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  1. Beginner’s Guide to Hi–Fi Created to hopefully aid anyone venturing into this stressful, beautiful hobby. I will update this with more information whenever I have time to waste. Anyone is welcome to chime in. Basic Hi-Fi Chain: SOURCE -> AMPLIFICATION -> SPEAKERS (click to jump to section) The source component reads the recorded information and translates it into the signal that will be later perceived as sound. Amplification takes that signal and amplifies it (no, really?) in order to make it strong enough to move the drivers of the speaker. A speaker is a col
  2. OK, so it's been awhile since I've tampered with my setup and I'm ready to lay down some money on improvements. Right now I'm running a Music Hall 5.1 turntable with a (pretty standard and probably shitty comparatively) Onkyo TX-8255 receiver and some PSB Alpha B1 bookshelf speakers. I just purchased Sennheiser 6XX headphones from Massdrop, set to ship in December, and it got me thinking of my setup and what I can do to really get the most out of them. I'm guessing I should start with replacing the Onkyo receiver and was thinking of getting a Yamaha integrated amp in the $500-$600
  3. Hello all, Recently, I modified my turntable set up. I did the ever so encouraged removal of the internal preamp from AudioTechnica AT-LP120. I recently put it all back together, grounded my new Gram Amp 2 Communicator and hooked it all up. The only problem is that I now have a consistent humming throughout my speakers. Considering the hum was there even without my turntable turned on, I figured it had to be originating from the preamplifier. To remove the stock preamplifier, I followed this video's walkthrough. The actual work starts around 13:50. So, I was wondering
  4. Heyo, I'm reaching out with some questions for those of you more well versed in the world of tubes and preamps. I've been working with the same setup for a few years now and I am looking to step it up a bit (without upgrading my table). Currently I have: Pro-Ject Debut III Ortofon 2M Blue Cartridge Marantz SR-63 Receiver Polk Audio RTI A1 Bookshelf Speakers Polk Audio PSW 111 Subwoofer I've been thinking about adding a Preamp stage for tonal control (specifically tube preamp) as the receiver I have has a decent preamp built in, but I want more. Any
  5. I picked up a Pioneer PL 12D II the other day at a thrift store for $15 it needs some work but i think its worth it, it has a Empire 2000 E/III cartridge in it... I dont have a pre amp yet, because the previous record players i had are already equipped with a preamp inside it, so whats a good and stable but cheap preamp? Im 16 so i dont have aton of money to buy something crazy, i saw a pyle one for $13 on amazon but i heard that model isnt very stable and breaks within a month, aswell as a poor warrenty policy. what do you guys think? anyone here upgrading their preamps soon? or have one from
  6. Uturn is releasing their own phono preamp called the PLUTO. est $99. Out in the next 6 weeks. Comes in white or black. Full specs coming soon. Should be an interesting budget phono preamp. Thoughts?
  7. Hi, ive been wanting to buy a vinyl player and someone is offering me a technics quartz sl-qd33 along with a Panasonic sa-ht390 reciever for $50. Would i need a preamp? or can i just hook up the record player and the reciever together and start listening with some headphones?
  8. For sale is a used, but in very good working and cosmetic condition Music Hall PA 1.2 MM/MC Phono Preamp, and a Pro-Ject Speed Box S. I can let these go well below new price, so hit me up with offers. Preamp on Amazon Speed box on amazon
  9. Hey all, I purchased a DB Systems DB-8 phono preamp in July. At the time, I was using a modern receiver without a phono input. Since then, I have moved towards vintage gear and no longer need this unit. Here is a link to the specs of the preamp. The preamp has a five year warranty and is seven months old. I can forward my proof of purchase to the buyer, just in case they ever need service. It is in perfect condition. It's the stock configuration with no upgrades but can be sent into DB for modification if you are so inclined. $135 shipped in the Continental US via USPS
  10. Hey guys and gals, I've recently upgraded some of my equipment and looking to sell some stuff. I take great care of all of my stuff, no smoking household, though I do have a dog. I had the preamp for about 6 months and the amp for about a year. Fairly regular use and everything still looks and sounds great. Cambridge Azur 651p (Silver) MM/MC Preamp - I do not have the original box for this. $175 PPD, including paypal fees as merchandise. (SOLD Yamaha A-S500 (Black) Integrated Amplifier 85w x 2. Have the original box and remote, will include the optional iPod dock (adapter type is 30pin, not
  11. Hello everyone, I have my own setup in my record studio but recently I bought an old school Technics SL-BD35 for my GF. Next step is the speakers. Now, you know girls...one of her first requests is that it should also "look good". I know I know, girls.. My budget is 400 bucks and my idea was the following one: Technics SL-BD35 + Bellari VP29 Solid State Phono Preamp + Marshall Hanwell 50th Anniversary or Marshall Stanmore. Since I have a little discount on a certain internet site it would cost me exactly 405 $. Do you think that this is a good idea? I thought that the result would be a so
  12. Hi just getting back into vinyl.. i went all out and picked up a Pro Ject Xtension 9 player with a Sumiko Blue Point Special Cartridge LOW OUTPUT.. MC i have the PRO JECT Tube Box S Pre Amp.. <(think i should get a better one)? that is one of the questions the other is getting the proper settings with the dip switches... does any of you experts have a clue???
  13. I recently upgraded to a new receiver that has a built in preamp, so I have a very lightly used ART DJPRE II Preamp for sale. I bought it in March 2014 when I upgraded to a new turntable. I play one record a day on average, so this thing hasn't seen too much use. Looks as good as new. I'll include an RCA cable with it if you want. I'm thinking $35 PPD, but PM any reasonable offer. Product details: http://www.amazon.com/ART-II-Preamplifier-Output-Switchable/dp/B000AJR482/ref=sr_1_15?ie=UTF8&qid=1407605228&sr=8-15&keywords=preamp
  14. Hello! I had a few questions about what could be happening with my setup. I have a Technics SL 1200 M3D running into a Cambridge Audio - Azur 651P - MM/MC Phono Preamplifier that goes into an Onkyo TX-NR616 7.2 Channel THX Select2 Plus Certified Network A/V Receiver. My speakers are some Sony speakers that my cousin let me have. With my receiver I can attach a bluetooth dongle that lets me stream audio to it from my phone over bluetooth. While using this I noticed that the volume of that audio would be much louder than when I would play the same songs from my records. So I'm wondering what c
  15. For anyone who is looking for a really nice-sounding preamp at an affordable price, you might consider the 2nd generation of the Hagerman Bugle. There's a Kickstarter campaign that just launched. $100 gets you the kit version of the preamp, which comes with everything you need. All you'll have to do put the components where they need to go and solder them in place. I've built three different preamps so far and it's really very easy ... and a lot of fun once you get the hang of it. You can also pledge $150, which will get you the preamp fully assembled, tested and ready to rock. htt
  16. Just pulled the trigger on one of these off amazon this morning. Signed up for prime and am expecting this tomorrow (one day shipping for 3 dollhairs!). It was between this and the Azur 651P and the Rega Fono Mini. Since I have nowhere to audition these I figured if i dont like the pro-ject Ill just return it and try one of the others I had shortlisted. My question is, anyone of you guys using one of these? And if so, what do you like/dislike about it? Did it make noticable imporvement in your set-up?
  17. I'm hoping over the next year to acquire the components to a decent audiophile system. I think for a turntable I've chosen a Pro-ject Debut Carbon. What would I need (or want) in the way of preamps, stereos, speakers to complete a nice little living room sound system. This doesn't need to be something that can play my T.V. audio or CDs or anything. I just want a system dedicated to quality vinyl sound.
  18. Hey Guys/Gals, I am finally going to buy a pre-amp so I can hook up to my much nicer audio system. Just looking for opinions on which is the best with a max price tag of $200. Not needing to rip anything, just looking for the best sound quality I can get with $200. Any input is welcome, as always! Thanks!
  19. I'm looking to get a phono preamp, but I can't decide between the Cambridge Audio Azur 551P and the Cambridge Audio Azur 540P. The 540P is cheaper than the 551P, but other than that, can anyone tell me the difference between them? Also, does anyone else have any suggestions as to an alternative phono preamp that is between $50-$150? Thanks guys!
  20. So here's the bottom line, I'm moving and I decided I wanted to completely get a whole new setup. My price for everything all together is probably going to be roughly $400 - $500. I'm not looking for completely high end stuff, but I am looking for decent stuff that's good. Nothing dirt cheap (though I hear good things about preamps). I'm just looking for some guidance for everything. I need a turntable, preamp, and speakers. Hit me with what you recommend. Thank you in advance!

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