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Old 12-19-2016, 11:06 AM   #1
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Vinyl player

Hello everyone,

I'm interested in starting my own (modern) vinyl collection, I'd like to start with choosing a reliable vinyl player, does anyone know which vinyl players are best bang for buck? Which brands offer the best sound?

I'm currently in the process of moving house and I have a spare room to use for music listening with a nice, comfortable set-up and whatnot.

I'm leaning towards a music collection of modern, organic electronic music. Project Mooncircle, Blockhead, Bonobo, Amon Tobin, etc - which player is best suited for this?

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Old 12-19-2016, 03:27 PM   #2
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Re: Vinyl player

lots of unnecessary information there
technics 1210s will last you forever and they are quality turntables, but it depends on your budget.

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Old 12-19-2016, 03:33 PM   #3
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lots of unnecessary information there
technics 1210s will last you forever and they are quality turntables, but it depends on your budget.
Thanks for your recommendation, but why would you choose Technics 1210s? Any particular 1210s?

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Old 12-19-2016, 04:08 PM   #4
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I just want one which doesn't instantly wreck the vinyl.

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Old 12-19-2016, 05:22 PM   #5
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Re: Vinyl player

I have Pro-Ject - Debut Carbon DC for 8 years now and I'm very happy with it. I think it costs around 400$

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Old 12-19-2016, 05:50 PM   #6
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technics 1210s will last you forever and they are quality turntables, but it depends on your budget.
Agreed, I like anything based on the sl-1200. There's a lot of stuff that isn't named the sl-1200, but is based on the same design, and many parts carry over from table to table (at least the electronics). I think they made sl-1300 up to 1800 at one point. I have an sl-d3, and I think the d2 is pretty similar. By moving away from the sl-1200, prices (typically) go down and you can get some interesting features. For instance, I love that the d3 has auto-cuing, meaning I can hit start and just leave the turntable playing, it stops itself and puts the tonearm back when its done. It also cost me about half what a 1200 in similar condition was running in my area at the time.

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Old 12-19-2016, 06:13 PM   #7
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Re: Vinyl player

Interesting, thank you for your feedback. I'll look into it.

Is it worth it, in general, getting into a vinyl collection of (underground; non-mainstream) electronic music? Or is it too expensive? Or is it worth investing in a quality sound system instead?

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Old 12-19-2016, 06:31 PM   #8
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Interesting, thank you for your feedback. I'll look into it.

Is it worth it, in general, getting into a vinyl collection of (underground; non-mainstream) electronic music? Or is it too expensive? Or is it worth investing in a quality sound system instead?
I'd say that is probaly a matter of philosophy rather than anything based on facts... You will be spending lots of money and time looking for stuff.

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Old 12-19-2016, 07:06 PM   #9
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Re: Vinyl player

I strongly disagree you need to invest in a Technics turntable for home listening. I've been using a $125 belt driven Statson for over five years w/ a decent needle and cartridge and never had an issue.

There is no turntable that is "better" for a particular kind of music, especially if you are just listening.

I enjoying listening to vinyl. It is more expensive. I don't spend a lot on mine. I rarely, RARELY, buy new. I look for weird stuff to sample. Its quite different than just loading up Pandora or putting on an iTunes playlist. I like grabbing a bunch of $1-3 used old dance records and just seeing what cool, old, forgotten bangers I can find : ) I also collect 80s and 90's promo vinyl with instrumental and a cappela b-sides.

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Old 12-19-2016, 07:18 PM   #10
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Re: Vinyl player

I do some stuff that's not super popular, but I wouldn't call any of my collection underground. I got lucky, when I expressed interest, my grandparents gave me their whole collection. Then my parents dug a bunch of their old stuff out. So I have a solid collection of classical, classic rock, country, and some pop from the mid 60s until the mid 80s. I've actually only bought some daft punk and justice albums, I'm thinking I want to get Ratatat and Aphex Twin next. So far, I haven't had to pay more than 30 USD for an album, and I get everything on amazon. Just a matter of waiting for shipping really.
These days, a lot of albums either come with a digital download of the mp3 (Flac or wav if you're lucky) or, in some cases, I've gotten an actual CD packaged in there, albeit in an envelope instead of a case. Sometimes, you get super sweet posters in there too, and the art inside of the album fold is sometimes really neat. For what you pay, new albums are a pretty good deal IMO. I haven't had to go digging for older ones, but if you only pay what you think they're worth, I don't see how you could let yourself make a bad deal.
I think it's mostly a matter of maintaining perspective. Yes, there are $20,000 turntables that are better than yours, and yes, there's a $1000 record cleaning machine that's going to make you wonder if you could get more out of your collection, and it would be pretty sweet if I could afford an original pressing of a mint Beatles album imported from Britain. But, I have a lot of fun with my technics, cleaning my records with bottled water, listening to what I already have. I'm surprised at how little I've spent given how much I could find a reason to spend, but I just don't feel a need to because I'm already having so much more fun than any other way I've listened to music.

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Old 12-19-2016, 08:06 PM   #11
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just seeing what cool, old, forgotten bangers I can find : ) I also collect 80s and 90's promo vinyl with instrumental and a cappela b-sides.
Yes. That. So much.

It's so nice to buy an unmarked white labelled one, betting a dollar on it being a badass track and it turns out being just that.
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Old 12-20-2016, 04:31 AM   #12
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For instance I just got this an hour ago...



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The instrumental b-side is so funky it's just filthy.
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Old 12-20-2016, 04:37 AM   #13
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Re: Vinyl player

yea thom...straight up...most of my stuff is old dnb, scratch/beat/acapella records, and just gernerally obscure forgotten dance music...need to save a 20 and head down to the shop soon!

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Old 12-20-2016, 05:09 AM   #14
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obscure forgotten dance music...
...that needs saving, curating. In my opinion.

I often think of the aging, possibly piss-poor, lonely musicians that worked on this lesser-known, obscure club stuff and think "I wish they knew that someone out there is discovering their stuff, loving it, dancing to it, and thanking them for it."
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...that needs saving, curating. In my opinion.

I often think of the aging, possibly piss-poor, lonely musicians that worked on this lesser-known, obscure club stuff and think "I wish they knew that someone out there is discovering their stuff, loving it, dancing to it, and thanking them for it."
I am really bad at digitizng stuff. Need to roll a spliff and have a coffee some Sunday and get to it! I know I have stuff for which there are no longer masters...

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I am really bad at digitizng stuff. Need to roll a spliff and have a coffee some Sunday and get to it! I know I have stuff for which there are no longer masters...
I never digitize anything...
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