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  1. From what I remember of being a student (best part of 20 years ago), the hobby seems completely incompatible with the limited space of a small room in a university hall of residence or a shared flat full of drunk or stoned young adults. When I was a student, I had a £35 CD mini-Hi-Fi and about 30 CDs. Music was an absolute life-saver but it had to be a space-saver as well. Vinyl wasn't even a consideration at that time. For me, it's highly unlikely that I would ever have to move outside my local area so I would do more of a Great Escape/Shawshank Redemption thing and
  2. I'm using these powered speakers: https://www.amazon.co.uk/KitSound-Bluetooth-Wireless-Bookshelf-Speakers/dp/B06XGT1QM7/ref=sr_1_6?crid=14AH1OMB9VAC6&keywords=kitsound+reunion+speakers&qid=1575667145&sprefix=kitsoun+re%2Caps%2C143&sr=8-6 Thank you for the link and the suggestion. The Rotel seems to tick most of the boxes but I'll see if I can find something with an optical/digital out port and a remote control first before pulling the trigger.
  3. I visited a Hi-Fi dealer yesterday with a view to upgrading my TT to a Rega Planar 1. I took 15 different records with me to test for various things and even brought my bookshelf speakers with me to see how they would fit with the Rega. I found that the sound improvements from the Rega over my Sony were only minimal with my own speakers and when the guy hooked up the Rega to an amp and speakers he recommended, the sound was amazing. This has led me to conclude that the weak link in my set-up is my speakers and, if money were no object yesterday, I would have bought the amp and sp
  4. Some don't participate because they mostly deal with used vinyl (like the Revolution Records I mentioned in my opening post) while others don't participate on principle because they don't want to be an annual tourist attraction for people who never visit the store during the rest of the year. My own position is that, while I enjoy some of the goodies that come from RSD, I don't believe that the way to encourage people to go to record stores more often lies in distorting the everyday experience to make it more attractive to people who ordinarily use the internet. People who want to
  5. I believe that would only cover stores that participate in Record Store Day. There are many that don't for various reasons. I found the following book particularly helpful. There have been a few changes since it was published a couple of years ago but it still gives detailed accounts of hundreds of record stores throughout the UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Vinyl-Revival-Shops-That-Happen/dp/0992806216/ref=sr_1_1?crid=31DOTG5A3QEUC&keywords=the+vinyl+revival+and+the+shops+that+made+it+happen&qid=1574609799&sprefix=the+vinyl+rev%2Caps%2C140&sr=8-1 I
  6. I thought I'd start a thread to talk about indie stores as I didn't see one here. I'm very fortunate to have several in my area and 90% of my vinyl comes from them. I don't trust the internet (especially for used records) and have had my share of rotten apples from places like eBay and Discogs. There are a few times when they've come up trumps for things that would have been virtually impossible for me to find on the High Street but it's a risk I'll take only as a last resort - most of the time, if it's not super rare or uncommon, I'll bide my time and wait for it to show up in one of my lo
  7. I'd say that if your TT doesn't excite you, it's time to either make a change or find another hobby rather than throwing good money after bad on upgrades. If you don't love your TT unconditionally, it's the wrong TT for you. Based on your non-use of the USB functionality, I would say that USB should not be a consideration in your choice of TT which is no bad thing as it will reduce vibration and will more or less ensure that you purchase a TT that prioritises sound fidelity over ancillary conveniences. I would urge you to look a bit further than Fluance and explore so
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