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Re: where to start with vinyl?

You might have to look at a DD turntable to get a good one...

Kenwood had a good one... KD600
Technics... sl1200 was good

I am not sure of what else would be good inexpensively.

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How about this one? Less the nad.

http://calgary.kijiji.ca/c-buy-and-s...AdIdZ410363383
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B&O made nice tt, just not sure about how they sounded.

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A technics sl 220 will be available sometime. Thoughts?
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Oh, scrap that. Didn't ready anything good about it.
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Re: where to start with vinyl?

Not sure if you're still in the market for a turntable, but you can get a very good sounding table from the 1970's by AR (Acoustic Research). They're in or below your price ($200?) without a cartridge. You can get a very acceptable sounding Grado for under $50 as you sample vinyl. Ultimately, however, to really experience the pleasure of vinyl you need a complementary phono preamp or it's like having a really nice writing pen that you lack the capacity to control. Just my $0.02.
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I am, and thank you for the input. What can you tell me about phono preamps?
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Re: where to start with vinyl?

Well, I started with vinyl in the 1970s and left it for only two years in the interim. I can say a lot, not sure what you'd like to know/hear.

First, I'd say it's alarming how big a difference phono stages can make. Since I've been into vinyl a long time I've "upgraded" to a higher end source due to more time to save, trade and upgrade over forty years so I'm less conversant with the entry level. But I've heard good things about the Bellari phono stage, but there are others out there, too. I'd not be put off by tubes and the prospect of tube failures - they can and do happen, just not with the regularity of speed that detractors assert. I think it's less costly to get good to better phono stage performance with a tube preamp than with solid state, at least if a special experience is your desire. There are, however, workmanlike solid state stages. Among them are the Naim Stage (Stageline?) Music Hall and a few others. At the risk of alarming you there are particular models in a brand/line that are significantly better than others. If you want to "leap in" the three I named will all give decent performance.

I notice you're in Canada, so I'm not sure how close you are to stores, but you'd be well served to hear a good specimen of the medium to know what's available and what to expect. I'm not sure what has changed in the last fifteen years, but there are a lot more decent phono stages than there were formerly. Having said that some of the used stages that used to be very expensive are pretty reasonable.

Were it me, I'd try the Bellari of the Naim.

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