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  1. They are all links in a chain. Any weak link in the chain will make the sound quality lower. From my perspective, all of those components mentioned matter, and matter greatly. Cartridges have the task of essentially converting a mechanical input to an electrical output at extremely precise levels. Turntables really only need to be stable, consistent, and not prone to vibrations. Preamp's color the tiny electrical energy from your stylus using a RIAA curve. A crap preamp will work, but the closer to the RIAA curve the output is, the closer to the intended sound form your records. An amplifier can color the sound in a good way or bad way as well. Speakers - the same. They will all influence the sound for better or worse. One other thing to consider is the record itself. A shit recording cant sound good no matter how nice of equipment you have.
  2. A dedicated phono would be the first thing thing I would purchase for that system.
  3. You just have one floor joist supporting your floor? Many people understand how buildings are made. That’s how we keep building them. So, take an engineering perspective of this issue. Codes call for a specific load bearing capacity of a floor, as a whole. Let’s say 40 lbs/square foot is standard. It doesn’t matter if it’s upstairs or downstairs, assuming your downstairs isn’t a concrete pad on earth. Let’s say you have a 10*15 foot room. Your square footage is 150 square feet, right? Your load bearing capacity would be 40psf*150ft^2 = 6000 lbs. this is for your whole floor. Yes, if you concentrate the weight in one small area you will cause damage to that area, but spread over a few square feet, you will most likely be fine. Your shelf would give way before your floor. source: engineer at a general contracting company.
  4. Have a new project I'm working on and could use some cash. Looking to sell some records to find that cash. Some things in my collection are Touché Amore, Algenernon Cadwallader, Sorority Noise, Old Gray, Modest Mouse, Cap'n Jazz, some punk, some hardcore... check out my discogs and make offers through here. Shipping is $3.50 first item, 0.50 each after that. Will reduce prices for multiples sold. Some stuff I won't let go, but feel free to make me offers on anything in my collection. Thanks!! https://www.discogs.com/user/legg95/collection
  5. You'll have to do some troubleshooting. First thing to do is to check the audio cables. I don't know if the Dual 604 has hard wired rca cables or not. If they are not hard wired, switch the red and white around on the back of the turntable. What happens? audio switch from right to left speaker? Yes - move on, No - problem is with the amp or connection. Obviously, check connection on back f amp. Make sure cables are snugly connected. If you switch the cables around, and it is still only playing through the left speaker it could get more difficult to detect. The dual 604 has a headshell that comes off, and this is what your cartridge is hooked up to. It should have 4 small wires going to the back of the cartridge. Are those all connected?
  6. I cant go into as much detail as other can, but tubes are often very pleasing to the ear. I like a tube preamp because to my ears, it colors the sound in a way that warms it up and it makes the sound just sound fuller. With that being said, I have heard the Belari and it is a decent preamp, but it is not a true tube preamp. Its more like a hybrid. What I have is a preamp that I built myself that's based on a much more expensive preamp called EAR 834p. If you are good with your hands and soldering, its a very fun project, but time consuming. I'm extremely happy with the sound, and will probably never upgrade and built it for a little less than $300 total. You can find Chinese knock offs of the EAR 834p on Amazon or eBay moderately priced. I had a Little Bear T10 and really enjyed it, finding it to be the best bang for the buck in the sub $200 range. They now have a T11 thats in a metal case and looks a lot nicer. These two amps, while sounding very good for the money, do come shipped with cheap chinese tubes, and it is recommended that they be replaced with either Russian 6N2P tubes, or american 12AX7 tubes. Plenty of info is available on other forums about these two. https://www.amazon.com/Nobsound-Little-Turntable-Preamplifier-Pre-Amplifier/dp/B06XCM9NKV/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1501261331&sr=8-1&keywords=little+bear+t11 https://www.amazon.com/Toroidal-Transformer-Little-Turntable-preamplifier/dp/B00TBA8818/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1501261126&sr=1-1&keywords=little+bear+t10 If you wanted something less expensive, there is also the Little Bear T7 preamp that is closer to the Belari. https://www.amazon.com/Nobsound-Little-Vacumn-Turntable-Pre-Amplifier/dp/B071NPGWJC/ref=pd_sbs_23_4?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B071NPGWJC&pd_rd_r=Z42ABHPEAKGB5FB4PT25&pd_rd_w=XIeCY&pd_rd_wg=DunXy&psc=1&refRID=Z42ABHPEAKGB5FB4PT25
  7. I know the Bellari is a "tube" phono preamp. Are tubes in this stage something you are looking for? Personally, I really like a tube preamp, and could give recommendations based om that, but I'm just curious.
  8. Mostly everything you need to know is there. But no, you shouldn't use your guitar speaker...
  9. Jlegg

    SL-1300 or new?

    The SL-1300 can be used in manual mode, correct? That is a pretty solid deck, from my understanding. Basically a 1200 but with auto? I had a Music Hall 2.2 LE, which is essentially the same thing. Mine had the acrylic platter, and I had the speed box. For what its worth, the music hall was nice, but just didn't feel like the build made it worth the money. It just felt cheap. That is juts my opinion. I liked that deck a lot, but was left wanting for something more solid. If it were me, I'd put the 1300 in manual mode, and buy a new cart. If you decide you would like the Project later on after saving some more, you could always put the new cart on it. The Project has a 2M Red on it? I like those for the price point, but a little more money on a cart would go a long way.
  10. Those are two sweet options for the price point. I don't know the Canadian market at all, so no way could I answer.
  11. 1. It certainly can be true. The real issue is that the tracking force (force of the stylus on the record) is not adjustable. It's a poor design, but if the tracking force is okay, theoretically your records are fine. LP60's aren't known for quality, but it's not nearly as bad as a crosley or it's derivatives when it comes to chewing up vinyl. 2. Yes, poor audio playback can result from problems with your cartridge/stylus, wether that be alignment issues or mechanical issues. Your cartridge is neither adjustable or replaceable. You could try replacing the stylus, but it looks like that would cost at least $20. But it could also be problems with the wiring used in the tonearm, the riaa circuitry in the turntable, just countless things. I listen to records at least four to five evenings a week, so I don't care to put money in my system. I don't know your situation, so I can't tell you exactly what to get. The AT lp120 is certainly a step up, and so is the Orbit. I haven't personally used an Orbit, have used other people's 60 and 120. Although the 120 is better than the 60, I still don't think highly of it. if you listen to records more than a few times a month and have a decent sized collection that would make it worth it, I think you'd be wise to just try to sell your current table for $50 on craigslist and save a couple hundred for a proper table. With that I would also say that a couple hundred put into used equipment will go much further than a couple hundred put into used. If you are located in the US what city are you close to? We could see what kinds of used equipment is close and make recommendations. hope that helps
  12. When I go on spending sprees this is what I have to do also. There's been times when I've had like 15-20 open orders mostly from smaller labels or discogs users so that's really the only way of making sure you have received everything you've ordered.
  13. I saw this a few days ago and Lol'd. Granted it wasn't like they had a ton of records. I only really saw a few copies of a Lady Antebellum record, and apparently they are Cracker Barrell's "Spotlight Music Partner"
  14. Got it. Thanks for helping me understand.