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JumpingTheShark
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Audiophile/Vinyl Thread - Post Pics, Advice, Questions, Setups, etc.
Welcome to the Audiophile and Turntable thread. Ask questions about setups, technical topics, favorite albums and anything else you want. Post pictures of your setup and the album your listening to.

Marco Esquandolas has established himself as the most knowledgable poster on this topic and he is extremely helpful and responsive to questions. He also posted a thread of a good bang for your buck setup here: Bang for Your Buck Audiophile Setup


Thought it would be cool to see what everyone is using, feel free to post pictures, I will soon.

Also would really like to hear suggestions of some albums I should look into in this format.



FOR THE BEGINNERS JUST LOOKING FOR THE BARE BONES SETUP:
If you have a receiver with a phono input, then all you need is the turntable, receiver, RCA cables, and speakers. However, if your receiver does not have a phono input, you will need what is called a phono preamp. The purpose of the phono preamp is to amplify the sound created by your turntable (which is naturally extremely low), and back when records were the primary listening method, receivers all had a built in phono pre amp. These days, it is less common to have a turntable as a primary method of listening, so less receivers have the PHONO input, thus, a phono preamp is necessary. Instead, you hook the turntable into the preamp and THEN into the receiver. Here is a pretty simple diagram.

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re: Audiophile/Vinyl Thread - Post Pics, Advice, Questions, Setups, etc.
Favorites right now:

1. Funkadelic - Maggot Brain

2. A Tribe Called Quest - The Anthology

3. Average White Band - AWB

4. The Beach Boys - Endless Summers

5. Weather Report - 8:30


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1. Funkadelic - Maggot Brain


In my Amazon cart right now


quail man
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Gary Clark Jr. Live



been listening to this a lot recently. it's damn good. i only got it on iTunes, though. does the vinyl give info on where each song was recorded? i'd really like to know if the black and blu/bright lights was from his terminal 5 show.

i've been playing the new vault package I got from third man records this week…it's a pair of white stripes shows from 2000 in japan. so damn good


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No I looked and all it says is "All songs recorded live on tour 2013/2014." I seem to recall reading on the internet somewhere the various places they were recorded. I'll look for it.


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I really like the sound of vinyl, but am no audiophile, by any stretch..

Technics SL 1400 turntable
Marantz 2220B receiver
Paradigm speakers and a Mirage sub

What Ive been listening to this week..

Sir Douglas Quintet - Mendocino
The Oblivians - Popular Favorites
Centro-Matic - Redo the Stacks
Squirrel Bait - Skag Heaven

Just ordered, and looking forward to.. the new Blake Mills - Heigh Ho
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Burt Reynolds
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Collecting vinyl is about as practical as riding a fixie


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Rega RP-1 (with Ortofon 2m Blue cartridge)




NAD 7175PE




Snell JII Speakers



REL T3 Sub







JumpingTheShark
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Almost picked up that Rega as my first turntable but couldn't really shell out the money right now. Nice setup, may look into their turntables in a few years.


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Collecting vinyl is about as practical as riding a fixie


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Dandelion Gum

Cobra Juicy

Ultima II Massage

Maniac Meat

fricked Up Friends

La Uti


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I'll be following this.

I want to do a vinyl only set up in my living room. But I haven't decided how I'm going to go about it yet.


JumpingTheShark
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Do you have any equipment yet? I had to get all of my first stuff pretty recently so I may be able to help out. My setup is in my living room and I had to get input from the wife while I set it up (she got me the turntable as a birthday gift but only if she could have some input on where we put everything). The turntable I got is pretty minimal, as in it doesnt take up a lot of space, which she liked.


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JumpingTheShark
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Ortofon 2m Blue cartridge


How do you like this cartridge? And how important is the cartridge to the sound quality? I mean, I know it is important, but I guess what I really mean is how much difference is there between a cartridge that is sub $50 and one that is over $200? The cartridge will likely be the first accessory I upgrade, followed by the platter. The platter I have now is good, but I will probably get an acrylic platter.


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ever43
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re: Audiophile/Vinyl Thread - Post Pics, Advice, Questions, Setups, etc.
Just did a revamp of my system and have just ordered my first turntable. Rega RP8 with the Exact cartridge. I am looking forward to diving into analog and pairing it with my McIntosh tube preamp. It needs to get here soon so I can take the empty shelf back from the wife.



Preamp: McIntosh C2500
Amps: 2 x McIntosh MC352's
Speakers: B&W 802D

I would really like some suggestions on must have albums on vinyl and what pressing to get. I want to start small and see how much I like vinyl and go from there. So , looking at getting some standards in each of the genres I lilke
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JumpingTheShark
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Look for 180g vinyl. The weighty ones don't vibrate and distort as much. A lot of artists remaster their old albums in this format. As far as must have albums go, that depends, but Dark Side of the Moon comes to mind. So does Lazaretto by Jack White, he made the album to be heard on vinyl and there's also some hidden things on there. He has a YouTube video out about it


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Pro-ject Debut Carbon==>Marantz 2230==>JBL L26's. Buttah.


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This is the only vinyl I have bought for myself



I've bought my grandmother a few Rod Stewart LPs as well


The Spleen
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Receiver - Pioneer SX650
Turntable - I have 2 and can't decide which one sounds better so I switch them out often. A Pioneer PL500(I think, forget which number model but it's the PL line from the early 70's) and a Tecnics SL-Q200.
Speakers - Advent loudspeakers.

My favorite albums I have on vinyl:

1. Ryan Adams & The Cardinals - Follow the Lights
2. Steely Dan - Aja
3. Allman Brothers - Eat a Peach
4. Radiohead - OK Computer
5. Modest Mouse - The Moon & Antarctica



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