basic turntable question

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  1. harvey_mason

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    I posted this in another forum but after more consideration
    I feel it belongs more in this forum because it is a beginners question...

    Greetings all...

    I have a nakamichi av-10 receiver that I am real happy with.
    However I want to hook up a turntable to my receiver, but I have no phone inputs to hook into. I know there is a certain type of TT I need to buy to hook into a tape input or cd input.

    My question is what type of turntable to I need to buy, and secondly what is a decent price to pay for one. I mostly have my system setup for 50% ht and 50% music (mostly cds) but I do have an old vinyl collection that I want to still be able to enjoy.. I don't want to spend a fortune on a TT maybe 2-3 hundred dollars...

    Any help is greatly appreciated!!

    thanks in advance,
    HArvey
     
  2. John Garcia

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    You need a phono pre-amp to hook up a turntable to an analog input on this receiver.

    Sorry, can't really help you with the turntable selection though.
     
  3. Vince Maskeeper

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    Like John said, you will need a specific TurnTable preamp device. I have not seen any record players with this built in, although I would guess that they exist.

    I would suggest doing some searching as far as model. The HTF isn't the best place for TT info- as we only have a few members who are still into this area of hi-fi. There are several TT specific forums out there on the web, and I think there are a few who TT enthusiasts hang out over on hometheatertalk

    -Vince
     
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    Yeah i too was surprised at your suggestion of a TT that amps also. I think that would be somewhat difficult to find, and a better solution would be to find a solid TT, and go with a separate TT phono-stage. There are lots of cheap ones, that will work decently at best, some really expensive ones as well. I remember seeing a Rotel phono-stage for relatively little money, maybe $200, and getting some rave reviews. You might wanna look at that. I found it its the RQ-970. It's listed at 200. Hope that helps.
     
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    I would second Wayne's advice. Radio shack makes a small battery powered (no hum) phono preamp that many fussy audiophiles have spoke highly of. Its about $25 if I recall and sometimes called the "little rat". I got a very nice Rega TT on Ebay for about $300 with a cartridge.
     
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    If you have an old stereo reciever that has a phono input, you could try to use the phono por-amp in that receiver by plugging the TT into it and connecting the tape otu on the old receiver to a analog input in your Nakamichi. If you do not have an old receiver, you may be able to find one cheap or that someone may be giving away.
    The suggestion of a Rega TT is a good one. I love mine.
    www.harmonicdiscord.com, and www.audiodarma.com have dedicated TT forums. www.stevehoffman.tv has many lively discussions about turntables and records. I think another TT source is www.audiosaylum.com, but I'm nt sure if I have this link right.
     
  8. Ted Lee

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    there's a couple of tt studs here. saurav and keith h come to mind. also, do a search on "rega", "music hall" and "thorens".
    finally, regarding tt suggestions, read this thread that i started:
    http://www.hometheaterforum.com/htfo...threadid=84150
    it has some great info. good luck on this, i was hoping to get (back) into vinyl, but my wallet dictated otherwise.
    ted
     
  9. Mark R O

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    Harvey,
    You'll find phono preamps at analog specialist like MUSIC DIRECT, ELUSIVE DISC and NEEDLEDOCTOR, but there is very little selection under $250-$300. The best bets are the entry units from Sumiko, Pro-ject or Creek at $100 to $150. Your best bet (IMHO) would be a Parasound PPH-100, retail @ $120. It's a great piece, and I'm sure you can find one at a dealer for sub $100 (they probably don't fly off the shelf, so anyone with a couple in stock should help you out). It may even have the 10 yr.warranty.If issues arise, you know where to go.
    The suggestions for tables are good ones, Rega, Thorens, Music Hall, VPI or Creek. You'll likely need a phono cartridge, look to Grado for better sound than you pay for. (expect a DEEP discount on any brand). Some type of alignment device for proper stylus adjustment is mandatory.
    With a little shopping, you should be able to hit the top end of your budget. If I run across the "kind" buy, I'll let you know. Good Luck!
     
  10. Joel Fontenot

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    Just to show that turntables with pre-amps built in are out there, here's a Denon from Crutchfield.
    I have no idea of the quality so buyer beware [​IMG]
    Joel
     
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    I recently bought the Denon DP-26F & I can vouch for it. While I don't use the built in pre-amp, I've been very pleased with its performance. I picked it up to play a couple of hundred albums recently found in my in-laws closets!
     

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