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mzimme 02-05-2013 06:50 PM

Turntables / Electronics Thread
 
Anyone play vinyl around here? I'm younger (29), so I didn't really grow up with that being my main source of music back in the day since cassette's and CD's were around. I inherited my grandpa's old turntable and have recently gotten into the hobby. I've been buying some of my favorite albums on LP's and enjoying them the old fashion way. Picked up an old set of Klipsch Kg4's and have been rocking out ever since. Anyone have some cool old LP's that might be rare, or just into the hobby in general. It's fun actually getting something with a record that you buy besides just some digital file stored on a computer.

My little fun area:

http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u...ps8fcb74db.jpg


Before I hooked it up around my TV.

http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u...psab9d4569.jpg

tex 02-05-2013 06:51 PM

I got Two turntables and a microphone!

neil.anderson63 02-05-2013 06:59 PM

Yo, mizimme! If you can grow out a mullet, work up a cool mix tape, I'll fire up the '72 chevelle and we can cruise chicks on saturdays???
I miss vinyl - My kids asked my a few years ago while holding an LP - How do you play these discs??

mzimme 02-05-2013 07:01 PM

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Originally Posted by neil.anderson63 (Post 906939)
Yo, mizimme! If you can grow out a mullet, work up a cool mix tape, I'll fire up the '72 chevelle and we can cruise chicks on saturdays???
I miss vinyl - My kids asked my a few years ago while holding an LP - How do you play these discs??

Hahah that's awesome... I can do the mullet thing. Fire up that chevelle and lets roll!

Kweisner 02-05-2013 07:37 PM

Well, you guys have stumbled into my arena. . .before catching MCOCD, I had a similar condition called Audiophilia Nervosa. As a 50 year old, I grew up on vinyl and analog stereo. I still listen to a LOT of vinyl on a 'table that's current production and have some cutting edge engineering (carbon fiber tonearm, sapphire bearing, 18 lb machined platter, tuned/sprung suspension and digital speed control).

So the next time someone is giving you grief about how much you spent on your boat/accessory/etc., you can say, "That's nothing. You should see what some people spend on turntables." There are current decent production models starting around $300 but you can spend over $100K (you read that right).

At any rate, it's not about the hardware--it's about the music and there's a ton of stuff that never made it to CD or MP3, and a lot of the stuff that did sounds like crap. Vinyl was always a pretty good medium, but the playback gear was pretty weak. Fast forward to the 21st century, and CNC milling, precision electronics, computer aided design mean that the playback gear is finally able to get all the music off the record--it's kind of cool listening to older albums and hearing new stuff coming through. Anyway, here's my rig:

http://www.mastercraft.com/teamtalk/...pictureid=4942

And the whole system:

http://www.mastercraft.com/teamtalk/...pictureid=4941

mzimme 02-05-2013 08:07 PM

Very cool... looks like a nice setup. What all do you have there? I'm on the following:

Project/One TT
Rotel 985BX integrated amp
Klipsch Kg4's

The other thing there is just a goodwill find to give me a phono pre-amp haha.

Tristarboarder 02-05-2013 08:07 PM

Cool thread! Who would have thought...

Kweisner 02-05-2013 08:34 PM

Hey mzimme,

You've got a nice rig there too. . .very solid gear that can last a lifetime. My first "modern era" TT was a Project (one of the earliest models) and it got me back into vinyl. I have also owned a couple of Rotel pieces--love their gear and still have a CD spinner around here somewhere.

As for my system. . .the Pre-amp is Balanced Audio Technology (all analog/vacuum tubes). Amp is also BAT (solid state), Marantz SACD player and the speakers are Vandersteen Model 5. I also stream digital via Apple's Airport Express feeding a PS Audio DAC--a great option for whole house sound, convenience, party mode, etc. But for serious listening, it's either vinyl or SACD. Feel free to PM me if you have any questions at all--happy to share my own experiences in audio!

There are some great companies for audiophile quality vinyl but be warned it's expensive (like $20-$30 per album). I love finding LPs at used record stores for a buck or two, cleaning them up and then giving 'em a spin. For 70s and early 80s classic rock, look for Warner Bros. albums (Doobie Bros, Fleetwood Mac, Little Feat, many others). Their vinyl always sounds best to me. I use a Spin-Clean for old albums--it works great but as with all things "audiophile" it'll seem expensive for what you get. On the other hand, it does a great job cleaning records and that's what you're after.

mzimme 02-05-2013 11:01 PM

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Originally Posted by Kweisner (Post 906971)
Hey mzimme,

You've got a nice rig there too. . .very solid gear that can last a lifetime. My first "modern era" TT was a Project (one of the earliest models) and it got me back into vinyl. I have also owned a couple of Rotel pieces--love their gear and still have a CD spinner around here somewhere.

As for my system. . .the Pre-amp is Balanced Audio Technology (all analog/vacuum tubes). Amp is also BAT (solid state), Marantz SACD player and the speakers are Vandersteen Model 5. I also stream digital via Apple's Airport Express feeding a PS Audio DAC--a great option for whole house sound, convenience, party mode, etc. But for serious listening, it's either vinyl or SACD. Feel free to PM me if you have any questions at all--happy to share my own experiences in audio!

There are some great companies for audiophile quality vinyl but be warned it's expensive (like $20-$30 per album). I love finding LPs at used record stores for a buck or two, cleaning them up and then giving 'em a spin. For 70s and early 80s classic rock, look for Warner Bros. albums (Doobie Bros, Fleetwood Mac, Little Feat, many others). Their vinyl always sounds best to me. I use a Spin-Clean for old albums--it works great but as with all things "audiophile" it'll seem expensive for what you get. On the other hand, it does a great job cleaning records and that's what you're after.

Appreciate the insight. I bought this to clean: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ls_o03_s00_i00

I've bought a few new albums... the latest one was a Sublime album. It came on nice 180 gram vinyl. It sounds great through my setup... way better than streaming music that comes off of my phone. It's really been fun getting into this hobby. Just perfect though, another hobby to dump a bunch of money into. :D

EarmarkMarine 02-05-2013 11:30 PM

WOW! An analog tuner dial with a real flywheel so I wouldn't have to wait for my crappy digital tuner to catch up? Give me the good ole days of two channel Hi Fi.
I have a West German made Thorens table with a Micro Acoustics cartridge. Can't imagine what that would cost to replace today. Use it regularly.
You will find some great vinyl at estate sales....I don't mean to date any of us.
You can get just about any artist on vinyl on the net these days.

David


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