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    Posted: 26 Mar 2013 at 7:19am
My crappy Sony turntable finally passed away and I'm looking to upgrade. However, money IS an object, and I'm not a full-fledged audiophile myself. I just want something quality. Also, aside from a turntable, what else do I need? Speakers obviously, but what's all this stuff about tuners, amps, preamps, etc?


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(I am not an audiophile)

Best buy sells (I believe) Pioneer and Sony direct drive (no belt) turntables for about 100$. You'll need a receiver and speakers though.

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you could pick one up at an estate/garage/junk sale and pay a guy to fix for 30-100$ (depending on how nice a needle/belts you want)


this is the experience I've had, but I am sure there are many here who know a lot more than I do on the matter.
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Im also no audiophile but all you'll need, other than the turntable is a basic integrated amplifier & speakers.

As bob suggests, you can probably pick up something decent enough at a boot sale or local 2nd hand music store (if you have one)
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I'd suggest you pick up some used equipment.  It's better made in my opion and more "Audiophile" than something new.

I personally use an old Techniques Stereo Amp and a Techniques turntable.  Both used.   You're main issue is the needle you use.  The better the needle the better the sound.


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thanks for the insight.

any online sources for used stuff? i'm in the sticks...not many local sources for equipment or repair
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always try ebay, but buying electronics on there is a 50/50 thing.
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you don't want to be an audiophile. all the audiophiles i've ever met have wasted thousands of pounds on worthless equipment, and loved phil collins. 
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Does that mean you like to have sex with records? 
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I own the TDK Life of Record turntable and very, very happy with it. Belt drive, great response, with a built in pre-amp (so you don't need amplifier.) and it usb vinyl to mp3 capabilities. All you need to hook it up is a "Y" left and right to 3.5 (headphone jack). AND looks amazing.

http://www.tdkperformance.com/en-us/Home-Audio/Turntables/Belt-Drive-Turntable/


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An audiophile will tell you it's a stylus and not a needle.  Needles were clamped onto the acoustic reproducer head i.e. Victrola, Edison Talking Machine, Gramaphone (though they may also technically be referred to as a stylus).  Electronic reproducers utilize a burr (either steel or preferably synthetic sapphire) on the flank of a reaction arm attached to a transducer (mono), or both a horizontal and vertical transducer (stereo), hence not a needle.
 
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