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  1. I searched to see if anyone had posted this and couldn't see it but apologies if it's old news. It's probably only of interest for those of us in the UK but I was in HMV Oxford street earlier and they had quite a selection of vinyl for £9.99 and some for £12.99. Not sure if it was that store only or all the HMV's that carry vinyl are doing it but I bought all sorts of things, everything from Eminem and Hollywood Undead to the Beatles and Annie Lennox with a bit of Soul, Funk and Prog thrown in
  2. Ok I'm surprised you didn't get a power amp with it but that Pass labs pre is a nice bit of kit. Hang on to it until something nice power wise comes along, and I don't think they have a phono stage in as standard so you will probably need one of those to plug a turntable into it. All that said it's the pre that tends to make the most difference in an amplifier so if you can get or borrow any sort of power amp to try with the Pass Labs it might be worth it to make sure it's all ok before you invest in something good power wise.
  3. Nice score, is the Marantz etc what you already have or did all this come together? Also is that Phase labs or Pass labs? If it's Pass labs then find a decent power amp or preferably some mono block power amps to go with it and bask in the high end glory. The Entech is a DAC and if it came with the Planet then the original owner must have used it with it, that said try the Planet on its own as it's on board DAC is pretty good, it's one of the most analogue sounding CD players you will find so the Entech might actually remove some of that particular quality. What are the model numbers of the tape deck and speakers? the tape deck might not be as shitty as you think if it was in with that level of kit.
  4. UK page for those of us this side of the Atlantic
  5. I wouldn't sit on them though the Electro in Electrostatic is quite big, about 10,000V Quite a thing the Quad ESL57 considering they were fiirst for sale in 1957, the early ones were copper coloured, very distinctive and very sought after, a real piece of HiFi history these and something you should hear at least once, like everything good in HiFi they require a lot of careful looking after but when they are right there is nothing quite like them especially when driven with valves. As it says on the Quad website The ESL was the world’s first full range, ultra low distortion electrostatic loudspeaker and set standards for accuracy and fidelity in loudspeakers that remains unsurpassed to this day. A labour of love for founder Peter Walker, the ESL-57, as it came later to be known, is still revered by audiophiles all over the world Quad certainly persevered with this technology as they still make Electrostatics today
  6. To make a suggestion on a used table I would need to know where you live but as a very small example there are many well made Japanese units both direct and belt drive, European tables from people like Thorens, Rega, Systemdeck and Lenco plus many smaller makers and also AR from the US to name just a few. The zenith for the turntable as a thing was the early 70's up until the late 90's and everything available now is heavily based if not exactly the same as what was available then. The Sony is actually different in the market as it's a completely new design in that it's not as far as I can see borrowing parts and mouldings from any of Sony's previous products but as a piece of engineering its basic design is still no different to the models that have gone before As to recording as @Tardcore says the choice of software is very wide, I use Audacity for instance which is freeware and very good. Hardware wise you need a tape out from your amplifier or receiver and a line in on your computer or laptop and a lead to connect between the two. No USB is required anywhere unless you don't have a line in and use a USB soundcard to get one.
  7. Why would you buy a new table without hearing it but you wouldn't a used one? There is no guarantee the new one will be any good and at that sort of price range you can buy a better table used than you can new. TBH I wouldn't buy any turntable without hearing it unless it was so cheap it was practically being given away
  8. Depending on where in the world you live there are other options new and a lot of options used turntable wise for the same money. As to using built in USB on turntables as a general rule they are poor, that said Sony has at least put some effort into their unit and What HiFi has given it a pretty good review but not having heard the table I can't comment on how good it is. There are also other options for ripping your vinyl and if you are using a PC or laptop that has a line in jack you can simply line in from the tape out of your amplifier, this then means that the quality limitations are the sound card within the computer not the external USB device which as I say are generally poor. Also some external phono stages have USB outputs which would be preferable to most on table units.
  9. The Marantz is the winner there no contest, the two tables out of the box are in different classes. The only drawback with the Marantz if you are that way inclined is that there is no real upgrade path for it, so because there is such a big upgrade choice for the Rega you can of course make an RP3 a better table than the Marantz but it will cost a lot of money and there will be little or nothing left from the original RP3 when you are finished. And if you're not keen on assembly I doubt this is the route for you. If you are familiar with the social commentary of Only Fools and Horses then think of an upgraded RP3 as Triggers Broom. Exactly
  10. Yep pretty much what I'm thinking, the OP is getting hung up on the leveling and unless it's obvious to the eye that the tables on a slant I wouldn't worry too much. Everything has a sweet spot no matter how bad the equipment but that sweet spot will be as good as it gets.
  11. Sounds like the system is bright anyway but as @kannibal says if the tracking force is too low it will make things worse. Check the tracking force but also try moving the speakers around, if they are ported then they may be too close to walls or other things that are sapping the bass, also are they at listening height? It's a bit of a long shot and not exactly scientific but you could try moving yourself around and standing or sitting in different places in the room to see if it improves, if it does that will give you an idea of where to move the speakers to. Also what are the amp and speakers? And lastly just making sure all the eventualities are covered the amp hasn't got a phono input on the amp that you are plugging the Rega into does it? If so plug it into any other input.
  12. I think most has been pretty well said here but just to add my two penneth. Either buy a new U Turn and preferably with the acrylic platter or buy a used Rega P3 or Planer 3. The rest in comparison are not worth the money for various reasons and avoid things like built in USB or phono stages (pre amps), at this level these things are added very cheaply to make the buyer think they are gaining something extra with an already cheap turntable when all they are getting is more cheap stuff. Good engineering costs money so on balance let someone else do the spending and buy a used Rega 3 or explore what other great used turntables are out there for the sort of money you'd need to spend on one of the ones in your list new.
  13. Unlike solid state devices a valve is effectively dying from the moment you turn it on and the big drawback with valves is lifespan and reliability, yes some are better than others but two of the main things that were improved with solid state electronics was lifespan and reliability and valve technology hasn't changed as we are still using the same valve types designed in the early to mid part of the last century with the same basic materials and gases being used in their manufacture so I'm quite surprised AI tell you to do that. It's less of a problem with a small a signal valve over an output valve but it is still a concern. I'm not a manufacturer so they would have a lot more insight into this than I but it's something I have always understood to do and will continue to do, I do wonder though if they've looked at the hours life times claimed for a lot of these valves and taken them at face value but as I understand it yes they will still operate after long periods but not necessarily good enough for audio because it does very much depend on the accepted parameters for operation. Keeping the heaters powered is to help with warm up time so might be what they mean by keeping it powered 24/7 but I've never found that to be that effective unless you use your equipment for many hours every day and then you'll go through valves pretty quick anyway. People have tried all sorts of things with extending valve life over the years as they were expensive things in their heyday which is why I mentioned the fashion of turning the heaters off to extend their life which was pretty pointless if the amplifying part was worn out. All that said though there are many inconveniences I will put up with for audio and all of those to do with valves fall into that category because I love the sound. That's one of the upsides to me with valve amps in that you can alter the sound by simply changing valve manufacturer, it doesn't take long to work out who's valves you like and unless the basic circuit is a problem you can put your chosen valves in any amp that uses that valve type and it should tailor the amps sound more to your liking.
  14. Pretty much all HiFi prefers to be on 24/7 but I'm not sure I'd leave any valve equipment on 24/7, yes it keeps it in its operating window but valve lifespan will be severely compromised. Solid state yes and its preferable in my experience but valve no if only for the reduced lifespan. It used to be a fashion to drop the power to the heaters only when not in use but I'm not convinced that was particularly effective. My system is completely valve and I turn it all on about half an hour before I want to listen to it and go and pour a drink or make a coffee before the needle nestles gently onto record or my finger hits the play button.
  15. Nice, in a classically understated but effective way
  16. Yep I get grey for that one, weird indeed
  17. When I click on that I get white now not grey
  18. You might want to put the 1x4 on the bottom as I suspect that's less likely to collapse under load than the 2x4 and If you're going to empty it all to move it around just check the tightness of all the fixings as you'll be able to get at them. And yes I think the infamous photo that makes us all shudder was a 5x5 that had been assembled the wrong way up, the 2x4 is designed to go either way up but I don't suppose that's with a load of weight on the top of it. Edit This thing double posted in the same post, that's like crossing the streams, it must need a rest
  19. I'm glad I didn't cave in and sell my original, I've been asked many times on Discogs to sell it and always politely declined. It's numbered 1111 which I've always liked.
  20. Ordered, thanks for the heads up
  21. You don't need to spend a lot but you do need to spend what you do spend wisely but to do it you need to go used. The problem for most beginners is that the knowledge and experience that allows you to do that takes time and effort. Sadly as you're finding out all of those all in ones are utter utter rubbish and new there is no such thing as a cheap turntable or any hifi for that matter that will do the job without spending a reasonable sum so as @lastvaultboy rightly suggested read that beginners thread a couple of times (make sure you have plenty of snacks and drinks as it's going to be a long haul) and then head out to the local thrift stores, garage sales, craigs list, ebay etc etc and see what you can find for next to nothing. You might still buy some rubbish but I doubt it will be as bad as the rubbish you currently have and it will be a great learning experience
  22. I think a used Technics is all you're going to find that's any good, the P mounts tended to be made down to a price and be careful with some of the Technics as some have fixed tracking force. There is another option for you if it's shakiness of the hands that worries you, they're generally pretty expensive but if you can find any one of the Revox turntables is brilliant for anyone who struggles with a conventional table. They are direct drive, very high quality, built like a brick outhouse and linear tracking. The arm and whole drive system swings out of the way so you can put the record on, you then swing it back where it clicks into place and you move the cart across to where you want it using buttons that drive the servo's in the arm and then you hit the drop button and it lowers the cart down itself correctly and plays, if I had mine set up I'd take a video of it as it's a lot better than I'm describing, I let my daughter use mine when she was 3 years old as there was absolutely no risk of stylus and vinyl meeting when they shouldn't This is the one I have
  23. Just get a used hifi amplifier of receiver so thrift store, Craig's list, ebay, local classifieds, garage sales etc etc. but preferably somwhere you can take it back to if there's anything wrong and more importantly from someone who can show you how to hook it up I'm guessing you're in the US and this is in the Uk but something like this would be ideal.
  24. From the first table if the record damage was permanent i.e. it's repeatable every play then it sounds like the arm bearings bound up or moved out of true which caused the IGD and subsequent damage, it will have worn one side of the groove wall on the inner grooves. The rest just sounds like static, so an acrylic platter and a zero stat is the way I'd go and yes if you like the Ortofon sound then upgrading to the blue stylus would be worthwhile. And moving forward to check for tracking issues however they appear it's worth getting a HiFi set up record, they usually cost next to nothing and can be pretty useful.