gear isn't decades old and prone to breaking.


Edit: Again, I just want to drive home the main point I want to make. If you spend $20-30 on a single record of something you really love, don't cheap out when it comes to what you'll be listening to that expensive record on. I have a few friends who spend good money on new records, but play them on cheap $100 record players with horrible speakers and I think they're kind of missing the point. You don't have to drop thousands on a crazy audiophile setup, but why spend money on physical music if it's not going to sound good? Your smartphone through a $50 bluetooth speaker shouldn't sound better than what you're playing your $30 records on. I hope that makes sense.

u/Jake_Hall · 13 pointsr/HelloInternet

Although I am extremely jealous of you and a little irritated that you would buy one without the ability to listen to it, I will stow away that irritation to help a fellow Tim. You can find some rather reliable, cheap turntables on Amazon. I personally had a Jensen All-In-One. ( There's the link if you're interested. They are good for their price point. I had mine for about 4 or 5 months before I upgraded. Or... You could just sell the vinyl episode to me, and I'd take real good care of it. xD

u/maschwa · 13 pointsr/malefashionadvice

Need to upgrade my turntable. Looking at this.

Other suggestions appreciated.

u/moshlyfe · 13 pointsr/Metalcore

Get an Audio Technica AT-LP60 + an amplifier + speakers + speaker wire. That's what I have and it cost me less than $180. Here's the Amazon links for everything I have:

Record player



Speaker wire


u/TheBestRapperAlive · 12 pointsr/hiphopheads

I can't recommend those portable record players to anyone. I had one for a while and the needle is shit, the sound quality is shit, and they really just pick up on every little imperfection in your records. Tiny scratches will make them skip, any sort of warping will be amplified times 10. I got this: a few years ago and the difference is just night and day.

u/Garland_Key · 11 pointsr/shittykickstarters

I wish Audio Technica would make a laser version of this.

u/NebulosityTraveling · 11 pointsr/audiophile

The record player:
Fluance High Fidelity Vinyl Turntable Record Player:

So as a music producer and lover of music in general, I have been wanting to upgrade my music experience. My father recommended vinyls, so I purchased my favorite album, the soundtrack to "Ghost in the Shell" and saved up for a actual decent vinyl player. I went on Amazon and thought this player would be good enough. I spent the past few weeks hooking up the sound system that I inherited from my grandfather. After setting it up and finally playing it, I am blown away. It feels like the actual insturments are being played in front of me, I actually started crying because of how beautiful it sounds. I hope this brings me into the audiophile community!

u/dr_torque · 10 pointsr/audiophile

You get a hanpin clone, You get a hanpin clone, You get a hanpin clone; Errbady gets a hanpin clone.

u/hurrayforzac · 10 pointsr/vinyl

nope. this is trash. it'll sound like shit, damage your records, and be a big expensive headache when you want to upgrade.

if you post your local craigslist we might be able to help you find a vintage setup for a lot cheaper.

if you want to order online, i'd recommend either this one or this one.

also, be aware that you'll need a pre-amp (~$20 on amazon for a simple cheap one), a receiver (easily found on craigslist- i don't know the going rate online for decent ones) and speakers (easily found on craigslist or at local thrift shops).

welcome! and good luck! and also, unless you're in the UK, don't call them "vinyls" :D

u/jonny1188 · 10 pointsr/StarWars

For a reasonably priced beginner record player, I'd suggest this Audio Technica player

Not the best in the world, but at least you're not gonna tear up your records.

u/unostriker · 10 pointsr/KendrickLamar

It's the Audio Technica LP-120, you can fund it pretty much everywhere. Amazon

u/deadlypliers · 10 pointsr/ModestMouse

My first ever turntable was an Audio-Technica automatic turntable. It looks like they're going for $100 on Amazon which is about what I paid when I got mine back in 2006. They're nice because it handles raising/dropping the needle automatically, and the sound is decent. It has a built-in amp, so there's no need to go buy a separate unit for that. All you have to do is plug it in to your stereo through RCA jacks and you're set.

They also make models with Bluetooth output, but it adds a significant amount to the price, and A2DP is not exactly a high quality audio protocol.

u/Dorian_Ye · 9 pointsr/hiphopheads

Whatever you don't go for a Crosley or any of those cheap portable players you see at Walmart, Urban Outfitters, etc. They'll ruin your records.

Most people recommend Audio-Technicas for cheap but solid first-purchase record players. Check out either the AT-LP60 or the AT-LP120. I've got the 120 myself and it's pretty damn good

u/theroyalham · 9 pointsr/KendrickLamar

That one costs 250$, it's an Audio Technica-LP120

I got it on Amazon using Anthony Melonheadtano's affiliate to kick him some money since he's the one that got me into vinyls.

It's expensive I know. The first one i got was a cheapo 40$ one on amazon, but upon reading reviews, and seeing how cheaply built it was, I returned it and just waited a few more weeks to get me the expensive LP-120. In terms of turntables, it's quite cheap and a great price for such a quality turntable.

I'm not into vinyls all that much (I only have 7 records, of which all of them are Kendrick Lamar). But I decided to return the cheap one because of the damage it does to your records. Any turntable under 200$ will scratch your records over time, and it's not worth it.

I'm not a snob either. I hate snobs, but this is probably the lowest end you'd wanna go. It has a counterweight setting for the needle so it doesn't put too much weight down onto the record (which is what separates cheap turntables from the good ones). It's heavy as fuck and has a lot of little fancy doohickeys like reverse mode, pitch settings, different record lengths, and those dots on below the record indicate if the turntable is spinning at a precise rate that you want it to.

I know this is too much information for what you asked, but i'm letting you know why it's so expensive. You can still collect vinyl records without a player. If you don't have 250$ to spend on a turntable, just keep your records on a shelf to look at and wait until you can get a decent turntable so they don't ruin your records.

Another good option is to try and find one on craigslist, ebay, or local garage sales/swap meets/goodwills, but I don't know much about old turntables so I just chose the slightly more expensive route.

One day when I'm older I wanna be able to play Kendrick's albums to my grandkids (if i even have kids) or friends down the line, and if you use a cheap turntable that's under 200 bucks you won't be able to do that without it sounding scratched and skipping over portions of the song.

Believe me I didn't want to spend 250$ dollars on this shit since I don't even have that many vinyl records or play it that often, but I wanted to go the high way or nothing at all.

edit: You also need your own speakers for it. I got lucky and found some very nice logitech speakers next to the dumpster at my apartments. I dont know why someone threw them away but they worked so good and have the best bass i've ever heard in two tiny little speakers. It's better than the speakers I have hooked up to my computer right now lol. They were 140$ logitech speakers that worked perfectly fine and I got them one day just taking out the trash.

u/Sybre · 9 pointsr/headphones

It uses the same exact guts as this $40 turntable. Like I said, the all-in-ones are really nice and useful, but prolonged use will damage your record and you won't be getting nearly as well of a quality sound as you would on a solo turntable. Like I said, they're made by like two Chinese companies and pawn them off as Vintage quality tables. If you have like a handful of records, it's no big deal, but if you want to keep them in good shape I would invest in something nice.

u/phineas1134 · 9 pointsr/GoodValue

I put together a compact budget system from scratch for a friends teenager about a year ago. I bought all new, budget was a major consideration. The cheapest I could put together new that was decent was around $350.

Here are the parts I went with in case it helps. I know this total is way over your budget. But maybe it will help you shop for used versions for less.

Turntable: Pioneer PL-990

I found it on sale for $99

Amplifier: SMSL Q5 Pro

I splurged a little on this part because I really needed a compact amp with a seperate subwoofer out. You could save some here by buying a used larger amp. Or if your room is not that large and you dont need alot of power, you could get away with an inexpensive little t-amp like this Lapai

Speakers: Dayton Audio B652

I Really like these speakers for the price. If you can afford the bump in price, consider going for the "air" version with improved tweeter.

Dayton Audio SUB-800

The sub is really optional, but it does make a big difference in rounding out the low end.

I had a good coupon for Parts Express when I bought it, and found some of the items on sale which helped my total price. If you are patient, you could do the same and find some good deals.


EDIT: Absolute minimum, for about $150 you could go with an entry level Audio Technica with a Lapai Amp and the B652 speakers. For a starter setup, this would not sound bad.

This coupon code "POP5" is still good for 5% off at Parts Express.

u/caskey · 8 pointsr/NoStupidQuestions

On the first playing the needle cleaned the dust and debris out of the grooves. A record cleaning brush should be part of your collection.

u/James-Isaac-Neutron · 8 pointsr/portugaltheman

Do it. I got the deluxe vinyl boxset. You get a bunch of artwork, alternative album cover, vinyl, a super sick "rebel just for kicks" bumper sticker, other swag, and the album! And you get a digital download. And if you want to get into vinyl, the AudioTechnica AT-LP60 is a good, relatively cheap turntable that has a preamp built in so you can just plug the aux into any speaker and bump vinyl.

u/crimson_713 · 8 pointsr/Doom

I have the Audio Technica LP-120, and it is amazing. Highly recommended as an entry level turntable.

Super envious of your collection already!

u/Nyxeme · 8 pointsr/reddeadredemption

Please invest in a better vinyl player. That tonearm doesnt have any weight to it and actually damages your records. If you're serious about vinyl that is...

Might I suggest the Audio-Technica ATLP120USB

Great record by the way! I bought it aswell, love the red!

u/LordMandalor · 8 pointsr/vinyl

I mentioned in the sub-required 300+ word description that I will be getting a table for Christmas. Along with new Sennheiser HD6XXs, and the speaker/amp setup I already have.

I see this more as getting sport tires for the car I know is coming, not stocking up on gas. As soon as it shows up in two weeks, these are all going for a spin.

u/tip-of-the-yikesberg · 8 pointsr/popheads

I have had this Audio-Technica turntable for about 3 years and it’s worked just fine for me. Audio-Technica has some higher quality ones for more if you wanna spend a lil more, but this is a great one for beginners.

Lana’s entire discography transfers well to vinyl. Any Mitski or Bon Iver record, Stranger in the Alps, Melodrama, Golden Hour, Red, and Heard It In A Past Life are some of my favorite albums on vinyl

Edit: Link since I’m on mobile and it’s not working for me:

u/alrighthamilton · 7 pointsr/vinyl

The Denon DP-300F has an automatic tone arm. For me, the auto-return is the biggest thing because I don't have to worry about it running if I have to step away or fall asleep.

u/dj_orka99 · 7 pointsr/vinyl

an extra 100$ ??? Here in Canada an lp60 is about 120$ while an LP120 is 400$

u/danielrose24 · 7 pointsr/vinyl

My first TT was an Audio Technica LP-60 and I have 0 complaints on it as an entry level TT. Would recommend that and a decent pair of bookshelf speakers, doesn't cost much but is miles above a suitcase TT from Crosley.




u/subvic · 7 pointsr/vinyl

If people reply to this, you will get a number of suggestions and opinions. The easy answer is, you can only buy what you can afford so you can enjoy your collection.

I personally, started with the AT-LP60,, which is a low cost starter turntable. Some will tell you it damages your records. Some will tell you it's trash. As someone who used it for a while to get started, I can tell you that it works fine.

However, if I had to do it over again and was still on a tight budget, I would first look into Craigslist in my local area or the equivalent and find something used in my price range. If that failed, I would still buy the aforementioned LP-60.

There are two kinds of people in this world:

Those that love music and have a ton of extra cash and those that love music and do not have a ton of extra cash. Those who don't have a ton of cash sometimes have to choose whether to save up for months for a "good" turntable or be able to actually spend that money buying records. For many, vinyl is about the thrill of the hunt and simply listening to your collection. Follow the path that gets you where you want to be quickest.

You can always buy a new Rega in the future when you come into some money, but start listening today!

Also, read the 'New to Vinyl' sticky on the right side of this page.

u/tedder42 · 7 pointsr/Portland

your computer can do it. Play the vinyl and record it. Hell, a simple record player like this has a built-in USB port. I'll sell you mine or do it for you.

u/jhenryrobertson · 7 pointsr/turntables

Does he have a stereo? You cant just buy a record player without an amplifier and speakers.

If he has an amp and speakers, this would be fine and its in your price range. Anything less will be crap crappy crap, or you'll be buying used which is hard if you dont know anything about record players. If he doesnt have an amp/speakers, you can get those for another $100-200 and make it a really rad anniversary.

u/Kaboomerang · 7 pointsr/arcticmonkeys

They have proven to hurt your records!!! I recommend the Audio Technica LP60

Audio Technica AT-LP60BK Fully Automatic Belt-Drive Stereo Turntable, Black

u/AutomatedLogic · 7 pointsr/FrankOcean

To be brief, the pressure from the needle is too heavy. So basically it is slowing (but also quickly) grinding out the grooves. This is a $300+ record. Take care of it!
I recommend getting this turntable and these speakers for a starting set up.

I realize it is expensive, but worth it.

u/votedean · 7 pointsr/vinyl

The most expensive component is my time. It takes me over 40+ hours to make each table from design to delivery. Then there's the raw materials--which aren't cheap. Slabbed wood is expensive, and it also takes a long time digging through bad pieces to find something that hopefully has potential. Then, there's scrap. I've put 15 hours into working a slab before finding some crack or check in the wood that was below the surface, essentially turning it into scrap. I also have a wood shop with expensive machines that require regular maintenance and shop materials like drill bits, blades, and so on. There's also the website that requires design, professional photos, and charges a service fee on sales.

If this were my only job, they'd be priced higher, honestly. I enjoy making the tables as art, and I also enjoy turning people onto equipment that sounds good. The turntables have a minimalist aspect to them, but please don't mistake that for ease of construction. If you're looking for a lower cost turntable, the Debut Carbon DC is fantastic. Buy it and enjoy music, you won't regret it. But if you can't appreciate a Ripcut turntable as a one-off, custom, piece of art that's priced as such--then hopefully you can appreciate the time and effort it takes to make one.

u/roburoll · 6 pointsr/vinyl

Do. not. buy. that.

It's recommended to go vintage if you can, but if you wanna go quick and cheap, at least go with this. It has all the features you want in a turntable. Two speed settings, adjustable pitch, counterbalance with anti-skate, swappable cartridge (which you should look into if you buy this TT), and a tonearm that doesn't look like you could break it in half with little effort.

u/blacbloc77 · 6 pointsr/vinyl

Amazon is running a special on the LP120 right now. You'd get MUCH more mileage out of that deck!

u/Jesuscrustlizard · 6 pointsr/vinyl

I have a TT with a MP3 converter option and honestly I've never used it. When I buy a record I just go find the download from the pirates bay. I wish I just went to my local vintage furniture store and got a record player from there, it would of been half the price and probably better. I wish I just invested in something like this

u/Sullykp13 · 6 pointsr/OpTicGaming

I wouldnt recommed a 2 in 1 set. this is the one that I would reccommend. If you are serious about starting a collection this would be the safest turntable to buy. I know that it is expensive, but collecting vinyl's is a pretty expensive hobby. This turntable has an aux input so I am sure that you have a speaker in the house somewhere that you could plug it into.

Edit: For the speakers, you could literally buy a pair of computer speakers with a sub and that would work really well.

u/MKeirsbi · 6 pointsr/vinyl

You could easily Pro-Ject your way up for £1000, and have a great sounding set-up going on! (I know, because I just went full Pro-Ject after browsing, checking and listening to tons of TT's)

  • I can't recommend the Pro-Ject Debut Carbon enough. This will set you back £300, but it's worth every pence. And it comes with an Ortofon 2M Red cartridge, so you're pretty well off there. (Although I went for the Ortofon OM 10 personally)

  • Hook it up to a Phono Box II, and for an additional £70 you're even pre-amped! Or, use a pre-amp, dependent on the amp you're going to use. The pre-amp is with its £123 a tad more expensive, but those extra pounds could come in useful. (Whether or not the amp can adjust volume. If not, like the one listed below, you'll need this to be able to adjust the volume)

  • Power it up with an Amp Box DS, and for another £300 you're done!

    A great set-up for under £700!

    Of course, you can always use some speakers as well. I don't know how big you want to go, but if you want to keep it compact and clean, you can't go wrong with a pair of JBL speakers. These will set you back for £150.

    So for under £850 you have yourself a truly great brand and spanking new set-up.

    If £1000 is your budget, you can even squeeze in some upgrades.

  • The Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter is a good purchase for £100! Looks beautiful on the TT, and gives you less resonance, so a better sound. (But more importantly, you can leave the stock felt mat aside. How much I like Pro-Ject, that felt mat is crap!)

  • The Speed Box is another great upgrade for some £100. This one will let you switch between 33 and 45 rpm, without having to manually change the belt. It also equalizes the power from your outlet, resulting in a guaranteed playback speed of 33 or 45 rpm.
    (Do check compatibility, though. Not all power supplies are compatible. For the BE power outlet, I had to go for the Speed Box SEII. That one will set you back a bit more, but I heard that Pro-Ject is releasing a new one this summer that supposedly will be 'budget')

    So it's possible to have an upgraded set-up for just over £1000. And I guarantee you'll be very happy with your set-up!

    I know this relies heavily on Pro-Ject. But what can I say... I'm a fan. I'm sure there are other possibilities and options out there that are just as good (and if you can score some great vintage finds, even better). So, I'm not saying you should absolutely go for this set-up. Do as I do. Snoop around. Listen and compare. Just wanted to give you an idea of a great new set-up within your budget.

    EDIT: expanded on the pre-amplification.
u/StringerManSyd · 6 pointsr/KGATLW

Project Audio Debut Carbon DC Turntable

Pro-Ject Debut Carbon DC Turntable with Ortofon 2M Red Cartridge (Piano Black)

I know it's steep and you still need a stereo and speakers after buying but if you purchase this turntable you will never have to buy another one your whole life, your children and their children will still be able to use it. They are built very well. I have a red version and have had it for 5 years already.

u/turtle_boats · 6 pointsr/VinylDeals

The LP 120 is going for 300 now, they raised the msrp the past couple of months.

The Crosley c100 is said to be near identical to the 120, which I think is a really good choice for the budget OP states.

u/kuruptlon · 6 pointsr/VinylMePlease

Turntable is a Fluance RT81. I have the same one and love it. Plus it has an auto stop feature which comes in handy for my home life situation.

Fluance RT81

u/iccccceman · 5 pointsr/vinyl

It's essential. You'll get one and never look back and never spin an album without a swipe down. 'Blowing off the dust' like one user posted can end up getting more crud on the album from your saliva, etc. Go ahead and order something like this for starters and then you can make your way on up to cleaning supplies.

u/meanunicorns · 5 pointsr/vinyl

in order to preserve your records, you should always clean your records before playing them. i use a carbon fiber brush, which looks something like this [].

an lp60 will be fine for now, however it is known to have tracking problems, so replacing parts won't really do any good. if you want to collect records in the long term, I suggest you should take a look at a new turntable, maybe the audio technica lp120. as I said before, the lp60 will suffice.

I'm on mobile so the formatting might be dodgy.

edit: you should check out u/adayinalife's response below about the lp60, he knows what he's talking about

u/OJNeg · 5 pointsr/vinyl

Off the top of my head, I would recommend something along these lines:

  • Turntable: Pro-ject Debut III - Link Entry level hifi TT, you won't get upgrade fever any time soon. <$400
  • Amp: The only good options that are new would be an integrated amp from Marantz, Yamaha, or the likes. I'd recommend you search eBay and Craigslist, and you can find a great vintage receiver for under $300.
  • Speakers: Again, I think used is the way to go here. You could buy new but you'll pay more undoubtedly. I'd recommend you spend the rest of your cash on the loudspeakers, and then blow whatever you have left on LPs.
u/pitline810 · 5 pointsr/vinyl

The Denon DP-300F is actually only $230 now

I'm trying to decide between this, the Fluance RT80/RT81, the AT LP120, or the U-turn for a first-time setup. Does anyone have any recommendations?

u/reveuge · 5 pointsr/liluzivert

don’t get suitcase vinyl players they are BAD for your vinyls Recommend this

u/jcwitte · 5 pointsr/audiophile

I got these a couple years ago from my grandparents who had a component setup that they rarely used, so they are old(ish) speakers that have hardly been used.

That gouge in the sub is something I need to get fixed, but otherwise, I really like listening to music on these.

My receiver is a Hitachi HTA-4000, as pictured here - note, this is not my exact receiver, but one posted to /r/vinyl a few weeks ago.

And my turntable, which I got about a year ago (first ever), is here.

It's a beginner's table for sure, and I will hope to upgrade in the coming months.


u/non_troppo · 5 pointsr/DaftPunk

I'm not an expert on the matter but I know the basics, hopefully I can help -

First, your last question - yes, a LOT of good music is still released on vinyl. Most records come with a digital download of some sort so if you want to collect vinyl but still have your iTunes library you can do so for minimal cost on top of what you'd already be paying for the digital music anyway.

For a full setup - you don't have to pay as much as some enthusiasts would lead you to believe you also can't expect to get a halfway decent sound out of $60 unit from Target that has built in speakers. At the very least you are looking at $150, and that's if you can make some awesome garage sale scores. If you want brand new equipment you are looking at at least $300-$400.

You will need a turntable, a pre-amplifier, a stereo receiver, and speakers. A lot of stereo receivers like this one have a built in phonograph pre-amp so if you want to knock out 2 birds with one stone go that route. For a turntable, just find something that has a replaceable cartridge (needle), has a stylus counterweight (to keep weight off your record), and is fairly heavy (weight = no vibration). Speakers aren't really hard to figure out - just find some unpowered speakers on Amazon that have a good rating. You don't need some ridiculous setup with a subwoofer and surround sound...two basic floor speakers will sound great.

If you can't afford all of that you can always just get a cheap turntable with USB output like this and some USB speakers like this. It won't sound amazing but it's plenty good enough for most people.

u/aroomacanvas · 5 pointsr/indieheads

To be honest, buying a record player with built in speakers just isn't worth it. You're better off just sticking with mp3s at that point.

This would be my recommendation for an entry-level turntable. You'll need to get speakers separately though. On the bright side, it does have a built-in preamp so you don't need to buy that separately.

u/MiEsAmericano · 5 pointsr/audiophile

I own this, and I am extremely happy with it. I have seen no other turntable with a similar feature set or quality for this price. It's essentially a carbon copy of the technics 1200, but cheaper, new, and with a warranty. It also has usb if you're into that.

u/rmsersen · 5 pointsr/vinyl

If you still insist on going new and staying between $200-$300, consider the AT LP-120 for $233 from Amazon.

You can search the sub for existing threads on it, but it's generally regarded as a good table for the price.

u/nquesada92 · 5 pointsr/vinyl

around the same price check out the Audio-Technica LP-120 its $233 on amazon with prime right now. Probably get an Amazon out of box brand new one for a 20 bucks cheaper or so.

EDIT stuff and link AT LP-120

u/jordanbeff · 5 pointsr/hiphopheads

AT LP120

Best starter table, hands down.

u/slingdub · 5 pointsr/vinyl

DONT BUY IT. save your money and buy this and you will be in good shape. You can find them for $220 on other site. These suitcase players ruin your records. there are other good players that you can buy for cheaper. But this seems to be the goto for noobies. CHeck your craigslist and see what older vintage players are for sale and PM and I will steer you in the right direction. Or if you want to give me your area. I can search for good gear for you.

u/Hugo_Says_Hi · 5 pointsr/vinyl

Well I got this mostly because I wanted something decent but not too expensive. Also it was the most recommended TT here that I noticed for that situation. Eventually I would like to get something better but this should be good for now.

u/superpilotbrooks · 5 pointsr/records

If you really want a good record player someday I’d suggest getting an audio technica lp120

I strictly only buy older records (usually 1970’s ish) and the sound quality as well as the way I have the whole time arm set up (which plays the records well and doesn’t damage them) makes the music sound fantastic!

I absolutely love the aesthetic of that player though and I’m happy you got to experience the passing down of records just like I have!

u/polypeptide147 · 5 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

You'll want to start with an Audio-Technica turntable. It is $100 and has a phono-preamp, so all you need is speakers and an amp after that.

For $300, you've got quite a few options. Right now, I would go with an SMSL SA100 combined with a pair of Elac Debut B6.2 speakers. That will give you a very full sound for not much money. You'll need speaker cables and RCA cables. I would go with AmazonBasics for those.

Another good option, while they're on sale, would be the Klipsch R-51M at $125. They are brighter and more forward. These will give you a 'front row of a concert' sort of feel, with dynamics and punch. The Elacs will extend much deeper and have a much smoother top end, that won't be fatiguing like the Klipsch may be.

u/GothamCountySheriff · 5 pointsr/vinyl

Still on mobile. Copy/paste from an older comment:

I can point you to an perfectly acceptable turntable for $150 ($135 as of this post). The Crosley C100:

Crosley gets a deservedly bad rep for their "lifestyle" players like the Cruiser, along with their other suitcase, and all-in-one style players. Those players are low-quality devices designed to capitalize on a trend. They are damaging to vinyl records and offer a sub-par experience for listening to vinyl.

BUT, it's important to recognize that Crosley is basically just a reseller of products manufactured by other companies. As such, they also sell good to excellent quality turntables from other manufactures such as Hanpin and Pro-Ject. Hanpin is also the OEM manufacture for Audio Technica products such as the LP60 and the LP120, and Music Hall's USB-1.

The Crosley C100 is a Hanpin belt drive turntable. I used to sell these at my shop (until Amazon started selling them below my cost). The C100 includes all the features that a good quality turntable should have including: adjustable counter-weight, adjustable and replaceable moving-magnetic cartridge, and an adjustable anti skate setting. Beyond that it has a built-in phono preamp, alloy platter, removable head shell, cue lever, pitch control with strobe, and touch button control for 33/45 speed selection.

The C100 is a good entry-level turntable. I would recommend it for anyone who wants to get started with vinyl and is interested in the long term care of their records.

u/sharkamino · 5 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

$140 used plus the cost of a new stylus. Pass.

Better on sale with 0.20% wow and flutter, AT cartridge and a basic built in phono preamp:

  • TEAC TN-300 $173, walnut or matte black, AT95 cartridge.
  • TEAC TN-400 $179, walnut, gloss black or matte bordeaux, coupon code SPIN, AT95 cartridge.
  • Monolith by Monoprice Turntable with AT100E Cartridge $205, with auto stop.
  • Fluance RT80 $169, with auto stop but steps down to a conical AT91 cartridge which you can upgrade later.

    Even better with 0.07% wow and flutter:

    I have and recommend the Fluance RT82 $299. It has auto stop and then adds an optical sensor speed controlled servo motor for much lower wow and flutter and speed variation and no need to ever manually adjust possible speed drift or belt break in with a screwdriver from underneath because the speed sensor system is doing it 500 times a second. Skip the older RT81 that lacks the speed sensor since the Monoprice Monolith is a clone of the RT81 for $45 less.

    If not using a receiver with a phono input add a phono preamp such as the ART DJ Pre II $67 or the popular Schiit Mani $129. Or a low budget Pyle PP444 is $13 and upgrade to a better one later.
u/RicoRoccoTaco · 5 pointsr/vinyl

Hi, I'm currently looking for a new turn table, I currently use a Victrola (This model:, which I know is cheap plastic and is probably doing as much damage as a Crosley would.
I've been researching turntables like a mad man for the past few weeks and need some advice. A local dealer has a used Marantz TT42P with a built in preamp for 200, after some research I've found a lot of conflicting reports on that specific model, mainly that you're paying for the Marantz brand. I've also been looking at the audio technica lp120 as well as the U Turn. I've found a lot of good and bad reviews on all of these turntables and it has me very conflicted. I`m not an audiophile by any means, but I need an updated system badly. I would just really like to know if anyone has any experience with the Marantz, LP120, or the U Turn that could guide me in a certain path.

u/SeymourKnickers · 5 pointsr/turntables

I think this Audio Technica LP60X is the better way to start the hobby for close to the same money.

If you can keep saving up for a U Turn Orbit that's even better yet, but from what I've seen around here the Audio Technica LP60X
seems the minimum starting point with vinyl.

u/AndyP79 · 5 pointsr/vinyl

Get a Audio Technica LP60 or whatever the newest version is, about $100. And a pair of $100 active speakers. There is a preamp in the turntable, and the speakers will power themselves. Instant glory for $200ish. This is a decent start without breaking the bank and having decent audio.
Don't worry too much about vintage or new or upgrading this or that for now. Make sure you actual enjoy the sound of records, the cost of new records, and the hunt trying to find your favorite artists. It's not for everyone. I had a busy who got into it, 100 records later, he's back to streaming cause of the ease of use. Take it slow, learn about the hobby and enjoy what you have, not what you want.

Consider open boxes on Amazon to save a few bucks on something newer.

Audio-Technica AT-LP60X-BK Fully Automatic Belt-Drive Stereo Turntable, Black, Hi-Fidelity, Plays 33 -1/3 and 45 RPM Vinyl Records, Dust Cover, Anti-Resonance, Die-Cast Aluminum Platter

Edifier R1280T Powered Bookshelf Speakers, 2.0 Active Monitor System (Renewed)

Check these out. Go from there. Once you start understanding the in and out of the test of the stereo components start adding and upgrading as you come across a good deal. I would consider an actual amp next followed by passive speakers, don't hook the active speakers up to the amp, it'll sound bad and unlistenable. Then, add a cassette deck of you want plus a CD player, mini disc if you're a glutton for punishment.

Hope this helps, and gives you some pointers.
Last bit of advice..... Don't buy every dollar record at the record store/thrift shops. Look for music you actually will listen to. If your into modern stuff, look for it. If you're into classic rock, then do that. But if you're a rocker... Why would you buy some weird jazz album but some unknown that you'll listen to once only to find out it's not your style. Look up albums on online by bands you don't know and check their sound out first. It's okay to have a single jazz album or something you inherited, but save your money for stuff you like.


u/plokx · 4 pointsr/vinyl

There seems to be the consensus that this or anything that looks like it is manufactured from the same place. They're relatively cheap, and $15 is a small investment that will go a long way for the proper care of your records.

u/mytoesarewarm · 4 pointsr/vinyl

If you're only seeing large dust particles on the surface but not hearing much in terms of popping and crackling, then I'd go with just a basic carbon fiber brush like this AudioQuest one. If you're new to vinyl and don't already have one, it's a good thing to pick up anyway. It's good practice to brush each side before each spin. While these types of brushes won't clean a truly dirty record, they'll help your clean records stay clean.

If your records are noticeably loud and noisy then you'll probably have to go the route of wet cleaning. I see kits like this one a lot but I don't think they're really worth the money. You can do a better (and cheaper) job with:

  • Microfiber Cloths - Run them all through a cycle in your washing machine (just water, no detergent) to get rid of any fuzz.
  • Isopropyl Alcohol & Distilled Water - Put a solution of 1 part alcohol and 2 parts water into a spray bottle. You could even use as little as 1 to 4, I don't think it makes a huge difference. Make sure to get 90% plus alcohol and avoid any types of additives like menthol.

    You can lay one cloth flat to set the record on, spray it down and scrub around lightly with one of the cloths (it can help to dampen this with the distilled water). Personally I like to then dry the record with another cloth, spray it down with just distilled water to rinse it then dry again and repeat on the other side but you can find a method/system that works for you. If you're being super particular about it then remember to flip and replace the cloth the record is on so as not to contaminate the side you just cleaned. Also if you're worried about getting your labels wet, car applicator pads like these actually cover a label almost perfectly and they can also be used in place of a microfiber cloth to scrub the record, they work great.

    If you plan on sticking with vinyl for awhile though it's worth it to save up for a SpinClean. I was a skeptic for a long time but I'm glad I finally got one, it really is worth the money. It does a good job, it's well built and it's stupidly easy to use. If $80 seems too steep for a yellow plastic trough (which it really is, unfortunately) there are cheaper models such as this. Doesn't have a lid and comes with different cleaning fluid but it doesn't seem like a half bad option.

    Whichever option you go with always make sure you're putting your newly cleaned records into clean inner sleeves. If they were dirty in those sleeves it's very likely those sleeves are dirty too. Also remember to keep your turntable mat and stylus clean.
u/iambingalls · 4 pointsr/battlestations

I made the decision after I listened to my buddy's sound system one night in comparison to mine. His player was upwards of $500, so I figured it was totally out of my price range to really upgrade, but the Crosleys will destroy records that you play on them over time, so I knew I wanted to step it up a bit. I scoped out craigslist and luckily managed to get this guy for about $150 which was an amazing steal. If you're not in a rush just do a little bit of research to figure out what you're looking for and then check craigslist every week or so and see if anything pops up!

u/Drother · 4 pointsr/mildlyinteresting

This was my first table and it's wayyy better for your records than that crosley and only 94 bucks:

u/mookietaco3000 · 4 pointsr/BillBurr

Surely my friend.

For those wondering what you'll need to get this setup, here's the other items I chose to purchase:

Table: Audio Technia 60 non blue tooth edition

Micca MB42 Bookshelf Speakers With 4-Inch Carbon Fiber Woofer and Silk Dome Tweeter (Black, Pair)

Speaker wire:
AmazonBasics 16-Gauge Speaker Wire - 100 Feet

Seeduck Lepy lp 2020a Class-D Hi-Fi Audio Mini Amplifier with Power Supply Lepy Amplifier LP2020A

It was about $230 all together from amazon.

u/Nicholas__M · 4 pointsr/vinyl

Ok I’ll be the one to say it. This tonearm is common in cheap record players. This issue is it’s cheaply built so you won’t get great sound quality. Also the needle has no counter weight so it puts more force on the record, it can damage your records but only after tons of plays so don’t be worried. I would suggest upgrading to the atplp60 Audio-Technica AT-LP60 Fully Automatic Belt-Drive Stereo Turntable, Silver You will need a pair of Active speakers to use this however.

u/k8haldrup · 4 pointsr/vinyl

That is a very thoughtful idea for your son! I've been collecting vinyl since I was that age and thank my dad for my interest at a young age.

Unfortunately a lot of inexpensive turntables are poorly made and not only do damage to records but sound quite poorly. If you are unsure of his interest in vinyl and think it might not be worth it in the long run to pay for a more expensive one, then it will most likely be fine. Upgrading is fun and will teach him more about the hobby.

If you think that his interest in vinyl will grow it might be worth it to spend a bit more money for a better sounding record player. If you are trying to buy new, maybe take a look at this one: This is a pretty good sounding record player for under $100, although since there is no counter weight, you do not know how much force is being applied to the record. Having the option to adjust the tracking force will produce the best sound from your records and keep them in the best condition possible.

My advice would be to consider his interest level in vinyl before you make any big (over $100) purchases, but IMO buying an older used record player would be a better bet. You could scour some local thrift shops/ Goodwills for a couple months and one is likely to turn up there. You could also check eBay/Craigslist/etc.

As for the speakers, if you go with the Jensen, it has 2 speakers built in but also has the option for external speakers without needing an additional preamp. So those should work fine with it. The AT LP-60 has the option of using either an external preamp to play your speakers or using the built-in phono preamp on the turntable.

If you end up getting a used turntable you will likely need to buy an external preamp. Check out the sidebar for more info, hope this helps!

u/Mikeadatrix · 4 pointsr/gorillaz

Hey, welcome to the wonderful world of records! Just a note, this is an expensive hobby. So, onto the turntables, for starters, NEVER, EVER, buy a Crosley. As 'cute' as they are they will eat your records and force you to buy more. For a high-quality cheap player, I recommend the Audio-Technica AT-LP60.
For really high quality with a higher price point, I recommend the Audio-Technica AT-LP120.
Personally, I feel you should go for the latter, it's gonna cost you more, but it'll REALLY treat you in the long run.
Any more questions you have, feel free to ask!

u/pussydestroyerswag · 4 pointsr/FrankOcean
u/hikingmutherfucker · 4 pointsr/vinyl

Ok more money on speakers than source components is usually a general rule.

I just found this and freaked out then posted in another thread on amp versus preamp + amp versus receivers.

Unless you want surround sound or a radio tuner just get a good integrated amp used or otherwise. At your price point?

Cambridge Audio Topaz AM10 Premium Integrated Amplifier with Phono Stage for just $349 fuck that is a good deal.

Orbit, Carbon or RP1???

The Pro-Ject deck is great. The Pro-Ject Debut iii last year's model is on sale at MusicDirect for exactly $299 as well. I have this turntable and find it to be excellent and balanced and built solid like a brick wall.
But I wonder with the finicky little anti-skate weight and the changing speed by removing the platter and moving the belt if always suggesting the entry level audiophile choice is the right recommendation to be making to new folks.

I think the MusicHall USB-1 and/or the Audio Technica ATLP120 are totally underrated in these parts, easier to setup and have built in phono preamps as well not that you need that with the Cambridge amp.


Those are both around $250. What you get is changing the speed with a button without having to move a belt around and easy to use pitch + anti skating controls, removable headshell for changing out cartridges easily and finally yes a cueing lever. They are not built quite as solid as the U-Turn or the famous Debut decks. But they are not cheapo and feel substantial if you ever spent time with them.

So that is $599 so far plenty of good money to buy a pair of decent speakers.

You can come in under budget and get a Stereophile magazine recommended pair of Klipsch Synergy B-20 bookshelf speakers for $179 on newegg here:

That is a good deal.

Or you can max out your budget and go for my favorite small speakers the Paradigm Atom Monitors:

$199 each.

Or finally finally a pair of Wharfedale Diamond 10.1 speakers at $349 a pair which I have recommended before and tend to get high praise:

That is my view on building a total under 1k system capable of playing lps.

You got options man but the Cambridge Audio Integrated amp is golden.

u/SL-1200 · 4 pointsr/vinyl

You cant get anything new for that price. Closest you can do is get one of these and pay the ~$50 shipping from Amazon to AU

u/mawnck · 4 pointsr/vinyl

Not enough of an upgrade to matter IMHO.

Your best move is to buy a quality used rig. See sidebar links for details.

If you insist on buying new, you're not going to get much bang for your buck. This is the minimum I'd consider:

u/vincientjames · 4 pointsr/vinyl

I would recommend the ATLP120 + AT440MLA. Had this setup for the last month or so and couldn't be happier. One thing to keep in mind is that the built in amp for cheaper record players like these are terrible. I'm fortunate enough to have inherited my fathers Onkyo reciever with a good phono amp from the late 80's. Honestly it takes a fair amount of money to get a decent setup that truely brings out the quality of analog audio.

u/super-rad · 4 pointsr/CFBOffTopic

I have an Audio Technica LP60, which I WOULD NOT recommend. It's okay but is missing a lot of features that makes it a questionable choice in the long run. I plan on replacing it soon.

There are 2 turntables that I would recommend:

Audio Technica LP120 - this is the beefed up version of my turntable. All the features my turntable is missing are included here. My friend just got one of these and I am very impressed with it.

U-Turn Orbit - This is another great, affordable choice. Bonus points for being built in the USA. I would recommend the option for the built-in preamp. If you can afford it, the upgraded Orbit Plus model has some really nice components that should lead to better sound. However, if you are just starting out you probably don't need it and you can always upgrade those things on your own later.

There are a few other nice entry-level turntables on the market such as the Fluance and the TEAC but I haven't read up on them enough to make a recommendation.

Avoid stuff like Crosley at all costs. They are basically toys and can damage your records.

u/ZeosPantera · 4 pointsr/audiophile

My 2 cents for a $1500 budget Coffee Shop...

  • Simple 4 Channel Pre-amp w/ Phono - $80

  • Apple TV - $100 For your Airplay needs.

  • FM Tuner - $100 (You will need one eventually)

  • AT Turntable - $230 Vintage would also work so look used to save some cash.

  • RCA Distribution Amp - $30

  • Dayton 12 Channel Amp - $500 Expandable later but I assume you will use 8 channels to start.

  • Micca Motion MB42x I recommend four pair (8 speakers) - $320. Even a small coffee shop will be better suited with more, quieter speakers. Demo'd Here

  • Speaker Mounting Brackets - $140 I HIGHLY recommend using the screw holes on the clamps to secure the speakers with small ~1" wood screws. THEN Secure the bracket to the wall with a safety strap. Liability covered.

    I recommend mounting these brackets up-side down so you can aim the speakers down at costumers. (presuming you have high enough ceilings to support it)

    $80+100+100+230+30+500+320+140=$1500 ON THE NOSE!
u/pspence75 · 4 pointsr/brandnew

I hear ya for sure. If you decide it's something you want to get into later down the road, this Audio Technica 120 is a pretty good entry level TT that is fairly affordable

u/article13bad123 · 4 pointsr/Megadeth

whatever you do, get rid of that player! NOW! I have the exact same one, and I have a bunch, i mean a bunch of old vintage records my cousin gave me, and some of my pre existing records were scratched cause of that thing. The tracking force recommended is 1-3-3.5 grams, that victrola is a 4-6.5 at the least, get rid of it, return it and buy am audio technica LP 60 and a pair of edifier speakers, this is the speaker (click here > speakers) and this is the turn table (click here >turntable ) have fun though

u/CherryVanillaCoke · 4 pointsr/hiphopvinyl

For simplicity's sake, I'm going to assume you want to buy new. Buying used is a whole different ballgame, and you'd have to buy a phono preamp to listen to it.

The Audio-Technica AT-LP120 is the next step above your table. Notice features like the counterweight at the rear of the tonearm, and anti-skate. It's a really nice turntable and one of the most recommended new turntables. There is a sick deal on eBay right now if you can afford it. I would buy this right now if you could, the speakers are usually 350 and they're very nice as well.

If you're in the US, I would also recommend the U-Turn Orbit. It's not automatic and the speed has to be adjusted manually, unlike the LP120, but this is the table I have and I love it. If you get this one make sure you order the custom version and add the phono preamp and cue lever. I'd say this one has a better sound than the LP120, especially since you'd be using the preamp. The built in phono preamp is the biggest complaint about the LP120. Another plus to the Orbit is that it's almost 100% made in the US, save for a few trivial parts like circuit boards. I really like the aesthetics of the table too.

Like I said, if you can afford it, buy that bundle deal I showed you on ebay. It's too good to not pass up if you're looking for speakers. Let me know if you need more help, I'd be happy to. Cheers.

u/xvalicx · 4 pointsr/vinyl

AT LP120

Apparently it was on sale over the holiday for 220 but 300 still isn't a bad price.

u/bushleague7 · 4 pointsr/vinyl

Hello Reddit,

I am looking to get started collecting vinyl and am saving up for a new turntable, amp & speakers. My total budget is $1,000. Below is currently what I have in mind, but I am open to suggestions:


Pro-Ject Debut Carbon

Open to vintage alternatives, but am still looking for quality


Yamaha A-S301

Onkyo A-9050

What I am looking for in a receiver is also the flexibility to hook up my TV to the speakers I'm buying. Let me know if you have any better recommendations.



Audioengine P4

I am really new to this stuff, but based on the research I have done I believe the choices listed above would be solid. I am leaning towards the ELAC Speakers, but the other parts of my system are very much undecided. Also, would I need a preamp for this set-up?

Here is a link to my local craigslist

Thanks for the help.

u/mlmcw · 4 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

Here you go, man. This is a great setup, everything you need pretty simply, for about $350 total.

Fluance RT81 Elite High Fidelity Vinyl Turntable

Edifier R1280T Powered Bookshelf Speakers - 2.0 Active Near Field Monitors - Studio Monitor Speaker - Wooden Enclosure - 42 Watts RMS

u/ArtGarfunkelel · 3 pointsr/vinyl

Yeah at that point you can get a Crosley C100. Crosley gets a lot of hate on here but the brand itself doesn't mean anything, they just rebadge (mostly) Chinese turntables. The company that people actually hate is Skywin, which makes those suitcase record players. Crosley sells a lot of those. But this is a Hanpin turntable, which are much better quality. Granted, this still isn't what I would consider a good turntable. But it's a significant step above an LP60. I would recommend a C100 to a beginner, I wouldn't recommend an LP60. If you go second hand you could get something five times better for half the price.

But in the under-$100 category, I just noticed this thing. It's only $80 and looks comparable to the C100. You'd definitely want to buy a new cartridge for it because the one on there is crap, but otherwise it looks superior to an LP60. While not good, I think it likely is acceptable. But used will be much better.

u/rescuetheembassy · 3 pointsr/vinyl

Don't freak, man. Here are a few pointers to start with...

  1. Do not touch the record anywhere but on the outer edge and the label. Your fingers carry oil that will get into the grooves and attract dust/grime that effs up your needle.
  2. Do not touch the needle (also called a stylus). same reason as #1, but also run the risk of bending or damaging it.
  3. Store your records vertically. Don't stack them on top of eachother...that leads to warpage
  4. get an anti-static brush. This gets dust out of grooves and will aid in reducing static.
  5. check out some videos about 'loudness' on youtube. They are good representations about the difference in mastering from vinyl to CD. It may be hard to tell with your punk collection, but vinyl is generally mastered much better than other formats so it really does sound better.
  6. good luck.
u/m00dawg · 3 pointsr/vinyl

This has come in handy quite a bit for me. I use it on every play, although it's really for pulling loose dust off.

I haven't used anything like it, but this post seems relevant.

u/boredinballard · 3 pointsr/vinyl

If it is really dirty, I use the wood glue method. I'll be buying a record washer soon though for more regular cleaning.

My regular cleaning is really just using an Audioquest brush to get any dust off right before I play the record.

As for the stylus, I use a Magic Eraser. I used to have that dust ball problem until I started using the brush. So stylus cleaning doesn't happen as often as it once did.

Here's some links:


Record washer

Magic Eraser

u/friedmandu · 3 pointsr/AskReddit

I was just getting into vinyl when I was your age, and I initially found it hard navigating the most basic technical information about how to decide how to purchase and set up a turntable. Here is the most relevant stuff you need to know:

  1. By default, turntables do not output sound at "line level." Basically, their signal has to be amplified by a preamplifier before it is plugged into an amplifier/receiver. However, many turntables are shipped with preamplifiers built-in (the one you have linked is one such model). This means you can plug it in to any amplifier/receiver input that accepts line level input. If you see an amplifier/receiver input labeled "phono," this input is for turntables that do not have preamplifiers, and it is probably the case that your amplifier/receiver has a phono preamplifier built-in to it.

    It is embarassing how many people do not understand the need for a preamplification system so please take note of this: If you ever are playing music through a turntable and it is coming through really quiet, that means you do not have a correctly operating phono preamplifier. Phono preamplifiers can be external add-ons that are placed in between your turntable and receiver/amp, internal features of your reciever/amp, or internal features of your turntable. At some point in your set-up, a preamplifer must be present.

  2. Turntables power the rotation of the platter by one of two means: belt-driven mechanisms or Direct Drive motors. Belt-driven turntables rotate the platter at the same speed as Direct Drive ones, but their torque is weaker. This means that any physical restriction on the platter of a belt-driven turntable will seriously impact playback of the record and will probably physically damage the turntable. One very important consequence of this is that belt-driven turntables are thus not very useful for live DJ'ing, which frequently requires placing a lot of stress on the movement of the platter. If you're only concerned with placing a record on a platter and listening to it all the way through, then don't worry about it. There are a number of other things to consider in the belt-driven vs. Direct Drive distinction, but this is probably the most important one. The turntable you've posted is a belt-driven table.

  3. Cartridges and needles come in many different types. There are two primary distinctions that must be established when talking about cartridges and needles: A) Cartridges can be either Moving Magnet (MM) or Moving Coil (MC), and B) Needles can be either conical or elliptical in shape. There's a lot of cool physics and stuff to consider here if you ever really get into vinyl, and you might start with wikipedia: . For now, just know that these distinctions exist, and be conscious of the type of cartridge and needle you need to buy if you ever have to replace the ones on your current turntable. I believe the turntable you've posted comes shipped with a Moving Magnet cartridge and conical stylus.

  4. Turntables can be "automatic," "semi-automatic," or "manual." Automatic turntables take complete control of the operation of the tonearm. You press a start button, and the tonearm moves by itself and plays the exposed side of the record. When it's done, the tonearm retracts and returns to its resting place by itself. Manual turntables require you to operate the tonearm. You must place the tonearm where you want the record to start, and you must return it when you want the record to stop. Semi-auto turntables come in a few different forms, but generally they allow some manipulation of the placement of the tonearm while retaining the ability to automatically return the tonearm to its cradle when the record is finished.

    Now, to answer your actual questions:

  5. Is it a good turntable to purchase? That depends on your desires. Generally, you can divide turntables into three price ranges: Under $150 tables, $300-$500 tables, and +$600 turntables. You have to make a choice between a sub-$150 table and a $300-$500 table. is a good website to use to quickly browse the many different brands of turntables available. The $300-$500 turntables will come with more features like anti-skate control (the ability to apply a force to the tonearm that pulls it away from the center of the record in case the needle ever starts "skating) and pitch control (the ability to make minute changes to the speed of the rotation of the platter, thus affecting the song's tempo and pitch. If you're just starting out and not planning on DJ'ing, you probably don't need these features.

    As for my personal opinions on brands, I think Audio Technica's turntables are not amazing but they're acceptable, and at $80 you can't really complain. This would be a good "starter" table, if the bug catches you like it did me you can always upgrade later. If you are willing to go the $300-$500 route, look into turntables by Technics, Vestax, Music Hall, or Pro-Ject. Be cautious about the brands Stanton, Numark, Gemini, and Ion when it comes to $300+ turntables.

  6. Do you need a receiver to connect headphones? Your turntable will not have a headphone jack unless it already has an amplifier. So you will need a receiver in the sense that a receiver is an amplifier (receiver = amplifier that plays AM/FM radio and has many inputs for other devices). Receivers generally have headphone jacks.

  7. You do not need to worry about 78 rpm records at this juncture unless you're really looking to find lots of music that was made in the early 20th century. Even then, a lot of it has been re-released on 33 RPM records.

  8. Are vinyl records durable? They are certainly less durable than CDs when it comes to playability. Simply put, playing vinyl records is a destructive act. Since pressure equals force divided by area, even the one to two grams of force a typical needle applies to a record is divided by a very very small area (the tip of the needle), thus resulting in a great amount of pressure. Over time, records wear out from being played. Records are more durable in the sense that its a lot harder to break a vinyl record than it is to break a CD, but do know that it's really easy to hear every little scratch and dent on a vinyl record.

    Dust is another issue. If you're buying used records, and you will be, fighting dust will be an uphill battle. Most record stores worth their salt will clean their records with record cleaning machines before selling them; flea markets won't. Do your part to minimize the role of dust by using a carbon fiber brush on a record before playing it ( ). If you find a record store with a record cleaning machine, they usually charge about a dollar a record to wash your vinyl, or less if you're a good friend/customer. Other ways to lessen the impact of dust:
    a) use outer sleeves and inner sleeves
    b) clean your stylus regularly with a small brush that comes with it in a backwards to forwards motion
    c) use brushes and record cleaning solutions (do note that it is possible to make record cleaning solutions yourself, google it):

    Turntables are durable, but since they have more external moving parts than, say, CD players, they are more at risk to damage. The tonearm is your greatest concern. Don't let that thing get knocked around. Belts on belt-driven turntables wear out eventually, but replacing them is pretty easy.

  9. Is the sound quality on vinyl superior? Depends on who you ask--and the context. The question you should be asking yourself is, "Do you enjoy the sound of a vinyl record?" It's a very particular kind of thing; some people like it, some don't. If you are really put off by tiny pops and scratches in your music, vinyl is probably not for you.
u/beepboopblorp · 3 pointsr/vinyl
u/murpes · 3 pointsr/vinyl

You will need speaker cable; don't get the super thin stuff. Something about the thickness of lamp cords (18 gauge). When you hook up your speakers, it's imperative that they're in phase - make sure the red terminal on the speaker connects to the red on your amp. Not doing so won't damage your speakers, but one will be pulling while the other is pushing, effectively cancelling each other out. Usually speaker wire has one side with a line or a ridge so you can tell them apart.

You amplifier and speakers can accept banana plugs. They're entirely optional, but they sure do look nice.

You'll want a basic cleaning kit - something to clean your records and discharge static electricity and something to clean your stylus. If you're a cheapskate, or just prefer DIY solutions (I'm both), then you can use a very small piece of a Magic Sponge to clean your stylus. You don't brush it; you just gently lower you stylus onto it a few times.

u/1spartan95 · 3 pointsr/vinyl

What exactly do you have? There might be some adjustments you could do, knowing what tt you're working with could help.

Edit: I saw it's a Crosley. Yeah, sorry man, those things just aren't good. I'll say what the other guy said too, if an album's skipping, don't listen to it anymore, nothing will make that Crosley track it without grinding it like a millstone. It won't hurt your records that play fine that much, unless you use it for years. Check your local Craiglist for vintage turntables, if you post a link to your craigslist I bet some guys here would be glad to help you out with picking one. Check with old people you know, they might have some stuff they're willing to give away, I got the receiver and speakers I'm using right now from a man at church, and another guy gave me a Kenwood tt that would work fine with a new belt and stylus. I hope you can find a kickass setup, but in the meantime, just enjoy what you've got.

EDIT DOS: while I'm giving out advice, I suggest you pick up one of these . They're cheap, and they're great for getting dust off of your records, which can put pops and crackle in them. I always use it before I play mine, just a quick clean.

u/y_o_y_o · 3 pointsr/vinyl

I'd say speakers would be first. Do you have anything to clean your records? I use something like this to keep dust off before playing -->

u/calipilot227 · 3 pointsr/vinyl

Nice receiver! I love the look (and sound) of the old 1970's-era Marantz receivers. Now for some suggestions:

1.) Get rid of the Discwasher. It is completely ineffective and can actually grind dust deeper into the grooves. Consider replacing it with this:

2.) Invest in a carbon fiber brush for cleaning light surface dust before each play. Use it dry, in between wet cleanings. I use one by Audioquest, and it does an admirable job. It is available here:

These two items are the cheapest and most effective upgrade for any vinyl system.

3.) Consider upgrading your turntable. Something like a Pioneer PL-12D will vastly outperform your Sony deck, and it can be found on eBay sometimes for under $100.

4.) New speakers (but you know that already).

Feel free to PM me if you have any questions. And good for you for taking the first plunge into vinyl :-)

u/nomtank · 3 pointsr/vinyl

Carbon fiber brushes are good for regular upkeep of already clean records. If you have to do a hardcore clean or if you like buying a bunch of used records, I'd recommend using this brush as a jumping off point. Once you run out of the fluid that's included with the brush, there's a few solid DIY record cleaning solutions posted on /r/vinyl.

Also, don't use a shirt. That'll do more harm to a record than good.

u/13goody13 · 3 pointsr/vinyl

I love this one

u/slavikcc · 3 pointsr/vinyl

You can get the Pro-Ject Debut III here or the Pro-Ject Essential II here.

u/SicilSlovak · 3 pointsr/audiophile

That is WAY too expensive! Do NOT drop $500 on that. I'd pay $20, seriously. That is not a table/system made for sound quality.

Do you already have an a/v receiver with speakers (usually for a hometheater)? If so, you can ignore buying new speakers or a receiver (though you will need a phono preamp if yours doesnt have a phono input).

If you have a $500 budget, this is my recommendation:

u/plumhead27 · 3 pointsr/vinyl

It's $400 for the Debut Carbon. The Debut III on Amazon is $325 while the Essential is listed at $329, so it's actually cheaper to get the higher quality turntable, hah.

Debut III

Essential II

u/GreenGeese · 3 pointsr/VinylDeals

This is listed at $193.67 with Prime shipping on Amazon.

u/vwestlife · 3 pointsr/vinyl

Yes, the Denon DP-300F ($279):

u/chemicalwill · 3 pointsr/vinyl

If you were gonna drop $200 on an Electrohome, you'd be much better served to go for a

u/moose_vs_mongoose · 3 pointsr/vinyl

I have enjoyed the project line in the past. I had a project essential before. It is a pretty TT and it is simple. It would however require you to buy a amplifier or a preamp. It doesn't have any of the bells and whistles like auto stop and start. I think its around 200 quid.

Recently I bought a Denon DP-300F Fully Automatic Analog Turntable. It has a built in preamp if I wanted to use it and is fully automatic. I upgraded the needle to a Shure M97E and have fallen in love with it. In a way I enjoy it more then I did my Project turntable for ease of use.

Not sure if its for sale in the UK.

Personally I don't think you can go wrong with either. I do not have any experience owning a Audio Technica TT. Hope that helps.

u/chrisjayyyy · 3 pointsr/vgb

100% new photo, regardless of where you found it. The turntable is a plastic piece of shit from china.

u/AISim · 3 pointsr/WTF

My terribly cheap Jensen can play 78s.

u/PaulProteus42 · 3 pointsr/vinyl

The audio-technica LP-60 is a pretty good turntable. As far as something around a hundred bucks, this is a good bet.

u/georgenutmeg · 3 pointsr/vinyl

So about two or three years ago I asked for a turntable for Christmas, and I got an Audio Technica AT-LP60. I have seen that this is seemingly a disliked turn table on this sub (or in general), but I am wondering why. Will it hurt my records if I play them on it? Also, will playing records with a couple of scratches hurt the needle at all? Finally, how can I tell if the needle is damaged or not? I think that it isn't, but I would like to make sure, considering it has been so long.

Also, my dad is now seemingly into vinyl too, and he is thinking about getting a record player to use in the house. (Mine is in my room, hooked up to headphones) He wants something that is attractive and pretty well made, and is willing to spend money in order to get quality products, but we obviously aren't looking for anything that is crazy expensive. The RT80/RT81 look like good looking options, but I'm looking for suggestions. We would also need to buy speakers/a pre-amp, and these cant also be too expensive. I would say total budget is around a soft 400/450, maybe 500 absolute max, but anything cheaper would also be great.

Sorry for so many questions! Thanks in advance

u/rollingalong · 3 pointsr/audiophile

What: Integrated Amp OR Stereo Amplifier


  • Around $100
  • Vintage or new, I don't mind
  • Dedicated subwoofer output (preferably with a separate volume knob)
  • Around 100W per channel, but I could go lower since it's just a bedroom setup (for reference, I have these bookshelf speakers)
  • Headphone output (3.5mm or 1/4inch is fine, since I have a few adapters lying around)
  • Little to no DIY required

    Thanks in advance, and sorry for my ignorance. I am really new to this.

    Edit: This is what I have currently. I like it a lot, but theres no good way to hook up a sub.

    This is the first upgrade in a line of improving my set-up. After I get a good amp, I'll get an appropriate sub, then I'll upgrade my LP60 to something a little more customizable.
u/present_tense_ · 3 pointsr/radiohead

Just don't get anything with all in one built in speakers.

I Suggest an Audio Technica LP60

Or if it is in you budget go for the Audio Technica LP120

I started off with an Audio Technica LP120 and still use it to this day. It is about two years old now with no problems what so ever.
The thing to note is that you will need speakers to add to it with to start off with i just used computer speakers until I upgraded my speakers last year. But i reckon the LP60 would be great as well, audio technica are imo a great brand.

Maybe this could be of assistance

Then the fun addicting part truly begins once you have a turntable to spin all you favourite albums. Plus even though it is gimmicky and less superior to black vinyl (according to people but i see no major difference) there are coloured vinyl which range from all difference fantastic colours from pressing to pressing. They look so awesome!

Example here (from one of my fav bands King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard's album 12 Bar Bruise):

Anyway enjoy Hail to the Thief when you spin as it is my fav album ever and first record I ever owned : ) !!!

u/huggybear3 · 3 pointsr/lightsalot

I’ve heard good things about this guy:
I’ll be buying it one of these days.

u/cowbeef01 · 3 pointsr/gorillaz

They'll ruin your records after a while. If $100 is within your budget you can try the Audio Technica AT-LP60 . Its pretty much regarded as one of the best beginner tables.

u/explosivo563 · 3 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

I doubt many around here will recommend buying new at that budget. What kind do you have now? It's probably still better than something like the audio technica lp60 ($100), which is popular but doesn't have a good reputation with most vinyl vets. The U turn table ($170) has been reviewed around here too if you are dead set on buying new and don't care much about the criticisms for these lower end tables. I'd look for a good old used tt like a technics on craigs list first though.

And that's just for the turntable. You'd be really limiting yourself if you are trying to buy a tt, speakers, an amp, and cables for under $200 new. Look at CL for deals before anything.

But the most basic setup you can get would be:

$40 Dayton bookshelf speakers

$20 lepai amp

$20 for speaker wire and RCA cable if needed

$12 Pyle preamp (there are obviously nicer options for not much more money)

And then your turntable. Which you can find a used technics for (hopefully) ~$100 or less, or a new lp60, or the U turn.

u/SaviourCartridge · 3 pointsr/makinghiphop

For only $100 you can get a low end USB turntable. I have the Audio Technica AT-LP60 and it does a pretty good job. I just record my samples into FL Studio's Edison and go from there.

u/milesdaguy · 3 pointsr/gorillaz

Record player: Audio Technica LP120 ($250)

Speakers: Sonos Play 5 gen 1 (around $300 ish, not sure because it was a gift to me)


If you are just starting out with collecting, I'd suggest getting the Audio-Technica ALP60 ($89-120 depending on which version you get) with a nice pair of dual speakers, and then eventually upgrading to an LP120 (unless you want to hop straight into the 120 OR EVEN decide to stick with the 60). I suggest this because the LP60 is a great starters turntable, then once you get more experience, you upgrade.

u/DJSlambert · 3 pointsr/Vaporwave

I have this one. It's more than you'll ever need until you get super serious about the hobby. This with a decent set of speakers will hold you over for years.

u/jewfishh · 3 pointsr/vinyl

I'm considering getting a turntable setup. The turntable I'm thinking of has a phono pre-out so the receiver/amp wouldn't need a phono input. Check these out:
Mini Amp

u/iamactuallyalion · 3 pointsr/coheedandcambria

I'm assuming that you love your records and as such want to keep them in the best possible condition so you can enjoy them for years to come. With that assumption, I'm going to strongly urge you against taking VicTheButcher's advice. Crosley turntables are marketed towards people just getting into collecting vinyl. They use a proprietary ceramic cartridge with a heavy tonearm that will cause excessive wear and damage to your records. When looking for a turntable the general rule of thumb is to go vintage (actual vintage, not 5-in-1 combo stuff). I'm a huge fan of Technics turntables myself, but there are a lot of great brands out there. Head on over to /r/vinyl for some insight into what you should look for. If you aren't looking to spend a lot right now or want something to tide you over until you can afford a nicer setup, I would recommend an Audio-Technica LP-60, which is currently available for $89 on Amazon. It is a great introductory turntable and served me well until I upgraded. Also, check your local thrift shops for turntables and audio equipment, you would be surprised at what you can run across. I've seen a lot of setups put together for a fraction of what you would expect from people hitting up their local thrift stores. Trust me, once you get a decent setup it is all worth it.

u/Foxythekid · 3 pointsr/gorillaz

Amazon has one set for 100 bucks.


u/3karma9 · 3 pointsr/Blink182

I picked up an Audio Technica similar to this one (maybe a model or two higer) as a part of a special at a local record store. Turn table, amplifier, and speakers for $275. I couldn't be happier with my purchase. As a novice vinyl collector/listener it has offered everything I need.

I would recommend going into your local record store and asking them for a good recommendation for a starter turntable. Also see what kind of bundles they may offer. In my experience, most record store employees are more than happy to offer advice and excited to have another collector of vinyl. Of course I may just have had some great people. So if you have more than one local store, don't be afraid to shop around to find the best price. Hope this helps!

u/hooch · 3 pointsr/pittsburgh

You can get this little guy brand new from Amazon for $100. I have its big brother and it's an excellent turntable.

u/[deleted] · 3 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

/u/186394 : you are one dapper as fuck individual. You do look a lot like Fred though.. intriguing.. a man of mystery..

/u/rasta2645 : dat smile! dem eyes! b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l

Gift One - Would have to be this record player. I have been collecting records for the last 10 years. Had to sell over half of my collection and my player 4 years ago to pay bills. Since then I have bought a couple players at garage sales that went tits up with in weeks. Currently saving up to buy this one. Once I get a new player, I will start growing my collection again.

Gift Two - Is it legal to do gift cards for this one? "C'mon...gimme." a gift card that I can put towards my record player/ps4 fund! If not legal then George Clinton, because Funk Yeah

u/shoturtle · 3 pointsr/Bluetooth_Speakers

go with a audiotechinca turntable like this one. That has a pre amp.

And get a set of Edifier SB880DB if you don't plan on adding a subwoofer. These speakers support bluetooth with APTX for a good stereo 2.0.

If you think you want to add a subwoofer for more bass one day. Look at a pair of Kanto YU4. If you want more bass. Just get a nice 8 or 10 inch sub down the line for 2.1 setup.. These also support Bluetooth APTX.

Any of these will fill the room with good sound. Give you the better bluetooth performance with AptX. And with the the built in preamp on the turn table. Just plug to the speaker with 3.5 to RCA or usb in the case of the edifier.

I can suggest cheaper, buy you will lose Bluetooth aptX, so the sound form bluetooth won't be as good.

u/Tacticalbacon1 · 3 pointsr/Bioshock

Check out this turntable:

You can convert your records into mp3 files with this turntable.

If you have a little more money check out the Music Hall turntables. They have adjustable weights and are generally better than the Audio Technica turntables. Here's one of the cheaper models:

Check out /r/vinyl for more information. To be warned they can be a little pretentious.

u/Muddie · 3 pointsr/vinyl

I think the balancing weight on your record player is on backward. It's supposed to look like this (with the numbers facing outward):

It was a little confusing for me as well - I had to watch a video to understand how to properly balance the arm. Not trying to nitpick or be a jerk -- just trying to help.

u/piratenovelist · 3 pointsr/ToolBand

I am going to be using this article plus my own personal experiences in the 7 years I have been collecting:

Turntable: Audio-Technica ATLP120USB Direct Drive Professional USB Turntable Price $229.00 (On Sale at the time of this writing) it comes with a built in Pre-Amp so you are good to go. This is one I have been eyeballing myself.

Amplifier: Yamaha R-S202BL Stereo Receiver Price $149.95 (On sale at the time I am writing this). This is the one I personally use and I love it. It has multiple channels so you can allow for growth. For example I got a stereo cd player at the local thrift store I am trying to upgrade. I just need RCA Cables to hook it up which I do.

Speakers: Price $49.98 (Sale at the time I am writing this)

Wire from speakers to Amp: AmazonBasics 100ft 16-Gauge Audio Stereo Speaker Wire Cable - 100 Feet Price $13.49

Headphone Adapter (Trust me you'll need this if you want to listen to music via headphones) Adapter Price: $7.99

Subtotal: $450.41‬ plus taxes. I think you have wiggle room on the speakers, but I searched for high rated ones. If you need help setting up your Turntable and Stereo please feel free to reach out and I can help! :D

u/CosmicLottery · 3 pointsr/FrankOcean

Easiest solution is probably an Audio Technica LP120. Good sale on Amazon right now. I don’t think there’s much in that price range that’s better and I wouldn’t recommend dropping down to the LP60. Going with something from U-Turn would probably sound better but you’d be spending a good bit more.

u/blamy · 3 pointsr/vinyl

Is it this, because if so $50 would be a steal as long as it works properly. New stylus would only put you back $25 and I'm sure dust covers for those units can be found. I have the AT-LP120 USB myself and I'm very happy with it! Good luck.

u/chippewhattha · 3 pointsr/vinyl

It's only a minor upgrade.

Notice that the pivot point for the tonearm is way back at the end, with no accommodation for a counterweight. This means you have no control over the force put on your records. Let's scale that up. Imagine pounding a long nail (our stylus) through one end of a long 2x4 (the tonearm). Let the other end rest on the ground (the pivot point). Then imagine lifting the sharp end of the board with the point of the nail on the tips of one your fingers (the force in the groove). Not something I actually want to do. This is why you look for an adjustable counterweight as the first marker of reasonable quality.

I'm guessing you don't have a lot of bucks to spend. But I'd look towards this instead:

Of course you'll need an amplifier and speakers too, if you don't have those, but you can piece that together from yard sales and thrift stores. In fact you should be checking those regularly, just to get a real-world sense about how things are built. See the "Cheap Setup" note in the side bar over there ->>>>>>>>>>>

u/johnjust · 3 pointsr/Metal

I started back in with vinyl earlier this year - it can be a little expensive, but if you have some spare cash and need a hobby, it's definitely something to get into. I love the larger album art, but what I really respect is the technology - with everything being digital nowadays, it's pretty fucking cool that something as analog as a needle (scratching a groove and making music) is still around and relevant.

When I was younger, I had an old record player from a garage sale and used records (pop/rock like Led Zeppelin, Boston, AC/DC, etc...) were anywhere from $.25 to maybe $5 tops. With the resurgence of vinyl recently, used records are still fairly cheap (maybe $5-10, higher depending on rarity), but new records can set you back $18-40 (depending on number of pressings, colors, etc...).

I've since bought an Audio Technica LP-120, cleaned up and pruned (ditched anything too far gone) my old collection, and started my new vinyl metal collection - I love it. To be honest, I wish I stayed with it when I was younger, as I probably could have built quite a collection (especially with metal) in the time I was away from it.

Records make you appreciate full albums instead of playlists or single songs. It might get a little annoying to have to flip/change a triple LP (metal bands especially have longer songs that don't fit on a single LP anymore), but that's what makes you appreciate the whole album.

It's the perfect time to get into it - Led Zeppelin is re-releasing all their albums on remastered vinyl (and they sound incredible), modern bands do vinyl releases (usually with download cards to get digital copies), and I'm sure it will be continue to be relevant for a long time to come.

Some tips:

  1. Check out record labels (Earache, Inside Out, Century Media, etc...), as they regularly do "free shipping" promotions, and you can get much better prices buying directly from the label instead of some douche bag reselling records through ebay at higher prices. Also, check out local record shops - can be helpful.

  2. Don't bother with colored vinyl if you have the choice - it looks cool and all, but sometimes you wind up paying more for it, and it doesn't sound as good as black vinyl (or so they say). Picture discs are cool for display, but tend to have horrible sound quality.

  3. Don't cheap out on a record player, especially with the tonearm - you want to be able to adjust how much weight you're putting on the record, so as to not ruin them.

  4. Buy sleeves for your records - they stop the covers from warping, and (obviously) protect them from dirt and whatnot. Inner sleeves are also a good idea, as some records ship with paper inner sleeves that can actually scratch them.

  5. Make an account on, and use it to organize your collection/wantlist - it's probably one of the best places to get used vinyl online.
u/kidMSP · 3 pointsr/makinghiphop

I'm looking at the AT-LP120-USB from Audio Technica. Looks great and I know a few people that love it. About $230 at Amazon.

u/mudo2000 · 3 pointsr/blacksabbath

It's still a pretty sick-looking record ;) Plus then you'll have a reason to get a turntable. Just don't buy a Victrola or a Crosly. Save your money or hit people up for Christmas and get one of these.

source: I'm 600 records in, someone help me

e: fixed the /r/vinyljerk spelling of one of the record players

u/ViggioMortenstein · 3 pointsr/Cuphead

ATLP-120 is a popular option over at r/vinyl.

If you only have a few records the price point may be a barrier for you though.

As long as a turntable has a counterweight on the back of the tonearm, that’s one of the most important features for long term preservation of your records. It helps give the stylus/needle the appropriate amount of pressure/weight while playing and avoids putting too much stress on the grooves and damaging the record.

This model also comes with a built-in pre-amp so you don’t have to buy that separately, but you would still need external speakers or headphones as there are not built-in speakers like the one you have.

I’ve gone down the rabbit hole now but that should get you started; again, depending on your level of investment.

u/Hectorshandsome · 3 pointsr/DaftPunk

My current set up: Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB Direct-Drive Professional Turntable in Silver : Happy with it so far

u/teeravj · 3 pointsr/vinyl

4 years ago, I saw this movie and fell in love with it. I bought the soundtrack and started collecting CDs. 100 CDs later, I thought, let's buy some cool records. I bought a shitty Crosley cause that was all the money I had. I worked up slowly from there... Bought a receiver to connect my PC and Record Player too. Bought 2 shitty bookshelf speakers. Upgraded those speakers. Got an AT LP-60 for Christmas.

A few days ago, /u/Sternicus was selling an Audio Technica LP-120. I decided to drive 5 hours today just to buy it from him. It was worth every cent and I love it.

My Setup now...




I use Bose QuietComfort 35s whenever I don't play through speakers. I chose them because of the Noise Cancellation. It works well and is good for travelling.

My desktop is self built, if you really wanna know the specs, ask and I'll get them and post them. And ignore my messy desk.

Thank you once again /u/Sternicus !!!! Thank you for all the records and the amazing turntable! It works great :)

u/awesomedude4100 · 3 pointsr/hiphopheads

The best starter table imo is the Audio-Technica AT-LP120 it has everything you need for a good table (cue lever, adjustable weight, good cartridge) at a good price. Get you some decent powered speakers and you're pretty set for a good vinyl setup

u/fyeah · 3 pointsr/Calgary
  1. Buy a used receiver on Kijiji, mine cost me $35 and has lasted for years. Don't go to future shop and buy a $280 receiver that has no phono input just so you can plug in your turntable

  2. This record player is considered the best bang for your buck for entering the turntable world: If you don't have those kind of dollars you've got the right idea with kjiji, which brings us to 3:

  3. In a free market (i.e. kijiji), things are worth what they sell for, not what you want to pay for them. You getting outbid on kijiji is because you're offering an unreasonable price for the product. Turntables do not cost $60, they cost upwards of $150. It's not cheap tech. You want cheap get a CD player.

    All in your starter setup is going to cost you around $400-$600, with turntable, receiver, pre-amp (if not built into your receiver), and speakers.
u/GodofKhan · 3 pointsr/vinyl

It's a decent TT for a new one, but you should really try going vintage to start off. Read the sidebar, look on craigslist, thrift stores, garage sales, etc.

If you really want that TT, order it on Amazon since it's a lot cheaper -

u/mp2146 · 3 pointsr/vintageaudio

Do you have the platter?

Belts are here:

...and you'll need a new headshell in addition to a cart:

u/mattc2000 · 3 pointsr/vintageaudio

thank you! i wasn’t sure if it was standard or not. any recommendations on a headshell? i think i might go with this audio technica one.

Audio-Technica AT-HS1 Universal Headshell for LP120-USB, LP240-USB, and LP1240-USB Direct-Drive Turntables

u/1_man_band · 3 pointsr/vinyl

Here's a headshell that will work, and a cartridge

You will need to download and alignment protractor from VinylEngine and maybe get and overhang gauge if you want overhang to be spot on.

I haven't used the Shure cartridge I linked too, but it's pretty well regarded.

u/Aylesbury · 3 pointsr/vinyl

There's absolutely no need to buy a used record player. I burned myself buying a used one when I started. Anyhow. I'd spend most of that money on a turntable, so you have a good solid base to build upon in the future. A Pro-Ject Debut Carbon is juuuust within budget. Amazon It's quite a serious turntable actually. It has a carbon arm and a 2M Red cartridge, which itself can be easily upgraded to a 2M Blue in the future. Maybe you could find a good used Phono Box MM to go with that. I have one on my RPM 1 Carbon and I'm quite happy with it, despite usually being fairly reasonable. Having said that.. it's surprisingly expensive on Amazon in the UK, but they can be found on eBay. I'm afraid you just have to work with what you already got when it comes to speakers or headphones. Otherwise, a Essential may be a cheaper alternative. Amazon

u/2xlpizzas · 3 pointsr/vinyl

Sure dude. Here's the links to the stuff you see. Nothing special honestly :p I have a TEAC tape player and a Pioneer Spinning 5 Disc Player but I left it all at home. And I only have 1 set of Dayton Audio speakers with me that are on my desk off to the right.

u/CubeWedges · 3 pointsr/vinyl

I was just recently gifted a set of Beatles records from the 80s. I am a huge fan and decided that I wanted to get a vinyl player so I could listen to them the way they were intended. I have a really small budget and after doing some research, I found the Audio Technica AT-LP60. My first question is if this is even an option that won't suck? If it is, then is it worth getting the Bluetooth connectivity for the extra $80? (Here's the link on Amazon: Preferably Amazon [New Jersey, USA]

u/workythehand · 3 pointsr/radiohead

$100 and you could live your dream. Just get a stand alone speaker set up and you're set.

It's not the most amazing piece of equipment in the audio world, but it gets the job done. If you're spending $50 on a CD, you could splurge $100 for a competent turntable. Treat yo'self.

u/garriusbearius · 3 pointsr/rva

Plan 9 is good, but if you want a decent selection...real talk go to Amazon. Especially if you already have one that's on its last legs, I wouldn't buy used, I feel like you'd just be buying your way into the same problem.

Here is a good option within your price range. You may be able to pick this model up at Plan 9, I feel like I've seen AT turntables in there before, but I've never looked hard enough to know which models.

u/bloodhailing · 3 pointsr/hiphopheads

Hey, so I could use some help getting started on buying a new record player. I just recently got into vinyl and got a record player for Christmas but I've just discovered it sucks ass and may be detrimental to my records. I went on /r/vinyl, I have a Lauson Woodsound record player.

I'm on a budget, though. Altogether, it'd probably have to be below 350 bucks. I've gotten a few recommendations here already that I've kept on hand (/u/TheInfinityGauntlet helped me a lot). If anyone could help me get started putting together a full set up that'd be great. I was going to get this Audio-Technica LP60 but on /r/vinyl they pretty much hate this thing.

To keep this hip hop related, what records do you have on vinyl? Right now the only rap record I have is Orpheus vs. the Sirens.

u/zachkirk1919 · 3 pointsr/hiphopvinyl

Yeah man it definitely is not the best player I would save for something different.

Audio Technica AT-LP60BK Fully Automatic Belt-Drive Stereo Turntable, Black

This player is 100 bucks on amazon. I got it on holiday sale for 80 last year. It's far from high end but it will treat your records well and paired with some nice speakers it sounds just fine. It's a great beginning table. I used a player similar to yours for about a year because it was what i could afford before finally upgrading.

Just enjoy the hobby man! I know the struggle of wanting to buy more records instead of buying a better table lol

u/aw-coffee-no · 3 pointsr/gorillaz

For how expensive each lp can be, I would invest in a better made turntable IMO. Those all-in-one briefcase style bluetooth turntables probably won't make your records last very long - and (at least in the Intempo's case) they don't list detailed specs of the turntable either so you don't really know what you're getting. I'd go for an Audio Technica turntable - they have some under $100 and they're made fairly well, and if something breaks they make good replacement parts. Audio-Technica Belt Drive Turntable

u/iforgotmyusername90 · 3 pointsr/hiphopheads

I've had this audio technica one in my cart for awhile but I haven't bit the bullet yet

u/the_continuum · 3 pointsr/Denver

Thanks for all of the responses, everyone. After reading a bunch of reviews and watching some stuff on youtube, I decided to buy her the Audio Technica AT-LP60. She's got a good sound system that can do phono, and she's not so much of an audiophile that I think this will do. She's more interested in just listening to a bunch of records our parents gifted her that they have collected since their childhood.

u/SooWooMaster · 3 pointsr/makinghiphop

hmm. I honestly think you should save your money for now and just e-digg. There's no shame in e-digging.

With that budget, you wont really find quality but I can make a recommendation

Here's an 18 minute long review

u/Mugsy_Bones · 3 pointsr/vinyl

Damn. I was afraid of that, which is why I hadn't pulled the trigger yet. I'm assuming the one below and those Crosley portable players aren't worth it -- even as a starter turntable?

u/Ericovich · 3 pointsr/freebietalk

I'm a casual listener, and it works fine for my purposes. I like that it's portable so you can take it to different rooms. It has pitch control, which a lot of cheap turntables don't have.

This review someone posted sums it up well:

The USB output, RCA line level output, and headphone jack all work fine, but sounds tinny and lacking in bass, so playing it through larger speakers really doesn't improve the sound quality that much compared to the small built-in speakers. Even if you try to boost the bass using an equalizer, it still won't sound hi-fi. So the JTA-230 is best used as a tiny, inexpensive, self-contained record player. It's a good beginner turntable for kids or for "crate digging" but won't be good enough to be your primary turntable for serious listening.

Here it is on Amazon:

u/Muchachi · 3 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Anyone know anything about record players? I want to geta solid one and build up a collection of records. I see this one off Amazon, but not sure if it's legit or not.

u/Nowalls4narwhals · 3 pointsr/Spokane

Best seller on Amazon:
Jensen JTA-230 3 Speed Stereo Turntable with Built in Speakers

u/PriceKnight · 3 pointsr/VinylDeals

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u/Dalisaur · 3 pointsr/vinyl

So here's the story.

So I had that shitty Sony PSLX300USB USB Stereo Turntable for the longest time and boy was the setup I had terrible. About a month ago, you would have seen that Sony plugged into a Bose Soundlink. Yikes.

For Christmas, my step dad was awesome enough to gift me some brand new Martin Logan LX16's. After talking about upgrading my setup for a good while, I decided now was the perfect time since I had finally got some really nice passive speakers.

So I started looking at mini amps that could power these pretty efficient speakers. I found the SMSL AD18 and ordered it right away. It was small, powerful enough for my small apartment, and came packed with features.

After getting all of this in my place, my girlfriend recommended that I finally replace the Sony TT that I've been complaining about for the last year so I used a few Guitar Center gift cards that I had to pick up the black AT-LP120 for around $100.

I then came across these cheap but sturdy enough speaker stands on craigslist list for $20 here they are.

I finally got all of this setup and I couldn't be happier. I threw on The Ooz and started drooling. It's all such an upgrade for me. I noticed the felt slip mat that AT provides doesn't sit quite flat and I hear they suck anyways so I'll probably snag a rubber platter mat and call it good. Couldn't be happier.

u/takethereins · 3 pointsr/vinyl

Finally got me a record player, the Audio Technica AT-LP120BK-USB. Purchased a few records. Took my time setting it up and have been extra careful handling everything. First couple nights went great, but now the start/stop button is doing nothing for me. Powers on but platter won't spin. Everything I've read on others with the same issue seems to be regarding an older model. If anyone can help me diagnose this without voiding the warranty I would be incredibly grateful.... or even point me to the appropriate sub to ask that would be great. I've^been^dying to hear some records.

*UPDATE Pt. II: Figured I have nothing to lose by trying yet another call to Amazon to see if the rep I ended up with would overrule the last one, by allowing me to exchange it (even though I'm a week or two outside the return window). Success, they're making an exception. Kudos to Amazon Customer Service and kudos to you guys for convincing me not to tinker with what must be a lemon. Fingers crossed the replacement doesn't have any issues so I can explore this world still new to me that is vinyl. Thanks!

u/MeatBrick64 · 3 pointsr/vinyl

If you can find a good deal on an Audio Technica LP120 (maybe open-box or lightly used), go for it. Here's all open-box units straight from Amazon:

u/konohasaiyajin · 3 pointsr/VGMvinyl

I have the Pro-Ject DC Carbon (, which is even better with the upgraded platter (

Absolutely love it, but for the lower price-range the LP120 is where it's at if you want new. My friend has one and it's pretty nice.

As he (Serariron) said, vintage stuff is great and can be found cheap, but then you might need to worry about fixing something up or making sure you have nice pre-amps and whatnot to go with it. So for ease and cost the LP120 is really the best choice.

u/zerian16 · 3 pointsr/nin

Oh hell yea. I have the Fluance RT 82 which is only $300. It has adjustable antiskate and an adjustable counterweight, both which prevents the player from damaging your records. Also a pretty good stylus(needle) and a rubber mat as well which is great since some tables come with felt which causes static and can stick to your records when taking an off. Plus it has a built in speed detector or something like that to ensure the player is playing at accurate speeds, rather than spinning records too slow or fast. Needless to say I'm quite happy with it! It doesn't come with a built in preamp so you can spend that extra $100 on a preamp like the u turn pluto or the schiit mani(it's $129 so a bit more than $100 but I've heard pretty good things nonetheless). It's at the bottom of Fluance's reference table series but the upgrades are just a higher quality stylus and an acrylic platter. The stylus you can upgrade whenever, the platter is said to be available separately in the future as well. Here's the link if you're interested.

Disclaimer: the walnut base is sold out but you can still get it in piano black.

Other popular turntables that are quite great include
U Turn Orbit Plus at $298, (you can actually customize your own on their website which is quite cool!)

Now the Orbit turntables don't have adjustable antiskate however it is automatic which is much better than nothing.

Project Debut Carbon which is fantastic from what I've heard at $400. Critically acclaimed as well!

Anyway good luck on your record playing journey, if you have any questions don't hesitate to ask! Cheers!

u/Nixxuz · 3 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

Well, you've got a healthy budget, which is always a plus.

This is my recommendation, but mine only. I only recently got into vinyl myself, so if I screw up I'm sure someone more knowledgeable than I can correct me.

TT: Pro Ject Debut Carbon DC. Stylish, minimalist, and it includes an Ortofon 2M Red cartridge, which sells by itself for $100. You can upgrade the stylus quite a bit if you find you're wanting something more.

Preamp:U-Turn Pluto Phono preamp

This can be a tough one, because the preamp is one of the most important parts for vinyl. I'm shaving a bit of the budget for other things, because this is a very simple and elegant unit that does what it's supposed to do and no more than that.

Amplifier: You'll have to take this one as a personal choice. It may not be for you. But I have read nothing but good reviews for this amp from a number of different sources. It's analog, and it's great for all formats, but especially good for vinyl. If I could ever stop upgrading my current setup and save a bit of money, I would have one of these;

Not only is it supposed to sound much better than it's price would indicate, but it's also a work of art. There are caveats though. No surround sound. No remote. No subwoofer output. Exposed tubes will burn fingers! This is a simple tube amp that is made to play music. It does that one thing well, and nothing else.

Speakers: The most important part of the system. Some would say that these should occupy the bulk of your budget. But with no subwoofer needed, I'm going for great sound on this one.

Dynaudio Emit M10's. Super well reviewed. Small, but able to fill a room, and your room is quite small for footage. I gravitated to these because there is every indication that these speakers sound capable, and fun to listen to.

Outside of some stands and a few different cables, that's about it. This system, to me, starts to creep into the true "audiophile" ranks. It's simple, attractive without being too gaudy, and most importantly should sound excellent.

As before, these are just my opinions. I'm sure others will lend theirs as well. Good luck in whatever system you decide on!

u/BTsBaboonFarm · 3 pointsr/vinyl

That Crosley C100 in the sub's recommended turntables lists at $159.77

The point is, the $150 benchmark that u/sampsans-ape-spray stands, and yes you found a $0.05 exception, but that doesn't mean the rule doesn't stand - which is seemingly what your initial point was..

u/Pekansylvestre · 3 pointsr/Quebec

Je magasine depuis deux jours un cadeau commun pour ma blonde et moi: un p'tit set de speaker pis un tourne-disque. À la base on s'était donné un petit budget de 300$. J'ai pas de système de son et je veux pouvoir écouter de la musique sur qqch de mieux que les speaker de ma télé.

Pour l'instant, ce que j'ai en tête, c'est les speakers Edifier R1280T et le tourne-disque Fluance RT80. Si y'en a qui s'y connaisse, est-ce que ce serait un bon set-up pour cette gamme de prix? Mon but étant d'avoir la meilleure qualité du son, les gadgets (genre prise USB / Bluetooth) ne m'intéressant pas. La durabilité du produit est aussi un critère, évidemment.

u/wake_me_111 · 3 pointsr/vinyl

A Fluance. I think it's about a mid-level, but I'm no expert.

I have about 100 records. I think only like a couple that were new skipped, but one skips on the majority of the songs and I would consider it unplayable. I was wondering if sometimes records are pressed faulty.

u/The_Real_Donglover · 3 pointsr/vinyl

this is the system I got. I wanted something that would be a good startup without shelling out too much money on something I wasn't sure about. Everything seemed aligned and working well, and as far as sound quality, I mainly found problems with clicking and distortions like that. I tested the bluetooth aspect of the system, and the speakers on their own work well, but then when playing phono with the record on the speakers it just doesn't sound up to that level. I looked closer at the record and it seemed to just have a lot of dust (the static was insane, attracting a lot of dust, not sure what to do about that) and some smudges/marks, I assume from the paper sleeve, which is what led me to ask about it.

u/bmhart17 · 3 pointsr/MacMiller

Do it! I've had a blast with collecting Mac. I'm also working on Tyler the Creator and waiting for Chance the Rapper to officially release his stuff. I have this one nothing flashy or super technical but it's been great to me.

u/lenchor · 3 pointsr/ActionFigures

I really recommend you to upgrade your player as soon as you can. Those kind of turntables can (and will) destroy your records and their speakers are very cheaply made, so they usually sound like absolute shit. The AT-LP 60 is not that expensive and is a decent enough beginner turntable
For music bargains, check out deep discount. They have some good deals every now and then

u/insomniac-55 · 3 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

I second the R1280T as a great option for the price. They also come in a Bluetooth enabled version for a little more money, if that matters to you (R1280DB for $130).

You might also consider this turntable - it's basically the cheapest you can buy new, which will sound good and won't harm your records.

That'd get you a nice beginner setup for $200 ($230 with Bluetooth, which is nice if you have Spotify).

The Fluance mentioned above is probably a little nicer, but the Audio Technica is perfectly capable and the difference in sound quality between them will probably be pretty insignificant.

u/samanthaisacat · 3 pointsr/MacMiller

I have this exact record player atm, it's a great beginner one. I plan to upgrade in the future but I've had this one since Christmas '17 and it's served me well!

u/aleguiss · 2 pointsr/vinyl

How often? Every time you wish to play it.

How hard? It depends! I inherited my grandfather's and my father's record collection when I started collecting. Some of the records were very dirty, so I bought a SpinClean to get rid of the dirt.

I've cleaned all my records with it at least once (even the new ones), and after that I just brush with a carbon fiber brush before I put it on the turntable (to remove static and light dirt, paper linen, etc).

Cleaning with the brush while the record is spinning is easier, but it does not get rid of static, and sometimes it generates more of it (i live in a very dry city), and the same goes for the dust (they cling on the record because of the static).

TL:DR: you should always deep clean your records once (the SpinClean is awesome for this). After that is just keeping them clean with a carbon fiber brush, and that is super easy!

u/zer010gic · 2 pointsr/vinyl

I like the AR table. One thing you might want to do is have it set up by a pro. That can make a huge difference. Also the AudioQuest brush is a must ( You have a great start here. I am not a fan of the Stanton cart but it works. If you decide you want to get a little more out of that table look at a Shure M97XE.

u/aaronki · 2 pointsr/vinyl

I just got into the hobby too and this is one of the most handy accessories I've purchased. If your record is already clean but has some specks of dust on it, just spin your turntable and hold the brush steady on the record. After a few rotations, slowly drag the brush towards you and off of the record. Do this a few more times to eliminate any surface dust. Do this every time before you set the needle down and your records will stay clean as long as you don't smudge them up with fingerprints or sneeze on them.

On top of that, you can buy a brush for removing any dust or buildup on your needle. I haven't invested in one of these yet, but I plan to soon.

As for washing those dirty records you bring home from the thrift store... for an almost-no-budget approach, I've been doing this:

Since I'm not sure what's in my tap water, I've been rinsing them off with distilled to try to minimize minerals staying behind on them. (Really, I should probably be washing them in distilled water too.)

u/IHeartThe80s · 2 pointsr/vinyl

Until you plunk down for a Spin Clean ($80) or a VPI or Nitty Gritty ($300? or so), this will help keep things tidy:

And eventually you'll want one of these to use on your already-cleaned records:

u/rpbtz · 2 pointsr/vinyl

The cheap player might do some damage when playing them over time, but there's not much you can do about that one until you can afford to upgrade. Mind you all record players do this, but the cheaper ones will be harder on your records over a shorter period of time.

In the meantime, I'd recommend getting a record cleaning brush (this is just an example, you can buy whichever one you prefer) and use it to gently brush dust and dirt off the record. Even new ones will often have some paper residue on them from their sleeves.

A good idea would be to also buy some polylined innersleeves (again, an example, but these are amongst the best - you can find cheaper ones, just make sure they're polylined and not just plain paper sleeves). Often new (and used) records come in cheap paper innersleeves. These does not prevent static buildup (quite the contrary) and can cause some nasty scuffs on your records over time as well as leaving fine paper residue in the record grooves.

Finally, you can buy some plastic/PVC outer sleeves. These are not strictly necessary, and often they protect the album cover more than the actual album. But they'll keep your covers looking nicer for a longer period of time and reduce the risk of damage in case you spill stuff or, God forbid, your record room floods. There are several types of these and which ones you should use is essentially up to personal preference. Don't store your records directly in these without their cover or sleeve though, as some of these outer sleeves can leave plastic residue on the discs over time.

There are also record cleaning equipment. This is most often used for used albums, but are also good for new ones. I'd recommend googling around for information about that and see what you think is good enough as record cleaning is a new hobby in itself and people can't seem to agree entirely on best practices.

I hope this helps a little bit :)

u/red_delicious · 2 pointsr/vinyl

Here's my system:

Deep Cleaning

  • 3 parts distilled water
  • 1 part isopropyl rubbing alcohol (the 90% stuff)
  • 1 drop of jet dry

    spray this solution on your records and wipe clean with a microfiber cloth

    Wet a different microfiber cloth with just distilled water and wipe the clean record down.

    Less Deep Cleaning

    I use an RCA Disc washer from the 1970s that looks similar to this.

    Dust and static before playing

    In the groove record cleaner for removing the odd hair or dust particle

    AudioQuest brush for removing a little static before playing.


    My shure M97xe came with a little brush to clean the stylus, but I know mobile fidelity sells a stylus cleaning brush that looks good enough.


    1. Make sure you're not putting a clean record into a dirty sleeve. 2. Try not to spray your labels when deep cleaning, but a little bit of overspray has never damaged any of mine.
u/aywwts4 · 2 pointsr/vinyl

I think there are many great options right around 50-60, you buy a cartridge once and then pretty much never again, so buy something you are happy with for the long haul.

That Shure and the Grado Black (price fixed at $60) are generally toe to toe, and I don't think any is the clear winner, some claim that Grado is better for rock and roll (vocal and midrange) sounds and the Shure better all around, but I don't have one of each to actually verify that first hand.

Here is a technics owner asking for some comparison

Both will work fine, when comparing cartridges we are getting into the audiophile realm where things are very subjective and wishy-washy but I would say 60ish is the entry level option for a table as good as the one you picked up, don't make the mistake of sticking a twenty dollar cartridge on it (as suggested, no offence person) the cartridge is really really important, more than your table honestly. We focus so much on tables here that we miss out that your speakers, cartridge, and grounding is likely doing more to the sound than your table will if it is working properly.

I can't find info on your specific model of receiver, but if there is a "Phono" (Or turntable or record or whatever it got called) input it will have an integrated pre-amp, if not you will need to buy one.

I checked amazon, it looks like Crosley makes a cheap one, knowing nothing about it I would avoid it because Crosley is a hateful company. :) I bought this one and have nothing but good luck with it

I know people reported problems with this one But they look exactly the same! So no clue, differing quality standards? Defects get one label real ones get audio quest label? The reviews of both products seem to confirm something is up.

u/returner00b · 2 pointsr/vinyl

It's fine. Get an anti-static brush like this

Follow the instructions on the box, you will be fine.

u/ZombieHoratioAlger · 2 pointsr/vinyl
(There are dozens of others, this was the first result I found)

u/adrenergic · 2 pointsr/vinyl

I'm not sure, it was this one

u/BW4LL · 2 pointsr/vinyl

I own this table and its a tank!

I have this carbon fiber slip mat that helps bring down static.

I have this headshell

This cartridge.

The shure m97xe is a decent beginner cart and it's very neutral sounding in my opinion. I listen to a wider variety of music and it does a decent job highlighting each sound. You can also upgrade the needle down the road to the Jico SAS which I hear is amazing.

I'm sure others can recommend some other carts for you but I only wanna talk about what I own.

Also you're gonna want a record cleaning brush. The audio quest is a great little brush that I've had for almost 2 years now and is great to use before you spin a record.

Any other questions be sure to ask. I know a bit of the technical stuff on this table and I'll do my best to help.

u/melikeum · 2 pointsr/vinyl

I use this AudioQuest Record Brush. It's the only one i've ever owned so I have nothing to compare it to, but it seems to work well.

u/SourceCodeMorseCode · 2 pointsr/vinyl

I'm looking at a project debut iii

What do the vets on this subreddit think of this table?

u/blehispie · 2 pointsr/vinyl

I have this table and I love it. Works great, sounds great, and it's damn sexy looking. You can upgrade the cartridge later to have it sound even better but it's not necessary to do so. Very little setup as well. With the help of a video on youtube you can have it up and running in under 20mins after you pull it out of the box. If you want it for a bit cheaper you can get the black version.

Or as someone already mentioned, the Debut Carbon (which I believe is already out) should be similar price but a bit better. Better arm and better stock cartridge.

u/haeikou · 2 pointsr/audio

Maybe see if you can get your hands on this thing. It should be within your price range if used.

u/Graceful_cumartist · 2 pointsr/vinyl

Well second hand you can get something really cool, otherwise most likely something like this Pro-Ject, this pre-amp and if you can squeeze in extra 25 I definitely recommend these speakers. These speakers are usually way more and they are really good, giving you the ability to control audio trough them and also using headphones if you want to.

Now I started with a Pro-Ject and am bit biased on them. But I also think they have some real benefits over Regas basic models and the U turn. The Pro-Ject comes with Ortofons OM-10 that is a great cartridge in its own right and it can easily be upgraded with replacing the stylus with a higher quality one. They also have some adjustments available over the rega.

u/MulishaMan187 · 2 pointsr/vinyl

What's your budget? A new TT that isn't a piece of shit will run you $300, that's for entry level. The Pro-ject Debut III is about as cheap as anyone here will recommend. So if your budget is high enough then start here. If it's lower, as most are, then you're buying used. Technics, Marantz, Pioneer are usually cheap on craigslist, ebay, yardsale, thrift stores, etc.. Avoid the tables made in the 90's, cheap plastic TT's, and READ THIS if you skipped over it in my last post.

u/tominabox1 · 2 pointsr/vinyl

if you have $300 to spend, don't get an LP60. Look at Pro-ject maybe

u/dubstructor · 2 pointsr/vinyl

How about a Denon DP-300F

It's a bit higher than your budget....but it looks like the best one out there.

u/MiracleZenkaiPower · 2 pointsr/progmetal

If you're looking to buy a new-in-box player I HIGHLY recommend the Denon DP-300F. The upgraded version from Turntable Lab is pretty much the best deal in entry level tables. If that's a little too pricey, the original is only $250 on Amazon. Both variants have been on sale a few times so it might be worth waiting until the next sale.

The next price range with an appreciable jump in quality will put you in the $700-$1200 range. After that, you're talking $5000+ to hear a difference. And that's only if you play your music through ultra high-end amps and speakers.

You won't need a pre-amp with the Denon but pairing it with something like the Schiit Mani would be a noticeable and relatively cheap upgrade that could come later.

It isn't an audiophile table, but the automatic features make it perfect for the casual collector/listener. It's well built and looks slick too. I expected it to feel cheap but it's a hefty little thing.

I run mine through a Mani to a pair of HS8s and I love it. Out of the box it ran records a little too fast but that can be adjusted. I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a new player under $400. Of course, finding a vintage player may be the best option depending on your local used market. :)

u/sharktolion · 2 pointsr/vinyl

Jensen. I was relatively broke when I started the project and needed a well reviewed, compact, inexpensive TT. This one worked out well after returning the first. I tore off the cap and ground down some areas to make it flush inside a cavity. It has a built in speaker that can be turned on and off (this is why I drilled holes in the back) and I also ran wire down the "S" for 2 decent quality speakers that I already owned. It sounds surpisingly well for such a cheap TT. If I had to do it all over again I would save up for a worthy one.

u/smashblu · 2 pointsr/TheBestPony

Money sent. And now I'm going to waste the rest of my money on Cyber Monday shit I don't need on Amazon. Like maybe this turntable? Huh? Should I get it? I'm getting it.

u/MangleTangle · 2 pointsr/CasualConversation

You could go either the new or used route for turntables. Although buying used is tricky since you can't actually test it out, you end up getting a better deal especially if it was made in the 70's.

To start out, I like to recommend the Audio Technica AT-LP60. It's cheap and very functional. The great thing about it is that it comes with a built-in preamp so you can just connect it to a pair of speakers.

I don't recommend Crosleys as you'll likely want to upgrade and the quality isn't that great. I personally use Technics SL1200 which is built like a tank. But you can't go wrong with Audio Technicas as the difference between other turntables is pretty negligible I think.

u/grevenilvec75 · 2 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

Cheapest option would be something like this with a cheap pair of powered speakers. If you wanted to use them with a tv or something else too you'd have to buy some sort of switch or just shuffle cables around whenever you wanted to switch.

Whichever turntable you end up buying, make sure it has a phono preamp built in (unless you want to buy one separately)

u/knocking_ · 2 pointsr/vinyl

this guy right here

I haven't had any issues with my used records; this is the first new vinyl I've purchased.

Also, how do I properly calibrate the player?

u/suppid · 2 pointsr/ericprydz

This is a good one to start out with, also check craigslist (or whatever similar site depending where you are). I found one for $50 on there

u/am153 · 2 pointsr/ericprydz

A cheap record player (under 100) will most likely damage your records. A Crosley or any of those suitcase record players will ruin your vinyl.

If you are on a tight budget ....
I recommend Audio Techniqa LP60
Comes with everything you need. Don't need a separate phono preamp like many other tables.

u/Turquoise_HexagonSun · 2 pointsr/vinyl

Not worth fixing. Those are disposable units.

For a $200 budget look into:

u/sarkastikcontender · 2 pointsr/hiphopheads

This is my record player. Then I have an old pair of toshiba speakers that I grabbed at a thrift shop that have an amazing sound. I power them with this. Classic I would recommend buying would definitely be Enter the 36 Chambers - Wu-Tang, Madvillainy - Madvillain, MBDTF - Kanye West, Illmatic - Nas, and The Infamous - Mobb Deep.

u/_Moon_ · 2 pointsr/rva

The one I ordered on Amazon is great, especially for being under $100. With decent speakers it will sound fantastic, and IMO better than hunting on Craigslist when you don't know the condition of the internal belt.

Also, it's upgrade-able by purchasing a better stylus, if you ever find the sound lacking.

Source: Me. I've owned a few more expensive turntables (technics, sony, numark etc..) and I like this one.

u/BrishenJ · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Was looking at /u/guttermonkey

  • Favorite item - This is because I have been looking at getting a record player for a while now but normally other items take priority

    The gist of his wishlist is he likes music, pop vinyl figurines, minecraft and wears size 11 boots.

    I feel like I need to fantasize a relationship that my stalker self would like to have with this person so here we go.

    I feel like this guy is some kind of punk/nerd, so as I am a techy nerd would we have met in real like we would totally be BFFFs... Best friends forever... Forever! Hangout all the time and get NACHOS!!!!! NACHOS!!!!!!
u/tomrwentz · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

i have this turntable and i like it quite a lot! they must have ran out of stock on amazon though because i got it for around ~$70. i'd say my top five favorite vinyls are:

  • the social network OST by trent reznor & atticus ross
  • a real boy by say anything
  • nevermind by nirvana
  • the cloud atlas sextet (from the movie cloud atlas)
  • i am the movie by motion city soundtrack
u/whatswhat61 · 2 pointsr/AskMen

Vinyl enthusiasts can be massive snobs. When I was getting into vinyl (just several months ago), I wasn't looking to spend several hundred dollars to get a vintage, 'sounds like John Lennon's tears' quality. I wanted something I could plug in, plop a record on, and get a great sound out of without complicated set-up or breaking the bank.

Here is what I use. Plugs right into my main speaker system via an AUX cable, is super easy to use, and sounds great. Maybe there's something out there way better, but for now my ears can't tell the difference and that's just fine with me.

u/br00t41 · 2 pointsr/vinyl

this looks pretty alright if you have the extra couple bucks to spare:

Belt driven, so you know the sound quality will be superior, you will just have to be more careful when using it and perhaps buy one of those extra belts they have there for down the line

u/Slew42 · 2 pointsr/vinyl

Take a look yourself. I had to search it up after seeing this post and sure enough, they do.

u/btothej · 2 pointsr/Austin

I'm not a record player expert, so I just googled best intro turntables, finding the audio technica one got good reviews across multiple sites. Ordered off Amazon for under $100. It's been great so far. I know it's not something a true audiophile would get, but as a big music fan, I love it.

If you're buying one now, might as well start the record collection at Encore Records sale going on right now. I usually buy from End of an Ear, Waterloo, Friends of Sound though.

u/opm881 · 2 pointsr/vinyl

Looks pretty dodgy to me. IIRC, the standard cheap setup people seem to be going for on this section of reddit is the one in this link

Mind you, that turntable has the same sort of arm(aka no adjustable counterweight as such), so it might not be much better. My advice would be to look out on craigs list and such to try and find a nice one that is cheap.

u/PM-ME-YOUR-SUBARU · 2 pointsr/DaftPunk

I don't have Alive 2007 on vinyl, but I do have Discovery and RAM. Holy shit they sound so good. I'd heard RAM a thousand times digitally on my m50x before getting the record, and it was a whole new experience.

If you want a better turntable, this is what I have. Sounds very good even through just good-tier receiver and speakers.

u/19Kilo · 2 pointsr/guns

It's nothing special at the moment. I have an AT-LP60 adorned with various gun company stickers on the cover running to a 100 watt Sherwood. Speaks are some Bose 301 Series IV that I bought years ago after my first deployment to Bosnia.

At the moment I'm looking at upgrades. Not sure if I want to go with the retro Marantz receiver that's been cleaned up and relamped with LEDs or something like Onkyo or Denon.

For the turntable upgrade I've looked at stuff like the PRO-Ject, but I hate not having a button to change platter speed. That leaves me either vintage or something like a Technics 1200.

u/ZeTurtle · 2 pointsr/stevenuniverse

This is a decent player for someone just getting into the hobby.

u/sweatsauce47 · 2 pointsr/vinyl

Look at the Audio Technica LP60 ($100). Its the only turntable ive ever had, but from what Ive heard its pretty good for a beginner. If u just want something to listen with them on this would work pretty well but u might have other people telling u to just save up more and buy the LP120 ($300).

u/JT8784 · 2 pointsr/AskMen

These Audio Technica tables get good reviews. I've never used one but almost got one before I got my Technics.

Audio Technica AT-LP60 Fully Automatic Stereo Turntable System, Silver

Ideally you would want an older Technics but they are now "cool" and expensive on eBay. Maybe a yard sale or goodwill trip would help you find something.

u/estragonsboot · 2 pointsr/vinyl

i don't take much stock into user reviews. i mean this terrible table has great reviews.

i don't know the specifics, but stantons are not generally held in high-esteem in TT circles. i'm sure there are reasons for it. thorens, on the other hand, produces some of the best turntables that don't costs tens of thousands of dollars. i'd suggest making a similar post on audiokarma. i find them to be more knowledgeable that /r/vinyl. not that there aren't knowledgeable people here, there totally are, it's just that the sub has 40,000 subscribers and most of us don't know as much as we think.

u/jaykay006 · 2 pointsr/vintageaudio

I have the same setup. On amazon the audio technic a turntable is a great replacement for the original. I removed mine and replace it with one of these turntable

u/DavidF1198 · 2 pointsr/avengedsevenfold

The Audio Technica LP-60 is the best option on the low end. You'll see other players for about $40-$50 but be warned, (especially Crosley Brands) these usual put too much force on the vinyl causing them to get ruined very quickly. The LP-60 is the cheapest turntable that won't destroy your record, and it's also a very high-quality one, and it's very good for beginners. Eventually though, you'll want to upgrade to the LP-120 once you have money and researched more about turntables and the setup.

u/howlongwillbetoolong · 2 pointsr/LongDistance

Maybe a watch?

Nixon Time Teller

Timex Tweed Watch set

A food smoker? If he likes to cook

A cute turntable if he likes music

A casual jacket?

u/Eciodt · 2 pointsr/vinyl would this be a good starter player? I know almost nothing about this and it’s not on the recommended ones but the LP120 is?

u/jarhead318 · 2 pointsr/deadmau5

Mine is pretty much a knock off swiss army knife. Jack of all trades but master of none. I bought this one because I had a Best Buy gift card and I'm new to the vinyl scene. It was $120 bucks but for around that price you can get a device that only plays records but does it really well. example vs
the player I have

EDIT: added link to my player

u/ItzSweeneyz · 2 pointsr/vinyl

The turntable I use it the [Audio Technica AT-LP60] ( It works good for me; however, I'm not at expert at turntables and am still new to vinyl. I do hear though that a good way to get a deal is it look used at places like Craigslist. I would also recommend looking at the sidebar for recommendations.
About Crosleys scratching records: I hear that over time they will damage your records, but I used mine for a couple of months and I didn't notice too much of a difference. If I were you I would limit the use of it until you get something better. You will definitely notice a difference.

u/gigglefarting · 2 pointsr/rush

I have a Audio-Technica AT-LP60. It's not a bad little turntable, but it's also my first one. If you're looking for something really good, I don't think I'd recommend it. If you're just looking for something to play your records, then it's not bad. I don't have any complaints with it, especially since you don't need a pre-amp for it, but I am looking forward to the day when I can replace it with something better. You're stuck with the cartridge it comes with, but you can upgrade the stylus.

u/mycombs · 2 pointsr/korea

This is a rad record player;

it's on GMarket for 148,000

u/mailmanmx · 2 pointsr/vinyl
u/Tr0llTurkey · 2 pointsr/vinyl

I don't really know if I need a phono input or a seperate pre amp. I can give you what we have, maybe that would help clear some things up. You sure know more than I do.


Speakers -

With this info, could you give me some links in that budget on amazon? Thanks much for your help. I really do appreciate it

u/SWATyouTalkinAbout · 2 pointsr/elliegoulding

Here you go! You'll even save a penny.

u/ethtrem · 2 pointsr/vinyl

My first setup was the Audio Technica AT-LP60 turntable, Lepai LP-2020A+ Amp, and Micca MB42 Bookshelf Speakers. I was able to buy all of that, along with speaker wire, for under 200 bucks. Some people in this subreddit are kinda against that turntable because it doesn't have an adjustable counterweight, but I had absolutely no problem with any of the equipment. It's all really easy to use, it played every record with no problems at all, and it only took like, half an hour to set up. For under 200 bucks, that's probably one of the best that you can get. It's not the ideal option, but it's a good starting point, especially if you're just a casual listener. Hope this helped!

u/ajrpugs · 2 pointsr/trees

I have this turntable :) Yes, it's an Audiotechnica AT-LP60. I bought mine on amazon about a year ago, it's been great. I use it with a simple amp and some basic speakers. No complaints!

u/universalmind · 2 pointsr/battlestations

Absolute garbage. The thing is they aren't even cheap.

Significantly higher quality brand and record player

Edit: I should note that I have it listed as $99 because of prime. If you don't own're making a mistake.

u/anteaterhighonants · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon
  1. this turntable
  2. I have a bunch of records but nothing to play them with anymore
  3. of course

    Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds
u/fishymamba · 2 pointsr/TheStrokes

My friend has this one, it works great!! And he can get tracks from his vinyls onto his computer very easily.

I need to get a new one too. Using a really old Fisher MC-3050 right now.

u/djdementia · 2 pointsr/edmproduction

If you are talking about buying a new record player specifically for this task, you should probably look into the USB ones. Yes you can of course use the line out to your saffire but USB will be higher quality. Here is an often recommended brand for new turntables over on r/djs. This isn't the model you'd pick for scratch DJing, but it is the brand and a lower end version of the one recommended for DJs:

As far as your information on pre-amps for the most part that is for older record players, if you are buying a new one they usually have line level outputs that do not need a pre-amp.

u/mickfessor · 2 pointsr/tall

I could be wrong, but it looks a lot like an Audio-Technica ATLP.

u/supplementalfriend · 2 pointsr/sonos

Something like this is probably good for what you’re trying to do. It has a preamp built in and I believe you’ll be able to plug it right in to a raspberry pi without the need for a usb sound card. Good luck!

u/frankbunny · 2 pointsr/audiophile

anything decent in that price range is also going to require a pre-amp & a receiver. Which would require adding at least another $100 to your budget. If you just want something for the sake of playing records you can get something like this. It will work but it isn't exactly hi-fidelity.

u/ryandinho14 · 2 pointsr/DaftPunk

So you want a turntable huh? Welcome to the world of vinyl, where every sound is captured in its purest form and you can transcend into a previously undiscovered dimension of high-fidelity. There's a few things you need to take into account when shopping for a record player:

  • Obviously, your budget.

  • Your high-fidelity listening experience and on what equipment.

  • Your supporting equipment such as speakers/headphones, amplifier, preamplifier, stylus, and even cables when you get into high quality equipment.

    When shopping for musical equipment, always start from the bottom up. If you let someone else do all the research for you, you will end up buying very expensive equipment you don't need/won't understand/won't be able to appreciate. My father blew thousands of dollars on hi-fi receivers, speakers, subs, and more based entirely off of what the assholes at Best Buy told him, but he has no idea how any of it works and he has it set up so that the sound quality is of speakers one-tenth the price.

    Your listening experience is what should really determine how much you splurge. Switching from listening to mp3s with Beats/iPod earphones to vinyls and hi-fi speakers/headphones is a massive audio transition that your ears will have a long and hard time transitioning to. Don't jump straight in to the deep side of the pool, because you will drown in the depth of the sound. Also, and more importantly, an inexperienced listener won't have the ability to tell the difference between an entry-level turntable and a thousand-dollar feat of engineering. If you don't want to get overwhelmed and you don't want to waste your money, you need to start with entry-level equipment.

    Note that by "entry-level" I don't mean cheap or gimmicky. I mean the first tier of the high-quality pyramid. The first step in a new world. Entry-level equipment can still be relatively expensive, but nothing to the dozens of thousands some golden-ear audiophiles shell out for the ultimate listening experience. This is where you need to look at your supporting equipment.

    A turntable will be a serious upgrade to your audio experience, but what are you going to hook it up to? If you jam to an iHome or Skullcandy headphones that you bought at Walgreens, you would probably get more value physically eating the money you plan on buying a turntable with. You will not be getting vinyl-quality sound, so again, I say look into entry-level speakers or headphones if you don't have some already. A good pair of headphones will be cheaper than a full surround sound speaker set and subwoofer. You can find out more about audiophile-quality speakers and headphones on blogs and forums such as The Audiophiliac, head-fi, and my personal favorite, Innerfidelity.

    I became an aspiring audiophile only a year ago, so my knowledge is limited. Most audiophiles are older men and women with the experience and money to recreate high-quality sound, so I am always pushing my equipment to get the maximum dollar-for-dollar value possible. Here is my progression of equipment:

  • Audio-Technica ATH-M30 headphones. They were $40 when I got them and they were the biggest single improvement in sound I ever made. I listened to them primarily through my laptop, and at first my ears could not process all the different sounds going on in the higher-quality tracks in my iTunes library. Hence my recommendation to ease into the hi-fi market.

  • Audio-Technica ATH-M50. These are the workhorse of the Audiophile world. The most popular and most trusted headphone model, and in the opinion of very many, the best cans you can get under $200 or even more. Being only $60 more than the M30's, these are the cans I recommend starting off with. After six months with them I'm still learning to fully appreciate their depth of sound.

  • Onkyo TX-SR503. This was my first amplifier and also doubled as the receiver for my home sound system. I found it cleared the sound slightly and at high volume keeps the sound clear, along with allowing to play the music at much higher volumes than a laptop, mp3 player, or built-in amplifier can when you just want to drown out your world in a bravado of highs and lows. Amplifiers are the most technical-heavy with a wide array of statistics which allow you to judge their quality, but the numbers side is my weakest side, so I encourage you to research on your own the stats like Ohms, Watts, etc.

  • Audio-Technica AT-LP60. Buying a record player was the best choice I ever made in improving my listening experience. Of course I'm biased, but I find that the AT-LP60 is as good as it gets for any turntable under $200, and it's only $80. My first record was a pristine copy of "Bad" by Michael Jackson. Hearing that record for the first time through those ATH-M50's was a turning point in my life. No longer was I content with 192kbps torrents. The crystal clarity; the thumping lows and chiming highs; the sheer bliss of hearing MJ's "hee hees" and "shamonas" as if he was in the room was fucking righteous.

  • Denon AVR-989. Just like the Onkyo, this is an audio/video receiver that also functions as my amplifier. I did not get this to improve sound quality (which it does although), I got this because it was donated to Goodwill by either a Saudi oil tycoon or an elderly citizen who was intimidated by it and it was selling for $40, so I wasn't turning down that opportunity. If you are just looking for a sound amplifier though, I encourage you to look into a tube amplifier. They look and sound incredible.

    After this there are all sorts of other improvements you can make to your listening experience such as purchasing custom styluses and cables, but trust me when I say that will be unnecessary for a little while. I recommend starting with a basic stack of turntable, amplifier, and speakers/headphones. My personal recommendation is the ATP-L60, ATH-M50, and a solid tube amp or receiver. If you are curious about other headphone options, here is a beginner's guide to buying headphones, and here is a ridiculously in-depth review of 107 different headphone models, along with a chart with the review statistics.

    I think this is enough to get you started and hopefully I've spawned the quest of an aspiring audiophile! High-fidelity sound can change your life. It can heighten your senses and alter you view of life. I know it definitely has for me. If you have any other questions you can of course message me, but I recommend posting on those forums where audiophiles with 40+ years of listening experience and a vast wealth of technical knowledge are always looking to help new listeners like us.

    TL;DR Know your shit. Don't get ripped off.
u/TheSAVAGEHipHop · 2 pointsr/makinghiphop

This is the turntable i have, it is fantastic (it says "dj" turntable, but i use it for sampling) It has a rock solid build quality, you can do usb, or line outputs to go into your interface. You can play back at 33,45, and 78 RPM, and it also has a pitch slider as well. you can also get a slipmat for it so you can manipulate the record with your hand/scratch, etc.


u/PepeSylvia11 · 2 pointsr/hiphopheads

I got an Audio Technica LP120-USB. I love it so far! And I'm mainly interested in almost anything Hip-Hop, current and oldies. I also like Indie, like Arcade Fire, NMH, VW, Radiohead, Animal Collective, Modest Mouse. And some weird stuff, like Boards Of Canada, BSBD, Daft Punk, FlyLo. I just want good websites that'll give me nice info on purchases I may make.

u/a6stringronin · 2 pointsr/rawdenim

A good entry level audiophile turntable is the AT-120 for $228. If you have a bigger budget, like $300-$400, your options really open up!

Also, you can find some great vintage used stuff on craigslist. /r/vinyl has a good community that can be helpful with beginners.

If you have any questions later down the line, feel free to ask me anything! I'll be happy to help.

u/13OSSMAU5 · 2 pointsr/vinyl

Oh also, this is the turntable I bought. I'm pretty sure it comes with a pre-amp right?

u/ButterCreamGangsta · 2 pointsr/vinyl

Some say the ATLP120 is a good starter turntable, but I personally wouldn't go for it.

Seriously, I'd look for used. I've found turntables that trump the ATLP120 for less than $10.

u/eaglessoar · 2 pointsr/vinyl

Worth purchasing this Dual 1229 for $240? Or how much should I offer, what things should I ask/look out for?

I'm looking at the Audio-Technica AT-LP120 anyways but I imagine the Dual is a better player for similar price?

I'm really new to this, pretty much just got done reading all the guides and am searching on CL for now.

u/Chuuno · 2 pointsr/AdvancedProduction

I just picked up an AT 120 USB, and it's been wonderful so far. Has the option for traditional phono out, built in amp w/ line out, and a USB port that easily connects to ableton (and presumably all DAWs)

Comes with Audacity too, if that's your bag.

u/adelaarvaren · 2 pointsr/SwingDancing

> technica 120

Are you referring to this:

If so, that's a great turntable - it is direct drive (meaning it uses magnets to get up to speed, not a belt), so it is great for beatmatching and scratching, just in case you want to do a techno or hip-hop set late night ;) Also, it has 33, 45, AND 78 rpm settings, in case you get some old school 78 rpm records (although, be aware that a shellac 78 will not sound good on it, but it won't sound good on any electric turntable).

As for the TT amplifier, the mixer you selected will do that already. It will bump the turntable signal up to a line level signal, so the output from the DJ mixer can go directly into the sound system input (be that on the speakers, or a separate mixer for the room).

Regarding headphones, I would suggest big, over the ear phones, not in-ear. Since you aren't going to be beatmatching, it is less of an issue to have folding phones (which are great for beatmatching, put on one side on your ear, leave your other ear open to hear the music in the room, match the beat, then transition). Really, you'll just be listening to future records for a few things - tempo (is it faster or slower than your current track), level (is it louder or softer?), and key (if you modulate a half step, it will be kind of weird).

u/brnthrshmn · 2 pointsr/vinyl

Is this what you're talking about?:

I've never seen it for less than $250. But even at $299, I think it's a great value.

I'm looking at getting one soon. Thanks for the recommendation!

u/dmizzle0929 · 2 pointsr/audiophile

You may want to check out /r/vinyl for beginner turntables. Spoiler alert: go used on craigslist or new. The lowest end is the Audio-Technica LP120 that they recommend. It has a built in phono preamp so you won't need to add one. If you want to go higher end I recommend the Pro-ject Debut Carbon. Great beginner table with the Ortofon 2M Red cartridge. A bit out of your price range but if you want new, it's worth it. You will have to add a phono pre-amp though, if your receiver doesn't have it (i didn't look).

u/lilsimon92 · 2 pointsr/vinyl

Hey everyone,
I'm new to using a turn table and receiver and i'm having a difficult time setting it up. I was using an amplifier before this and the volume wasn't as loud as I wanted it to be, so I ordered a receiver.

This is my turntable:

This is my receiver:

These are my speakers:

I set up the receiver last night by plugging the RCA cables from the TT into the phono input of the receiver and changed the setting on my record player (phono/line) to the appropriate setting. The volume was there, it definitely had the potential to get loud but the volume was distorted and not coming through clearly. It's driving me nuts because I just want the sound to be perfect already.

Any feedback would be extremely helpful!!!!!

u/PantsAreForPosers · 2 pointsr/vinyl

It lacks a proper counterweight, adjustable anti-skate, and you can't upgrade the parts too easily. I don't have personal experience with it, but it can be awful for your records.

Instead of spending the $300+ on that setup you could look into other new tables. The LP120 is apparently a good option, and it seems to be running in the $200-$300 range.The U-Turn Orbit seems to be going over well with people too, and it starts at $179 if I'm not mistaken. It shouldn't be too hard to find the other necessary components after that, and the tables should come out of the box ready to play. I'm on mobile right now or I would grab some links for you.

EDIT: Links


U-Turn Orbit

u/Swiftt · 2 pointsr/hiphopheads

Can anyone recc me some psychedelic rock? stuff like GOAT, Portugal. The Man etc.. Similarly I wouldn't mind some more glitch music like ediT.

oh, and I'm also looking to buy a new record player. can anyone vouch for this?

u/Apple_Techie · 2 pointsr/blackmirror

This Is the one I got. I have had zero problems or issues with it. If you want to spend a little extra you could go with this one it’s one of the best starter tables if you want to spend the extra money.

u/trainsaw · 2 pointsr/hiphopheads

Best entry bang for your buck would probably be Audio Technica LP120. I can't say I'm incredibly well versed in different turntables and such, but this seems to be a consensus good starter turn table. Just make sure whatever you get has a counterweight on the arm to prevent damage to your records

u/nostalgicBadger · 2 pointsr/AskMen

I'm considering upgrading my turntable. I hear good things about the AT-LP120, and I like Audio-Technica as a brand.

u/youngloudandsnotty · 2 pointsr/Music


I did a lot of research for months. I wanted a beginner set up that didn't cost a ton but also didn't suck and would last a while. Landed on these:



u/I-C-Y · 2 pointsr/hiphopheads

Depends on where you live but for both Europe as US there are plenty of options. This is for example a nice entry level tt which has everything you need included:
If that's still too pricy, get a second hand one but than you have to be careful what you buy cause quality varies a lot (though there's plenty of great second hand deals to be found).
> aux output

all tt have this but not on standard line level which means you need a "phono amp" to connect it to anything with standard line level inputs (standard aux input). an amplifier with an aux input labeled "phono" has this built-in. There are also a few tt such as the one which I linked which have this built in (which means you don't need to buy anything extra). The one which I linked also has a built in analog-to-digital converter with a USB output. I think it would be best if you learned the basics about tt's yourself before purchasing one.

u/Geek_Rawker · 2 pointsr/vinyl

If having a USB is that important then I would suggest the AT-PL120.

u/smoke123456 · 2 pointsr/vinyl
u/mdrsharp · 2 pointsr/edmproduction

Audio Technica has a very nice table the AT-LP120 it has USB and it has a preamp.

This is Audio-Technica's answer to the Technics SL-1200

u/GreatRobo · 2 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

The cheapest NEW turntable that I would feel comfortable suggesting is the uturn orbit basic. It has an adjustable counterweight and comes with a pretty good cartridge. It retails around 180. The next step after that would be the [audio technica lp120] ( which unfortunately has been retailing really high since the end of the Christmas season. It normally runs around 200 dollars. Most of the good brand new turntables these days are pretty expensive unfortunately which is why i suggest vintage.

u/Ingey · 2 pointsr/vinyl

do you have a link? b/c the AT-LP120 is showing as $229 on Amazon.

u/GeneralissimoFranco · 2 pointsr/vinyl

Why not spend the $50-$100 its going to take to put a headshell and decent budget cartridge on the Gemini? That's cheaper than a night out, and you'll get a lot of hours of enjoyment out if it (setting the turntable up, tinkering/learning, and playing records). Even if you upgrade later, it's better than letting the Gemini collect dust or throwing it in the dumpster and raising the amount of perfectly serviceable and fun e-waste rotting in our landfills.

Edit: You will need to fix the speed adjustment slider and buttons on at least one of those though. That's very important for a record player.

Audiophiles are very picky and tend to invest a lot in their equipment (especially if they're buying brand new high end manual turntables, which is what this subreddit has a fetish for). Yeah the Gemini and the Sony look like shit if you sit them next to a brand new Rega, but why should you care?

Your Sony is cheap to buy, very simple and cheaply made, therefore to an audiophile it must be bad. It is also nearly impossible to tinker with (which is probably what is causing your dissatisfaction). That being said, it plays records and plays them pretty well. Your new turntable(s) won't give you much improvement in audio quality, but it will give you a ton of room to have fun with the hobby.

The Gemini is what is referred to as a Technics SL-1200 clone or Super OEM, and your assessment of it is mostly correct. It looks almost like an SL-1200, and it functions almost like one, but it has NONE of the refinement. Nice price though. It's actually pretty comparable to an Audio Technica AT LP-120, which costs a lot more than $15. Like I said, the Gemini probably won't give you much in terms of an audio improvement over the Sony. It will require a phono preamp if you don't have one yet (the Sony has a built-in preamp, the Gemini does not).

Changing headshells is a huge part of the fun of vinyl, and definitely something you want to get into if you're wanting to get technical with the hobby. The AT95e is one of the best budget cartridges and the Ortofon OM10 is the other. Since you specifically said you want to tinker, I would not buy the preassembled cartridge. I would buy a seperate headshell and an alignment protractor and do the installation myself. It's slightly cheaper than spending the $60 for the ready to install kit, and you'll learn more that way. If you're intimidated, there are A LOT of youtube guides on how to do this.

The Ortofon 2M Red and Shure M97xe are slightly classier budget cartridges, but they won't offer a big performance boost over the good budget option (the Ortofon Red sure is pretty looking though...). You'll need to spend >$200 on a cartridge before you start to see a significant upgrade over the budget options.

Quick links -

Budget headshell -

Alignment protractor -

AT95e -

Ortofon OM10 -

Ortofon 2M Red -

Shure M97xe -

AT LP-120 -

u/arachnophilia · 2 pointsr/vinyl

i'm familiar with the anti-DJ bias; as you can see by my tag, i own a technics 1200, the DJ table. it's rather poorly regarded in audiophile circles for, as far as i can tell, no good reason.

but this particular instance isn't hate. the stanton t.52 and t.62 models have very short straight tonearms. these were originally designed for scratch DJs, to improve tracking. it helps the needle stay in the groove during backcuing. but it does so at the cost of drastically increased record wear, and added distortion. basically, the needle turns too much in the groove, compared to designs with longer tone arms.

but it's mostly a record wear issue. these things are bad for your records. i would go get your money back, and buy one of these instead. same price, significantly better, and safer for your records.

u/FaxGob · 2 pointsr/vinyl

I have the LP60 and like others have said, it's a decent turntable. Nothing fancy about it, but it gets the job done. I recently upgraded to an older turntable that used to be my dad's and I just had to replace the belt and the stylus.

If you don't want to get something used, I've heard good things about this one.

u/8BitBirb · 2 pointsr/vinyl

Hi there, obligatory "this is a dumb question, and I'm highly inexperienced with vinyl and player setups," but I'm thinking about getting a brand new [Audio Technicana LP120] ( this month to replace a long dead player that I had about a year or two before. I have an Insignia Stereo Reciever (NS-STR514) to go along with the player I had before it, with some average speakers. Will my new record player go along with this little setup? I don't exactly have enough money to buy a new one, and really like the Bluetooth compatibility for when friends are over and don't want to listen to my hipster shit. I'm not looking for The Best setup either, I'm just a broke college student looking to play my mum's old Bowie vinyls and stuff. I tried looking at the manual I found online and it still speaks like latin to me. Thanks guys!

u/cbear_28 · 2 pointsr/vinyl

I was in your position not too long ago. I really wanted to get into the hobby but didn't have enough money to buy anything decent. The first thing I did was look for a job. This is easier said than done but once I found one I was surprised as to how quickly I could make money. One of the first things I bought was a nice pair of headphones. I bought the Audio Technica ATH-M50xBT, but the cheaper version without bluetooth looks just as good. I also started to collect records. It did feel pointless at times with no way of listening to them but I still appreciated the artwork. After that I decided to buy some nice bookshelf speakers, the Edifier R1280T's. Although the price was cheap, I absolutely love these speakers. Even though I didn't have a turntable yet, it made listening to Spotify more enjoyable. Additionally, I knew that I would have a nice pair of speakers for whenever I could afford a turntable. These speakers have two inputs so I can have both my PC and turntable plugged in at the same time which is really nice. Once I had enough for a turntable I had a little trouble picking out the right one. I almost settled for a lp60 but I'm glad I didn't. For me, it was between a U-turn Orbit, AT lp120, and Fluance RT81. All of these are great turntables but I ended up choosing the Fluance model. The wood look, large number of features, and good reviews made this the best turntable under $300 for me. That's my story! Please don't buy anything cheaply made. It won't sound any better than Spotify will for you and will be a little disappointing. Also, don't give up on trying to sell the PS4. I gave up video games around 6 months ago and I've had so much more free time to work and enjoy other things! Good luck!

u/dolichoblond · 2 pointsr/headphones

The ironic thing is a CD player that's high-end enough to bother with a digital transport that bypasses the internal DAC is already likely to have an internal DAC that's hard to improve on.

Definitely more improvements to be had pushing money towards the analog end of the setup. Maybe a different phono preamp if your turntable has a built-in preamp. I'm generally happy with the Fiio end of high-fi, but was really surprised at how much improvement I got getting an offboard phono stage to replace the onboard in my ATLP120. That really gave me the upgrade itch...good thing phono gear is so expensive that I can't leave the shallow end.

u/staxnet · 2 pointsr/vinyl

This, this, or this.

u/nomemehere · 2 pointsr/vinyl

Amazon page for a AT-LP120. The description lists the tonearm hydraulic action and lift lever.

u/TheEdgeOfTheInternet · 2 pointsr/VinylDeals

Is this even a deal? What are these going for right now? I bought a factory refurb AT-LP120-USB on Amazon for $180-190 shipped almost 2 years ago.

Edit: I looked it up. I paid $184 for my refurb, but they're $229 new on Amazon right now. When I bought my refurb they were more than $229 new. Even though I haven't had a single issue with my refurb, honestly, I would buy new for $229 instead of saving only $25 on a refurb.

u/Wurm42 · 2 pointsr/Music

I'll second jbarket's recommendation of Technics, assuming you can find a used one in good shape.

I recently purchased the Audio Technica ATLP120 for my in-laws, they've been very happy with it. Currently on sale at Amazon for about $250.

Also ask yourself- do you need 78 rpm? If you can live with a two-speed (33 & 45 rpm) there are a lot more good options in your price range.

u/ic2drop · 2 pointsr/vinyl

So this may be like casting a fishing line into the darkness, but everyone seems helpful enough, so here it goes.

I am thinking of diving into the world of vinyl, and I would like to do it properly the first time around, rather than having to replace items as I go. The purpose of the build would be for pure listening pleasure, to include headphone use. There are other methods of listening to music currently (Sonos wireless setup), so this wouldn't be for daily listening.

For starters this is the relative area that we are working with. While there can be some slight changes to size specs on the amp, turntable, and speakers, I would like to stay as close to stock as possible.

This is the turntable that was suggested to me, as a solid piece of equipment that sounds solid. It does have lots of features that I may not use though, such as the USB connection. There isn't any DJing in my future, just listening and flipping. The price point is about my budget for a turntable.

I have no idea what to look for in an amp, but would like there to be a built in preamp (unless there is a sound quality reason to avoid it) and a headphones jack for the front portion. My budget for this portion would be roughly $500 - $600.

Speakers, I know are a world of pain when it comes to price... or at least they can be. I am currently trying to find the dimensions of the speaker section of this console, knowing this will have direct impact on the speaker choice. The budget for speakers (to include speaker wiring) would be $800 for the pair.

My headphones are reference level from a few years back. They are no where close to me, so I don't have the brand / type offhand. In regards to the new or used department, I am perfectly fine with used, as long as it is good condition and has the desired sound quality.

Thank you for any help, and if you need any more details, please let me know.

Edit: Local Craigslist(ings): and

u/designersquirrel · 2 pointsr/vinyl

What's your budget? I asked a similar question last week about a Pioneer table I picked up. I got a lot of recommendations to check out Audio Technica cartridges. Check these out as appropriate for your budget:


I'm waiting until next month to go for the AT440MLE personally. I also plan on getting the AT Headshell which should work for you too.

u/gatesphere · 2 pointsr/vinyl

Here's the original headshell:

Here's the same thing, a bit cheaper, in black:

The LP120 comes stock with an AT95E cart these days:

I recently upgraded mine to an AT440MLb (pricey but worth it! Check the 'other sellers' options to save ~$50):

u/pyroglass · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

lol.. well, from my understanding, PRO-JECT and REGA are amazing TT and are very minimalistic, so would/should fit in with any decor (altho, I'm a man with no fashion sense) like this

the high quality machines are the most visually apealling i believe. (not like those all in one things that are supposed to look like "old timey radios" which play bad and destroy your albums)

u/PMental · 2 pointsr/audiophile

Pro-Ject make nice turntables, but don't waste money on a USB-one unless you plan to connect it to your computer instead of the phono stage of the preamp. I'd be looking at this one instead:

u/filthyneckbeard · 2 pointsr/vinyl

Looking to get my first setup, would greatly appreciate feedback in case there's something I've missed, or somewhere I've been dumb!

I live in an area in the UK where shipping sucks wang, so looking to get everything from where possible.

Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut Carbon

Speakers: Wharfedale Diamond 9.1

Amp: Pro-Ject Phono Box MM Amplifier

Does this look reasonable?

u/nofftastic · 2 pointsr/explainlikeimfive

It's likely just an abbreviation to keep the various speed (33-1/3, 45, 78) labels consistent (i.e., no fractions). For example, this record player has speeds labelled 33 and 45, but in the description, it specifies that it actually plays at 33-1/3.

u/AndreHawkDawson · 2 pointsr/vinyl

Whatever you do, do NOT get a Crosley suitcase record player!!

Turntable = Audio-Technica LP60 = $79

Speakers = Edifier R1280T Powered Bookshelf Speakers = $99

Would make for a perfect setup for a beginner!

u/shutupisaac · 2 pointsr/hiphopheads

Yeah, I feel. This is the one I'm using at the moment & I like it. Obviously not the most high end thing but it does the job well.

u/Knightsguy55 · 2 pointsr/vinyl

I got the  Audio Technica AT-LP60BK off of Amazon. I know there's a similar model that has Bluetooth on it that's sold through Urban Outfitters that I personally would've rather bought.

u/Frizkie · 2 pointsr/gorillaz

I own an Audio-Technica LP60, which is really, really good value at $100. The next step up from them is the LP120 which is basically better in every way, but starts around $300.

u/sk9592 · 2 pointsr/hometheater

> If later I decide to get a sub for the system could I hook an active sub up to the receiver?

Yes, all 5.1 AV Receivers have a subwoofer pre out that you use to hook up a powered subwoofer. I assume when you say active sub, you mean powered sub, right?

> what turntable should I look at when it is time to upgrade?

It really depends how much you are willing to spend. Expect the starting point to be around $90. You might find something cheaper on the used market. In that case, make sure you at least get a new needle cartridge for it. You can't go wrong with anything made by Audio-Technica, Pioneer, or Sony.

This is a good starter turntable:

Although most enthusiasts prefer something with a direct drive mechanism instead of belt driven such as this:

Personally, I think they oversell the benefits of direct drive turntables. For most people, there's not going to be a huge benefit.

Is there any chance you or your gf can return the record player she bought? You can include that cash in the purchase of a better record player? I know it was a gift, but I can't help but feel that she wasted her money on it.

u/WindwardLeaf · 2 pointsr/avengedsevenfold
u/SilentRansom · 2 pointsr/RelientK

This is the one I have. It's a good starter player (it needs speakers though).

It may be tempting to go with a Crosley or something like that, but don't. They're notorious for ruining your records due to how unbalanced they are.

I would search craigslist or yard sales for speakers, maybe even goodwill.

/r/vinyl has a lot of great resources (though the sub can be really pretentious). I would check out their side bar for more info.

u/Whats_a_1911 · 2 pointsr/lorde

That’s the Audio Technica AT-LP60BK. Here ‘s a link to it on Amazon. Not enthusiast grade by any means but it gets the job done.

u/NerdGasem · 2 pointsr/hiphopheads

Audio Technica my friend told me it's pretty good for the price and the fact that it's my first one.

I'm open up to suggestions of a future upgrade.

u/graison · 2 pointsr/saskatoon

Look at this
Audio-Technica AT-LP60BK Fully Automatic Belt Driven Turntable - Black

u/winchendonsprings · 2 pointsr/audiophile

I have this amp

Lepy 2020

Set up to these speakers

Micca MB42

But the volume is super low even maxed out.

What did I do wrong? Do I need a larger amp to power the speakers?

EDIT: source is from Audio Technica LP60

u/Melonfresco · 2 pointsr/vinyl

Hey guys!
My girlfriend is a music lover and her birthday is coming up so I wanted to surprise her with a new turntable. Her old Crosley turntable crapped out recently after only one year of use.

I am a complete newbie when it comes to this kind of stuff, but after doing a bit of research these are the items I have decided on.

Audio Technica At-LP60BK Turntable

Micca MB42 Bookshelf Speakers

The main issue I am having is picking an amplifier. It seems that I would need one in order to properly connect the turntable and speakers. These are the two I am looking at now, but I'm not sure if they are compatible with my set up or will have enough power. Any recommendations on which one I should pick? My budget is pretty tight.

Seeduck Lepy Mini Amplifier

Pyle Home Mini Amplifier

I would appreciate any help, thank you :)

u/AlphaDoom · 2 pointsr/vinyl

So I’ve recently caught on to the hobby of Vinyl collecting, and I am looking for a proper, entry level Record Player



Was just wondering if these 2 pieces of equipment are compatible with eachother, and if any additional equipment is needed, and will work for a casual listener such as myself!

u/jibelite · 2 pointsr/TheStrokes

I bought this from amazon before I left for college because it's so compact, and has built in speakers.

I listen to the vinyls everyday!

u/nwg442 · 2 pointsr/vinyl

I'm sure there are guides for this but i'd rather have some input from you guys. I got 50 dollars to amazon from my sisters to get a record player for christmas, so I got this guy.. Now at first I thought it was exactly what I needed, since I'm just starting out on vinyl, and I'm not looking for anything super nice, just something to play my vinyls on, for personal listening.

Well after ordering it I'm looking at the reviews and it's looking like people have a lot of problems with it... Basically I decided that if mine ends up being as bad as some others have been, I'll just return it and get a refund.

In that case, what should I use my 50 bucks towards buying? Also, I didn't think of this until afterwards either, but we have an audio technica turntable I can use in my basement, but the phono output is messed up and it only plays really quietly. So maybe I should just invest in a cheap stereo system insted? In that case, what stereo system would be good for 50 bucks?

u/Spinkledorf · 2 pointsr/vinyl

[This is widely considered to be one of the best starter turntables at your price] (

I have it, and it's worked great for me.

u/gigabyte898 · 2 pointsr/Music

It's a little pricey, but I have this one and it's great. If that's a bit out of your price range, try finding something that at the minimum let's you adjust the downforce on the needle and anti-skate. Best bet would probably be second hand if you wanna go really cheap.

u/ShutY0urDickHolster · 2 pointsr/vinyl

Whats a better option the Teac TN300 or the LP120?

u/WorldChempion · 2 pointsr/vinyl

I'm looking to upgrade my setup and am looking into buying these items, how are these and will this setup work?

Turntable:Audio Technica LP-120

Amp:ART DJ II Phono

Speakers:Audioengine A2+

u/Vinyl_Kizz · 2 pointsr/vinyl

Thank you.

What are your thoughts on the Audio Technica AT-LP120BK-USB Direct-Drive Professional Turntable (USB & Analog), Black?

u/Pinguwin007 · 2 pointsr/audiophile

hey, i can just offer you some general advice. personally I'd invest in a cheaper tt especially if you're just starting out in the hobby. you can then up your budget on speakers as they will be the heart of any system. you can start off with the u-turn orbit or maybe a Pro-ject which are both great pieces of equipment. the phono preamp you linked is a tube amp as far as I understand and will add some warmth to the sound. some people don't like it, others swear by it. just wanted to let you know. alternatively head over to /r/vinyl. they are a great community and will have some good recommendations.

u/araspion · 2 pointsr/vinyl

Hi there,

I'd like to upgrade my audio setup, which is OK, but not great. Here's what I currently have going on:

Turntable: Pro-Ject - Debut Carbon DC (Black)

Speakers: Audioengine A2+ Premium Powered Desktop Speakers - Pair (Black)


I think the Pro-Ject is OK for me right now, but I'm thinking about upgrading my speakers, and potentially purchasing a receiver (as opposed to my preamp into speakers set up right now). I've started buying some cassettes, so would also love to buy a cassette deck at some point and also be able to plug it into my receiver.

Anyone have any tips? I am admittedly still a bit of a novice, so any advice much appreciated. :)

I also have a couple of these: Audio-Technica AT95E/HSB Headshell/Cartridge Combo Kit (AT95E Cartridge and AT-HS10BK Headshell) lying around the apartment. Is it possible to replace my Pro-Ject needle with one of these bad boys / if so, anyone know of a good explainer for how to do it?


u/Lanczer · 2 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

As u/Matthasideas said you probably won't be able to find something that is "recommended" in that price range. With that said I don't think there is anything wrong with getting something cheap and just enjoying it for what it is. I started out with a cheap plastic USB turntable that had its own plethora of issues, but it was still fun to just listen to old records at the time. I would probably advise not going too wild on brand new records until upgrading though. Crate digging can be fun.

If you can breach into the >$100 range do it. You will get something much better that will last you. If not just get what you can and plan to upgrade if you want to maintain the hobby. Check your local Craigslist for deals but keep in mind you may need to replace the cartridge and/or do some servicing when buying used (this is what i did).

This is on sale right now and I think is the cheapest turntable that would be recommended on r/vinyl.

Edit: missed a few words

u/notjosemanuel · 2 pointsr/vinyl

If your budget is THAT tight, you could get this instead, so at least you have a counterweight and the option to upgrade the cartridge later on

u/__Spookyfish__ · 2 pointsr/blackmirror

This one is also a great option if you’re looking for a sharp looking starter.

u/Da918sFinest · 2 pointsr/vinyl

Looking to get my first turntable and would like to keep it under $300. Both of these seem like great options, thoughts or other suggestions?


Orbit Basic (with built in preamp and probably a AT95E Audio Technica cartridge)- - $300 pre tax


Fluance 81- - $249 pre tax

u/Drilnoth · 2 pointsr/TheDearHunter

By the way, if you're really interested in listening to vinyl records, you may want to do a bit of research before buying your first turntable. A lot of the cheap (sub-$150) ones are really poor quality, and not only do they tend to sound bad, they can wear out your records much, much faster than a decent turntable would. I personally have a Fluance RT81 which does the job just fine for me, but there are a number of options in the $250-$300 price range that would all probably work well for someone who's new to the hobby or only marginally interested. The cheap players though (Crosley, Victrola, etc.) are just not going to give you a good listening experience and seem to often cause people to give up on records without giving them a proper chance. You can check out the links in the sidebar of /r/vinyl for more advice, and they have a weekly thread over there for general questions such as getting set up.

In my experience, The Dear Hunter sounds great on vinyl (especially acts IV and V), so enjoy! They're actually one of just a handful of bands I've listened to and had a moment of "wow, this actually sounds better on vinyl than it does on CD/digital."

u/robotdinofight · 2 pointsr/hometheater

Decent speakers and a receiver for $200 is a tough buy. Have you thought about getting him a better turntable? The turntable he has isn't great and without a counterweight, it can put undue stress on records and actually damage them over time. This is a decent one for $249 that he'd certainly appreciate if he's into vinyl:

u/bagheera74 · 2 pointsr/vinyl

I recommend these:,loc:2

The Klipsch are a speaker system with a receiver built in.
This is a complete home music system and you wont need to buy anything else.

Or if you want to have separate components I recommend this:

and speaker stands.

These are budget recommendations that will get you good sound and good quality. If you want to go crazy on high end stuff you will want to do more research on the audiophile sub.

u/Rrussell2060 · 2 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

Good solid choices, my only thought is since your using the ELAC sub you could use the ELAC F5's $560/pair and add the new Fluance Turntable $250.00 Link: and still be under budget.

u/jamalstevens · 2 pointsr/vinyl

It's this one. Nice enough I suppose, but OP, a good upgrade for dad (think Father's day) would be one with an adjustable weighted tonearm. I think a uturn orbit with Pluto preamp and some powered speakers would make a great gift for Dad!

u/MON5TERMATT · 2 pointsr/CaravanPalace

Just don't get a crosley. I can't "suggest" a specific player for you. But I can tell you that you want something with an actual counterweight so it doesn't destroy your records.

Some more info on why not to get a crosley:

The player I would suggest for under 100$:

The players I own and use:

u/HorribleStraw · 2 pointsr/turntables

I honestly don't know anything with built in speakers that is worth your money. The reason being separate components will give you better room for upgrade and are more future proof (the more stuff crammed into a single device the higher is the probability of you running into a problem).

With this budget I recommend you get an entry-level Audio Technica AT-LP60: Amazon link and use the 50 remaining bucks on a reliable pair of computer speakers, like these Logitech. You can also hit a thrift store or your city's craigslist and see if you can find something in good condition for less.

This TT has a built in phono stage meaning that you can connect it directly to powered speakers. That should get you going.

u/RaymondLeggs · 1 pointr/BudgetAudiophile

Pyle PLTTB-1 Belt driven Professional turntable

I was going to reccoment the Pyle PLTTB-3 which looks identical but it weighs less than the older PLTTB-1 I stepped up and reccomended the PLTTB-1 the PLTTB3 has USB and isn't quite as good internally as the older model. Still decent for the price but the Non USB model is better.

Onkyo TX8020

Yamaha NS6490 Bookshelf speakers

u/LastnameWurst · 1 pointr/vinyl

My setup is a


Pyle PPP999 Preamp

Alesis Elevate 3 Monitors

Replaced the needle recently with a Ortofon Omega

It's not the greatest setup but when I get my next apartment I plan on upgrading everything and doing a proper home stereo setup with floor standing speakers and all. My local Ikea still has the Kallax shelves so hopefully they are still there in about 8 month's.

u/halfam · 1 pointr/audioengineering
u/MPJ12 · 1 pointr/vinyl

How is the Pyle PLTTB1?

u/loosepujols · 1 pointr/vinyl

The carbon fiber ones are the kind I see widely recommended. Here's a cheap option that I use and works well:

u/ILLBASHURMUM · 1 pointr/vinyl

Don't worry about a pre amp. That turntable has one. Basically, buy both of them, a couple records, and you're set!

Maybe buy a record brush like this and use it everytime you play a record. I have one, and it's made a huge difference.

u/The_fun_Machine · 1 pointr/vinyl

I assume by Audioquest you are talking about is this (ignore me if you're not) which is great for removing dust before each play but it wont really "clean" old or dirty records.

u/andycpsu · 1 pointr/vinyl

I use the audioquest brush someone on here recommended a bit ago : link -- works great

u/RealDiels · 1 pointr/vinyl

Hi guys, I'm relatively new to playing records. I've had a turntable setup for a year or so, but don't get to use it that much.

My question is, how do you control static pops and clicks? Even on the records I buy brand new, I still get pops and clicks and my turntable sounds nowhere near as good as playing music from my iPod to my receiver. I have:

  • Infinity Interlude Il60 speakers
  • Harmon Kardon AVR325 Receiver
  • An 80s Kenwood preamp (not the best, I know, but I don't think it should be that weak)
  • A late 80s Technics home turntable, not one of the nicer professional type ones

    I replaced the cartridge with this Audio Technica cartridge, hoping it would help out, but it didn't help much at all. I realize it's a cheap cartridge, but so is my preamp and turntable.

    I have used this record washing contraption and this anti static brush, but niether seem to keep the dust off of my records, and pops and clicks develop way too quickly.

    I love spinning some vinyl, but when the sound quality doesn't compare to digital music, it really turns me off :(

    What do you use to keep your records fresh and clean, and what can I do to control dust and static on my records so I don't ruin them?
u/Peefree · 1 pointr/vinyl

Anything like this:
There are different brands out there but they're all pretty much the same.

u/bobEddins · 1 pointr/vinyl

I bought this record cleaning brush and this record cleaning kit. I haven't cleaned the stylus since I just got the table. I ordered the Onzow Zerodust. As far as cleaning the skip issue on the record, you think a RCM would work? What about this?

The fact that the 2M Red cartridge tracks deeper is something I didn't know and that helps a lot!

u/MrRom92 · 1 pointr/vinyl
u/oziemandias · 1 pointr/vinyl

The brush is anti static, which does make a difference. The Audioquest one goes for $15 w Prime shipping on Amazon and, from my personal experience, works great.

Consider how much money you've spent on your collection. If it's more than $100, it's worth investing in a piece of gear that will keep your vinyl in better shape.

Also, if you're gonna wipe your vinyl with water, make sure you ONLY use distilled water. NEVER tap. There are often chemicals/minerals in tap water that will end up caked onto the grooves.

u/tiggyspawn · 1 pointr/vinyl

Great turntable! I'd also recommend getting one of these, which is super handy in keeping the dust off your records once you get started!

RE Amps:

You don't really need that pre-amp if you buy an amplifier with a "Phono" input. This serves the same purpose as a pre-amp, namely, converting the turntable's signal into something the amp can work with.

Something like This, for example. Many modern amps also have multiple inputs for your iPod, CD player, and whatever else you need, which is great! :D

Those pre-amps are useful if you already have an amplifier which does NOT have this phono input, which is often the case with modern stereos.

u/Agronac · 1 pointr/vinyl

This is the one I have! I let the record spin and gently press it to the record for a bit. After a few rotations, I slowly move it to the center and let the bristles touch the spindle. Seems to work so far.

u/Russia-On-Ice · 1 pointr/Music

I got one for Christmas as well.

Kid A by Radiohead sounds fantastic, I picked up a copy of it at Best Buy. Lateralus by Tool is also one of my favorites. In the Court of the Crimson King by King Crimson, OK Computer by Radiohead, Insurgentes by Steven Wilson. I ordered the vinyl edition of Takk... by Sigur Rós off of which I should get in the mail soon. I dying to hear it.

Oh, and as a tip; I would invest in one of these.

u/BigTuna117 · 1 pointr/vinyl

I would also recommend an AudioQuest Anti-Static Record Cleaner Brush, which is a fairly tried-and-true way of getting dust off of your records before you play them.

u/natem345 · 1 pointr/vinyl

Do you have any particular brush you'd recommend? I see this one on Amazon, but some reviews complain it sheds bristles.

u/Lunchbox359 · 1 pointr/vinyl

Would this also work for my problem?

I'd try the method you suggested but im to scared ill mess up.

u/JaisBit · 1 pointr/vinyl

This is what you want:

These are sold under many different brandings, and they're all pretty much the same. I've had the best luck with the Audioquest branded ones, though.

u/RoyTheGeek · 1 pointr/vinyl

I just placed an order for these items:

I gave up on the container because of the price, I'll have to find something else. Are all the items good? Have I forgotten anything?

u/remembertosmilebot · 1 pointr/vinyl

Did you know Amazon will donate a portion of every purchase if you shop by going to instead? Over $50,000,000 has been raised for charity - all you need to do is change the URL!

Here are your smile-ified links:


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u/disneyfacts · 1 pointr/vinyl

Be sure you have a 78 cartridge for playing the 78s. This one is recommended a lot.

This works well for a brush. Be sure you wet clean the records though - the brush is for dust that gets on the record between plays, it does not deep clean.

u/FlyLoFan · 1 pointr/vinyl

This would sound excellent.

I own a Realistic Lab 400, that I prefer over the debut III. But it has a nice cartridge on it and just looks damn cool.

u/Quidjay · 1 pointr/vinyl
u/axelwetzel · 1 pointr/vinyl

So, should I instead do this setup:

Pro-Ject Debut III

Shiite Magni

*Sennheiser HD598

u/LessThanDan · 1 pointr/vinyl

To be fair, you didn't give a budget in your original comment. :) How much are you willing to spend? If you're planning on buying new, but $300 is too much, then there are some cheaper options (but not many). Keep in mind that a new, decent-quality turntable will run you at least a couple hundred dollars. Take a look at the Entry-level turntable buying guide if you haven't already.

The bare minimum cheapest turntable recommended by this subreddit is the Crosley C100, which can be found for under $150. Crosley is a brand infamous for it's cheap, lousy, suitcase-style record players and other "toys" usually found in department stores, but the C100 is at least a halfway-respectable model because it contains the features of a proper turntable (counterweight, adjustable tracking force, antiskate, etc). I think it's a fine choice if you're just getting into the hobby.

If you're willing to pay a little more, the Denon DP-300F has recently dropped in price, and would be a step up in quality. It also features automatic playback (meaning that the tonearm can automatically move itself to the start of the record, cue itself, and then lift back up at the end. A nice luxury to have, but not a necessary feature, or even a desired one by many vinyl enthusiasts).

There are more options on that guide, but those are just a couple to consider. If you're really tight on money, you'll have to buy used. Many people on this subreddit are advocates for buying used stuff, since vintage Japanese turntables made in the late 70's/early 80's are renowned for their quality, and you can get lucky and find good deals on them in the classifieds, or at garage sales, etc. But, unfortunately I'm not much of an expert in that area.

Also keep in mind that, if you do go vintage, you will also need to make sure you own a receiver, or buy an audio-preamp for the turntable, since old turntables did not use built-in preamps.

Let me know if you have any other questions.

u/cannibalburger8 · 1 pointr/vinyl

I was reading up on reviews on the Denon DP-300F and people were saying that after a few plays it distorts the audio, making it sound like a “warbling bird”. i was wondering if this player was at all worth it and if not what would be a good alternative around the same price range for a beginner like myself (preferably new)

Edit: Automatic start and return are not necessary but auto stop would be nice

u/Buck_j · 1 pointr/vinyl

Denon Dp-300F. The best value when it comes to a good quality turntable that is fully automatic. Extremely easy to use, excellent sound, excellent design. Adjustable counter weight and anti-skate, with a stock cartridge that is decent and isn't going to chew up records. All-in-all, the perfect solution for your mother and other's similarly situated.

u/Srtviper · 1 pointr/vinyl

Denon DP-300F vs Fluance RT80?

I have been looking for a turntable around ~$200 to replace my LP-60. I would love to here what you all think of these two options, or if there is a third I should consider(preferably something with a built in pre-amp and speed adjustment, because I switch between 45 an 33rpm fairly often).

u/ItsMeEntropy · 1 pointr/indieheads

/r/vinyl has a pretty good tier list you should check out. Basically, you want to be looking for anything with a counter weight at the very least. Cheapest option would be Craigslist / thrift shops for vintage tables, about $20-100.

If you want to buy new, I'd check out the Denon DP300F which was recently priced down $100+ a couple months ago (it was a $450 table at release). I'd also take a look at the uTurn Orbit Basic ($180 and upgradeable).

u/Pez88 · 1 pointr/poppunkers

I personally have a Denon DP-300F. I've had it for almost three years and it works great. Though I did have to adjust the motor since it played a bit fast out of the box. I've also heard good things about U-Turn and Audio Technica.

Unfortunately, record players are one of those things where you get what you pay for. You can't really cheap out on them unless you find an older used one. Please don't be tempted by the lower prices of Crosely and the like, they will damage your records after a few plays.

u/Sync27 · 1 pointr/vinyl

I am looking to upgrade my AT-LP60 to one of the following:
Denon DP-300F or
and pair it with an Ortofon Red

I'm leaning towards the Denon since it has the automatic tone arm, but could be persuaded either way. Do either of these stand out as much better than the other? I'd also be open to spending my $300 budget on other suggestions.

u/machupichu12 · 1 pointr/vinyl

How about a Denon DP-300F from Amazon warehouse. They are returned units listed for $240 shipped. Add a Ortofon Red down the road and you're in business.

u/DarkLordGwyn · 1 pointr/vinyl


I just wanted some opinions on my setup that I'm asking for Christmas. and yes I know buying used gear is a better choice but I can't expect people giving me gifts to go hunt at thrift stores and craigslist.

Denon DP 300F

Onkyo A-9010 Integrated Stereo Amplifier

Polk Audio T15 Bookshelf Speakers

The Denon has a pre-amp right? So, do I need the Onkyo Amp? If I don't "need" the Onkyo amp would it still be worth the money e.g. improve the sound a noticeable amount?

Is anything I'm buying too cheap or too expensive for my setup? (I'm looking for an entry level setup)

How much more will I get out of a better turntable like the Orbit U-Turn would I, a novice, notice a difference? And if I do get the Orbit (and the Onkyo) should I get the Orbit with or without the pre-amp?

Finally am I making any huge mistakes? Are there any better value options than the parts I've chose?

u/susdaddyone · 1 pointr/vinyl

Hi all,

I'm looking for some cartridge assistance/general information on a first TT I am purchasing as an x-mas gift for my girlfriend (she's rad).

I've read all the links and guides and have finally settled on two choices for a new TT: the Fluance RT83

or the Denon DP-300F

The Denon DP-300F is on sale for black Friday currently so I am leaning towards it. That being said, I would like to replace the cartridge on it with a Ortofon 2M Red. How difficult would it be for someone completely new to TT's like myself to replace the cartridge? Would I be better off purchasing it already upgraded from another source and just pay the difference for the work and peace of mind that it is done correctly:

Also, as a side note, I am looking at pairing both with an active speaker (I'll upgrade and do things the right way as I get more funds--ugh!). And if I go with RT83 I'll pick up a Schiit Mani pre-amp as well. To hook everything up, all I'll need is two pairs of RCA cables for connecting the TT to the pre-amp and then another pair to connect pre-amp to speakers correct? I would hate to get everything all packaged together for x-mas and then figure out I didn't even get the right cables to hook this bad boy up.


u/D3ADSONGS · 1 pointr/vinyl

Audio Technica LP-60 is like as low as you can go if you want brand new and pretty safe. Or save a little more and move into the $250 dollar range for many options. Also the Denon DP-300F is on sale universally right now for $200 and is a pretty easy turntable.
Denon DP-300F Fully Automatic Analog Turntable

u/itisrocketscience · 1 pointr/vinyl

Denon dp-300f


You should also look into restored at whatever local shops have them.

u/broken_ship · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I'll tell you what I want, what I really really want.

I desperately want this record player because my roommate broke my old one.

It's pricey though, so I think I'm going to start scoping out thrift stores!

u/probablynotokyea · 1 pointr/Deathmetal

A vinyl of the gods. Yes, it's definitely a very substantial record, and I don't regret the decision to get the special edition at all, it's a beautiful record, both in content and aesthetics, but I love just being able to chill out and listen for a while before flipping. I really shouldn't bitch though. I just got Deflorate by TBDM on vinyl and the whole album all the way through is just over 30 mins, so even one of the two Inferi records is about the same length. It's pretty rare to find an hour long metal album that is full of great tracks.

As amazing as it is, I think my audio setup is holding the album's sound potential back. I'm using this hooked up to this.

What kind of setup are you using?

u/Chazzzor · 1 pointr/audiophilemusic

You can add external speakers according to the Amazon posting.

In the future - without a clear and large picture or a model number you won't get much help posting a tiny fuzzy picture. It's just impossible to figure things out without that. The better your description and picture, the better and more helpful the responses will be.

u/pizzas1ut · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I feel kind of superficial making this post because obviously there will always be someone who needs something more than me, but here we go..

The other day, someone I had recently gotten very close to passed away. It was an odd friendship because she was very young (maybe only halfway through high school) and I am 20-going-on-21, and nature would tell us to hate each other because we shared the same traumatic stories of an ex-boyfriend, but somehow we bonded over music. She would play records for me and I was so impressed at how mature her music taste was. I felt so relaxed and understood listening to records with her; it was no wonder we became fast friends despite a tumultuous past. I understood her for her personality, grief, pain, why she needed out .. all through the silence we shared listening to her record player.

She committed suicide four days ago. I never got to tell her I was sorry for how I treated her before we became friends, back when I held so much disdain for her due to us sharing a past romantic interest, things I can't really blame her for but I did. I feel like the only way I can connect with her and apologize is through record player and records, but I don't have the courage (nor the place) to ask her mother for the one she owned. And all I can think about is that she was so fucking young.

I'm going through a low point in my life. My college career is almost over but I still have no idea where I'm going with it, financial bills are piling up and my parents are using their retirement fund to pay for schooling that I'm just so damn unsure of, I work 3 jobs but see none of my money, I don't know if I have any other friends who liked me as much as she did, and my anxiety gets worse and worse and what makes it so much more painful is my old friend, not knowing where she is or if she ever got the resolve she needed.

All I want to do is listen to records.

I don't care how cheap the record player, I just want to be alone and try to feel her again. I want to be able to say I'm sorry and I want her to speak to me in the way we initially learned how to communicate.

u/emilyandtherabbit · 1 pointr/Music

A Jensen AM/FM Stereo Turntable

This bad boy, except a little worse for wear and it's missing the lid on top. Works perfectly fine though so far!

u/jdm_42 · 1 pointr/vinyl

Totally new to this so I greatly appreciate the help.

For the holidays, I received as gifts the Audio Technica AT-LP60 turntable and a pair of Micca MB42 bookshelf speakers.

I now see I will need an amplifier and speaker wire, and I would like to spend $50 or less. I'm doing research to try to understand exactly what I need but I'm still a little unsure.

I'm seeing decent reviews about the Lepai LP2020A+. I see folks who bought the same speakers as me also recommending this. Is there any reason it might not be compatible with my turntable?

And finally is this the kind of speaker wire I would need?

Many thanks!

u/jdsamford · 1 pointr/vinyl

I'm looking into getting an Audio-Technica AT-LP60. I own a pair of Adam Audio A7 Powered Studio Monitors, which have balanced XLR ports, in addition to unbalanced RCA.

I've tried Googling around, but can't seem to find a solid answer. How can I connect the turntable to the monitors? With other speakers, I'd connect the L/R RCA to one speaker, and then connect the first speaker to the second, but that doesn't seem possible with the A7's.

Can I separate the RCA out from the turn table to each individual speaker? Would it be better to go from turntable to my Parasound preamp, and then run separate RCA cables from there to each speaker?

u/stephenchuk · 1 pointr/vinyl

The Audio Technica LP 60 Silver is $89. For a broke college student who just wants a turntable that won't shred my records, is this a good buy? My dad has one and it works great for him. I'm trying to stay around $100 by the way.

u/wehaveherpes · 1 pointr/lewronggeneration

im buying my first set up soon and this is this turntable im looking at. right in your price range and new, but ive been told by /r/vinyl that looking for used stuff first is a good idea because you can save a ton. unfortunately i live pretty "out there" so theres no craigslist offers within an hour drive where i am.

u/sersdf · 1 pointr/hometheater

Such a comprehensive reply! Thanks /u/dfmz . When I get home tonight I'll take a close look at the wires but a custom cable carrying separate threads could explain things. I remember the developer said that in every room with speakers, there is also a wall switch/box where I can add a volume control if I want. He said the wire goes from the basement to the box and then splits from there to the speakers in the room. I'd never heard of a set up like that and don't know what to make of it.

So maybe it's custom multi-threaded cables to the rest of the house and just dumb speaker cables for the basement. Like I said, I'll check.

My assumption for the basement was that 5 speakers are wired and then I bring my own sub, making it 5.1. For the family room, the hookups are arranged: FR, FL, center, RR, RL. But there's only one line for the family room in the basement, so perhaps that's custom cable. All the other locations are twin speakers.

The vinyl player has a built-in preamp, but your point is well taken. Might have to go into the wall for that one.

Really glad to hear that about the ceiling speakers. The surround sound will be suboptimal, but outside the basement I'm more concerned about music anyways. That also allows me to commit to the wired route which, as you point out, will be quite superior.

Your last suggestion is also exactly what I was looking for posting here. I'll probably start with a single Sonos/Heos and multichannel amp, with an eye to expanding to separate zones in the future as needed.

u/Ashmanzini · 1 pointr/vinyl

With your budget you should get an Audio Technica LP60 and some Edifer Powered Speakers

u/pickrunner18 · 1 pointr/TheFrontBottoms

I'd recommend the Audio Technica LP60. It's really affordable compared to everything else, and I've had mine for almost two years with no problems whatsoever. Amazon link if you're interested.

u/4th_time_around · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I'm saving for a record player! I recently inherited a bunch of old records from my Mom's collection. The anticipation of hearing all my favorite classic rock artists on vinyl is killing me!

u/falloutguy78 · 1 pointr/vinyl

Thoughts on the audio-technica atlp60?

Amazon link

u/DJThrow-away · 1 pointr/Beatmatch

Would any of these be suitable for my situation. (I do want to scratch)


Audio Technica

u/Quethandtheheatsinks · 1 pointr/vinyl

I've been happy with my AT-LP 60. Best feature in my opinion is the built in preamp. I have it on my desk in my room, hooked to a set of computer speakers, and it sounds pretty good, without a stack of equipment. I've also been spoiled by the start/stop buttons. Amazon sells for just under $80.

u/checkerdamic · 1 pointr/vinyl

Well, I don't recommend the Audio Technica LP60 but it is slightly less shitty then that Crosley you are looking at and has a built in preamp, but still is shitty. It's $100 on Amazon. Money is still better spent on the U-Turn Orbit.

u/Symns · 1 pointr/argentina

Creo que los schiit son lo mejor en precio / calidad. De hecho cuando leía reviews en head-fi, siempre los comparaban con amps/dacs de +500usd.

El magni 2 Uber tiene la particularidad de tener un segundo outpout para monitores, que se activa cuando no está el auricular conectado.

además necesitaría este gira discos y estaría perfecto.

u/bambooclad · 1 pointr/audiophile

This is what I would do for some decent background music if it were my joint...

u/Dirttymike · 1 pointr/audiophile

My friend(literally not me) is wanting to get the AT-LP60 (I already tried talking her out of it and she moved up from a crosley at least) and my question is would the AT-LP60 be able to work with the MICA PB42X and SMSL SA-60?

u/TehMooMoo · 1 pointr/vinyl

In this case an all-in-one player would be just fine.

If nothing is priceless, the player doesn't need to last many years, and sound quality isn't the most important thing, go for an all in one. The Crosley's with built in speakers would probably work well enough.

These won't have the best quality or durability, but if you need something quick and easy, with external speakers (they might sound a bit better than the internal speakers) you can look into this or this. I don't have personal experience with them, but they might work well for the cause.

If you're looking to spend a bit more, an LP60 or Sony PSLX300USB might work better. I've used the Sony before and it works pretty well. It has an automatic play feature so it's really easy to use and setup. You'll just need a stereo receive and speakers which might cost a bit too much depending on how much you're willing to spend.

If you were looking to get into records, I'd definitely recommend something better, but there is no reason a Crosley won't get the job done.

I'm very sorry to hear that, and I hope you and your family are doing the best you can at this time.

u/Lor_Enzo · 1 pointr/VinylCollectors


I would suggest the following as a good entry level TT.

[](Audio Technica AT-LP60)

Good luck with the new hobby, it's a slippery slope...

u/Biddo97 · 1 pointr/depression

You should!

/r/vinyl is good

I have a lot of money into it, but you could easily get by with one of these, and a pair of computer speakers

u/endofalifetime · 1 pointr/VinylCollectors

As far as turntables go My friend just bought one of these and enjoys it. Its not superb but its better then that crosley.

Feel free to look at your local goodwill and record store. Always come up on cheap stuff there. Crosley is fine for what it is I guess but you'll notice a big big difference using a real turntable

u/tbrown8890 · 1 pointr/vinyl

I got this turntable for my 1st turntable recently:

It's everything I could dream of. The only thing that I could possibly find wrong with it is that it doesn't play 10 " records.

u/TheKatzzMeow · 1 pointr/vinyl

I currently have this turntable that I purchased probably 3-4 years ago:

While mine still works fine, I am interested in purchasing a new one and think I have landed on this:

Am I making a solid upgrade or would it be in my best interest to keep looking for something better? Trying to spend approx $200-350

u/laggy2da · 1 pointr/bassnectar

It's your record player. The first $60 Bosley player I got did the same goddamn thing.

Invest in an Audio-Technica. It's around $90-99 and it's the best you can get for the value.

u/brunchhard · 1 pointr/barstoolsports

Super basic Audio technica. I gradually built the system over time, but started with this stereo (used) and these speakers. Later I added some small surround speakers (system doubles as my tv speakers, too) as well as this sub. Granted I don't have a super trained ear, but all together it does sound awesome.

My recommendation is to not go cheap on the stereo side of things. Definitely don't get a record player with speakers built in. If it sounds shitty, you'll never end up using it. If you do want to start cheap with the record player, have it sound decent, but not have to get all the bells and whistles, Audio Technica sells this bundle that has the turntable and two speakers. If you start with that, eventually you can add the stereo receiver, better speakers, sub, etc.

u/xthecharacter · 1 pointr/electronicmusic

Can you explain what's wrong with the AT-LP60 as an option? I've been very strongly considering getting it. But wow, those uturn ones look sexy as hell.

u/sirms · 1 pointr/vinyl


First off, "vinyls" isn't a word. The plural of vinyl is vinyl. Someone is sure to point that out to you so it might was well be me. But it doesn't really matter. It's just a way for people who are really into it to raise themselves above you.

Ok, cheap set up. Here's my turntable. Don't let anyone in this sub tell you that you need anything more than this. This is fine. This does the job. It won't hurt your records and it's really easy to use.

As for an amp and speakers, the ones I use I got from my parents. They hadn't used them in years. I do hear good things about this thing. For speakers I would just recommend the cheapest thing you can find above desk computer speakers. That should do the job.

Have fun!

u/neK231 · 1 pointr/audiophile

Hey guys, I'm looking for a beginner turntable since my old one that I had, has shit the bed. I've been looking at the AT-LP60 since it has some good reviews on Amazon. Should I go ahead and purchase?

u/TheNoKarmaComment · 1 pointr/movies

Oh no baby, what is you doing?! Get yourself one of these, and start this terrible expensive addiction:

u/bloxxhead · 1 pointr/hiphopheads

Alright so I have logic , really enjoy it so far.

My next step would to buy something like this

However, for the turnable , I have an audio-technia turntable but the arm is really fucked and i think my belt is warped.

Suggestions on the turntable?

u/jmonay · 1 pointr/audiophile

Complete noob.

Looking to build a home theater/vinyl sound center for the living room.
I don't watch a lot of TV and mainly want to play vinyl's on it. Music tastes range across the map with strong showing for hip hop and classical.

I don't have a budget as I want this to be something that I'm constantly adding to. I have a turntable, and an old RCA home theater receiver with surround speakers.

What should I be looking at getting first. I assume a revamp of the home theater system. Is there something with more of a music focus?

u/Zalgo165 · 1 pointr/audiophile

Looking for a good reciver/speaker setup for an average sized carpeted bedroom.

I plan to buy this -

And I regularly DJ with a mixtrack pro that I plan to upgrade soon.

My budget is at max $300 so I know I can't go crazy, but I know I can do better than a Walmart boom box setup that I've been using for the longest then. Also Bluetooth/am/fm support would be nice.

u/ilive12 · 1 pointr/starterpacks

Everyone's giving you recommendations 2-3x the price of a Crosley. If you just want an entry level table, for the money the AT LP60 is a fine table. Don't listen to people who say the least you should spend on a turntable is the AT-LP120 or that you need to spend more than $250 or whatever. If they are telling you that entry level will damage your records they are also lying, even the much worse Crosley system won't damage your records. If you just wanna spend $100 to see if you even like the whole Vinyl thing, you could do a lot worse than the ATLP60. If you fall into the hobby, sell the LP60 and upgrade later on. Wouldn't recommend dropping $300+ on your first forray into Vinyl though.

u/ladycanadaland · 1 pointr/vinyl

I have this:

definitely not the best thing out there but it does the trick. I've been putting pennies on the arm when I play this specific record and it seems to stop the popping.
I've also noticed how considerably more loud this record is than many of other new vinyls that I've picked up.

u/ViolentlyPacified · 1 pointr/vinyl

Newbie advice from one to another, take that into consideration. Craigslist and eBay can be helpful here. Generally, if you're looking for a turntable, it is good to stick to names such as Panasonic, Technics, Garrad, Audio-Technica, and maybe a few more I don't know. Don't buy a used one that is damaged or beat to shit, obviously.

If you find a turntable, do some googlin' (or ask here if you can't find out) to figure out if you need a preamp. If you don't (i.e. the turn table has phono jacks which could be designated on the TT) then all you should need is an amp and speaker to help coax out that beautiful vinyl sound. (Keep in mind: this is one type of setup.) Personally, I'm going to use the Lepai tripath amp this
with the Monoprice 650s (108250) this. I'm using a Technics SL-DD22, which was gifted to me for free. The turntable part is up to you, and you'll have to do some hunting. One suggestion I found from other tips/sites is this. Keep in mind I'm a newbie, but I figured I'd give it a shot. Good luck.

u/enoatarisolo · 1 pointr/vinyl

I think I've gotten these issues resolved for the most part (see the other comment thread), but this is still really good advice. It turns out the tone arm was badly misaligned, but I fixed it. I have the counterweight up to 5 right now and that fixed the pitch control and sensitivity issues as well. There's still some sibilance but far less than there was initially. This may be related to my (lack of) amp/speaker set up or the fact that it's a DJ table.

The Orbit sounds like a cool table! I wish I had known about it before I got the Stanton. I think for now, this is still a move up from the Numark, for me, anyway. As an aside, a friend of mine was getting truly great sound out of one of these the other day. Apparently his entire set up cost about as much as my Stanton.

u/spctrbytz · 1 pointr/HelpMeFind

You might also check with used record shops. The last two I visited had nice used turntables for sale.

If your stereo receiver has a "Phono" input with a separate ground wire, that's all you need. If not, you'll need a little box called a "phono preamp", which can be found new on Amazon or other sites.

Here is a listing for a new turntable that has a switchable, built-in preamp.


u/Ron735 · 1 pointr/vinyl

If you're not wanting to spend a lot of money, do you have a stereo similar to this?

I cannot afford an expensive setup right now so all I'm using is a stereo similar to that one and an AT-LP60 that I got as a Christmas present. I am not an audiophile, but it sounds fine to me.

u/lavery712 · 1 pointr/vinyl

Well if you're still offering some help id love some!

Im currently running a Audio Technica AT-LP60 with a Sony STRDH520 receiver. I was using some old Boston Acoustic speakers but they were totally shot so im using my old Logitech/THX speakers. Just the speakers from it because the sub broke a few years ago.

Im looking to get some new speakers and could use some advice/help finding some. Im willing to buy new or used, and my budget is max 300 dollars.


Thanks for your help in advance!

u/MCHammer666 · 1 pointr/vinyl

I have 2 Audio Technica LP60's in my apt along with an older Technics SL. None of them have anti skating feature and play anything I put on there. Flexi disks, 10", 7", 180g, 160g, you name it. If I were you, I'd go with an AT-LP60. You can find it here on Amazon along with some speakers like this. That is the minimum amount of equipment needed to get into vinyl. The whole package is about 200USD so that's still within your budget and more importantly it's all new equipment. As time goes on she can upgrade individual components and add more equipment such as a dedicated preamp, carbon brush, cork board mats, etc. That's what I've been doing for the past 3 years and since then I've gotten a fairly decent setup. You just gotta be frugal and hold out till you find what you're looking for. Hope that helps, best of luck

u/WyattFlem · 1 pointr/vinyl
  1. I do not have an amp.
  2. Probably around 300.
  3. Sound Quality mostly. I have mostly Pink Floyd vinyls as they are my favourite band and I would prefer just the highest quality sound I can get.
  4. Loudness would be nice but looking more for sound quality.
  5. My listening space is just my room probably a 15X15 foot standard room.
  6. I have
u/Dandw12786 · 1 pointr/vinyl

Well, that depends. Many people here swear by going used. I'd probably be among them, but after scouring my local Craigslist and pawn & thrift shops in my area, I decided it wasn't worth my time and the money I was dumping on gas everyday and just ordered a brand new one. I'd recommend at least checking out craigslist before jumping to a new table. There is a great guide in the sidebar called "The Cheap Setup Thread". Take a look, it has some GREAT info.

If you want to go new, there are quite a few options:
For bottom of the barrel in price and functionality, there is the AudioTechnica LP-60. This is pretty bare bones, and not a lot of people recommend it. It's about $90 on Amazon right now, but I've seen it anywhere from $70 to $120.

The pros are: it's cheap, automatic (hit play and the tone arm will lift up and set down on your record), and has a built in preamp, so you can just plug into any receiver or even a pair of computer speakers and go. There's a little bundle with the player, a small t-amp, and pair of halfway decent bookshelf speakers on amazon for $170 under the "Frequently bought together" part of the page.

Cons: A few. I had this for about a month and returned it to Amazon because I was unhappy. It's a halfway decent table, but has no adjustable counterweight and no upgradable parts. It is what it is. If you have a record in fine shape, it'll play it just fine. If your record is a bit scuffed, or maybe pressed a bit off center (as was the case with a couple I had), the sucker will skip and skip to no end. When this happens on a regular table, sometimes you can adjust the counterweight and fix the problem. That's not an option here, if you've got a bad record, you're stuck.

Next level up would be the LP-120 from AudioTechnica. This is what I've got. I upgraded the cartridge right away with the Shure M97xe since the stock cartridge requires a pretty heavy tracking force. This is the next model up from AudioTechnica, and it's miles better, but it's over three times the price if you want to upgrade the cartridge. However, you've got a lot more room to upgrade, adjustable counterweight and anti-skate, and still a built in preamp so you can plug into whatever receiver you have, or again, even just a pair of computer speakers. Still not a lot of love for this guy here, but pretty much everyone here, when pressed, will admit that it's a way better option than the LP60, and will admit that it's not a total waste of money.

The last one I've heard a lot about (but have no experience with) is the Pro-Ject Debut. From what I hear, this sucker is awesome right out of the box, no need to mess with cartridges or anything. I don't think this has a built in preamp (I could be wrong), so you'd need a receiver with a phono input or a separate phono preamp, which you can find on amazon for around $20.

In short, you get more out of a turntable with either more money (when buying new) or more effort (when buying used). Check out the sidebar guides and search /r/vinyl for previous discussions, as mine is by no means an exhaustive list, simply two tables I have experience with and one I've heard great things about.

Enjoy! And by all means, if your Crosley isn't driving you insane, stick with that for awhile and save up/look around and get what you want. Take it from me, if you settle for something less than you want, you'll regret it later.

u/samcp12 · 1 pointr/CozyPlaces

I’ve heard good things about this. It has a Bluetooth option too. You can get really good quality turntables second-hand too for a good price if you look around, but you will need to buy the full amplifier, Speaker and cables to go with it

u/squigledbad · 1 pointr/imaginedragons
u/Taroxi · 1 pointr/vinyl
u/snowybrickman · 1 pointr/indieheads

i have an audiotechnica at-lp60 that works great and is pretty budget friendly.

u/Marbla · 1 pointr/vinyl

This is my setup at that same price range.

Audio Technica LP60 - Around $120

Harman Kardon Soundsticks III - Around $160

A lot of people here will shit on me for my choice of TT, but I'm a big fan of it. I suppose my ears aren't as sharp as some, and I'm fine with that.

The speakers are really what makes my setup though. I started out with a set of Dayton Audio bookshelf speakers, which were actually recommended on this sub, but I found that the bass wasn't that great so I upgraded to the Harman Kardons.

u/murfman713 · 1 pointr/vinyl

i actually have some decent power speakers from my computer which i no longer use. MY friend is telling me i dont need a USB out since i have ZERO interest in using this for any DJ related activities.

He suggests i save some money and get the Audio Technica AT-LP60. Does that make sense? or should i stick with the table i was looking at?

Audio Technica AT-LP60:

u/reddust174 · 1 pointr/vinyl

I'm getting my dad a turntable for Christmas to play all his old records he's had boxed up for years. He's not big into music so it's mostly a nostalgia gift.

I know he has an Onkyo TX NR626 receiver at his house and I found online that it has a phono jack which I think means a preamp isn't needed? Not entirely sure what a preamp even is. I want to keep it cheap since he might even say to just return it. I'm looking at the Audio Technica AT-LP60 and it says it has a preamp installed. My real questions are:

  • Is this equipment compatible? I think so but would like to confirm. Is anything else needed to make this work? I'm looking for as "plug-and-play" as possible.

  • Since the receiver has a phono jack would I be better off with a cheaper TT without losing audio quality? If so, recommendations? Basically, since the receiver has a phono jack I want to make sure I'm not wasting money buying a TT with a preamp when I don't need one.

    Any help would be appreciated - thanks.
u/Borgoroth · 1 pointr/Music

I have a Audio Technica AT-LP60 .
It's treated me well. This partcular model is about $90, and does not have a USB plug. They do make one that is exactly the same with the USB for a little bit more expensive.

Difference between MP3s and vinyl? I mean, really depends on your set up, I guess. Also, some modern music doesn't really have some of the dynamic range that people really go nuts after. I have some stuff that's mastered really well that is new, and then there's the albums that are just mixed... loud, no nuance.

u/Icy_Dragon · 1 pointr/audiophile

Hello! I have an Audio Technica AT-LP60 and two Micca MB42 Bookshelf Speakers. I was a complete idiot and didn't buy an amp. I'm new to the home audio experience, and I'm looking at the Lepy LP-2024A+ amp. From my understanding, this 20w amp will power the two 75w speakers just fine, and it being a car amp doesn't matter if I'm using it at home. Would this setup work? Would there be a better amp you'd recommend for this setup?Thanks!

u/downrightfierce51 · 1 pointr/CasualConversation

I do have a small vinyl collection (~30)! Right now I'm using the audio-technica at-lp60. $89 atm. If you look more into this turntable, you'll hear differing opinions about its overall quality, but I've had the turntable since 2014 and haven't had problems. Check out r/vinyl as well, there are some experts there and a lot of good advice.

The only turntable I would recommend against is Crosley. They are sold at Urban Outfitters, Target, etc. for prices that would seem like a steal for a turntable, but I've heard nothing but issues from people that have gotten them.

u/Tomes14 · 1 pointr/Blink182

/r/vinyl realy helped me out. I've grown my collection to about 70 lp's look at an audio tecnica turntable on amazon. Plays great. Not to fancy just something to start with.

Sound isn't hugely better. It's more of owning a physical copy of the record and checking out the awesome gatefolds that got me in to owning them. My favorites I'll frame around the house because it's somthing I love.

Edit: this is what I have. No need to drop a shit ton of money unless you're an audiophile. Save it to buy more awesome records!

u/estherfm · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon
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  • Record players are coming back into style. Music records won't get lost when your computer crashes, and they'll outlive the singularity. And you can listen to music... while you make food!

    All of these are on my Over $30 wishlist.

    Thank you for the contest!
u/bnnyblncofromdabronx · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Hello! First off I want to thank you so much for this contest! That is an awesome thing to do! I hope my comment doesn't get too buried but here we go.

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  1. [Amazon Fire TV](Amazon Fire TV - Entertainment. TV, games, movies, I am all about entertainment. We have cut the cord in our house so this would really help with entertainment.

  2. [A record player](Audio Technica AT-LP60 Fully Automatic Stereo Turntable System, Silver - Music. I am very passionate about music and I recently have gotten the idea to get into vinyl. I like the idea of having the records for music but also to be able to display them as art.

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    This last one is actually something for my wife. [Jawbone activity tracker](o UP2 by Jawbone Activity + Sleep Tracker, Gunmetal Hex (Dark Gray), Lightweight Thin Straps - like many people my wife has made a resolution to shed some pounds and get back in shape. This would be very useful for her to help accomplish her goals.

    Thanks again for doing this!
u/bostonbruins922 · 1 pointr/vinyl

Should I upgrade my cartridge?

Right now my turntable is the Audio Technica AT-LP60 which I run into a Behringer Microphono PP400. For speakers I am using M Audio studio monitors. I don't know the exact model of them.

I like the way they all sound together but as we all know good is never good enough.

u/fedorasax · 1 pointr/vinyl

This probably will be frowned on here, but the Audiotecnica Lp-60 would be a good starting point ( it's affordable and sounds pretty well. just know that you need external speakers.

u/2518899 · 1 pointr/vinyl

Disclaimer: I've read through the sidebar threads, but I have probably missed something. I also know NOTHING about electronics.

I have purchased the following things:

turntable: Audio Technica AT-LP60 Fully Automatic Belt Driven Turntable

soundsticks: Harman Kardon Soundsticks III 2.1 Channel Multimedia Speaker System with Subwoofer

It seemed like if I hooked the soundsticks to the turntable I wouldn't be able to get stereo? I got this because it seemed like an easy setup. The turntable has a built-in preamp. I couldn't figure out how to connect these though.

So then I got:

receiver: Sony STRDH130 2 Channel Stereo Receiver

Here's the user manual for the Sony receiver.

Still couldn't figure out how to connect the soundsticks.

So. Sigh. I got these:

bookshelf speakers: Fluance AV5 Powerful & Dynamic Two-way Bookshelf Speakers for Home Theater & Music Systems

And now it looks like I need wires??! And "banana plugs"?? And why do the banana plugs come with so many pairs?? Do I need 12-pair? Why?

I am obviously not an audiophile, but I like the sound of vinyl, and I just want to listen to some records (jazz, classical, pop, folk, etc.).

What sound I do? Should I return some of these things? What do I need next to connect these things and play music?

Thank you in advance for your help!

u/wittywaltman · 1 pointr/vinyl

This is what I have. I really like it.

Audio-Technica AT-LP60 Fully Automatic Belt-Drive Stereo Turntable, Silver

It looks like there's a newer model too in the same price range.

u/Xavier155 · 1 pointr/vinyl

Sorry to come back to this, but would you recommend this?

u/amp3rsand · 1 pointr/PostHardcore

lol, I just got this. Took like 5 minutes to set up, plays records with the push of a button. Just, you also need to buy a pre-amp ~$20-50 and some monitors (speakers) ~$50. I find it a collector thing and listening to them is fun.

u/NiceAndCivilized · 1 pointr/radiohead

Easiest to use out-of-the-box that will actually sound decent? U-Turn Orbit:

Less expensive, simpler? (this one has a built-in preamp so that you can plug it in to any stereo system, regardless of whether or not your stereo system has a specific 'PHONO' input)


Also, definitely don't want to rain on your parade! Just don't want you to damage your records. Also, there will be an ENORMOUS difference in sound quality with a decent turntable. It will make you want to buy more records :)

u/Mike_Rotchisari · 1 pointr/vinyl

What is the max that you are looking to spend? Do you already have speakers or headphones?

It looks like you are going to get the best bang for your buck buying used. I'm assuming you aren't trying to drop more than $150 on a turntable. That's where what is available on your local craigslist comes into play.

Of course, if you don't feel like spending the time hunting equipment down, and are trying to stay as cheap as possible without having anything, just get the AT LP-60, Leipai amp, and Dayton Audio Speakers. Boom. Upgraded, brand new, full setup delivered to your door in two days (Prime members) for under $175. However, you would be much better off getting the LP-120 instead of the LP-60. Of course, you would definitely be even better off getting almost anything vintage and worthwhile for the $100 it costs to get that LP-60

Of course, I absolutely DO NOT recommend that you get any of the new stuff. You can get much better equipment if you take the time to track it down on the used market for $175. It will just take a little time.

u/Hwy61Revisited · 1 pointr/gratefuldead

Audio Technica makes some decent cheap tables, like the AT-LP60. I've used it for years and the sound quality is great if you have a good speaker setup. It's definitely a lower end turn table, but for the price its a great deal.

u/Bore-dome · 1 pointr/DaftPunk

yep, he's right you should at least have gotten this LP60 Because the cartridges on those ion tables are shite :( sorry.

u/commiejosh · 1 pointr/vinyl

I'm definitely going for a low-maintenance setup, and the Technics 1200 series sounds awesome - unfortunately, it looks like it was discontinued.

I know it's not the same brand, but I found what looks like a decent start: Technica AT-LP60

I may have to upgrade some stuff on it to make it not damage the records.

u/hallstallion2005 · 1 pointr/gratefuldead

To each their own, I love my LP-60, and for $100 brand new, I love it. There really isn't (IMO) a better brand new turntable at that cost that is better. I mean, the reviews are good too...

u/PM_ME_UR_MAMMARYS · 1 pointr/Opeth

I have a couple questions about vinyls. I currently don't have any so I'm new to all this vinyl stuff. However, I want to start collecting them from my favorite bands. Do you buy them all online? Also, what do you use to play them? A quick amazon search shows me I should probably buy this turntable.

u/homeboi808 · 1 pointr/audiophile

Part 1 (over 10,000 character limit)


Ok, let’s first start off with, while you have a very healthy budget, keep in mind, just like with everything else, there are always better/more expensive gear; PSAudio’s BHK 300 pair, two mono amps (only powers 1 speaker each) is $15,000 on its own, and thats only scratching the surface.

However, diminishing returns are very real in audio. Your ear and listening environment is also important, one user I helped went from a pretty good $200 speaker pair to a well regarded $1200 one, yet he said he could barely tell a difference. On the flip side, you have people who can hear stark differences between two speakers who perform almost identically. I personally do not feel I have a “golden ear”, I can tell when a speaker is doing badly, and maybe I can do comparisons if I have both speakers to play with, but I can go from my <$400 self powered speakers to my $4000 towers with a $300 power amp (all bought used) with a MiniDSP for DSP correction, and if I just go room for room, I really don’t hear a staff contrast. They of course do sound different, especially if placed side-by-side, and my towers have more bass, but it’s just that to get “good enough”, you don’t need to spend much.


Now, let’s start with the turntable; I am a purely digital guy, so no hands on experience, but I did search around for what the most highly regarded models where, from both reviewers and everyday people. Now, since I have no experience, I cannot tell you how much better a ~$100,000 MSRP turntable setup would be from a $100 turntable.

For $500-600, the cream of the crop seem to be:

  • Pro-Ject Audio Debut Carbon DC Esprit SB (comes in White/Black/Red)
  • U-Turn Orbit custom, with the acrylic platter, 2M Blue cartridge, cue lever, no preamp. It comes in 5 base color options with 2 premium wood finishes.

    For $2200-2500, the cream of the crop seem to be:

  • Rega Planar 6 Turntable (Ania)
  • VPI Prime Scout Turntable
  • Clearaudio Concept Turntable w/ Verify Tonearm & Concept MC Cartridge

    Again, no clue how they compete against each other, even if the U-Turn vs Clearaudio. Maybe buy one from each bracket and compare; or maybe even buy them all, pick one, and return the rest 😬.

    I would maybe get an isolation pad or stand for the turntable, depending on how sturdy/inert the surface you are putting it on is, there are pads for like $100 and a stand would be like this, check that the turntable would fit of course. Or, a thick/dense piece of a non-resonant material, like a wood block, or even something like granite.

    These turntables need a phono preamp. Now, most stereo gear will have one built-in, but some feel an external one is worth purchasing (depending on the quality of the built-in one of course, if applicable). These can range from $50 to well over $5000.

    For the stereo preamp, the Parasound Halo P5 is $1100 (find a local dealer on their site, maybe haggle down to $1000 😉) and it seems to be unparalleled in that price bracket. It has a good phono preamp built-in.


    For the power amp, I’m also thinking around the same price as the Halo. There are two options that stick out, the Monoprice Monolith amp (2ch variant) and the Emotiva XPA-2 Gen3. Now, I’m usually quick to recommend Emotiva, and that model has more wattage, but the Monolith has a bit better overall specs, and Audioholics gave it (7ch variant) a glowing review (with measurements); plus, it still has more wattage than you’d need. The reason I included the Emotiva is for two reason, you may like the look more (the Monolith looks cheap) and it has balanced XLR connections (doesn’t really make a difference unless doing like 50ft runs, but some people really want them).

    For speakers, Internet Direct brands are usually the way to go (though large brands like KEF and Revel, who pour a ton of money into R&D and aim for ideal sound, are really good as well). One downside is wait times, some ID brands ship within a week, if units are in-stock, but many of the expensive ones are built to order (as there are just so many finish options, and they don’t have millions of dollars in capital to produce a lot without orders), and these wait times can range from a month to 3-4 months (rarely more). Users here have speakers from all these brands, they are well known for being amazing for the price.


  • Ascend Acoustics Sierra Towers with RAAL upgrade ($2800-$2900 depending on standard finishes, even more for custom). These speakers are excellent, totally accurate with great imaging and a large-ish soundstage. They get to 41Hz. They ship within a week if units are in-stock.
  • Philharmonic Phil 3 ($3500 for standard cabinet, I think excluding shipping, and goes more expensive with more expensive veneers, and is $200 more expensive to get a slightly sleeker cabinet, both made by Salk). These get to 25Hz! Email for wait times.
  • Salk Song3-A ($3900 plus shipping in standard finishes/dyes). All these speakers I’m listing are all great in most every category, so kinda hard to describe differences. They get down to 33Hz. Email for wait times.
  • Salk Silk Tower ($4500 plus shipping in standard finishes/dyes). They get down to 34Hz, and are a tad less dynamic than the Song3-A, but the drivers are high quality (or should I say, more expensive). Email for wait times.
  • If you want to come close to that $15K budget, the only speaker Salk has ready to ship is a trade-in model (owner wanted the next model up; finish was re-done and in like-new condition, photos on listing). It is the SoundScape 10 in a premium finish, it is their 3^rd most expensive model. It is $9450 plus shipping, it is normally $13,000 plus shipping for a new one ($12,000 plus shipping in standard finishes). So, if you want a true endgame speaker (without getting crazy by thinking about a KEF Blade or something), this is a real good deal. Now, “How much better is it than the Song3-A / Silk Tower?”, that’s hard to say, I’ll just remind you of diminishing returns (the audible difference between the best $300 speaker and the best $1000 speaker is larger than the audible difference between the best $3000 speaker and the best $10,000 speaker). However, if you really want to squeeze out how much quality you can get for your budget, this is it.

    For speakers that you can go and demo (but won’t be as good, but still real good):

  • Focal Aria 948 for $5K. They get to 37Hz.
  • Revel F208 for $5K. They get to 31Hz.
  • PSB Imagine T3 for $7500. These are would sound better than the Sierra RAAL/Phil3/Song3-A, obviously a lot more money. Specs state 27Hz, but actual measurements show it’s closer to 40Hz, so I think they were being sly and used the in-room spec. This speaker also needs some dampening behind it due to port noise, but they are great speakers.

u/SuperdorkJones · 1 pointr/pinkfloyd

These speakers:

and This turntable is an amazing, affordable setup.:

If you are willing to Shell out an extra $100, you might want to go ahead and go for the S1000DB speakers instead: Z Not only are they a bit more powerful and bassier, but they also have lossless Bluetooth 4.0 sound. For the turntable, you should always use the analog cables however. Using digital formats lose something.

u/NotASmurfAccount · 1 pointr/DaftPunk

Is the only difference between this and this the USB port? If so why are they the same price?

u/clandark · 1 pointr/vinyl

Probably going to get buried in here, but what the hell. I bought my first turntable a year or so ago, that being the very stopgap budget buy of an AT-LP60 Fully Automatic Stereo Turntable (

A short while ago, probably around its year anniversary it started to play at funky speeds and after buying a replacement belt and trying the manual speed adjustment it became apparent it was never going to play my records at the right speed again.

I've started a new job and am a couple paychecks in and I am now searching for a new turntable in the region of $400. I've been drawn to the Pro-Ject Debut Carbon DC and was wondering if that would be a purchase that I'd be happy with for a decent amount of time. I won't call myself an audiophile, but I have started a modest collection of records and want to be able to play them on a quality and aesthetically pleasing turntable. Basically I'm asking if this turntable is worth the buy, or if I should think about a different one in the same price range (or even splurge and buy the Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Esprit DC at around $600).

I'm open to hearing anyone's experience about these Pro-Ject record players (turntables?) as well as any further counsel on a different option.

Also, I bought these Bose powered speakers with the Audio Technica record player ( and wanted to know if they would pair well with a record player in the $400 price range.

Thanks to anyone who reads this and gives me a response, I didn't expect for it to be this long when I started typing.

u/yo0123yo · 1 pointr/vinyl

Hello, new guy from Chicago, IL

I was looking for some advice with my first entry-level setup, prefer to buy online only.

Looking to keep the overall price under $150.
I am looking for something that can play vinyls with a good sound and quality turntable that wont die out on me within a year.

I want something that doesn't require a receiver just to help keep the price down.

Below is the setup that I am debating buying, please let me know if its good enough or if theres any other equipment that you all suggest.

Audio Technica AT-LP60-

Logitech Speakers -

Phono PreAmp -

Thanks in advance

u/SemiAutomaticSlurs · 1 pointr/hiphopvinyl

[That's it.] (

I also use this Amp with these speakers. This setup has been going strong for about 4 years now.

u/PonticGooner · 1 pointr/Muse
u/C5tWm77t5hMJC7m78845 · 1 pointr/vinyl

Do I need anything else? All of this is arriving tomorrow. I know the amp is probably best suited for a car but I can replace it with ease later. Reviews were good, despite the few stating the power supply differed than the description but others are using it with the same turntable I bought.




That should get me started, right?

u/MaxisMax · 1 pointr/vinyl

Thanks for the insight. I did end up doing research, but I admit that I neglected to do it before posting this. Not to bring up an another abomination, but is this really that bad? After looking at a guide on another website it seems good enough. The second link is a brand that was suggested by tons of people.

Edit 1: Formatting error

u/IamDarwinsLegacy · 1 pointr/Music

I completely understand where you are coming from. Although the suggestion I am about to give doesn't necessarily introduce you to new music what it can do is revitalize your love of music which is always a great starting point. Buy a record player and a few LPs that have always inspired and moved you. Yesterday morning was a Misfits Static Age kind of vibe but this morning I couldn't stop hitting volume up on Florence and The Machine's Lungs album. The kids may hate it but I can only listen to my 13 years olds modern rap choices at high volume before I regret not buying All Eyez On Me the last time I was at a record store. Here's a link to a highly rated player on Amazon sub $100.

u/EpicDawg · 1 pointr/vinyl

Hmm. I have a similar turntable to OP, it might be time to upgrade after reading that. How's this?

u/SwagCow · 1 pointr/vinyl
u/camilla33 · 1 pointr/vinyl

Hey all, amateur hour over here and could really use your help! I've acquired a large record collection from my parents and am really looking for a novice setup. I have the following:
What I can't figure out is what else I need. I'm seeing some things saying I need a receiver, while others say I need an amp. I also have no idea what additional cords/wire I need to connect everything.
Here is the back of the speakers and the cords from the turntable, to see what I'm working with. I'm looking for the easiest, low cost, least space taking solution.
THANK YOU in advance from a major newbie!!

u/Que_Sarah_Sarah · 1 pointr/AskReddit
u/seamoose · 1 pointr/Seattle

You can get one of these or maybe a redditor has one you can borrow.

u/LeAudiophile · 1 pointr/lexington
u/TheXypris · 1 pointr/vinyl

can someone explain the difference between the AT-LP120 and the AT-LP60 i want to upgrade my turntable from a victrola briefcase to one of them in the future, but im not sure if the LP-120 is worth the extra $200 over the LP-60, i am aware of the usb/bluetooth variants but that isnt what im asking about, also i do have speakers so im good there

u/HenryTheElephant · 1 pointr/vinyl

I use a LP 60 :

Alot of people here don't like it and think it is shit but it is a great player to start out on. I have never had any problem and the it sounds great. Other people say it skips but the only time it has ever skipped for me is when I play very rough records on it.

Alot of people go with the LP 120:

The next time I upgrade (probably this year) I will get this player. Unlike my LP60 the 120 has a better counter weight for the arm which will give better sound and it has a slider to actually speed up or slow down the records more. I just don't have the money for it right now so that's why I have the LP 60. The difference in price is from $109 to $250 and I don't have that cash right now. I do believe that I am going to upgrade my preamp to this though:

It should give me better sound and more control over my bass and treble then I have now and it is only $15. I also do plan on getting better speakers when I move in May.

u/windowpuncher · 1 pointr/audiophile

I am definitely no expert with these. What's the difference between this one and this one?

u/abrakdabralol · 1 pointr/audiophile
u/scootbert · 1 pointr/vinyl

Okay, after doing some looking around on amazon, what do you guys think about this device, it can hook up to my amp stereo system. Not sure about the USB output, might be useless

seems like its an okay turn table

u/BrotherBodhi · 1 pointr/Jcole

There is literally no point in purchasing an album on vinyl if you're going to play it on a Crosley. You won't be able to hear any of the superior sound quality that vinyl provides and you'll only end up damaging your record anyways because Crosley record players do not have an adjustable counter weight and apply far too much pressure to the needle.

u/SmashedSqwurl · 1 pointr/CFBOffTopic

I got a 1970s Craig turntable from Ebay for $44, paired that with an entry level Behringer preamp that cost $27, and hooked it up to a Raspberry Pi 2 B ($35) with a Cirrus Logic audio card ($40, but it's discontinued now :/), giving me a networked FLAC streaming record player for a total cost of $146.

The most commonly recommended USB turntable that doesn't suck is $300.

My setup isn't audiophile grade by any means, but it sounds good to me and cost way less than anything comparable.

Edit: fixed link

u/MrsRedBull · 1 pointr/nin

I've had the older version of this turn table for around 12 years now. Still works perfectly, no issues.

Then, to start, you can go


Moving around a lot lately, and living in apartments, I've gotten rid of all of my "nicer" gear and have been using this exact set up for a few months.

u/HonkeyKongVT · 1 pointr/vinyl

If you are dead set on new stuff, the AT-LP120 paired with the Audioengine A2+ set

You could definitely pick up a killer vintage system with a $500 budget, but it all depends on the amount of time and space you have to invest.

u/alwaysnvr · 1 pointr/audiophile

Hey guys, first proper audio setup being planned.

I have an Audio Technica LP120 and this Wharfedale Power Cube 10+ Subwoofer- Photo

Looking to get some floorstanding speakers and an amplifier for this living space

Not looking for the loudest setup but want some quality HiFi gear. Also want to be able to play from my phone at times.

Budget for speakers and amp- hoping not to spend more than 600-700AUD all up if possible.

Or am I better off with some active monitors instead?

Thanks in advance!

u/Nokjaw · 1 pointr/vinyl

Hi, first time poster here. I'm about to pull the trigger on my first turntable setup, but I feel I need to check in with the helpful people on this sub with the equipment I'm thinking of buying and whether or not its all compatible. Other things like isolation pads for the speakers, better record sleeves, a cork matt, a record brush, gram scale, and a cleaning kit are accounted for. Are any of those things unnecessary?

The following is strictly the hardware. I've been torn between two different set-ups however.

SET-UP 1: Audio Technica AT-LP120 ($299) & the Micca PB42X Powered Bookshelf Speakers ($120). TOTAL: About $419

SET-UP 2: Audio Technica AT-LP120 ($299), Micca MB42 Passive Speakers ($60), and the Yamaha R-S201BL 2-Channel Stereo Receiver ($130) TOTAL: About $489

I'm also unsure about adding a subwoofer for I don't know if one is essential or just a nice thing to include for the complete package. My eye is on this one: Pioneer SW-8MK2 100-Watt Powered Subwoofer ($160)

Any and all advice is much appreciated.

u/mtimber1 · 1 pointr/turntables

this is what I have.

Plenty of people have the AT-LP120. It's a really good entry level table because it's fairly mid range in the long run. It comes with everything you'll need (besides amp and speakers) to enjoy your vinyl right out of the box, and with a few mods/upgrades makes quite a nice unit. It's very user friendly and I have had this for years without any issues or doing any maintenance other than cleaning dust off of it.

u/BeardedAlbatross · 1 pointr/BudgetAudiophile

The Mod Team decided to place a more structured post on Black Friday deals. A lot of people are already invested in this thread so I will just sticky this here. Deals at some of the major retailers are likely to come and go often so it will be impossible to have this be fully accurate 100% of the time. If you have any deals you want to see in this sticky post feels free to message me(I WILL miss plenty of deals), otherwise you are still free to post below of course. Lastly, these are just good deals off of MSRP and I will generally post regardless of whatever personal thoughts I have on X, Y, or Z product. I will shortly add a few more categories beyond speakers.


Pioneer BS22 for $58 at Frys if you have a coupon code

Sony SSCS5 for $73 a PAIR on Amazon

Klipsch R-14M for $99 a PAIR on Amazon, Klipsch R-15M for $125 a PAIR on Amazon and Best Buy

Jamo C-103 for $129 a PAIR at Amazon KILLER Deal

Fluance Signature Series Bookshelf for $150 a PAIR on Amazon and Fluance. Keep watch for $99.

JBL LSR305 for $99 EACH on Amazon. At BH Photo same price but free isolation pads and no taxes outside of New York!

ELAC Debut B4 for $130 a PAIR on Amazon and ELAC B6 for $200 a PAIR on Amazon

Kef Q100 for $250 a PAIR from KefDirect

ELAC UB5 for $350 a PAIR on Amazon

Monolith K-BAS $180 EACH from Monoprice

Focal Super Bird for $250 a PAIR (BOGO) on Accessories4Les

Ascend Acoustics CBM-170SE for $330 a PAIR from Ascend and CMT-340SE for $548 a PAIR from Ascend

HSU CCB-8 Coaxial Speakers starting at $420 EACH or $764 a PAIR from HSU Research

JBL Studio 590 for $475 EACH direct from Harman Ebay. KILLER deal on these towers.

KEF LS50 for $999 a PAIR on Amazon and KEF Direct


BIC Acoustech PL-200 II for $250 from Amazon

SVS SB12-NSD for $400 from SVS Sound

SVS PB12-NSD for $500 from SVS Sound

Rythmik L12 for $509 from Ascend Acoustics and Rythmik Audio

HSU VTF-2 MK5 for $574 from HSU Research


Sony STRDH130 Stereo Receiver for $85 on Amazon and Newegg

Denon AVR-S530BT refurb for $150 from Accessories4Less. Cheapest HDR-ready receiver you'll find out there.

Really you should check if you're fine with good deals on Refurbished equipment.

Source Devices:
HIFIMAN MegaMini High-Res Music Player for $99 from HifiMan

Audio Technica LP-120 Turntable for $229 on Amazon


Audio Technica MSR7 for $150 on Amazon

HifiMan HE400i for $219 from HifiMan

Monolith M560 for $150 from Monoprice and Monolith M1060 for $250 from Monoprice

Sites to Look At Outside of the typical Walmart, Best Buy, and Amazon here are some sites worth checking out for Black Friday deals: (Specifically their sales page is a bit of a goldmine) (if you want to “evade” sales tax and check out the whole lineup) (Website ain’t the nicest but some great packages)

u/Eihwaz · 1 pointr/Muse

You can also go for a "used" one.

My pioneer cost me like 20$, it's from the late 80's, and it's a beast.

'Course, you gotta know which ones are good and which are bad..Just saying :)

As long as you don't buy one without a counterweight, should be decent

This was the go-to "new" one for a while, maybe it still is now.

u/rarelyserious · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I bought my father this one for Father's Day. It's pretty awesome.

u/GROBBLEDONGS · 1 pointr/audiophile

Budget: $1000

My friend is starting from scratch and wants an analogue and digital stereo system for a large, converted garage. He is willing to do a bit of room treatment.

Music is the focus of the system, but it will also be used with TV/Movies/Videogames. I was thinking the easiest way to do digital sources is to run them through the TV with an optical out into the DAC.

I've done some preliminary research so I'll list the components that I was looking at below, but feel free to make suggestions about those components as well.

Turntable: I was thinking the Audio Technica AT-LP120BK-USB would be a good starter since it has an internal phono pre-amp but could upgrade to an external pre-amp later. $250

Phono Pre-amp: Not needed with AT-LP120 $0

DAC: Schiit Modi 2 Uber It's reasonably priced, has optical and USB in and has a 2 year warranty, plus I dig the company (I power my LCD-X with the Schiit Lyr 2). $150

Amplifier: The amp should have two inputs. Remote functionality would probably be preferred, but not necessary. $???

It's a good sized room so size isn't a big factor. $???

Room Treatment: I don't know how much treating the room will cost. Maybe it would be better to spend money on the components and save up to do some room treatment? $???

u/Jeanviper · 1 pointr/vinyl

jesus why is this so expensive? I picked mine up for 250, very confused ?

u/LivingLifeless9 · 1 pointr/vinyl

Save $40 more and buy a Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB, your budget is close enough and the LP120 will last you for a good while. You wont have to worry searching for parts on your vintage table if it decides to stop working.
Of course you could always find this used somewhere, and save some cash.

[Edit] - Adding link for reference

You then can save a bit more after that and buy a decent cartridge as upgrade.

u/pussyonapedestal · 1 pointr/hiphopheads

Get this LP120

Vinyl is an expensive hobby but i would not recommend anything less than this. If it's not in your budget then start saving up.

The lp120 is essential everything in one. It's expensive but it's the least expensive i would ever recommend to anyone.

Remember this golden rule.

Less than 200$? Fucking trash.

u/Wolfwags · 1 pointr/trees

This? $250 is kind of steep, any thoughts on buying used?

u/Petter05 · 1 pointr/radiohead

I was thinking on this:

u/KaintHERE · 1 pointr/vinyl
u/rnienke · 1 pointr/vinyl

Ah... new would probably be the way to go with your timing.

As far as the rest of the setup is concerned, are you going to use the speakers/amp for other purposes or solely for listening to vinyl? If you want to use the setup for movies/games then I can help with a few suggestions to get that done.


Right now I'm thinking the AT LP-120 for the TT, which leaves you about $250 for the rest of the setup.

You could get a phono pre-amp and some AE speakers, or go with a full-featured receiver and some bookshelf speakers depending on what your intended purposes will be.

u/Massasauga · 1 pointr/vinyl

I was in the exact same place you are now bout two months ago. I instead spent a little more money for this one:

It is more expensive but amazon is free shipping and it has substantially more benefits like a quartz direct drive setup, weighted toning arm, anti-skating and more. It's also quite heavy so their are no vibrations.

also, it will play ANY record type

u/jeromyrb · 1 pointr/vinyl

Just curious, what's the opinion on a slightly higher end model for this brand, the ATLP120? I've been looking around at turntables online; these are rated pretty high on Amazon, but I'm sure everyone here has a more educated opinion.

u/brumoeller · 1 pointr/Music

Audio Technica AT-LP120

Hight quality turntable at a reasonable cost. Check out the reviews

I've had this one for about 2 years and I love it.

u/Shigfu · 1 pointr/vinyl

Just my two cents: I've been using a Numark TTUSB for a while now and I'm consistently impressed with how well it works. I'm planning on upgrading the cartridge eventually but I see nothing wrong with this turntable. Also I think the next one I buy will be this one:

I know everyone seems to be dead set against USB turntables and so forth, but I guess I'm just not enough of an audiophile to care.

u/RunningDrummer · 1 pointr/MyChemicalRomance

Depending on how much you're willing to spend, this Audio Technica is what I use and it's one of the best turntables I've ever had. There's a port in the back for USB connection cables, too. The only downside is that you need a receiver, speakers, and possibly a receiver. Definitely not on the cheap side once all is said and done.

u/sendmeapicofyourcat · 1 pointr/audiophile

I'm looking for comments on this simple turntable setup, first time having a whole space of my own. I live in a small studio (600 sqft), I'd like the setup to be compact but be able to fill the space as much as possible.

Based on my research, this is what I'm considering

budget (~$650):

  • Turntable: Audio-Technica AT-LP120 - $250

  • Receiver: Denon AVR-S510BT - $170 refurbished

  • Speakers: Ascend Acoustics CBM-170 SE - $350

    Total: $670 + shipping + cables

    Any comments or suggestions about this setup?

    I could get away with just an amp instead of a receiver in this setup, but the bluetooth streaming feels like a handy feature, and I don't know if there's a really good amp in that price range that would be better.
u/Jarsene · 1 pointr/vinyl

Believe me, I have been. What do you think of the cheaper TT they recommend? -

I looked at a few cheaper ones, but based on reviews they just seem to be made cheaply.

u/hankbaumbach · 1 pointr/BuyItForLife

I just bought a pair of Behringer Truth Studio Monitors that are excellent. I believe the listed price is for just one monitor so to get two you'd need to spend around $300.

Right now, I also have an Audio Technica LP-120 connected straight into the monitors. Because the monitors are powered themselves you won't need a pre-amp or DAC but I will warn you I currently have very little volume control. (There is a +/- 6 db on the monitors themselves but that's as much volume control as you're going to get).

They are plenty loud as they are and the sound quality is excellent. I got mine used from a buddy for $150 total so I got a screaming deal but $300 for two of them is definitely going to last you a long while.

The cords are 1/4 inch cable cords like you would use to plug your guitar into your amp but they have adapters that can convert them to just about any cord you need. Before I got my record player, I had the monitors hooked straight into my TV via the adapater turning the two 1/4" cables into on Aux cord to plug in to my TV's headphone jack.

While we're on the subject of TV's sound, I would also like to suggest a sound bar I recently purchased that's in your price range. The LG I picked up from Best Buy for roughly $200 is also excellent for what I use it for. I have a desktop tower hooked up to my TV so I use the sound bar for everything from TV shows and movies to playing music and it's really great. I like the addition of the subwoofer to really drive home some of the bass sounds.

While the Truth Studio Monitors offer a great range of sound, they do not have the kind of ooomf on the low end that a subwoofer can carry. That being said, I'm satisfied enough with the monitors to not feel a pressing need to invest in a subwoofer for the time being.

u/swordstool · 1 pointr/radiohead

This is one of the better 'cheaper' ones: link

u/PlasmaHeat · 1 pointr/vinyl

I think that the LP120 is on sale through Amazon for $225 right now, actually, let me double check. I just picked one up on Monday for $183 through Urban Outfitters because of some sale they had going on.

Edit: Here's the LP120, and it is indeed $225 through Amazon right now.

u/spladow · 1 pointr/BudgetAudiophile

TL:DR - I think that list looks good, maybe consider a vintage receiver. I hope this is helpful.

Most people around here are probably more knowledgable than I am, but I thought I'd chime in because I was looking at doing the same thing a few months ago. I looked at everything on that list when I was shopping around and they all seem like good options. I ended up buying

Audio-Technica AT-LP120 It was on sale for closer to $200 at the time, but it's about as much as a u-turn. I've been super happy with it and the wirecutter gave it a great review.

I ended up going maybe a bit overboard with my speakers and got KEF Q150's. I'm really pleased with how they sound, and they are a massive upgrade from my cheap old bookshelf speakers, but I think I would have been totally fine with the Q Acoustics, which were my second pick.

My main regret was that I bought a Sony STRDH190. It didn't sound bad or anything, but I just didn't really love the sound, and I felt it looked kind of ugly. I ended up going down the vintage receiver rabbit hole and bought a Sansui 4000. I love how it sounds, and I was able to pick one up for $150 on ebay after waiting a bit for a good option. I spent another $80 bucks getting it serviced. A warning: This is a slippery slope. I now have 2 Sansui receivers, a Kenwoood amp, the original Sony I bought, and one disgruntled girlfriend all living in a 2 bedroom apartment.

The drawback of a vintage receiver is the lack of bluetooth playing your Spotify playists. I bought a Chromecast Audio to handle that. I use Google Play music, but I think it integrates with Spotify as well.



u/ThatSebastian1 · 1 pointr/vinyl

Thank you so much! You guys here on r/vinyl are super help full.
Also wanted to ask, what do you think about the Audio Technica LP-120?

u/fraaaaak · 1 pointr/vinyl

Thank you for all of the info! Those speakers look awesome and have great reviews.

I have a really dumb question - do we NEED a preamp? My boyfriend said that it's not necessary but I thought they really made a difference. If we go with something like this, should we buy one? If it's not a noticeable difference, we'd like to save some cash anywhere we can (but I don't want to spend all this money and then not take full advantage of the new stuff).

u/zzzpoohzzz · 1 pointr/malelivingspace

Right now all I'm running is an Audio Technica LP-120 and Edifier R1280T's I'm sure I'll be upgrading as time goes on, but its a nice little setup. Those little speakers sound great, TBH.

u/Noffy4Life · 1 pointr/poppunkers

I don't know your budget, but if you can afford it, the Audio-Technica AT-LP120 has lasted me quite a while and I have had zero issues. Great reviews, and the cartridge it comes with is good quality.

u/WayneQuasar · 1 pointr/PinegroveBand

It's the Audio-Technica AT-LP120 - a gift from my brother. I'm no vinylphile, but I love this thing. Been slowly accumulating records and Skylight was a must-buy!

u/isthishandletaken · 1 pointr/vinyl

If you decide not to go vintage... Consider this one over the AT LP 60. it is worth the price jump, but still more expensive than going vintage.

u/Gentleman_Jack · 1 pointr/vinyl

Has some good suggestions.
Also checking craigslist sometimes depending on your area can net great finds.

is a good record play right in your price range. It's formal, will play more than 33s and has some other great features.

Edit: typo

u/Metalsmith · 1 pointr/vinyl

Both are belt driven, have S type tone arms and pretty similar AT cartridges.

I do think the Fluance has a slightly better cartridge but It's still something you could upgrade in the future. I think they may preform pretty similarly. I've never been a big fan of the "DJ" style that the Music hall has, so the Fluance wins in the design category for me. The Music Hall does have a pitch adjustment, if that is important to you.

If I had to decide between the two it would be the Fluance. The looks and the slightly better cartridge win it for me.

If you could sway another 50 or so bucks and like the looks of the "DJ" style tables you could look into the Audio Technica AT-LP120

u/DownvoteBrigade80 · 1 pointr/vinyl

New to turntables. I already have these speakers, and I am looking at either getting the [Fluance RT81] ( or the LP120. Would this setup be fully functional? Is there anything else I would need?

u/yyiinn · 1 pointr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

If he purely wants to record vinyl for sampling or even just playing back. You could consider the Audio Technica LP60

Its a rather simple player so would suffice for sampling. If he wanted to try DJing or scratching I would not recommend this one though and might want to look at the more expensive Audio Technica LP 120.

Just a couple of options to consider..

the cheaper record player does not have USB on the link I provided but one is available. would be worth finding out first if he needs USB connectivity to sample or not..
ALSO the cheaper player cannot have the cartridge changed. If he did eventually want upgrade he could not with the cheaper option

u/Bruce_Bruce · 1 pointr/vinyl

If you have 200$ you're willing to spend, get this

u/veganstreetaco · 1 pointr/vinyl

hey reddit! I have this aiwa system complete with a subwoofer and 5 speakers. I havent used it in forever, but when i did use it it was for cd's, tapes, radio, and it worked perfectly! I was looking into getting either the orbit basic, or the orbit plus turntable without the built in preamp and was wondering if the system i have is compatible with supporting what i need for a turntable, or if i would need to fork out more money for a receiver stereo and speakers.

additionally if someone could share with me their opinions on the two and whether or not the cartridge and vinyl plate on the orbit plus really adds something or if im good with the basic! if all else fails, another player i was looking at is the ever so classic audio technica lp120.

u/Salsa_Czar · 1 pointr/vinyl
^heres the 120 for A LOT cheaper than 450

Do you mean the 1240?

Edit: Just read CAD...

u/UrAContra · 1 pointr/indieheads

Well both options are good and will cost you about the same when you get a phono pre-amp (built into AT LP120 and extra for U-Turn).

u/voodoochild34 · 1 pointr/vinyl

I have this record player,
What stylus would be compatible and sound the best?

u/Dealjobber · 1 pointr/vinyl

I hope you didn't make that order yet. Yes, it plays records, but you're not going to get any quality out of it. Most people seems to get a sense of buyer's remorse after getting this and upgrading not long after since you can't do anything to it like put in a different cartridge.

You preferred new, so the bare minimum you should go with is with the LP-120.

Yes, it has usb, but you can ignore that for the entire lifetime of the TT and you'll be just fine. I doubt it affects the price much by having it.

u/archkstanton · 1 pointr/audiophile

Hello, I'm trying to put together a stereo system for my mom for Christmas. I'm still new to this.

How does this look so far?

Yamaha R-S202BL Stereo Receiver

Denon DRW-580 Double Cassette Deck

Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB Direct-Drive Turntable

ELAC B6 Debut Series 6.5" Bookshelf Speakers

u/SirSwagATon · 1 pointr/vinyl

Allright, so I'm saving up my moolah to get the Audio Technica, but the next model up. The 120 I believe it's called.

Is this a good choice? Or should I still go used? The audio quality is awesome based on the reviews I saw online.

u/ShabShoral · 1 pointr/fountainpens

I was looking at this one:

I know nothing about audio, though. Any suggestions (for speakers as well?)

u/iamcringle · 1 pointr/Blink182

Here's one that's just slightly over what you paid. It's modeled after the Technics 1200 series. The built in pre-amp could be better, but it's one of the better "inexpensive" tables out there. Especially one where the core is plastic-based. There's room to customize and modify on it, which is a plus.

u/myvinyl · 1 pointr/vinyl

This is the best option hands down. If you want something new.
Stay away from Rega imo.

u/PlagueofMidgets · 1 pointr/vinyl

Thank you for taking the time to respond. I'll have to do some more research. Would this turntable be a good choice?

u/minormorin · 1 pointr/puptheband

I have the Audio-Technica LP120 which I bought on Black Friday from Amazon for $230. From what I've read it's the best $200-$300 record player for your average listener. It also has a built in pre-amp so it can go connect directly to active speakers (computer speakers). I'd highly recommend it.

u/apapousek · 1 pointr/vinyl

I fired it up. It's rubbish.
Also, what do you think of this?

u/Mr_Soju · 1 pointr/vinyl

Hey, good link. That Yahama looks legit and 100 watts is good but...

The link you provided says:

u/techfish · 1 pointr/audiophile

If you're patient, this normally dips to about $200 every once in a while.

u/Aar0nSwanson · 1 pointr/boniver

I'm a big hip hop fan so I always wanted a Technics 1200 turntable growing up. Alas those turntables are pretty expsensive so I settled on an Audio Technica lookalike:

With this turntable I can listen at different speeds (33 1/3, 45, 78) and I can pitch the record up or down as well as reverse the record. I think that will be fun to play with 22 A Million because of it's strange vocal work. None of those features are necessary, however, and with this turntable's cost (a little under $300 now on Amazon. I paid about $200.) I'd recommend buying any turntable in your budget that can play records at 33 1/3, 45, and 78 rpm. Some records I've purchased like some Radiohead albums and Nicolas Jaar singles require the 45 rpm playback.

You'll need a receiver and speakers as well. I had a plan to get a good receiver and speakers, but again, the costs limited me. If you have the cash to spare I'd recommend getting a STEREO receiver with 2 good speakers, not the surround sound 5.1 or 7.1 stuff their pushing nowadays. Most music is mixed for a stereo experience so you only need 2 speakers. I was looking into a 2.1 system. The .1 just means I can add a subwoofer. Also make sure that your system is wired not wireless.

If that's too much for you (which was the case for me) invest in a good pair of headphones and headphone amplifier and you're set.

u/iamthejeff_ · 1 pointr/vinyl

The TT is the bottleneck here. Upgrading the needle won't really help you.

Sell it for $30-40 and get an Audio-Technica AT-LP120 for about $240

u/spdorsey · 1 pointr/audiophile


I have a Mac (USB or optical), a PC (optical), a turntable (with a Schiit MANI preamp), and I'll have a 1/8" headphone jack (for other input sources). Those are my inputs.

I have a set of MartinLogan LX16 speakers and a Martin Logan sub that I want to use for output.

I have a Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB turntable with an Ortofon red.

It's all being run through an old Onkyo AV receiver (similar to this one, maybe even older). It works, but it's not great.

It's a budget system, and I want to replace the weakest link. I think that's the receiver. I don't want an AV receiver again (no video on this system), and I have no need for 5.1. 3-channel is perfect (stereo plus sub).

Is this a great alternative to what I have? Is the Marantz HD-AMP1 going to answer all my needs?

u/smakweasle · 1 pointr/nin

$600 is a very fair budget for a beginner. I'd recommend looking at local shops for set ups (plus they'll be knowledgeable in what they have and willing to help.) Craigslist is a goldmine as well.

If your looking all new for 600 bucks you can get this Tt:

And these speakers:

My main advice is stay away from crosley turntables. They usually look neat and are priced right but they will destroy your albums.

u/CJK_ExStream · 1 pointr/vinyl


I just have one question. Is this setup good for a first timer?
Edifer R1700BT

Audio Techinica LP120

Do all the cables come with it?

u/sirmikael · 1 pointr/vinyl

I've upgraded since, but I bought the LP-120 at $209 from Amazon. Camelcamelcamel shows it's been around that price several times:

u/ch0c0l2te · 1 pointr/vinyl

My thoughts exactly... so I wouldn't be able to use, say one of these? It does say universal but most likely universal for all audio-technica tables... :(

u/TheDragonKnight · 1 pointr/vinyl

Would something like this work? And whats your cartridge recommendation for 50 ish dollars?

u/HotCharlie · 1 pointr/vinyl

Sorry again - I deleted my wall of text and took with it your next two questions.
That Shure looks okay to me. Not sure if it's worth the money, but cartridges aren't my strong point. That headshell should work just fine, too.

You've got to update us if/when you do it.

u/sunari · 1 pointr/vinyl

Ok so he didn't have a headshell or cartridge, so it's up to me to buy them. Crap.

Do I need a specific kind of headshell and cartridge for my turntable, or can I use any MM cartridge and any headshell? I had my eyes on this cartridge, but wasn't sure if this could only be used with Technica turntables. I was looking at this headshell as well. The main selling point for me on these were their price; I'm trying to find these at cheapest prices possible (while maintaining quality of course). Could I get these, or would they not work with my record player?

u/deadbutalive02 · 1 pointr/vinyl
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u/Kernel_Forbin · 1 pointr/mildlyinteresting

I've had this for a little over a year and I absolutely love it. Very easy to set up and use. Maybe a little out of your range, but it is high quality. I was amazed at how well it powered through some extremely warped and dinged up records.

u/Self_thinker · 1 pointr/hometheater

Thanks. For the TT, this is what I had in mind:

Would you put this up against a Rega?

u/pilesofnoodles · 1 pointr/vinyl

I just invested in this guy, and I'm quite pleased with it:

I'm the furthest thing from an expert, but it sounds and looks great. The motor is dead quiet and the needle that comes with it is very good as well. I've heard that some people have issues with hum from the motor, but that's obviously not been the case for me.

Depending on what you're aiming for, I know that other patrons of this sub will often recommend investing in a vintage turntable, as it's generally possible to get more bang for your buck out of something used that's been kept up well rather than buying new, so if you're interested in going that route, I'm sure some others will have good advice to that end.

Whatever you decide, enjoy the new hardware! I think you'll be very pleased with the improved sound quality. :)

u/PenguinKenny · 1 pointr/audiophile

Haven't had a proper hi-fi system in years, looking to play my old vinyls, budget of around £700-£1000 (~$1000-1400).

Looking at Pro-Ject Debut Carbon for the turntable, but that's where I get stuck really.

I guess I've got up to £700/$1000 to spend on a phono pre-amp, amp and speakers. Not looking for a subwoofer at this time, no room.

I'm looking for suggestions for good speakers that I can put on a shelf, as I've not enough room for tall floor speakers. What speakers fit into that budget that will mean I get the most of my turntable?

u/InsertShitName · 1 pointr/vinyl

This Pro-Ject looks great and I hear the cartridge that comes with has good sound too! It does need an amp though, do you have any amp recommendations? Think it just needs phono in.

u/kouji71 · 1 pointr/vinyl

This was the one I saw in all the reviews I read as best sub-$100 turntable:

u/Dodgerguy101 · 1 pointr/Logic_301
u/Terror-Byte-523 · 1 pointr/vinyl

Hello does anyone know if this is a good beginner turn table.

u/residualbraindust · 1 pointr/audiophile

I don't own a turntable myself, but read this article. The suggested Audio Technica AT-LP60 is ~$100 on Amazon. In that same article you can find other suggestions on how to upgrade later to a better one.

u/jeffpng · 1 pointr/vinyl

Audio Technica LP60 -

Or A U-Turn Orbit - - I highly recommend U-Turn for beginners, as you can get one built to order with your specific needs / desires, and I have a U-Turn Orbit myself, have owned my record player now for a month and am totally loving it. Also, they're built right here in the USA in Massachusetts and have phenomenal customer service.

u/GoldHatesGatsby · 1 pointr/vinyl

is this turnable worth it? i got a cheap one im planning to refund and dont want to spend to much on a turnable but want to play the vinlys gifted to me.

u/shocked_N_awed · 1 pointr/vinyl

Awesome unit and has six cord to plug into any speaker and has built it amp

u/AudioRevelations · 1 pointr/recordstore

More often than not, record players that try to become an "all in one" are pretty terrible. My personal suggestion would be to get a separate record player that is dedicated to just record playing, a separate amplifier/whatever for the rest of your needs, and feed it all through speakers.

As far as choosing a record player, it all depends on what you want to spend. These days, you can get a pretty darn good one for ~$99 (see AT-LP60). If you want better sound fidelity, the sky is the limit, but that one is pretty darn good for general use for a beginner.

For the other thing, there are like a billion options. Here is the first one I found on Amazon. It may be worth your time (depending on how much you want to spend), to find an amplifier. They often times have this type of functionality built into them, and would be something that could power speakers, as well as hook the record player into.

Speaking of speakers, they are also kind of up in the air, too. You could easily just run them through a simple set of computer speakers using a stereo to 3.5mm cable, or get a nice pair that you would need to drive from an amplifier. Up to you!

u/the_aquacadet · 1 pointr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

check out /r/vinyl. They'll help you out. Just make sure you don't say vinyls, they hate that lol. the plural of vinyl is vinyl. I'd just call them records and record players.

that being said, this is about 9 euros over-budget, but probably your best bet. If you want the one that has a usb port instead of just analog, it will cost a bit more.

u/youngJZ · 1 pointr/vinyl
u/trevorbolliger · 1 pointr/TheAvettBrothers

I have this turntable: and it works great. It has a built-in pre-amp, which is very convenient.

If you'd like to rip the vinyl to your computer, you'll want the USB version:

As for speakers, I highly recommend these Edifier speakers: They are powered and produce a really full sound. You'll even see my review on Amazon, look for the Avett posters. :)

If you want to spend a bit more cash, my friend has the Bluetooth version:

u/Madvillains · 1 pointr/audiophile

This one Audio Technica AT-LP60BK Fully Automatic Belt-Drive Stereo Turntable, Black

Yes, there is a switch that says line or phono on the back.

u/maadsmads · 1 pointr/hiphopheads

Audio Technica AT-LP60BK Fully Automatic Belt-Drive Stereo Turntable, Black

u/yungpipe · 1 pointr/vinyl

My turntable is messed up, an old Technics SL-5 and I am getting rid of it soon, I am going to buy a new one and I'm considering this for the price, will it be good moderate use until when ever I can buy a higher quality one without sacrificing too much on the sound quality department?

u/roboctopus · 1 pointr/citypop

I use an Audio Technica AT-LP60 turntable, which is a decent entry-level turntable. I'm planning on upgrading eventually, but it's good for the price.

My receiver/amplifier is an old 90s Technics model I got on Craigslist for $50. Works fine.

My speakers are just some Sony bookshelf speakers I got years ago. Don't remember the model number. They sound okay to me, but lack bass. I've heard good things about these Pioneer speakers though. Good reviews.

u/bjb399 · 1 pointr/vinyl

I'm thinking of getting a budget turntable for a friend for her birthday. She's not an audiophile, but obviously I don't want to get her anything that will ruin records (e.g., a Crosley). I'm thinking of going with the Audio Technica AT-LP60BK. Thoughts or other recommendations in the $100-$150 price range?

u/jollyandy · 1 pointr/vintageaudio

What's your budget for a TT? Are you looking for something new? Would you like something that matches the era of the rest of your setup? There's quality in every era and something decent in a lot of price ranges with tons of opinions all over the place.

Personally I'll recommend the Audio Technica AT-LP60BK. It's from a respected brand, audiophile reviews are glowing, and the thing is built solidly. There's not much of a better value for something new at $100. You can be up and running in a couple days.

That said, the joy of vintage is finding something old and special for a steal. If you're patient, you can almost always get something better than what you can buy new, and even with all the advances in electronics over the last 45+ years, I still like the sound of my old pioneer TT that I got for $60 over a new one that cost $300. But that kind of find takes time. All depends on what you want.

u/theides81 · 1 pointr/vintageaudio

Do you need speakers too, or just a record player? If you need both, I'd recommend this setup. I have the same record player but a slightly older version of these speakers. It's nothing fancy, but it's all ready to go right out of the box & in my opinion it sounds great. I'm not a hardcore serious audiophile, so I'm sure there are much better options out there, but they're gonna cost you way more than $200.

u/kidxcore · 1 pointr/Zeos

Hi Zeos, I'm looking for a DAC+AMP combo to replace my current Creative X-Fi DAC.
I would prefer to have just one DAC+AMP unit instead of 2 seperate devices but if you recommend otherwise, I'll be open to that too.

Also, I recently got into vinyl and I intend to line in the LP-60 to the DAC+AMP if possible so I don't have to swap cables in and out.

Could you please recommend some options? Thanks!

PS, I just recently stumbled onto your videos and I absolutely got hooked. Love your review style and your honest opinions on products. Keep up the great work!

u/stevieo70 · 1 pointr/vinyl

I'm moving into my first solo apartment, and need to buy a new set-up! My old roommate had a Onkyo TX-8020 and a Audio Technica AT-LP60BK, which I never had any issues with, but I know reddit dislikes the LP60. Any recommendations? I'm looking to buy turntable, stereo, and speakers and am looking to spend around $500, but could go up a bit if necessary. I'm in Cambridge, MA if that matters.

u/spurlockmedia · 1 pointr/vinyl

Hi guys - I am wanting to upgrade my setup currently I have a Jensen TT that I am using with some crappy computer speakers and I feel like this may be a good stepup for me. Let me know what you think

[Audio Technica AT-LP60BK] ( - $79

Edifier R1700BT Speakers - $150

Total - $230

If you think I can get something cheaper, or better for that same price i'm open for suggestions. :)


u/EinsteinNeverWoreSox · 1 pointr/twentyonepilots

Cool! Congrats on your first player and nice song choice! <3

Just thought I'd give you some advice though, your player is perfectly functional but you should look into a upgrade if you start to notice problems. These players work but they run into problems and are kind of infamous for damaging records or some records not playing properly due to their weights being off (the red cartridge in particular is a staple of these types of players)

This is my current player which I've never had issues with.

Welcome to the club, though. :)

u/Lazystickmen · 1 pointr/vinyl

Thanks! I'm upgrading from a shitty crosley I got a couple years ago to this
With an actual soundbar for sound.

u/Dogs-Keep-Me-Going · 1 pointr/vinyl

Stay away from those Crosley's, if you can. If you're looking for a cheap (but decent) entry-level turntable, look into the Audio Technica LP 60. Pair them up with a cheap (but decent) set of powered speakers, like the Edifier R1280T.

Total will be about $200, but you'll be much much much better off.

Edit: I don't know anything about the TT in the last link, but it looks ok. Just steer clear of all-in-one type players. Cheers!

u/C-C-X-V-I · 1 pointr/vinyl

Hows this for a first rig to see if I stick with the hobby? I'm less concerned with quality and more wanting to make sure its not one of the bad ones that can damage a record

u/pashmores · 1 pointr/vinyl

I had an old Bang & Olufsen turntable that no longer works. I was looking to get a new turntable for around $100 and have a question.

I found this one: Original

Then I found the same one with a $100 modification: Modified

If anyone can explain the $100 value in this modification and give advice on which one is the better purchase, it would very much appreciated! Also if anyone has any better ideas for a turn table around this budget that would be great.

u/TheDaveWSC · 1 pointr/Omaha

I got this! It's fairly cheap, the onboard speakers work pretty great, and the ability to digitize your albums is great.

Jensen JTA-230 3 Speed Stereo Turntable with Built in Speakers

u/Slamma009 · 1 pointr/audiophile

I'm looking at buying my first record player, and have no Idea what I'm doing. I need one that supports 33 and 45, and would like one that has the option for a headphone jack when listening by myself, and the able to plug into a receiver. I really liked the Jensen JTA-320, but I'm afraid that since it's so cheap, it'll be shit.

I'm looking for something under or around $200

u/throwawayvinyl · 1 pointr/vinyl

I have a beginner Jensen turntable. It isn't ideal, but it works for now. I want to upgrade the TT in the future, but for now I just want to plug some speakers into it. The TT must have a pre-amp, since it has on-board speakers. I am assuming I would just plug in an amp to the RCA jacks in the back, and then plug speakers into that amp. Would this amp and speaker combo work with my TT? Bonus question: what makes the most sense to upgrade first for sound quality? TT? Amp? Speakers?


u/toiletpastries · 1 pointr/hometheater

Jensen JTA-230 3 Speed Stereo Turntable with Built in Speakers

This is the turntable I have. Neither this or my receiver have phono inputs. I've tried every different setting; pure, direct, stereo, surround, etc and the subwoofer doesn't work with any.

As for my crossover setting, I don't know what that means.

I'm willing to upgrade my turntable but I want to know what I can do to fix the issue before purchasing a new one, unless of course the turntable I have is the problem.

Thank you!!!

u/idunno1234567891011 · 1 pointr/vinyl

Is this a good turntable for a beginning collector?

u/DramasticStar · 1 pointr/TheFence

It's a Jensen JTA-230.

It's not the best but it's pretty good for a $50 player. It plays pretty well and doesn't have a bad sound.

u/Smalls__ · 1 pointr/vinyl

its more about price range honestly, but I think I may have found one. If you want to take a look here is a link. It'd be fantastic to hear some feedback. and yes I am getting some external speakers for it.

u/MuppetManiac · 1 pointr/askwomenadvice

You can likely get a used turntable a lot cheaper than $100. Here is a new one for half that.

u/_HannibalHolmes81 · 1 pointr/vinyl

Hello! Thank you for your answer.

Damn thats too much, what would you think of any of these :


electrohome Archer

For someone like me who probably wont be looking into buying more and more vinyls, nothing against it but i just wanted something a bit cheap to just get a taste of what it really is

u/SpartanMonkey · 1 pointr/comicbooks

It is this one on Amazon: Jensen JTA-230 3 Speed Stereo Turntable with Built in Speakers
I don't use the built-in speakers, I run it through a decent surround sound setup. When I am ripping vinyl, I monitor output through the computer.
The needle is replaceable. I haven't felt the need to swap it out yet. I haven't even looked into the duty cycle of needles, actually.
I haven't listened to vinyl since the late 70s, when my dad had the OSTs to Star Wars and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, so I am a bit out of practice.

u/GrumpItGreg · 1 pointr/vinyl

Records shown, from left to right:

Algernon Cadwallader - Algernon Cadwallader

Andrew Jackson Jihad - People Who Can Eat People are the Luckiest People in the World

Deafheaven - New Bermuda

Deafheaven - Roads to Judah

Deafheaven - Sunbather

Destroyer - Kaputt

Dr. Octagon - Dr. Octagonecologyst

El-P - Cancer 4 Cure

Ennio Morricone - The Hateful Eight Soundtrack

Father John Misty - I Love You Honeybear

Gorillaz - Plastic Beach

Grimes - Art Angels

The Hotelier - Goodness

J Dilla - Donuts

Mac Demarco - Another One

The Mountain Goats - Beat the Champ

My Chemical Romance - I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me
Your Love

Sufjan Stevens - Carrie and Lowell

Sufjan Stevens - Illinoise

Sufjan Stevens - Michigan

Tool - Lateralus

Wolves in the Throne Room - Celestite

Currently listening on a Jensen (I know) with some okayish water speakers. Upgrading VERY soon to a new turntable and some new speakers

All of my records are sleeved in Sound Sleeves brand clear sleeves because I am worried about wear.

u/whatthefuck231995 · 1 pointr/FrankOcean

got a turntable last year bc of the blonde vinyl! can't recommend this one highly enough

u/MCBarkingSpoon · 1 pointr/Mondo
u/Torpedoe · 1 pointr/audiophile


Hello guys. I could use a second opinion from anyone willing to take a look at the setup I'm planning on buying (based on shopkeeper's suggestions - I'm skeptical).

u/jcoe0723 · 1 pointr/vinyl

Looking to upgrade from my LP60 and I'm eyeing these two:

I know that the Lp120 has a built-in preamp, but what about the Pioneer? I'm not seeing anything about that on the page. Other than that...Is there any significant differences between these two? If I have to say by looks alone, I think I prefer the Pioneer because of the "Cover Art Display" spot but otherwise they seem pretty similar.

u/Racist7 · 1 pointr/vinyl

This is a copy and paste from /r/audiophile, was looking at getting your guys' and gals' opinions on my proposed setup for my boyfriend. Thanks!



Hello guys! I am thinking about these products combined together for a nice addition to my front room. What do you guys think?

edit: or should I switch the amp out with this one?

u/RAOULDOOM · 1 pointr/vinyl

Hi, guys. I'm deciding between an [Orbit Plus Turntable] ( and an Audio Technica LP120. I just wanted to know your opinions on which one to get. Thanks in advance.

u/loicbigois · 1 pointr/vinyl

Entry level user here. I just bought an AT-LP-120 USB and I want to listen mainly with headphones. I'm thinking of getting the Schiit Magni 3 Headphone Amp and Preamp for that purpose.

Is this all I'll need to start listening with headphones? The turntable came with two output cables.

Also, if I decide to get speakers in the future, will this setup be OK, or will I need another piece of equipment to get the speakers working? Thanks all!

u/ohyouknowmewell · 1 pointr/vinyl

I'm in the process of moving into my first apartment solo and have put off getting a player until this moment. I've been reading through the basics and I saw I shouldn't put the speakers on the same surface as the player. Are there ways around this? Dampeners or something to reduce vibration? I don't have much room for everything.

Also in terms of volume levels, does anyone recommend speakers that will sound fantastic at lower levels? I'll be sharing a building with multiple tenants and don't want to crank it all the time.

I'm thinking about going with

As well as

But I'd like better looking speakers and I'm willing to pay a bit more.

All of this will probably sit on top of some Ikea type storage that will fit my records. Thoughts? I have a decent collection but haven't had the time to research the player too much.

u/DASWUBS · 1 pointr/battlestations

Ha I get that it's nice to see more people getting in to vinyl. Yes there are a couple

A lot of me friends use this one they are very happy with it and it does sound really good.

Other wise there is a pioneer one that is also very good and around the same price.

They both have built in phono pres to you can go straight to you aux input on your stereo. Also they both have USB out if you want to record you records to you computer to put on an music player. They are both manual so you will have to do the lifting and they are both direct drive and have pitch correction.

Hope this helps.

u/IzunaKatsuragi · 1 pointr/vinyl

[Budget: Below 1k.]

Hello, everyone! I never really thought I would ever get into vinyl at all, but after acquiring a few choice albums I really enjoy listening to, I figured I would start the journey! I've been doing some research, and I was wondering how these pieces work out for starting out (Wanted to remain under $1k for the entire thing.). (Audio Technica AT-LP120) (Pioneer SP-FS52 Speakers) (Onkyo TX-8020 Stereo Receiver) (And some Banana Plugs to connect it all, of course.)

Any feedback is greatly appreciated!

u/maparo · 1 pointr/vinyl

Is this a decent initial set up? Thank you!!!

I want to get a decent first set up, without spending a crazy amount of money...
I am just making sure that if I get these 3 things I will be able to play my vinyl and have decent quality for the price...

So this...



equals good listening? Let me know if I'm missing something or need to add something... or any other recommendations.

Thank you!!

u/filmatisk · 1 pointr/audiophile

Klipsch The Sixes + Pro-Ject Debut Carbon DC. I think this is actually a really nice setup for the price, sounds much better than I'd expect in this price range.

If you want to connect the turntable to your pc, there's an USB model for $100 extra.

(Or a simpler model for $100 less, but it's not as good...)

u/hobosox · 1 pointr/vinyl

Totally new to all of this. Can I run a Pro-ject Debut Carbon straight into an av receiver like the Sony STRDH550 and have to work, or do I need some kind of phono preamp? What even is a phono preamp?

u/kid_z · 1 pointr/audiophile

Hey guys. I need a new turntable.

I have a Yamaha A-S801 driving a pair of Klipsch RF-7ii

I'm deciding between a [Pro-ject DC Carbon] ( and a [Rega Planar 2] (

I'm leaning towards the Pro-ject to save some money. Do you think this is the wise choice or will I be missing out?

u/mylifeisaLIEEE · 1 pointr/vinyl

I'm trying to build a simple setup, using this turntable:

connected with RCA cables to these speakers:

The way I understand it is, the turntable requires a preamp, but the speakers have phono inputs so I won't need one. Further, I won't need an amplifier or receiver since the speakers are active. Will this setup work? Thanks!

u/Ambalanche · 1 pointr/woodworking

Looks like it might be this one Pro-Ject - Debut Carbon DC (Piano Black)

u/okieboat · 1 pointr/oddlysatisfying

This Project DC Carbon is a great table at a moderate price. Got mine used at a local store for 300.

u/IAMYOURBIGBROTHER · 1 pointr/vinyl

I'm getting really low volume from current setup:

Turn Table: Pro-Ject - Debut Carbon DC

Pre-amp: Nobsound Mini Fully-Balanced/Single-Ended Passive Preamp

Active speakers: Micca PB42X Powered Bookshelf Speakers

Dialing up both the speaker and pre-amp volume doesn't seem to help.

Do I need a different pre-amp or should I add an amplifier and replace the active speakers for passive? Or is there a setup where I can still use the powered speakers?

u/spleenandcigars · 1 pointr/ProgVinyl

I'm a broke college student myself hahahaha well, i brought the LP120 but regretted it. It's cheaper than the one i think it's the best right now. The Pro-Ject is the best entry level one right now, crushing even more expensive turntables. You will also need this (or other, if you have a favourite) phono preamp.

Is a bit more expensive than the LP120 that already has a built-in phono preamp with line output, but if you search online, you'll see that the antiskating doesn't work properly. The internal preamp has a muddy sound and people tend to remove it. It's bulky and quite heavy.

If you don't understand what some thinks i mentioned is, just ask.

u/I_pee_in_shower · 1 pointr/audiophile

I recently bought some powered speakers and I'm looking to match them with a turn table in the less than $400 range.
I want to purchase from Amazon but everything there is highly reviewed. I would said $250 to be my sweet spot but I can go a little higher for the right set.
Besides great audio something that doesn't require a lot of maintenance and is aesthetically pleasing would be nice.

Like this or better:
TEAC TN-300 Analog Turntable with Built-in Phono Pre-amplifier & USB Digital Output (Cherry)

Thanks in advance!

u/SpicyMcNuggets · 1 pointr/vinyl
u/mikewilzn · 1 pointr/vinyl

Is there a reason you have the TN-200 there for $299 when you can get the TN-300 for less?

u/Hodaka · 1 pointr/vintageaudio

Fluance has a couple of TT's for under $275. The TEAC looks pretty nice as well. You can throw in Pro-Ject, AT's, and a few others.

u/Allah__Ragbar · 1 pointr/vinyl

Hey all, new to the subreddit and recently decided I wanted to make the switch to a turntable and vinyl. I've spent several hours today reading all the great guides from the sidebar, and have been trying to put together a list of components to purchase. Ideally, I'd like to keep the whole setup below $500, and that's including TT, Speakers, and Receiver if necessary.

From the TTs suggested here and what I've seen online, I'm a really big fan of the [TEAC TN-300] ( Looking at the specs, I see that it has a built in Phono Pre-amp, so if I wanted to I could directly plug it in to powered speakers (or at least that's my understanding).. The more I thought about it though, the more I felt like I'd really rather have an actual receiver/amplifier that I could control the volume on, as well as use for other appliances like the TV or my wife's phone (lol).. That led me to this receiver/speaker combo. The receiver I chose from a sidebar guide over on /r/BudgetAudiophile and the speakers had good reviews as well.

As I'm still incredibly nooby to this stuff, does this setup get the /r/vinyl seal of approval? (I'm still not too sure on the compatibility of the receiver/TT and if I need anything else or not.) OR could I find a better setup for roughly the same price or cheaper elsewhere? I'm not really looking for used/craigslist options as I'd much prefer to buy new and anything off Amazon Prime is a huge plus.

u/freebird185 · 1 pointr/radiohead

Gotta plug this Teac turntable. Had one since Christmas, would definitely recommend. Looks sleek, plays great.

u/Flush535 · 1 pointr/vinyl

are either of these any good? 1 2

also I can't really find a difference between the much of a step up from the first one would the second one be?

u/habanerolime · 1 pointr/vinyl

Here is the least expensive turntable I know of that has an adjustable counterweight. Keep in mind that you will at minimum need external speakers if you upgrade from an all-in-one. You can find plenty of powered speakers (connected or wireless) for fairly cheap as well.

u/plazman30 · 1 pointr/vinyl

The LP60x costing $99 at Best Buy, I'd love to see your list of "better alternatives" at the price point.

I don't mean to be a dick, but it's a very common "audiophile" move to poo-poo something and say "there are better options at this price point" and never list those options.

The closest turntable with an actual counterweight you will get is probably the Crosley C100. And that costs $136.99 on Amazon, which is significantly more than $99.

Buying this $99 turntable is significantly better than getting a suitcase style player like the Cruiser or the Victrola.

This isn't the turntable you're going to stay with the rest of your life. But it's a pretty good place to start.

u/BaC0nz13 · 1 pointr/vinyl

I have a pair of JBL LSR305's hooked up to a Scarlet 2i2 with 1/4 inch TRS Pro Balanced cables. I plan on buying a Crosley C100A-SI this month. How would I hook this turntable up? Here are all the inputs.

Current setup:

  • JBL Speakers > (2 1/4 inch TRS) > Scarlet 2i2 Back > (USB) > PC

  • I'm running a AT 2020 into the first input on my Scarlet 2i2.

    New Setup:

  • JBL Speakers > (2 XLR) > Scarlet 2i2 Front Inputs > (USB) > PC

  • JBL Speakers > (1/4 inch TS to RCA) > Crosley

  • This leaves no room for my AT 2020.

    Should I skip using the scarlet 2i2 all together?

    What would be a good 1/4 inch TS to RCA cable to pick up on amazon?

u/AWildRedditorApeared · 1 pointr/vinyl

Hi guys, hoping you could help me with a basic setup. My dad passed recently and left me about 200 vinyl records, mostly from the 70's and 80's. I'd like to listen to them, but I do not have any sort of set up.

I looked at the suggested threads / wiki, and it looks like I'll need a turntable, amp, and speakers. There's a lot more I can get, but for now I'm just happy with a barebones setup so I can listen to some old jams.

I live in USA-MI, and my budget is $200-500. A few caveats:

  • I live in an apartment complex. I do not need it to be too loud / window shaking.
  • I have limited space - tall, 3' speakers are out of the question.
  • I have this desk.
  • My goal was to put the turntable atop the desk, then find a shelf to put under it if I need an amp / other equipment / storage for records.

    Anyways, here's what I found:

  • Crossley C100A-SI, decent turntable for the price.
  • Edifier R1280T Speakers, seem small enough to politely sit on the desk.


  • Is this all I need? Will the speakers plug directly into the turntable? Will the turntable come with a needle?
  • How much of a difference are the ~$100 turntables vs the 200 / 300? Will I actually notice it, or is it mostly just marketing?
  • Are there better recommendations for my budget? If so, what would you recommend and why?
u/reclusiveaggressive1 · 1 pointr/audiophile

This Crosley has all the features you could want (strobe, pitch control, adjustable weight system, anti-skating, weighted platter, cue and hard dust cover) and some that vintage TTs don't usually have, and costs $126 new.

u/goducks191 · 1 pointr/vinyl

This is the table i have. Its worlds better than the crosley suitcase models and i would imagine still better than the LP60. Its not as great as the LP120 but I dont worry about damaging any of my records when using this. I want to upgrade eventually but with this table im not worried about using it in the meantime

u/Simba_Lennon · 1 pointr/vinyl

I asked something similar last week, but how good of a turntable would the Crosley C100 be?

I'm looking to upgrade from my Sony PS-LX300USB, and this seems to have everything I'm looking for on it. If it weren't for the Crosley branding on it, I would say this looks downright perfect. But I'd like some professional opinions on it before I think about buying.

u/O--S--G · 1 pointr/audiophile

I would not recommend a multi function table no. They don't include a counterweight and tend to track at a high weight so they will deteriorate your records very quickly. The cheapest record player the r/vinyl wiki suggests is the Crosley C100

u/KelonjAllDay · 1 pointr/vinyl

I didn't know when I bought the amp, honestly im just ready to listen to my music again like I haven't even got to listen to my records since I bought the amp cause I have no speakers. also my turntable is

I just want a nice set of speakers to be able to listen to my records again

u/Holtbyism55 · 1 pointr/vinyl


I'm getting my first turntable and speakers soon and wanted to make sure I was getting everything I needed. I'm planning on getting a Crosley C100a-SI with these speakers. Is that all I would need to play my records? I've lurked around the sub a bit and I think I'm fine but I wanted to make sure. I know these probably aren't the best speakers or turntable but I'm okay with that to start out. Thanks for any help and any suggestions as a first-timer would be great!

u/SantaHat · 1 pointr/vinyl

Looking to buy my first TT. I mainly want a TT to play some hip hop records I started collection two months ago. I've read the various guides and recommendations and settled on these. Would this set up give me a good enough listening experience?:



I know Crosley is looked down upon here but one or two of the buying guides recommended this one as a starter when purchasing on a budget.

u/YourVeryOwnCat · 1 pointr/vinyl

$299 is starting to get out of my price range. Is the RT80 good? It's down to between that one and the TN-300

u/LetsSaveEm · 1 pointr/vinyl

Hey guys! I've been lurking this subreddit since I picked up my first record a couple months ago. Since then, I've been researching budget turntables, and decided to buy this turntable and this pre-amp.
I went scouring the pawn shops today and came across this amplifier. I liked the look of it, and figured you couldn't really go wrong with an '89 or '90 Kenwood amp. I took it home for $50, and realized there is no volume control! Apparently this model (KM-208) was originally sold with a pre-amp that had all of the volume controls. I have 30 days to return it, but if possible, I wouldn't mind rigging up a volume dial. Is this amp worth the work, or should I return it? As of now I don't have any speakers, but I'm willing to spend up to $250ish. I'm also considering building my own with the same budget.

TL;DR I'm new to vinyl ad so far have collected a TT, a pre-amp, and would like your opinion on the amp I bought.

Thanks for reading. I'm looking forward to your feedback!

u/CarefullyDying · 1 pointr/vinyl

So I've been thinking about upgrading from my original turntable. It's a Crosley (not a cruiser) I got for dirt cheap, I figured it would a good starting one to see if I wanted to continue with this hobby, I do. Now I wanted to upgrade, my budget is 350 U.S. dollars (Maximum). I wanted to know what you guys recommend, I was looking into getting this one here I also wanted to know what else I would need if I purchased this player. I have speakers, but the wires aren't plugs, they just end with the metal poking out. I don't know if that's compatible with other speakers and players. Thanks so much.

Note: I don't have to get the one I mentioned, It was just something I saw that looks like it would give me room to buy the other things I needed

u/curtija · 1 pointr/vinyl

Hey everybody,
I’m very new to record players and vinyls as I’ve never owned any, however my girlfriend has a player an I quite enjoy it.
My question is if I were to buy this Fluance rt80 would I need an amp and speakers or should the sound produced from the player alone be sufficient.
Also does anyone have and/or know of this player?? Any thoughts?

u/38-RPM · 1 pointr/PRINCE

For new, I would recommend: Monoprice Monolith, Fluance RT-80, [Teac TN-300] (, Audio Technica AT-LP3 Fully Automatic but I personally prefer hunting for used vintage Japanese or German turntables at thrift shops, classifieds, pawn shops, vintage audio stores, etc.

u/Landohh · 1 pointr/vinyl

Or even something so simple as this

I mean the same price, I get something new and decent/around the same quality as that Marantz

u/hornyblackman123 · 1 pointr/vinyl

hey guys so im like a total fucking noob that knows nothing just wanted to know if i buy a turntable what exactly will i need aside from the table? i was looking at this one and i love how it looks just fuckin got no clue what exactly a turntable needs to work and if this one in particular has any of that built in? sorry for the dumbass question and any recommendations are welcome

u/_MrRager_ · 1 pointr/vinyl

Hi all! I have done some research here on this sub and elsewhere, but have hopefully made a decision on a setup to get started.
Fluance RT81, ELAC B6 Debut Series 6.5", and SMSL Audio SA-36A PRO HiFi Digital Amplifier
Is this a good setup to get started? Thanks

u/stevenw84 · 1 pointr/vinyl

Just wanted to clarify something as I am a beginner with all this. Yes, I looked at the Beginner's Guide but wanted to ask something directly.

If I already have a decent Harmon/Kardon receiver, really all I need is a turntable that has a built in preamp/phono, right? From there I can just use headphones are ext. speakers from my receiver.

What I had in mind was the Fluance RT81.

u/TheMenk · 1 pointr/vinyl

I am in the process of determining my setup. I am currently thinking of going with this turntable (Fluance RT81) and [these speakers which I already own for mixing (JBL LSR305).]

With this setup, from what I can tell, the only way I would have to control volume would be to manually change the volume on each speaker. I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for a way where I could have "central volume" type of thing, preferably controlled via remote.

Also, slightly unrelated, in order for me to use these speakers, I have to convert from RCA/Composite to 1/4in. I am assuming this is okay, but as I am relatively new to this, I figured I would make sure. Thanks!

u/BurntUmberit · 1 pointr/BudgetAudiophile

I've set aside about $100 so far for a different table. I may just limit my plays on the AT-LP60 and save more pennies until I can get the new unit.

u/turker34 · 1 pointr/vinyl

I've been listening with headphones since I've gotten my turntable and I decided I'd like to get some speakers for it as well. I've got a Fluance turntable as well as a Little Dot Mk2 headphone amp. I've been considering getting these speakers. I don't really know what I'm doing, but I'm assuming I'm going to need another amp for the speakers? Any suggestions on a mid priced amp, or will the Mk2 work for speakers as well? Will those speakers work fine with my turntable? Any help is appreciated!

u/collegescaresme · 1 pointr/vinyl

Already have a few vinyls, but I need to invest in a turntable + setup.

This is what I think I will buy. Is this a good purchase? Is there anything that I'm neglecting to buy?

Fluance RT81

Edifier R1280DB

The turntable is a bit expensive, to be fair.

u/murderousmarty · 1 pointr/vinyl

hello friends,

planning on purchasing this guy for my girlfriend for christmas.

What else would i need to purchase for it other than records? And any recommendations?

i was looking at these speakers to pair with it

u/Brettster · 1 pointr/vinyl

Do you have recommendations of any automatic turntables? New or old.

Also what do you think of this? Seems like it has good reviews.

u/LousyTourist · 1 pointr/TurntablePorn

I bought my daughter this for her BD:

No frills, no USB, but it does have a phono stage (switchable) in case your receiver doesn't have one.

Sounds darn good.

u/nowthatiam_ · 1 pointr/vinyl

I'm near Philadelphia and my price range is $500-$650. I'm hoping to make sure my beginner setup will work before I pull the trigger(s). Thanks in advance!

Planning to buy the below:


Fluance RT81 -


Yamaha R-S202BL Stereo Receiver -


Q Acoustics 3010 -


I'm wondering if there's that big of a difference between the sound I could get from the Yamaha amp verses something like this Lepy (


Also, if the Yamaha amp has an output of 100w and the speakers recommended power is 15w-75w, does this make them incompatible?


Thanks again.

u/jaredvar · 1 pointr/VinylDeals

Can anyone help me with a quick compare on these for a first turntable?

OP vs this:

u/carina231 · 1 pointr/vinyl

Hi i want to get into vinyl but i cant choose what player to buy i got this one in mind( But there is a 250 and 160 dollar version can annyone explain to me what the diference is? Also how do i know at wich speeds do records spin? I want a record that can play Black Sabbath, The Pretty Reckless, Dio, Ozzy, Led Zeppelin.... Basically Rock n Roll and heavy metal so are there any standards in which those 2 genres come?

u/Hellakittehs · 1 pointr/vinyl

I need some advice.

I bought this Record Player and these set of speakers

Unfortunately, I overlooked the fact that these speakers dont come with volume control(I was looking at similar speakers that did and got them mixed up). What are my options here?

u/TheBellBrah · 1 pointr/vinyl

Please, tell me if this is a good turn table for the money before I make a huge mistake. It's beautiful!

u/OpiateT1 · 1 pointr/vinyl

Victrola Modern 50-Watt Record Player with Bluetooth in Piano Finish, White

Boytone Bt-14Tbb-Sp Full Size Turntable 3 Speed 33/45/78 Rpm

Jensen JTA475B 3-Speed Turntable with CD, AM/FM Stereo Radio, Cassette and Remote

u/bro · 1 pointr/vinyl

Looks like this bundle maybe?

There’s a Victrola logo in OP’s pic

u/_brub · 1 pointr/vinyl

My mom wants to get a record player for my dad for fathers day. Neither me or her know a lot about record players (I have a shitty Crosley guy, please don't bully me). She wanted to drop 100 on [this guy right here] ( and I just wanted to check with the experts here before we make any Rash Decisions

u/OwenChillson · 1 pointr/vinyl

So I was given a Victrola table This one and saw people saying on here to avoid these types of tables because they lack an adjustable counter weight and just generally are poor quality. I want to know if there are things I can do to help offset this, and if things like replacing the cartridge might help preserve the records themselves, as I’m less concerned with the audio quality and more concerned with destroying my records so that I can’t play them when I eventually upgrade.

u/naoise151 · 1 pointr/vinyl

Hello! First time poster here and a complete newbie to vinyl. I'm looking to buy a somewhat cheap turntable and was looking for advice. I was looking at ATLP60 and additional speakers, U turn Orbit or this one off of amazon

But here are my questions:
Besides speakers what additional things do i need?
Is the bluetooth compatibility worth getting?(to be used with bluetooth speakers)
Are there better options for turntables i should look at? i read somewhere you should get something with a seperate phono pre-amp and integrated amplifier (whatever those are lol)

Here's a bit info on my use: I've been collecting some records for a while-some i i inherited from my grandpa but only a few because most of his got destroyed. I remember always listening to records at his house when i was growing up and i always loved them. After his death when i began traveling i owuld randomly find records that we would listen to , often times the covers had something written by the ex owners-little quotes or statements that all oddly enough reminded me of things that happened with my grandfather. I actually want to be able to listen to these records and play the music in the background as i cook, or hang out with freinds and family just like i did in the past. But because of the sentimental value i also dont want to ruin them with a cheap table (almost bought a crosley guys but i learned real quick)
i'm willing to buy used too but idk what i'm supposed to look for.

Basically its not something i'll be using all the time and listening too 24/7 but to be used whenever i feel nostalgic or if its a special occasion,etc. For that reason i want something that'll last me a while and still sound good and relatively cheap

u/ziggy_says_no · 1 pointr/vinyl

I was gifted this turntable and speaker set -

While it's good to have something to play my old vinyl on the sound isn't great. It's quite tinny with no bass at all. I really don't know anything about a decent set up or even if this has the ports on the back to make the it sound any better?

I don't have much money to spend on it but is there anything anyone could recommend buying to help add a little bass?

u/Knightwolf58 · 1 pointr/vinyl

Audio-Technica AT-LP60X-BK Fully Automatic Belt-Drive Stereo Turntable, Black, Hi-Fidelity, Plays 33 -1/3 and 45 RPM Vinyl Records, Dust Cover, Anti-Resonance, Die-Cast Aluminum Platter

Is it this one? This one comes with a headphone jack right?

u/Cpt_Muff_Muncher · 1 pointr/flatbushzombies

This is the Audio Technica that they're suggesting I'd suggest waiting until it goes on sale. I got mine at Best buy for 80$

u/cr0ft · 1 pointr/BudgetAudiophile

That's a great turntable and quite a leap in quality from the first one, but you don't need to go quite that big. Pro-ject makes a cheaper variant that's a really solid entry level one, but you don't even need to go quite that far.

Start with a turntable, and get a pair of powered speakers with built-in amplifiers. For example,

Total cost hits around $200 and it should sound quite good. By no means is that Audio-Technica the last word, well, on anything but for the price it works very well, as far as I know.

u/AdmiralAkbar1 · 1 pointr/vinyl

Do you mean one of these? Its stylus requires more force than other starter turntables, meaning that they wear down your records more quickly. It's not like it'll be unusable after half a dozen plays, but it's definitely not ideal.

Your best bet would probably be buying vintage (Technics SL1200s and their ilk are considered to be the gold standard for 70s turntables that still hold up today), or if you want a barebones starter turntable that's new, there's the Audio Technica AT-LP60.

u/Zeeall · 1 pointr/audiophile

For that price it does not matter what he gets. Its going to be terrible, sound awful, damage the records and break the minute the warranty runs out.

$200 will get you this, which is almost decent.

u/wake_the_dead · 0 pointsr/vinyl

This turntable is probably the cheapest thing you can get NEW that has all of the bells and whistles that most serious vinyl listeners would recommend. Anti skate, adjustable counterweight, pitch slider.

Pyle as a company is not known for making the best products, however it has a 1 year warranty which is more than enough time to: a) figure out if you even enjoy vinyl, and b) save up for a turntable upgrade.

With this amplifier and this phono preamp you still have 50 bucks or so for some speakers.

As I mentioned, Pyle is not known to be the best company and you will undoubtedly get more bang for your buck buying used gear. But if you're broke and just wanna listen to your records with a bare minimum "listen to your records half decent without damaging them" system shipped straight to your door, the Pyle stuff is your best bet.

u/londonbeckett · 0 pointsr/vinyl

I'd go with this for a starter turntable:

It has all the basic components to not eat your records, and it's pretty good from what I've heard.

u/BaronDuke · 0 pointsr/vinyl

Alright thanks for the reply. I've asked around in a number of places but nobody actually answered my question, rather gave vague replies like "try craigslist" or "you need to buy other things too".

Anyways, I have one more quick question, the Denon seems a bit pricey for my first turntable. Would you say the Audio Tech AT-LP60 found here:

Do you think that would be a good first turntable? Along with a nice set of speakers? And I assume for speakers I'll be looking for "bookshelf speakers". I don't have much room right now.

Also thanks again for the detailed response.

u/seg-fault · 0 pointsr/vinyl

Well, if he loves placebo effect, he'll absolutely love listening to records through a cheap DAC and tinny laptop speakers. Tell your friend that he can either waste his money now, or he can save up and make a proper investment that will really do the music justice. $200-$300 could buy entry level components that will sound much better than his laptop ever could.




He'll also probably need speaker wire.

He can get all that for about $260 (plus shipping, tax, etc.). If he just wants to listen to headphones, he doesn't even need the speakers. Note, I did not shop around that much to find the best deals or best hardware. I did not read reviews. However, I do have a previous version of the receiver I linked. It may say Insignia on the label, but if that model is anything like the model I have, it is made by Sherwood and re-branded. I would look into that claim, though, because it is just a hunch on my part.

u/tommysadler · 0 pointsr/vinyl

No doubt, the best turntable for under $100 is the Audio Technica AT LP60. I bought one off of Amazon last month and love it. If you do a search for the best turntables under $100, this one usually tops the list.

u/DuJuanAndOnly · 0 pointsr/vinyl
u/Guepardita · 0 pointsr/GiftIdeas

Here :)

u/alu_pahrata · 0 pointsr/vinyl

You guys yelled at me because I apparently bought a shit turntable, because of this, I am planning on getting this one instead, is this a good option?

Edit: Fuck it, my dad is getting me the AT-LP120 USB even though I only asked for the 60.

u/Freshly_Baked_Cookie · 0 pointsr/vinyl

Sorry for all the questions. I actually just got two huge sony speakers at a thrift store for 25 bucks, so i have those. What about this turn table i found on amazon?

Also, where can i find like an amp that i need? I dont even know what to search for.

u/baseball_furies · 0 pointsr/vinyl

it depends what you consider affordable. I think the Audio Technica AT-LP 60 is generally considered the least terrible sub-$100 table. Most people just recommend vintage tables if you're spending between $100 and $300

u/RobFword · 0 pointsr/vinyl

I actually just bought this setup.




u/Dammsaint · 0 pointsr/AVexchange

This is even usb Audio Technica LP60-USB

u/themcgician · 0 pointsr/battlestations

shot in the dark, but it looks like this

u/BizRec · 0 pointsr/vinyl
u/hack_tc · 0 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

I think a great quality setup would be the Audio Technica AT-LP60 turntable, a Onkyo TX-8020 stereo receiver, and some Philharmonic AAM speakers. The speakers offer an excellent full range, with a slight warmth that lends itself well to vinyl imo. The entire setup listed would probably run $450-500.

But like DZphone said, listing a budget would really help.

u/Gocountgrainsofsand · 0 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

This record playeron my wishlist is what I really need. I have a lot of records in my house but I have no real way to play them and I want to enjoy them! Also, I'd like to purchase some more records to play.