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u/AlphaBetaParkingLot · 45 pointsr/pics

He makes a good point. 15 plays is quite an exaggeration, but if you listen to the same album once a week for a year, it will be noticeably less crisp/good sounding

If you do want to use it, you can easily find lots of cool random jazz/swing music at tag sales and record stores (or whatever sort of music you want). Tag sales are dirt cheap but usually poor selection, record stores are pricey but have just about anything you want.

and If you are interested in a less beautiful, but high-quality record player, I have this one and love it: http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-AT-LP120-USB-Direct-Drive-Professional-Turntable/dp/B002S1CJ2Q/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1380686694&sr=1-1&keywords=Audio-Technica+AT-PL120

(Note: Shop around... I got it for 50 bucks less than that)

u/nevermind4790 · 15 pointsr/vinyl

Good turntable, BAD price!

Amazon has it cheaper

u/COREyfeldmen · 14 pointsr/TheeOhSees

I'd stay away from something like this. A lot of these console players don't have the best components, and if you're spending good money on records, you want to play them on something good. Some of the console style players come with great turntables and receivers, but a lot come with cheap stuff. For instance, the turntable could not have an adjustable counter weight on the tone arm, or not have pitch control so you can accurately set the speed. It could have something other than a standard mount cartridge too. Plus, things that are this old are prone to breaking, so if something goes out, it might be hard to fix or flat out impossible.

That being said, vintage isn't a bad route to go, just go with a dedicated turn table and receiver from a reputable company. r/vinyl has a lot of great guides for buying your first set up and what to look for as far as vintage gear. Just make sure you've got an adjustable counter weight and pitch control as I think those are the biggest factors in having a good turntable. With receivers you have a little more leeway, but you basically just need something with a phono input. Just test whatever you buy before you buy it. Remember, a lot of these things are 20/30/40 years old at this point and not everything is going to work properly. A vintage tube receiver from the 70's will sound incredible if you get one that it's great shape, but something solid state from the 80's or 90's will be just fine and much more affordable. Speakers you can probably find pretty cheap. Again, I'd recommend trying them before you buy them to make sure they're not blown, but typically if they're made my a reputable speaker brand, you're usually fine.

If you go new, I'd recommend getting one of these Audio Technica's. It's got all the features you'd need and it's got a built in phono preamp so you don't even need a receiver right away (you can buy a nice one down the line and improve your sound a ton). $250 for the turntable and drop another $100-200 on speakers and you'll have a badass setup, and the peace of mind that your gear isn't decades old and prone to breaking.


Edit: Again, I just want to drive home the main point I want to make. If you spend $20-30 on a single record of something you really love, don't cheap out when it comes to what you'll be listening to that expensive record on. I have a few friends who spend good money on new records, but play them on cheap $100 record players with horrible speakers and I think they're kind of missing the point. You don't have to drop thousands on a crazy audiophile setup, but why spend money on physical music if it's not going to sound good? Your smartphone through a $50 bluetooth speaker shouldn't sound better than what you're playing your $30 records on. I hope that makes sense.

u/maschwa · 13 pointsr/malefashionadvice

Need to upgrade my turntable. Looking at this.

Other suggestions appreciated.

u/TheBestRapperAlive · 12 pointsr/hiphopheads

I can't recommend those portable record players to anyone. I had one for a while and the needle is shit, the sound quality is shit, and they really just pick up on every little imperfection in your records. Tiny scratches will make them skip, any sort of warping will be amplified times 10. I got this: http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-AT-LP120-USB-Direct-Drive-Professional-Turntable/dp/B002S1CJ2Q a few years ago and the difference is just night and day.

u/Garland_Key · 11 pointsr/shittykickstarters

I wish Audio Technica would make a laser version of this.

u/hurrayforzac · 10 pointsr/vinyl

nope. this is trash. it'll sound like shit, damage your records, and be a big expensive headache when you want to upgrade.

if you post your local craigslist we might be able to help you find a vintage setup for a lot cheaper.

if you want to order online, i'd recommend either this one or this one.

also, be aware that you'll need a pre-amp (~$20 on amazon for a simple cheap one), a receiver (easily found on craigslist- i don't know the going rate online for decent ones) and speakers (easily found on craigslist or at local thrift shops).

welcome! and good luck! and also, unless you're in the UK, don't call them "vinyls" :D

u/dr_torque · 10 pointsr/audiophile

You get a hanpin clone, You get a hanpin clone, You get a hanpin clone; Errbady gets a hanpin clone.

u/unostriker · 10 pointsr/KendrickLamar

It's the Audio Technica LP-120, you can fund it pretty much everywhere. Amazon

u/Dorian_Ye · 9 pointsr/hiphopheads

Whatever you don't go for a Crosley or any of those cheap portable players you see at Walmart, Urban Outfitters, etc. They'll ruin your records.

Most people recommend Audio-Technicas for cheap but solid first-purchase record players. Check out either the AT-LP60 or the AT-LP120. I've got the 120 myself and it's pretty damn good

u/theroyalham · 9 pointsr/KendrickLamar

That one costs 250$, it's an Audio Technica-LP120

I got it on Amazon using Anthony Melonheadtano's affiliate to kick him some money since he's the one that got me into vinyls.

It's expensive I know. The first one i got was a cheapo 40$ one on amazon, but upon reading reviews, and seeing how cheaply built it was, I returned it and just waited a few more weeks to get me the expensive LP-120. In terms of turntables, it's quite cheap and a great price for such a quality turntable.

I'm not into vinyls all that much (I only have 7 records, of which all of them are Kendrick Lamar). But I decided to return the cheap one because of the damage it does to your records. Any turntable under 200$ will scratch your records over time, and it's not worth it.

I'm not a snob either. I hate snobs, but this is probably the lowest end you'd wanna go. It has a counterweight setting for the needle so it doesn't put too much weight down onto the record (which is what separates cheap turntables from the good ones). It's heavy as fuck and has a lot of little fancy doohickeys like reverse mode, pitch settings, different record lengths, and those dots on below the record indicate if the turntable is spinning at a precise rate that you want it to.

I know this is too much information for what you asked, but i'm letting you know why it's so expensive. You can still collect vinyl records without a player. If you don't have 250$ to spend on a turntable, just keep your records on a shelf to look at and wait until you can get a decent turntable so they don't ruin your records.

Another good option is to try and find one on craigslist, ebay, or local garage sales/swap meets/goodwills, but I don't know much about old turntables so I just chose the slightly more expensive route.

One day when I'm older I wanna be able to play Kendrick's albums to my grandkids (if i even have kids) or friends down the line, and if you use a cheap turntable that's under 200 bucks you won't be able to do that without it sounding scratched and skipping over portions of the song.

Believe me I didn't want to spend 250$ dollars on this shit since I don't even have that many vinyl records or play it that often, but I wanted to go the high way or nothing at all.

edit: You also need your own speakers for it. I got lucky and found some very nice logitech speakers next to the dumpster at my apartments. I dont know why someone threw them away but they worked so good and have the best bass i've ever heard in two tiny little speakers. It's better than the speakers I have hooked up to my computer right now lol. They were 140$ logitech speakers that worked perfectly fine and I got them one day just taking out the trash.

u/LordMandalor · 8 pointsr/vinyl

I mentioned in the sub-required 300+ word description that I will be getting a table for Christmas. Along with new Sennheiser HD6XXs, and the speaker/amp setup I already have.

I see this more as getting sport tires for the car I know is coming, not stocking up on gas. As soon as it shows up in two weeks, these are all going for a spin.

u/Nyxeme · 8 pointsr/reddeadredemption

Please invest in a better vinyl player. That tonearm doesnt have any weight to it and actually damages your records. If you're serious about vinyl that is...

Might I suggest the Audio-Technica ATLP120USB

Great record by the way! I bought it aswell, love the red!

u/crimson_713 · 8 pointsr/Doom

I have the Audio Technica LP-120, and it is amazing. Highly recommended as an entry level turntable.

Super envious of your collection already!

u/dj_orka99 · 7 pointsr/vinyl

an extra 100$ ??? Here in Canada an lp60 is about 120$ while an LP120 is 400$

u/Sullykp13 · 6 pointsr/OpTicGaming

I wouldnt recommed a 2 in 1 set. this is the one that I would reccommend. If you are serious about starting a collection this would be the safest turntable to buy. I know that it is expensive, but collecting vinyl's is a pretty expensive hobby. This turntable has an aux input so I am sure that you have a speaker in the house somewhere that you could plug it into.

Edit: For the speakers, you could literally buy a pair of computer speakers with a sub and that would work really well.

u/Jesuscrustlizard · 6 pointsr/vinyl

I have a TT with a MP3 converter option and honestly I've never used it. When I buy a record I just go find the download from the pirates bay. I wish I just went to my local vintage furniture store and got a record player from there, it would of been half the price and probably better. I wish I just invested in something like this http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-AT-LP120-USB-Direct-Drive-Professional-Turntable/dp/B002S1CJ2Q/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1361377274&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=B002S1CJ2Q

u/blacbloc77 · 6 pointsr/vinyl

Amazon is running a special on the LP120 right now. You'd get MUCH more mileage out of that deck!

u/superpilotbrooks · 5 pointsr/records

If you really want a good record player someday I’d suggest getting an audio technica lp120

I strictly only buy older records (usually 1970’s ish) and the sound quality as well as the way I have the whole time arm set up (which plays the records well and doesn’t damage them) makes the music sound fantastic!

I absolutely love the aesthetic of that player though and I’m happy you got to experience the passing down of records just like I have!

u/Hugo_Says_Hi · 5 pointsr/vinyl

Well I got this mostly because I wanted something decent but not too expensive. Also it was the most recommended TT here that I noticed for that situation. Eventually I would like to get something better but this should be good for now.

u/slingdub · 5 pointsr/vinyl

DONT BUY IT. save your money and buy this and you will be in good shape. You can find them for $220 on other site. These suitcase players ruin your records. there are other good players that you can buy for cheaper. But this seems to be the goto for noobies. CHeck your craigslist and see what older vintage players are for sale and PM and I will steer you in the right direction. Or if you want to give me your area. I can search for good gear for you.

u/jordanbeff · 5 pointsr/hiphopheads

AT LP120

Best starter table, hands down.

u/nquesada92 · 5 pointsr/vinyl

around the same price check out the Audio-Technica LP-120 its $233 on amazon with prime right now. Probably get an Amazon out of box brand new one for a 20 bucks cheaper or so.

EDIT stuff and link AT LP-120

u/rmsersen · 5 pointsr/vinyl

If you still insist on going new and staying between $200-$300, consider the AT LP-120 for $233 from Amazon.

You can search the sub for existing threads on it, but it's generally regarded as a good table for the price.

u/MiEsAmericano · 5 pointsr/audiophile

I own this, and I am extremely happy with it. I have seen no other turntable with a similar feature set or quality for this price. It's essentially a carbon copy of the technics 1200, but cheaper, new, and with a warranty. It also has usb if you're into that.


u/aroomacanvas · 5 pointsr/indieheads

To be honest, buying a record player with built in speakers just isn't worth it. You're better off just sticking with mp3s at that point.

This would be my recommendation for an entry-level turntable. You'll need to get speakers separately though. On the bright side, it does have a built-in preamp so you don't need to buy that separately.

u/pspence75 · 4 pointsr/brandnew

I hear ya for sure. If you decide it's something you want to get into later down the road, this Audio Technica 120 is a pretty good entry level TT that is fairly affordable


u/ZeosPantera · 4 pointsr/audiophile

My 2 cents for a $1500 budget Coffee Shop...

  • Simple 4 Channel Pre-amp w/ Phono - $80

  • Apple TV - $100 For your Airplay needs.

  • FM Tuner - $100 (You will need one eventually)

  • AT Turntable - $230 Vintage would also work so look used to save some cash.

  • RCA Distribution Amp - $30

  • Dayton 12 Channel Amp - $500 Expandable later but I assume you will use 8 channels to start.

  • Micca Motion MB42x I recommend four pair (8 speakers) - $320. Even a small coffee shop will be better suited with more, quieter speakers. Demo'd Here

  • Speaker Mounting Brackets - $140 I HIGHLY recommend using the screw holes on the clamps to secure the speakers with small ~1" wood screws. THEN Secure the bracket to the wall with a safety strap. Liability covered.

    I recommend mounting these brackets up-side down so you can aim the speakers down at costumers. (presuming you have high enough ceilings to support it)

    $80+100+100+230+30+500+320+140=$1500 ON THE NOSE!
u/super-rad · 4 pointsr/CFBOffTopic

I have an Audio Technica LP60, which I WOULD NOT recommend. It's okay but is missing a lot of features that makes it a questionable choice in the long run. I plan on replacing it soon.

There are 2 turntables that I would recommend:

Audio Technica LP120 - this is the beefed up version of my turntable. All the features my turntable is missing are included here. My friend just got one of these and I am very impressed with it.

U-Turn Orbit - This is another great, affordable choice. Bonus points for being built in the USA. I would recommend the option for the built-in preamp. If you can afford it, the upgraded Orbit Plus model has some really nice components that should lead to better sound. However, if you are just starting out you probably don't need it and you can always upgrade those things on your own later.

There are a few other nice entry-level turntables on the market such as the Fluance and the TEAC but I haven't read up on them enough to make a recommendation.

Avoid stuff like Crosley at all costs. They are basically toys and can damage your records.

u/vincientjames · 4 pointsr/vinyl

I would recommend the ATLP120 + AT440MLA. Had this setup for the last month or so and couldn't be happier. One thing to keep in mind is that the built in amp for cheaper record players like these are terrible. I'm fortunate enough to have inherited my fathers Onkyo reciever with a good phono amp from the late 80's. Honestly it takes a fair amount of money to get a decent setup that truely brings out the quality of analog audio.

u/mawnck · 4 pointsr/vinyl

Not enough of an upgrade to matter IMHO.

Your best move is to buy a quality used rig. See sidebar links for details.

If you insist on buying new, you're not going to get much bang for your buck. This is the minimum I'd consider: http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-AT-LP120-USB-Direct-Drive-Professional-USB/dp/B002S1CJ2Q/

u/SL-1200 · 4 pointsr/vinyl

You cant get anything new for that price. Closest you can do is get one of these and pay the ~$50 shipping from Amazon to AU


u/hikingmutherfucker · 4 pointsr/vinyl

Ok more money on speakers than source components is usually a general rule.

I just found this and freaked out then posted in another thread on amp versus preamp + amp versus receivers.

Unless you want surround sound or a radio tuner just get a good integrated amp used or otherwise. At your price point?

Cambridge Audio Topaz AM10 Premium Integrated Amplifier with Phono Stage for just $349 fuck that is a good deal.


Orbit, Carbon or RP1???

The Pro-Ject deck is great. The Pro-Ject Debut iii last year's model is on sale at MusicDirect for exactly $299 as well. I have this turntable and find it to be excellent and balanced and built solid like a brick wall.
But I wonder with the finicky little anti-skate weight and the changing speed by removing the platter and moving the belt if always suggesting the entry level audiophile choice is the right recommendation to be making to new folks.

I think the MusicHall USB-1 and/or the Audio Technica ATLP120 are totally underrated in these parts, easier to setup and have built in phono preamps as well not that you need that with the Cambridge amp.




Those are both around $250. What you get is changing the speed with a button without having to move a belt around and easy to use pitch + anti skating controls, removable headshell for changing out cartridges easily and finally yes a cueing lever. They are not built quite as solid as the U-Turn or the famous Debut decks. But they are not cheapo and feel substantial if you ever spent time with them.

So that is $599 so far plenty of good money to buy a pair of decent speakers.

You can come in under budget and get a Stereophile magazine recommended pair of Klipsch Synergy B-20 bookshelf speakers for $179 on newegg here:


That is a good deal.

Or you can max out your budget and go for my favorite small speakers the Paradigm Atom Monitors:


$199 each.

Or finally finally a pair of Wharfedale Diamond 10.1 speakers at $349 a pair which I have recommended before and tend to get high praise:


That is my view on building a total under 1k system capable of playing lps.

You got options man but the Cambridge Audio Integrated amp is golden.

u/GodofKhan · 3 pointsr/vinyl

It's a decent TT for a new one, but you should really try going vintage to start off. Read the sidebar, look on craigslist, thrift stores, garage sales, etc.

If you really want that TT, order it on Amazon since it's a lot cheaper - http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-AT-LP120-USB-Direct-Drive-Professional-Turntable/dp/B002S1CJ2Q/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1345823766&sr=8-2&keywords=Audio+technica+turntable

u/milesdaguy · 3 pointsr/gorillaz

Record player: Audio Technica LP120 ($250)

Speakers: Sonos Play 5 gen 1 (around $300 ish, not sure because it was a gift to me)


If you are just starting out with collecting, I'd suggest getting the Audio-Technica ALP60 ($89-120 depending on which version you get) with a nice pair of dual speakers, and then eventually upgrading to an LP120 (unless you want to hop straight into the 120 OR EVEN decide to stick with the 60). I suggest this because the LP60 is a great starters turntable, then once you get more experience, you upgrade.

u/fyeah · 3 pointsr/Calgary
  1. Buy a used receiver on Kijiji, mine cost me $35 and has lasted for years. Don't go to future shop and buy a $280 receiver that has no phono input just so you can plug in your turntable

  2. This record player is considered the best bang for your buck for entering the turntable world: http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-AT-LP120-USB-Direct-Drive-Professional-Turntable/dp/B002S1CJ2Q If you don't have those kind of dollars you've got the right idea with kjiji, which brings us to 3:

  3. In a free market (i.e. kijiji), things are worth what they sell for, not what you want to pay for them. You getting outbid on kijiji is because you're offering an unreasonable price for the product. Turntables do not cost $60, they cost upwards of $150. It's not cheap tech. You want cheap get a CD player.

    All in your starter setup is going to cost you around $400-$600, with turntable, receiver, pre-amp (if not built into your receiver), and speakers.
u/awesomedude4100 · 3 pointsr/hiphopheads

The best starter table imo is the Audio-Technica AT-LP120 it has everything you need for a good table (cue lever, adjustable weight, good cartridge) at a good price. Get you some decent powered speakers and you're pretty set for a good vinyl setup

u/GothamCountySheriff · 3 pointsr/vinyl

To get quality NEW components, I don't know if you're going to be able to meet your $400 budget, but we can try. As others have said, you will need the turntable (obviously), an amplifier/receiver, speakers and possibly a phono preamp depending on the amplifier/receiver you choose.

On the new front, a solid entry-level receiver would be the Sherwood RX-4109. It includes a built-in phono preamp, so you won't need to get an external one. It's sold at a lot of big-box stores and online retailers (Amazon, walmart, radio shack, etc):


For speakers, I would recommend any of these:

Klipsch - Reference 5-1/4" Bookshelf Speakers (Pair) (Currently on sale at Best Buy for $125 - regularly $250):


Pioneer BS-22LR Bookshelf speakers (currently on sale at Amazon for $97 - usually $125):


Polk T15 bookshelf (On sale at Best Buy for $50 - regularly $100):


Best bet for meeting your budget on a turntable is the U-Turn Orbit Basic. They had an AMA here and are really committed to customer service. Comes in variety of colors too. They are all hand built here in the USA. With shipping you are looking at around $200 for the turntable. BUT, with the current backlog of orders, it looks like it will be a little over a month to get it shipped, so you would miss the Christmas deadline to get it under the tree.


The other recommendation is the Audio Technica LP-120, which is available at a lot of big-box and online retailers as well. It's a little bit more at $250:


Of course you can save a bundle on used gear. But, you need to have a sense of what you are looking for and how to spot problems. Technics turntables generally tend to be a solid choice and have a large spectrum of models to choose from. As far as receivers/amplifiers, '90s era gear is were the real dollar/performance value is at. Speakers can be really hit or miss used, so you might stick with new on that.

Let us know if you have more questions.

u/teeravj · 3 pointsr/vinyl

4 years ago, I saw this movie and fell in love with it. I bought the soundtrack and started collecting CDs. 100 CDs later, I thought, let's buy some cool records. I bought a shitty Crosley cause that was all the money I had. I worked up slowly from there... Bought a receiver to connect my PC and Record Player too. Bought 2 shitty bookshelf speakers. Upgraded those speakers. Got an AT LP-60 for Christmas.

A few days ago, /u/Sternicus was selling an Audio Technica LP-120. I decided to drive 5 hours today just to buy it from him. It was worth every cent and I love it.

My Setup now...




I use Bose QuietComfort 35s whenever I don't play through speakers. I chose them because of the Noise Cancellation. It works well and is good for travelling.

My desktop is self built, if you really wanna know the specs, ask and I'll get them and post them. And ignore my messy desk.

Thank you once again /u/Sternicus !!!! Thank you for all the records and the amazing turntable! It works great :)

u/Hectorshandsome · 3 pointsr/DaftPunk

My current set up: Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB Direct-Drive Professional Turntable in Silver https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002S1CJ2Q/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apip_89FBse43igcFZ : Happy with it so far

u/ViggioMortenstein · 3 pointsr/Cuphead

ATLP-120 is a popular option over at r/vinyl.

If you only have a few records the price point may be a barrier for you though.

As long as a turntable has a counterweight on the back of the tonearm, that’s one of the most important features for long term preservation of your records. It helps give the stylus/needle the appropriate amount of pressure/weight while playing and avoids putting too much stress on the grooves and damaging the record.

This model also comes with a built-in pre-amp so you don’t have to buy that separately, but you would still need external speakers or headphones as there are not built-in speakers like the one you have.

I’ve gone down the rabbit hole now but that should get you started; again, depending on your level of investment.

u/mudo2000 · 3 pointsr/blacksabbath

It's still a pretty sick-looking record ;) Plus then you'll have a reason to get a turntable. Just don't buy a Victrola or a Crosly. Save your money or hit people up for Christmas and get one of these.

source: I'm 600 records in, someone help me

e: fixed the /r/vinyljerk spelling of one of the record players

u/kidMSP · 3 pointsr/makinghiphop

I'm looking at the AT-LP120-USB from Audio Technica. Looks great and I know a few people that love it. About $230 at Amazon.

u/present_tense_ · 3 pointsr/radiohead

Just don't get anything with all in one built in speakers.

I Suggest an Audio Technica LP60


Or if it is in you budget go for the Audio Technica LP120


I started off with an Audio Technica LP120 and still use it to this day. It is about two years old now with no problems what so ever.
The thing to note is that you will need speakers to add to it with to start off with i just used computer speakers until I upgraded my speakers last year. But i reckon the LP60 would be great as well, audio technica are imo a great brand.

Maybe this could be of assistance


Then the fun addicting part truly begins once you have a turntable to spin all you favourite albums. Plus even though it is gimmicky and less superior to black vinyl (according to people but i see no major difference) there are coloured vinyl which range from all difference fantastic colours from pressing to pressing. They look so awesome!

Example here (from one of my fav bands King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard's album 12 Bar Bruise):


Anyway enjoy Hail to the Thief when you spin as it is my fav album ever and first record I ever owned : ) !!!

u/johnjust · 3 pointsr/Metal

I started back in with vinyl earlier this year - it can be a little expensive, but if you have some spare cash and need a hobby, it's definitely something to get into. I love the larger album art, but what I really respect is the technology - with everything being digital nowadays, it's pretty fucking cool that something as analog as a needle (scratching a groove and making music) is still around and relevant.

When I was younger, I had an old record player from a garage sale and used records (pop/rock like Led Zeppelin, Boston, AC/DC, etc...) were anywhere from $.25 to maybe $5 tops. With the resurgence of vinyl recently, used records are still fairly cheap (maybe $5-10, higher depending on rarity), but new records can set you back $18-40 (depending on number of pressings, colors, etc...).

I've since bought an Audio Technica LP-120, cleaned up and pruned (ditched anything too far gone) my old collection, and started my new vinyl metal collection - I love it. To be honest, I wish I stayed with it when I was younger, as I probably could have built quite a collection (especially with metal) in the time I was away from it.

Records make you appreciate full albums instead of playlists or single songs. It might get a little annoying to have to flip/change a triple LP (metal bands especially have longer songs that don't fit on a single LP anymore), but that's what makes you appreciate the whole album.

It's the perfect time to get into it - Led Zeppelin is re-releasing all their albums on remastered vinyl (and they sound incredible), modern bands do vinyl releases (usually with download cards to get digital copies), and I'm sure it will be continue to be relevant for a long time to come.

Some tips:

  1. Check out record labels (Earache, Inside Out, Century Media, etc...), as they regularly do "free shipping" promotions, and you can get much better prices buying directly from the label instead of some douche bag reselling records through ebay at higher prices. Also, check out local record shops - http://www.recordshops.org/ can be helpful.

  2. Don't bother with colored vinyl if you have the choice - it looks cool and all, but sometimes you wind up paying more for it, and it doesn't sound as good as black vinyl (or so they say). Picture discs are cool for display, but tend to have horrible sound quality.

  3. Don't cheap out on a record player, especially with the tonearm - you want to be able to adjust how much weight you're putting on the record, so as to not ruin them.

  4. Buy sleeves for your records - they stop the covers from warping, and (obviously) protect them from dirt and whatnot. Inner sleeves are also a good idea, as some records ship with paper inner sleeves that can actually scratch them.

  5. Make an account on discogs.com, and use it to organize your collection/wantlist - it's probably one of the best places to get used vinyl online.
u/chippewhattha · 3 pointsr/vinyl

It's only a minor upgrade.

Notice that the pivot point for the tonearm is way back at the end, with no accommodation for a counterweight. This means you have no control over the force put on your records. Let's scale that up. Imagine pounding a long nail (our stylus) through one end of a long 2x4 (the tonearm). Let the other end rest on the ground (the pivot point). Then imagine lifting the sharp end of the board with the point of the nail on the tips of one your fingers (the force in the groove). Not something I actually want to do. This is why you look for an adjustable counterweight as the first marker of reasonable quality.

I'm guessing you don't have a lot of bucks to spend. But I'd look towards this instead: http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-AT-LP120-USB-Direct-Drive-Professional-USB/dp/B002S1CJ2Q/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1407083504&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=ATLP120

Of course you'll need an amplifier and speakers too, if you don't have those, but you can piece that together from yard sales and thrift stores. In fact you should be checking those regularly, just to get a real-world sense about how things are built. See the "Cheap Setup" note in the side bar over there ->>>>>>>>>>>

u/[deleted] · 3 pointsr/vinyl

This is the turntable I have; I've used it for about a year now and it works perfectly.

u/blamy · 3 pointsr/vinyl

Is it this, because if so $50 would be a steal as long as it works properly. New stylus would only put you back $25 and I'm sure dust covers for those units can be found. I have the AT-LP120 USB myself and I'm very happy with it! Good luck.

u/CosmicLottery · 3 pointsr/FrankOcean

Easiest solution is probably an Audio Technica LP120. Good sale on Amazon right now. I don’t think there’s much in that price range that’s better and I wouldn’t recommend dropping down to the LP60. Going with something from U-Turn would probably sound better but you’d be spending a good bit more.


u/piratenovelist · 3 pointsr/ToolBand

I am going to be using this article plus my own personal experiences in the 7 years I have been collecting: https://www.techradar.com/news/best-turntables

Turntable: Audio-Technica ATLP120USB Direct Drive Professional USB Turntable Price $229.00 (On Sale at the time of this writing) it comes with a built in Pre-Amp so you are good to go. This is one I have been eyeballing myself.

Amplifier: Yamaha R-S202BL Stereo Receiver Price $149.95 (On sale at the time I am writing this). This is the one I personally use and I love it. It has multiple channels so you can allow for growth. For example I got a stereo cd player at the local thrift store I am trying to upgrade. I just need RCA Cables to hook it up which I do.

Speakers: https://www.amazon.com/Polk-Audio-T15-Bookshelf-Speakers/dp/B002RJLHB8/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8 Price $49.98 (Sale at the time I am writing this)

Wire from speakers to Amp: AmazonBasics 100ft 16-Gauge Audio Stereo Speaker Wire Cable - 100 Feet Price $13.49

Headphone Adapter (Trust me you'll need this if you want to listen to music via headphones) Adapter Price: $7.99

Subtotal: $450.41‬ plus taxes. I think you have wiggle room on the speakers, but I searched for high rated ones. If you need help setting up your Turntable and Stereo please feel free to reach out and I can help! :D

u/Muddie · 3 pointsr/vinyl

I think the balancing weight on your record player is on backward. It's supposed to look like this (with the numbers facing outward):


It was a little confusing for me as well - I had to watch a video to understand how to properly balance the arm. Not trying to nitpick or be a jerk -- just trying to help.

u/adayinalife · 3 pointsr/vinyl

LP120 is $299 currently.

u/ic2drop · 2 pointsr/vinyl

So this may be like casting a fishing line into the darkness, but everyone seems helpful enough, so here it goes.

I am thinking of diving into the world of vinyl, and I would like to do it properly the first time around, rather than having to replace items as I go. The purpose of the build would be for pure listening pleasure, to include headphone use. There are other methods of listening to music currently (Sonos wireless setup), so this wouldn't be for daily listening.

For starters this is the relative area that we are working with. While there can be some slight changes to size specs on the amp, turntable, and speakers, I would like to stay as close to stock as possible.

This is the turntable that was suggested to me, as a solid piece of equipment that sounds solid. It does have lots of features that I may not use though, such as the USB connection. There isn't any DJing in my future, just listening and flipping. The price point is about my budget for a turntable.

I have no idea what to look for in an amp, but would like there to be a built in preamp (unless there is a sound quality reason to avoid it) and a headphones jack for the front portion. My budget for this portion would be roughly $500 - $600.

Speakers, I know are a world of pain when it comes to price... or at least they can be. I am currently trying to find the dimensions of the speaker section of this console, knowing this will have direct impact on the speaker choice. The budget for speakers (to include speaker wiring) would be $800 for the pair.

My headphones are reference level from a few years back. They are no where close to me, so I don't have the brand / type offhand. In regards to the new or used department, I am perfectly fine with used, as long as it is good condition and has the desired sound quality.

Thank you for any help, and if you need any more details, please let me know.

Edit: Local Craigslist(ings): http://austin.craigslist.org/ and http://sanantonio.craigslist.org/

u/Wurm42 · 2 pointsr/Music

I'll second jbarket's recommendation of Technics, assuming you can find a used one in good shape.

I recently purchased the Audio Technica ATLP120 for my in-laws, they've been very happy with it. Currently on sale at Amazon for about $250.

Also ask yourself- do you need 78 rpm? If you can live with a two-speed (33 & 45 rpm) there are a lot more good options in your price range.

u/TheEdgeOfTheInternet · 2 pointsr/VinylDeals

Is this even a deal? What are these going for right now? I bought a factory refurb AT-LP120-USB on Amazon for $180-190 shipped almost 2 years ago.

Edit: I looked it up. I paid $184 for my refurb, but they're $229 new on Amazon right now. When I bought my refurb they were more than $229 new. Even though I haven't had a single issue with my refurb, honestly, I would buy new for $229 instead of saving only $25 on a refurb.

u/nomemehere · 2 pointsr/vinyl

Amazon page for a AT-LP120. The description lists the tonearm hydraulic action and lift lever.

u/dolichoblond · 2 pointsr/headphones

The ironic thing is a CD player that's high-end enough to bother with a digital transport that bypasses the internal DAC is already likely to have an internal DAC that's hard to improve on.

Definitely more improvements to be had pushing money towards the analog end of the setup. Maybe a different phono preamp if your turntable has a built-in preamp. I'm generally happy with the Fiio end of high-fi, but was really surprised at how much improvement I got getting an offboard phono stage to replace the onboard in my ATLP120. That really gave me the upgrade itch...good thing phono gear is so expensive that I can't leave the shallow end.

u/cbear_28 · 2 pointsr/vinyl

I was in your position not too long ago. I really wanted to get into the hobby but didn't have enough money to buy anything decent. The first thing I did was look for a job. This is easier said than done but once I found one I was surprised as to how quickly I could make money. One of the first things I bought was a nice pair of headphones. I bought the Audio Technica ATH-M50xBT, but the cheaper version without bluetooth looks just as good. I also started to collect records. It did feel pointless at times with no way of listening to them but I still appreciated the artwork. After that I decided to buy some nice bookshelf speakers, the Edifier R1280T's. Although the price was cheap, I absolutely love these speakers. Even though I didn't have a turntable yet, it made listening to Spotify more enjoyable. Additionally, I knew that I would have a nice pair of speakers for whenever I could afford a turntable. These speakers have two inputs so I can have both my PC and turntable plugged in at the same time which is really nice. Once I had enough for a turntable I had a little trouble picking out the right one. I almost settled for a lp60 but I'm glad I didn't. For me, it was between a U-turn Orbit, AT lp120, and Fluance RT81. All of these are great turntables but I ended up choosing the Fluance model. The wood look, large number of features, and good reviews made this the best turntable under $300 for me. That's my story! Please don't buy anything cheaply made. It won't sound any better than Spotify will for you and will be a little disappointing. Also, don't give up on trying to sell the PS4. I gave up video games around 6 months ago and I've had so much more free time to work and enjoy other things! Good luck!

u/8BitBirb · 2 pointsr/vinyl

Hi there, obligatory "this is a dumb question, and I'm highly inexperienced with vinyl and player setups," but I'm thinking about getting a brand new [Audio Technicana LP120] (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002S1CJ2Q/ref=twister_B017BG20LW?_encoding=UTF8&th=1) this month to replace a long dead player that I had about a year or two before. I have an Insignia Stereo Reciever (NS-STR514) to go along with the player I had before it, with some average speakers. Will my new record player go along with this little setup? I don't exactly have enough money to buy a new one, and really like the Bluetooth compatibility for when friends are over and don't want to listen to my hipster shit. I'm not looking for The Best setup either, I'm just a broke college student looking to play my mum's old Bowie vinyls and stuff. I tried looking at the manual I found online and it still speaks like latin to me. Thanks guys!

u/calipilot227 · 2 pointsr/vinyl

If you absolutely need USB, I'd recommend this instead

u/FaxGob · 2 pointsr/vinyl

I have the LP60 and like others have said, it's a decent turntable. Nothing fancy about it, but it gets the job done. I recently upgraded to an older turntable that used to be my dad's and I just had to replace the belt and the stylus.

If you don't want to get something used, I've heard good things about this one.

u/arachnophilia · 2 pointsr/vinyl

i'm familiar with the anti-DJ bias; as you can see by my tag, i own a technics 1200, the DJ table. it's rather poorly regarded in audiophile circles for, as far as i can tell, no good reason.

but this particular instance isn't hate. the stanton t.52 and t.62 models have very short straight tonearms. these were originally designed for scratch DJs, to improve tracking. it helps the needle stay in the groove during backcuing. but it does so at the cost of drastically increased record wear, and added distortion. basically, the needle turns too much in the groove, compared to designs with longer tone arms.

but it's mostly a record wear issue. these things are bad for your records. i would go get your money back, and buy one of these instead. same price, significantly better, and safer for your records.

u/GeneralissimoFranco · 2 pointsr/vinyl

Why not spend the $50-$100 its going to take to put a headshell and decent budget cartridge on the Gemini? That's cheaper than a night out, and you'll get a lot of hours of enjoyment out if it (setting the turntable up, tinkering/learning, and playing records). Even if you upgrade later, it's better than letting the Gemini collect dust or throwing it in the dumpster and raising the amount of perfectly serviceable and fun e-waste rotting in our landfills.

Edit: You will need to fix the speed adjustment slider and buttons on at least one of those though. That's very important for a record player.

Audiophiles are very picky and tend to invest a lot in their equipment (especially if they're buying brand new high end manual turntables, which is what this subreddit has a fetish for). Yeah the Gemini and the Sony look like shit if you sit them next to a brand new Rega, but why should you care?

Your Sony is cheap to buy, very simple and cheaply made, therefore to an audiophile it must be bad. It is also nearly impossible to tinker with (which is probably what is causing your dissatisfaction). That being said, it plays records and plays them pretty well. Your new turntable(s) won't give you much improvement in audio quality, but it will give you a ton of room to have fun with the hobby.

The Gemini is what is referred to as a Technics SL-1200 clone or Super OEM, and your assessment of it is mostly correct. It looks almost like an SL-1200, and it functions almost like one, but it has NONE of the refinement. Nice price though. It's actually pretty comparable to an Audio Technica AT LP-120, which costs a lot more than $15. Like I said, the Gemini probably won't give you much in terms of an audio improvement over the Sony. It will require a phono preamp if you don't have one yet (the Sony has a built-in preamp, the Gemini does not).

Changing headshells is a huge part of the fun of vinyl, and definitely something you want to get into if you're wanting to get technical with the hobby. The AT95e is one of the best budget cartridges and the Ortofon OM10 is the other. Since you specifically said you want to tinker, I would not buy the preassembled cartridge. I would buy a seperate headshell and an alignment protractor and do the installation myself. It's slightly cheaper than spending the $60 for the ready to install kit, and you'll learn more that way. If you're intimidated, there are A LOT of youtube guides on how to do this.

The Ortofon 2M Red and Shure M97xe are slightly classier budget cartridges, but they won't offer a big performance boost over the good budget option (the Ortofon Red sure is pretty looking though...). You'll need to spend >$200 on a cartridge before you start to see a significant upgrade over the budget options.

Quick links -

Budget headshell - https://www.amazon.com/ADJ-Products-TT-HEADSHELL-Turntable-Cartridge/dp/B0002E51V2

Alignment protractor - https://www.amazon.com/Turntable-Phonograph-Cartridge-Alignment-Protractor/dp/B079ZBLJ4M

AT95e - https://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-At95e-Phonograph-Cartridge/dp/B004NRVUMI/

Ortofon OM10 - https://www.amazon.com/Ortofon-Super-OM10-Phono-Cartridge/dp/B000CCEQM4/

Ortofon 2M Red - https://www.amazon.com/Ortofon-2M-Red-Phono-Cartridge/dp/B000WMCEKK/

Shure M97xe - https://www.amazon.com/Shure-M97xE-Performance-Magnetic-Cartridge/dp/B007ZC2EYQ

AT LP-120 - https://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-AT-LP120-USB-Direct-Drive-Professional-Turntable/dp/B002S1CJ2Q/

u/Ingey · 2 pointsr/vinyl

do you have a link? b/c the AT-LP120 is showing as $229 on Amazon.

u/GreatRobo · 2 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

The cheapest NEW turntable that I would feel comfortable suggesting is the uturn orbit basic. It has an adjustable counterweight and comes with a pretty good cartridge. It retails around 180. The next step after that would be the [audio technica lp120] (http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-AT-LP120-USB-Direct-Drive-Professional-Turntable/dp/B002S1CJ2Q/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1421077357&sr=8-1&keywords=lp120) which unfortunately has been retailing really high since the end of the Christmas season. It normally runs around 200 dollars. Most of the good brand new turntables these days are pretty expensive unfortunately which is why i suggest vintage.

u/mdrsharp · 2 pointsr/edmproduction

Audio Technica has a very nice table the AT-LP120 it has USB and it has a preamp.

This is Audio-Technica's answer to the Technics SL-1200


u/Geek_Rawker · 2 pointsr/vinyl

If having a USB is that important then I would suggest the AT-PL120.

u/I-C-Y · 2 pointsr/hiphopheads

Depends on where you live but for both Europe as US there are plenty of options. This is for example a nice entry level tt which has everything you need included: http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-AT-LP120-USB-Direct-Drive-Professional-Turntable/dp/B002S1CJ2Q
If that's still too pricy, get a second hand one but than you have to be careful what you buy cause quality varies a lot (though there's plenty of great second hand deals to be found).
> aux output

all tt have this but not on standard line level which means you need a "phono amp" to connect it to anything with standard line level inputs (standard aux input). an amplifier with an aux input labeled "phono" has this built-in. There are also a few tt such as the one which I linked which have this built in (which means you don't need to buy anything extra). The one which I linked also has a built in analog-to-digital converter with a USB output. I think it would be best if you learned the basics about tt's yourself before purchasing one.

u/youngloudandsnotty · 2 pointsr/Music


I did a lot of research for months. I wanted a beginner set up that didn't cost a ton but also didn't suck and would last a while. Landed on these:



u/nostalgicBadger · 2 pointsr/AskMen

I'm considering upgrading my turntable. I hear good things about the AT-LP120, and I like Audio-Technica as a brand.

u/trainsaw · 2 pointsr/hiphopheads

Best entry bang for your buck would probably be Audio Technica LP120. I can't say I'm incredibly well versed in different turntables and such, but this seems to be a consensus good starter turn table. Just make sure whatever you get has a counterweight on the arm to prevent damage to your records


u/sweatsauce47 · 2 pointsr/vinyl

Look at the Audio Technica LP60 ($100). Its the only turntable ive ever had, but from what Ive heard its pretty good for a beginner. If u just want something to listen with them on this would work pretty well but u might have other people telling u to just save up more and buy the LP120 ($300).

u/Apple_Techie · 2 pointsr/blackmirror

This Is the one I got. I have had zero problems or issues with it. If you want to spend a little extra you could go with this one it’s one of the best starter tables if you want to spend the extra money.

u/xvalicx · 2 pointsr/vinyl

What speakers would you recommend for an AT-LP120? This is my first record player. I'm on a bit of a budget and not a huge audiophile so they dont have to be anything crazy.

u/Swiftt · 2 pointsr/hiphopheads

Can anyone recc me some psychedelic rock? stuff like GOAT, Portugal. The Man etc.. Similarly I wouldn't mind some more glitch music like ediT.

oh, and I'm also looking to buy a new record player. can anyone vouch for this?

u/PantsAreForPosers · 2 pointsr/vinyl

It lacks a proper counterweight, adjustable anti-skate, and you can't upgrade the parts too easily. I don't have personal experience with it, but it can be awful for your records.

Instead of spending the $300+ on that setup you could look into other new tables. The LP120 is apparently a good option, and it seems to be running in the $200-$300 range.The U-Turn Orbit seems to be going over well with people too, and it starts at $179 if I'm not mistaken. It shouldn't be too hard to find the other necessary components after that, and the tables should come out of the box ready to play. I'm on mobile right now or I would grab some links for you.

EDIT: Links


U-Turn Orbit

u/lilsimon92 · 2 pointsr/vinyl

Hey everyone,
I'm new to using a turn table and receiver and i'm having a difficult time setting it up. I was using an amplifier before this and the volume wasn't as loud as I wanted it to be, so I ordered a receiver.

This is my turntable: https://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-AT-LP120-USB-Direct-Drive-Professional-Turntable/dp/B002S1CJ2Q

This is my receiver: http://www.ebay.com/itm/111877564099?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

These are my speakers: https://www.amazon.com/Micca-MB42-Bookshelf-Speakers-Tweeter/dp/B009IUIV4A

I set up the receiver last night by plugging the RCA cables from the TT into the phono input of the receiver and changed the setting on my record player (phono/line) to the appropriate setting. The volume was there, it definitely had the potential to get loud but the volume was distorted and not coming through clearly. It's driving me nuts because I just want the sound to be perfect already.

Any feedback would be extremely helpful!!!!!

u/dmizzle0929 · 2 pointsr/audiophile

You may want to check out /r/vinyl for beginner turntables. Spoiler alert: go used on craigslist or new. The lowest end is the Audio-Technica LP120 that they recommend. It has a built in phono preamp so you won't need to add one. If you want to go higher end I recommend the Pro-ject Debut Carbon. Great beginner table with the Ortofon 2M Red cartridge. A bit out of your price range but if you want new, it's worth it. You will have to add a phono pre-amp though, if your receiver doesn't have it (i didn't look).

u/Turquoise_HexagonSun · 2 pointsr/vinyl

I agree. For those of us that know better we should be warning our contemporaries of the perils they face with these shitty players.

If they knew they could spend $50 to $100 more for an actually decent, brand new, entry level table (LP120 or Orbit) don't you think they would? I do.

I get burned in new hobbies all the time, and I respect when the more seasoned veterans pipe up to state their opinions on the 'shoulds and should nots.' Why should record collecting be any different?

u/brnthrshmn · 2 pointsr/vinyl

Is this what you're talking about?:


I've never seen it for less than $250. But even at $299, I think it's a great value.

I'm looking at getting one soon. Thanks for the recommendation!

u/adelaarvaren · 2 pointsr/SwingDancing

> technica 120

Are you referring to this: https://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-AT-LP120-USB-Direct-Drive-Professional-USB/dp/B002S1CJ2Q

If so, that's a great turntable - it is direct drive (meaning it uses magnets to get up to speed, not a belt), so it is great for beatmatching and scratching, just in case you want to do a techno or hip-hop set late night ;) Also, it has 33, 45, AND 78 rpm settings, in case you get some old school 78 rpm records (although, be aware that a shellac 78 will not sound good on it, but it won't sound good on any electric turntable).

As for the TT amplifier, the mixer you selected will do that already. It will bump the turntable signal up to a line level signal, so the output from the DJ mixer can go directly into the sound system input (be that on the speakers, or a separate mixer for the room).

Regarding headphones, I would suggest big, over the ear phones, not in-ear. Since you aren't going to be beatmatching, it is less of an issue to have folding phones (which are great for beatmatching, put on one side on your ear, leave your other ear open to hear the music in the room, match the beat, then transition). Really, you'll just be listening to future records for a few things - tempo (is it faster or slower than your current track), level (is it louder or softer?), and key (if you modulate a half step, it will be kind of weird).

u/Chuuno · 2 pointsr/AdvancedProduction

I just picked up an AT 120 USB, and it's been wonderful so far. Has the option for traditional phono out, built in amp w/ line out, and a USB port that easily connects to ableton (and presumably all DAWs)

Comes with Audacity too, if that's your bag.

u/eaglessoar · 2 pointsr/vinyl

Worth purchasing this Dual 1229 for $240? Or how much should I offer, what things should I ask/look out for?

I'm looking at the Audio-Technica AT-LP120 anyways but I imagine the Dual is a better player for similar price?

I'm really new to this, pretty much just got done reading all the guides and am searching on CL for now.

u/ButterCreamGangsta · 2 pointsr/vinyl

Some say the ATLP120 is a good starter turntable, but I personally wouldn't go for it.

Seriously, I'd look for used. I've found turntables that trump the ATLP120 for less than $10.

u/13OSSMAU5 · 2 pointsr/vinyl

Oh also, this is the turntable I bought. I'm pretty sure it comes with a pre-amp right?

u/a6stringronin · 2 pointsr/rawdenim

A good entry level audiophile turntable is the AT-120 for $228. If you have a bigger budget, like $300-$400, your options really open up!

Also, you can find some great vintage used stuff on craigslist. /r/vinyl has a good community that can be helpful with beginners.

If you have any questions later down the line, feel free to ask me anything! I'll be happy to help.

u/PepeSylvia11 · 2 pointsr/hiphopheads

I got an Audio Technica LP120-USB. I love it so far! And I'm mainly interested in almost anything Hip-Hop, current and oldies. I also like Indie, like Arcade Fire, NMH, VW, Radiohead, Animal Collective, Modest Mouse. And some weird stuff, like Boards Of Canada, BSBD, Daft Punk, FlyLo. I just want good websites that'll give me nice info on purchases I may make.

u/TheSAVAGEHipHop · 2 pointsr/makinghiphop

This is the turntable i have, it is fantastic (it says "dj" turntable, but i use it for sampling) It has a rock solid build quality, you can do usb, or line outputs to go into your interface. You can play back at 33,45, and 78 RPM, and it also has a pitch slider as well. you can also get a slipmat for it so you can manipulate the record with your hand/scratch, etc.


u/sirmikael · 1 pointr/vinyl

I've upgraded since, but I bought the LP-120 at $209 from Amazon. Camelcamelcamel shows it's been around that price several times: https://camelcamelcamel.com/Audio-Technica-AT-LP120-USB-Direct-Drive-Professional-Turntable/product/B002S1CJ2Q

u/IHeartThe80s · 1 pointr/vinyl

Not a bad player (my daughter has one) and better than a Crosley. But eventually (immediately?) you will want one with an adjustable counterbalance that will provide better performance and reduced record wear.

Though it costs three times as much and is not automatic, the Audio Technica ATLP120 is a good choice; considered round these parts as the cheapest acceptable TT you won't hate in a few years. Here's a pic of the counterbalance so you can see what we're talking about:


Now you know. Happy listening on whatever you use!

u/CJK_ExStream · 1 pointr/vinyl

I just have one question. Is this setup good for a first timer?

Edifer R1700BT

Audio Techinica LP120

Do all the cables come with it?
u/smakweasle · 1 pointr/nin

$600 is a very fair budget for a beginner. I'd recommend looking at local shops for set ups (plus they'll be knowledgeable in what they have and willing to help.) Craigslist is a goldmine as well.

If your looking all new for 600 bucks you can get this Tt:

And these speakers:

My main advice is stay away from crosley turntables. They usually look neat and are priced right but they will destroy your albums.

u/spdorsey · 1 pointr/audiophile


I have a Mac (USB or optical), a PC (optical), a turntable (with a Schiit MANI preamp), and I'll have a 1/8" headphone jack (for other input sources). Those are my inputs.

I have a set of MartinLogan LX16 speakers and a Martin Logan sub that I want to use for output.

I have a Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB turntable with an Ortofon red.

It's all being run through an old Onkyo AV receiver (similar to this one, maybe even older). It works, but it's not great.

It's a budget system, and I want to replace the weakest link. I think that's the receiver. I don't want an AV receiver again (no video on this system), and I have no need for 5.1. 3-channel is perfect (stereo plus sub).

Is this a great alternative to what I have? Is the Marantz HD-AMP1 going to answer all my needs?

u/iamthejeff_ · 1 pointr/vinyl

The TT is the bottleneck here. Upgrading the needle won't really help you.

Sell it for $30-40 and get an Audio-Technica AT-LP120 for about $240

u/Aar0nSwanson · 1 pointr/boniver

I'm a big hip hop fan so I always wanted a Technics 1200 turntable growing up. Alas those turntables are pretty expsensive so I settled on an Audio Technica lookalike:


With this turntable I can listen at different speeds (33 1/3, 45, 78) and I can pitch the record up or down as well as reverse the record. I think that will be fun to play with 22 A Million because of it's strange vocal work. None of those features are necessary, however, and with this turntable's cost (a little under $300 now on Amazon. I paid about $200.) I'd recommend buying any turntable in your budget that can play records at 33 1/3, 45, and 78 rpm. Some records I've purchased like some Radiohead albums and Nicolas Jaar singles require the 45 rpm playback.

You'll need a receiver and speakers as well. I had a plan to get a good receiver and speakers, but again, the costs limited me. If you have the cash to spare I'd recommend getting a STEREO receiver with 2 good speakers, not the surround sound 5.1 or 7.1 stuff their pushing nowadays. Most music is mixed for a stereo experience so you only need 2 speakers. I was looking into a 2.1 system. The .1 just means I can add a subwoofer. Also make sure that your system is wired not wireless.

If that's too much for you (which was the case for me) invest in a good pair of headphones and headphone amplifier and you're set.

u/techfish · 1 pointr/audiophile

If you're patient, this normally dips to about $200 every once in a while.

u/Mr_Soju · 1 pointr/vinyl

Hey, good link. That Yahama looks legit and 100 watts is good but...

The link you provided says:

u/apapousek · 1 pointr/vinyl

I fired it up. It's rubbish.
Also, what do you think of this?

u/Mike_Rotchisari · 1 pointr/vinyl

What is the max that you are looking to spend? Do you already have speakers or headphones?

It looks like you are going to get the best bang for your buck buying used. I'm assuming you aren't trying to drop more than $150 on a turntable. That's where what is available on your local craigslist comes into play.

Of course, if you don't feel like spending the time hunting equipment down, and are trying to stay as cheap as possible without having anything, just get the AT LP-60, Leipai amp, and Dayton Audio Speakers. Boom. Upgraded, brand new, full setup delivered to your door in two days (Prime members) for under $175. However, you would be much better off getting the LP-120 instead of the LP-60. Of course, you would definitely be even better off getting almost anything vintage and worthwhile for the $100 it costs to get that LP-60

Of course, I absolutely DO NOT recommend that you get any of the new stuff. You can get much better equipment if you take the time to track it down on the used market for $175. It will just take a little time.

u/PriceKnight · 1 pointr/VinylDeals

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u/minormorin · 1 pointr/puptheband

I have the Audio-Technica LP120 which I bought on Black Friday from Amazon for $230. From what I've read it's the best $200-$300 record player for your average listener. It also has a built in pre-amp so it can go connect directly to active speakers (computer speakers). I'd highly recommend it.

u/sharkamino · 1 pointr/vinyl

Local classifieds, craigslist, offerup, letgo, facebook marketplace, nextdoor, etc.

usaudiomart.com may have something local or under $300 mixed in with the high end stuff.

Budget in a new replacement stylus if it isn't new.

The popular step up from the LP60 is the discontinued Audio-Technica AT-LP120 or the new replacement version Audio-Technica LP-120XUSB $250, however it is still an Audio Technica and the internal pre-amp is not so great and the bypass switch to use an external one doesn't completely bypass it so many open up the case to rewire a complete bypass it or completely rip it out.

u/article13bad123 · 1 pointr/vinyl

phono preamp




Does this seem like a good proper start? (I have a crosley, so this would be my formal start)

u/PlagueofMidgets · 1 pointr/vinyl

Thank you for taking the time to respond. I'll have to do some more research. Would this turntable be a good choice?

u/slamdunktiger86 · 1 pointr/Beatmatch

No need to get a vintage and questionable turntable in a thrift shop.

You can buy production quality 1200 clones that come with a warranty: https://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-AT-LP120-USB-Direct-Drive-Professional-Turntable/dp/B002S1CJ2Q

If you have the time and money, you can take your time and buy a pair of quality Technic 1200's or find an older pair to rebuild.

I've had both kinds and can verify they're virtually the same. I like the M3D for it's pitch reset, but considering the price disparity, it was so much easier to just buy AT-120's and not ever worry about them at shows or on the road.

u/myvinyl · 1 pointr/vinyl


This is the best option hands down. If you want something new.
Stay away from Rega imo.

u/scootbert · 1 pointr/vinyl

Is there something else that you would recommend between 200-$300?.

Is it just this model that has qualty assurance issues? How is the next model up, the AT-LP120. It is 400$, so it is a little out of my price range, but just curious if its a matter you get what you pay for


u/iamcringle · 1 pointr/Blink182

Here's one that's just slightly over what you paid. It's modeled after the Technics 1200 series. The built in pre-amp could be better, but it's one of the better "inexpensive" tables out there. Especially one where the core is plastic-based. There's room to customize and modify on it, which is a plus.

u/ShabShoral · 1 pointr/fountainpens

I was looking at this one:

I know nothing about audio, though. Any suggestions (for speakers as well?)

u/SirSwagATon · 1 pointr/vinyl

Allright, so I'm saving up my moolah to get the Audio Technica, but the next model up. The 120 I believe it's called. http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-AT-LP120-USB-Direct-Drive-Professional-Turntable/dp/B002S1CJ2Q/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1454010571&sr=8-1&keywords=audio+technica+120

Is this a good choice? Or should I still go used? The audio quality is awesome based on the reviews I saw online.

u/archkstanton · 1 pointr/audiophile

Hello, I'm trying to put together a stereo system for my mom for Christmas. I'm still new to this.

How does this look so far?

Yamaha R-S202BL Stereo Receiver

Denon DRW-580 Double Cassette Deck

Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB Direct-Drive Turntable

ELAC B6 Debut Series 6.5" Bookshelf Speakers

u/voodoochild34 · 1 pointr/vinyl

I have this record player, https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002S1CJ2Q/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_awd_T8sBwbZ5C1BS4
What stylus would be compatible and sound the best?

u/UrAContra · 1 pointr/indieheads

Well both options are good and will cost you about the same when you get a phono pre-amp (built into AT LP120 and extra for U-Turn).



u/Salsa_Czar · 1 pointr/vinyl

^heres the 120 for A LOT cheaper than 450

Do you mean the 1240?

Edit: Just read CAD...

u/veganstreetaco · 1 pointr/vinyl

hey reddit! I have this aiwa system complete with a subwoofer and 5 speakers. I havent used it in forever, but when i did use it it was for cd's, tapes, radio, and it worked perfectly! I was looking into getting either the orbit basic, or the orbit plus turntable without the built in preamp and was wondering if the system i have is compatible with supporting what i need for a turntable, or if i would need to fork out more money for a receiver stereo and speakers.

additionally if someone could share with me their opinions on the two and whether or not the cartridge and vinyl plate on the orbit plus really adds something or if im good with the basic! if all else fails, another player i was looking at is the ever so classic audio technica lp120.

u/Bruce_Bruce · 1 pointr/vinyl

If you have 200$ you're willing to spend, get this

u/Dandw12786 · 1 pointr/vinyl

Well, that depends. Many people here swear by going used. I'd probably be among them, but after scouring my local Craigslist and pawn & thrift shops in my area, I decided it wasn't worth my time and the money I was dumping on gas everyday and just ordered a brand new one. I'd recommend at least checking out craigslist before jumping to a new table. There is a great guide in the sidebar called "The Cheap Setup Thread". Take a look, it has some GREAT info.

If you want to go new, there are quite a few options:
For bottom of the barrel in price and functionality, there is the AudioTechnica LP-60. This is pretty bare bones, and not a lot of people recommend it. It's about $90 on Amazon right now, but I've seen it anywhere from $70 to $120.

The pros are: it's cheap, automatic (hit play and the tone arm will lift up and set down on your record), and has a built in preamp, so you can just plug into any receiver or even a pair of computer speakers and go. There's a little bundle with the player, a small t-amp, and pair of halfway decent bookshelf speakers on amazon for $170 under the "Frequently bought together" part of the page.

Cons: A few. I had this for about a month and returned it to Amazon because I was unhappy. It's a halfway decent table, but has no adjustable counterweight and no upgradable parts. It is what it is. If you have a record in fine shape, it'll play it just fine. If your record is a bit scuffed, or maybe pressed a bit off center (as was the case with a couple I had), the sucker will skip and skip to no end. When this happens on a regular table, sometimes you can adjust the counterweight and fix the problem. That's not an option here, if you've got a bad record, you're stuck.

Next level up would be the LP-120 from AudioTechnica. This is what I've got. I upgraded the cartridge right away with the Shure M97xe since the stock cartridge requires a pretty heavy tracking force. This is the next model up from AudioTechnica, and it's miles better, but it's over three times the price if you want to upgrade the cartridge. However, you've got a lot more room to upgrade, adjustable counterweight and anti-skate, and still a built in preamp so you can plug into whatever receiver you have, or again, even just a pair of computer speakers. Still not a lot of love for this guy here, but pretty much everyone here, when pressed, will admit that it's a way better option than the LP60, and will admit that it's not a total waste of money.

The last one I've heard a lot about (but have no experience with) is the Pro-Ject Debut. From what I hear, this sucker is awesome right out of the box, no need to mess with cartridges or anything. I don't think this has a built in preamp (I could be wrong), so you'd need a receiver with a phono input or a separate phono preamp, which you can find on amazon for around $20.

In short, you get more out of a turntable with either more money (when buying new) or more effort (when buying used). Check out the sidebar guides and search /r/vinyl for previous discussions, as mine is by no means an exhaustive list, simply two tables I have experience with and one I've heard great things about.

Enjoy! And by all means, if your Crosley isn't driving you insane, stick with that for awhile and save up/look around and get what you want. Take it from me, if you settle for something less than you want, you'll regret it later.

u/windowpuncher · 1 pointr/audiophile

I am definitely no expert with these. What's the difference between this one and this one?

u/yyiinn · 1 pointr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

If he purely wants to record vinyl for sampling or even just playing back. You could consider the Audio Technica LP60

Its a rather simple player so would suffice for sampling. If he wanted to try DJing or scratching I would not recommend this one though and might want to look at the more expensive Audio Technica LP 120.

Just a couple of options to consider..

the cheaper record player does not have USB on the link I provided but one is available. would be worth finding out first if he needs USB connectivity to sample or not..
ALSO the cheaper player cannot have the cartridge changed. If he did eventually want upgrade he could not with the cheaper option

u/HenryTheElephant · 1 pointr/vinyl

I use a LP 60 :


Alot of people here don't like it and think it is shit but it is a great player to start out on. I have never had any problem and the it sounds great. Other people say it skips but the only time it has ever skipped for me is when I play very rough records on it.

Alot of people go with the LP 120:


The next time I upgrade (probably this year) I will get this player. Unlike my LP60 the 120 has a better counter weight for the arm which will give better sound and it has a slider to actually speed up or slow down the records more. I just don't have the money for it right now so that's why I have the LP 60. The difference in price is from $109 to $250 and I don't have that cash right now. I do believe that I am going to upgrade my preamp to this though:


It should give me better sound and more control over my bass and treble then I have now and it is only $15. I also do plan on getting better speakers when I move in May.

u/isthishandletaken · 1 pointr/vinyl

Ok well, turntables in the Netherlands are more expensive than in USA. And there are less options.

This one seems to have an audio technica cartridge (can't tell which one) so it should be ok. But a little out of your price range. And if you were to go up to that much I would suggest you go up a little more and get this one instead

If you really can't spend more than 100 euros, the Lenco L-3867 (€69) seems like the best bet. I can't tell what kind of cartridge it has, but doesn't seem to be a ceramic one.

The truth is; getting into vinyl is not a cheap hobby. It's better to do it right the first time, than to regret it later and have to spend the money all over again.

u/DownvoteBrigade80 · 1 pointr/vinyl

New to turntables. I already have these speakers, and I am looking at either getting the [Fluance RT81] (https://www.amazon.com/Fluance-Adjustable-Counterweight-Anti-Skating-RT80/dp/B01F2EXIFM/?th=1) or the LP120. Would this setup be fully functional? Is there anything else I would need?

u/Metalsmith · 1 pointr/vinyl

Both are belt driven, have S type tone arms and pretty similar AT cartridges.

I do think the Fluance has a slightly better cartridge but It's still something you could upgrade in the future. I think they may preform pretty similarly. I've never been a big fan of the "DJ" style that the Music hall has, so the Fluance wins in the design category for me. The Music Hall does have a pitch adjustment, if that is important to you.

If I had to decide between the two it would be the Fluance. The looks and the slightly better cartridge win it for me.

If you could sway another 50 or so bucks and like the looks of the "DJ" style tables you could look into the Audio Technica AT-LP120

u/Gentleman_Jack · 1 pointr/vinyl


Has some good suggestions.
Also checking craigslist sometimes depending on your area can net great finds.


is a good record play right in your price range. It's formal, will play more than 33s and has some other great features.

Edit: typo

u/WayneQuasar · 1 pointr/PinegroveBand

It's the Audio-Technica AT-LP120 - a gift from my brother. I'm no vinylphile, but I love this thing. Been slowly accumulating records and Skylight was a must-buy!

u/Noffy4Life · 1 pointr/poppunkers

I don't know your budget, but if you can afford it, the Audio-Technica AT-LP120 has lasted me quite a while and I have had zero issues. Great reviews, and the cartridge it comes with is good quality.

u/zzzpoohzzz · 1 pointr/malelivingspace

Right now all I'm running is an Audio Technica LP-120 and Edifier R1280T's I'm sure I'll be upgrading as time goes on, but its a nice little setup. Those little speakers sound great, TBH.

u/fraaaaak · 1 pointr/vinyl

Thank you for all of the info! Those speakers look awesome and have great reviews.

I have a really dumb question - do we NEED a preamp? My boyfriend said that it's not necessary but I thought they really made a difference. If we go with something like this, should we buy one? If it's not a noticeable difference, we'd like to save some cash anywhere we can (but I don't want to spend all this money and then not take full advantage of the new stuff).

u/ThatSebastian1 · 1 pointr/vinyl

Thank you so much! You guys here on r/vinyl are super help full.
Also wanted to ask, what do you think about the Audio Technica LP-120?

u/spladow · 1 pointr/BudgetAudiophile

TL:DR - I think that list looks good, maybe consider a vintage receiver. I hope this is helpful.

Most people around here are probably more knowledgable than I am, but I thought I'd chime in because I was looking at doing the same thing a few months ago. I looked at everything on that list when I was shopping around and they all seem like good options. I ended up buying

Audio-Technica AT-LP120 It was on sale for closer to $200 at the time, but it's about as much as a u-turn. I've been super happy with it and the wirecutter gave it a great review.

I ended up going maybe a bit overboard with my speakers and got KEF Q150's. I'm really pleased with how they sound, and they are a massive upgrade from my cheap old bookshelf speakers, but I think I would have been totally fine with the Q Acoustics, which were my second pick.

My main regret was that I bought a Sony STRDH190. It didn't sound bad or anything, but I just didn't really love the sound, and I felt it looked kind of ugly. I ended up going down the vintage receiver rabbit hole and bought a Sansui 4000. I love how it sounds, and I was able to pick one up for $150 on ebay after waiting a bit for a good option. I spent another $80 bucks getting it serviced. A warning: This is a slippery slope. I now have 2 Sansui receivers, a Kenwoood amp, the original Sony I bought, and one disgruntled girlfriend all living in a 2 bedroom apartment.

The drawback of a vintage receiver is the lack of bluetooth playing your Spotify playists. I bought a Chromecast Audio to handle that. I use Google Play music, but I think it integrates with Spotify as well.



u/PlasmaHeat · 1 pointr/vinyl

I think that the LP120 is on sale through Amazon for $225 right now, actually, let me double check. I just picked one up on Monday for $183 through Urban Outfitters because of some sale they had going on.

Edit: Here's the LP120, and it is indeed $225 through Amazon right now.

u/swordstool · 1 pointr/radiohead

This is one of the better 'cheaper' ones: link

u/hankbaumbach · 1 pointr/BuyItForLife

I just bought a pair of Behringer Truth Studio Monitors that are excellent. I believe the listed price is for just one monitor so to get two you'd need to spend around $300.

Right now, I also have an Audio Technica LP-120 connected straight into the monitors. Because the monitors are powered themselves you won't need a pre-amp or DAC but I will warn you I currently have very little volume control. (There is a +/- 6 db on the monitors themselves but that's as much volume control as you're going to get).

They are plenty loud as they are and the sound quality is excellent. I got mine used from a buddy for $150 total so I got a screaming deal but $300 for two of them is definitely going to last you a long while.

The cords are 1/4 inch cable cords like you would use to plug your guitar into your amp but they have adapters that can convert them to just about any cord you need. Before I got my record player, I had the monitors hooked straight into my TV via the adapater turning the two 1/4" cables into on Aux cord to plug in to my TV's headphone jack.

While we're on the subject of TV's sound, I would also like to suggest a sound bar I recently purchased that's in your price range. The LG I picked up from Best Buy for roughly $200 is also excellent for what I use it for. I have a desktop tower hooked up to my TV so I use the sound bar for everything from TV shows and movies to playing music and it's really great. I like the addition of the subwoofer to really drive home some of the bass sounds.

While the Truth Studio Monitors offer a great range of sound, they do not have the kind of ooomf on the low end that a subwoofer can carry. That being said, I'm satisfied enough with the monitors to not feel a pressing need to invest in a subwoofer for the time being.

u/Jarsene · 1 pointr/vinyl

Believe me, I have been. What do you think of the cheaper TT they recommend? - http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-AT-LP120-USB-Direct-Drive-Professional-Turntable/dp/B002S1CJ2Q

I looked at a few cheaper ones, but based on reviews they just seem to be made cheaply.

u/TheXypris · 1 pointr/vinyl

can someone explain the difference between the AT-LP120 and the AT-LP60 i want to upgrade my turntable from a victrola briefcase to one of them in the future, but im not sure if the LP-120 is worth the extra $200 over the LP-60, i am aware of the usb/bluetooth variants but that isnt what im asking about, also i do have speakers so im good there

u/sendmeapicofyourcat · 1 pointr/audiophile

I'm looking for comments on this simple turntable setup, first time having a whole space of my own. I live in a small studio (600 sqft), I'd like the setup to be compact but be able to fill the space as much as possible.

Based on my research, this is what I'm considering

budget (~$650):

  • Turntable: Audio-Technica AT-LP120 - $250

  • Receiver: Denon AVR-S510BT - $170 refurbished

  • Speakers: Ascend Acoustics CBM-170 SE - $350

    Total: $670 + shipping + cables

    Any comments or suggestions about this setup?

    I could get away with just an amp instead of a receiver in this setup, but the bluetooth streaming feels like a handy feature, and I don't know if there's a really good amp in that price range that would be better.
u/RunningDrummer · 1 pointr/MyChemicalRomance

Depending on how much you're willing to spend, this Audio Technica is what I use and it's one of the best turntables I've ever had. There's a port in the back for USB connection cables, too. The only downside is that you need a receiver, speakers, and possibly a receiver. Definitely not on the cheap side once all is said and done.

u/Shigfu · 1 pointr/vinyl

Just my two cents: I've been using a Numark TTUSB for a while now and I'm consistently impressed with how well it works. I'm planning on upgrading the cartridge eventually but I see nothing wrong with this turntable. Also I think the next one I buy will be this one: http://www.amazon.com/Technica-ATLP120-Professional-Turntable-USB/dp/tech-data/B002S1CJ2Q/ref=de_a_smtd

I know everyone seems to be dead set against USB turntables and so forth, but I guess I'm just not enough of an audiophile to care.

u/brumoeller · 1 pointr/Music

Audio Technica AT-LP120

Hight quality turntable at a reasonable cost. Check out the reviews

I've had this one for about 2 years and I love it.

u/jeromyrb · 1 pointr/vinyl

Just curious, what's the opinion on a slightly higher end model for this brand, the ATLP120? I've been looking around at turntables online; these are rated pretty high on Amazon, but I'm sure everyone here has a more educated opinion.

u/Massasauga · 1 pointr/vinyl

I was in the exact same place you are now bout two months ago. I instead spent a little more money for this one: http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-ATLP120-Professional-Turntable/dp/B002S1CJ2Q/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1331855554&sr=8-1

It is more expensive but amazon is free shipping and it has substantially more benefits like a quartz direct drive setup, weighted toning arm, anti-skating and more. It's also quite heavy so their are no vibrations.

also, it will play ANY record type

u/rnienke · 1 pointr/vinyl

Ah... new would probably be the way to go with your timing.

As far as the rest of the setup is concerned, are you going to use the speakers/amp for other purposes or solely for listening to vinyl? If you want to use the setup for movies/games then I can help with a few suggestions to get that done.


Right now I'm thinking the AT LP-120 for the TT, which leaves you about $250 for the rest of the setup.

You could get a phono pre-amp and some AE speakers, or go with a full-featured receiver and some bookshelf speakers depending on what your intended purposes will be.

u/Petter05 · 1 pointr/radiohead

I was thinking on this:

u/Wolfwags · 1 pointr/trees

This? $250 is kind of steep, any thoughts on buying used?

u/pussyonapedestal · 1 pointr/hiphopheads

Get this LP120

Vinyl is an expensive hobby but i would not recommend anything less than this. If it's not in your budget then start saving up.

The lp120 is essential everything in one. It's expensive but it's the least expensive i would ever recommend to anyone.

Remember this golden rule.

Less than 200$? Fucking trash.

u/LivingLifeless9 · 1 pointr/vinyl

Save $40 more and buy a Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB, your budget is close enough and the LP120 will last you for a good while. You wont have to worry searching for parts on your vintage table if it decides to stop working.
Of course you could always find this used somewhere, and save some cash.

[Edit] - Adding link for reference

You then can save a bit more after that and buy a decent cartridge as upgrade.

u/Jeanviper · 1 pointr/vinyl

jesus why is this so expensive? I picked mine up for 250, very confused ?


u/GROBBLEDONGS · 1 pointr/audiophile

Budget: $1000

My friend is starting from scratch and wants an analogue and digital stereo system for a large, converted garage. He is willing to do a bit of room treatment.

Music is the focus of the system, but it will also be used with TV/Movies/Videogames. I was thinking the easiest way to do digital sources is to run them through the TV with an optical out into the DAC.

I've done some preliminary research so I'll list the components that I was looking at below, but feel free to make suggestions about those components as well.

Turntable: I was thinking the Audio Technica AT-LP120BK-USB would be a good starter since it has an internal phono pre-amp but could upgrade to an external pre-amp later. $250

Phono Pre-amp: Not needed with AT-LP120 $0

DAC: Schiit Modi 2 Uber It's reasonably priced, has optical and USB in and has a 2 year warranty, plus I dig the company (I power my LCD-X with the Schiit Lyr 2). $150

Amplifier: The amp should have two inputs. Remote functionality would probably be preferred, but not necessary. $???

It's a good sized room so size isn't a big factor. $???

Room Treatment: I don't know how much treating the room will cost. Maybe it would be better to spend money on the components and save up to do some room treatment? $???

u/rarelyserious · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I bought my father this one for Father's Day. It's pretty awesome.

u/Eihwaz · 1 pointr/Muse

You can also go for a "used" one.

My pioneer cost me like 20$, it's from the late 80's, and it's a beast.

'Course, you gotta know which ones are good and which are bad..Just saying :)

As long as you don't buy one without a counterweight, should be decent

This was the go-to "new" one for a while, maybe it still is now.

u/BeardedAlbatross · 1 pointr/BudgetAudiophile

The Mod Team decided to place a more structured post on Black Friday deals. A lot of people are already invested in this thread so I will just sticky this here. Deals at some of the major retailers are likely to come and go often so it will be impossible to have this be fully accurate 100% of the time. If you have any deals you want to see in this sticky post feels free to message me(I WILL miss plenty of deals), otherwise you are still free to post below of course. Lastly, these are just good deals off of MSRP and I will generally post regardless of whatever personal thoughts I have on X, Y, or Z product. I will shortly add a few more categories beyond speakers.


Pioneer BS22 for $58 at Frys if you have a coupon code

Sony SSCS5 for $73 a PAIR on Amazon

Klipsch R-14M for $99 a PAIR on Amazon, Klipsch R-15M for $125 a PAIR on Amazon and Best Buy

Jamo C-103 for $129 a PAIR at Amazon KILLER Deal

Fluance Signature Series Bookshelf for $150 a PAIR on Amazon and Fluance. Keep watch for $99.

JBL LSR305 for $99 EACH on Amazon. At BH Photo same price but free isolation pads and no taxes outside of New York!

ELAC Debut B4 for $130 a PAIR on Amazon and ELAC B6 for $200 a PAIR on Amazon

Kef Q100 for $250 a PAIR from KefDirect

ELAC UB5 for $350 a PAIR on Amazon

Monolith K-BAS $180 EACH from Monoprice

Focal Super Bird for $250 a PAIR (BOGO) on Accessories4Les

Ascend Acoustics CBM-170SE for $330 a PAIR from Ascend and CMT-340SE for $548 a PAIR from Ascend

HSU CCB-8 Coaxial Speakers starting at $420 EACH or $764 a PAIR from HSU Research

JBL Studio 590 for $475 EACH direct from Harman Ebay. KILLER deal on these towers.

KEF LS50 for $999 a PAIR on Amazon and KEF Direct


BIC Acoustech PL-200 II for $250 from Amazon

SVS SB12-NSD for $400 from SVS Sound

SVS PB12-NSD for $500 from SVS Sound

Rythmik L12 for $509 from Ascend Acoustics and Rythmik Audio

HSU VTF-2 MK5 for $574 from HSU Research


Sony STRDH130 Stereo Receiver for $85 on Amazon and Newegg

Denon AVR-S530BT refurb for $150 from Accessories4Less. Cheapest HDR-ready receiver you'll find out there.

Really you should check Accessories4Less.com if you're fine with good deals on Refurbished equipment.

Source Devices:
HIFIMAN MegaMini High-Res Music Player for $99 from HifiMan

Audio Technica LP-120 Turntable for $229 on Amazon


Audio Technica MSR7 for $150 on Amazon

HifiMan HE400i for $219 from HifiMan

Monolith M560 for $150 from Monoprice and Monolith M1060 for $250 from Monoprice

Sites to Look At Outside of the typical Walmart, Best Buy, and Amazon here are some sites worth checking out for Black Friday deals:

RBH.com (Specifically their sales page is a bit of a goldmine)


KEFdirect.com (if you want to “evade” sales tax and check out the whole lineup)


AcousticSoundDesign.com (Website ain’t the nicest but some great packages)

u/mtimber1 · 1 pointr/turntables

this is what I have.

Plenty of people have the AT-LP120. It's a really good entry level table because it's fairly mid range in the long run. It comes with everything you'll need (besides amp and speakers) to enjoy your vinyl right out of the box, and with a few mods/upgrades makes quite a nice unit. It's very user friendly and I have had this for years without any issues or doing any maintenance other than cleaning dust off of it.

u/Nokjaw · 1 pointr/vinyl

Hi, first time poster here. I'm about to pull the trigger on my first turntable setup, but I feel I need to check in with the helpful people on this sub with the equipment I'm thinking of buying and whether or not its all compatible. Other things like isolation pads for the speakers, better record sleeves, a cork matt, a record brush, gram scale, and a cleaning kit are accounted for. Are any of those things unnecessary?

The following is strictly the hardware. I've been torn between two different set-ups however.

SET-UP 1: Audio Technica AT-LP120 ($299) & the Micca PB42X Powered Bookshelf Speakers ($120). TOTAL: About $419

SET-UP 2: Audio Technica AT-LP120 ($299), Micca MB42 Passive Speakers ($60), and the Yamaha R-S201BL 2-Channel Stereo Receiver ($130) TOTAL: About $489

I'm also unsure about adding a subwoofer for I don't know if one is essential or just a nice thing to include for the complete package. My eye is on this one: Pioneer SW-8MK2 100-Watt Powered Subwoofer ($160)

Any and all advice is much appreciated.

u/alwaysnvr · 1 pointr/audiophile

Hey guys, first proper audio setup being planned.

I have an Audio Technica LP120 and this Wharfedale Power Cube 10+ Subwoofer- Photo

Looking to get some floorstanding speakers and an amplifier for this living space

Not looking for the loudest setup but want some quality HiFi gear. Also want to be able to play from my phone at times.

Budget for speakers and amp- hoping not to spend more than 600-700AUD all up if possible.

Or am I better off with some active monitors instead?

Thanks in advance!

u/HonkeyKongVT · 1 pointr/vinyl

If you are dead set on new stuff, the AT-LP120 paired with the Audioengine A2+ set

You could definitely pick up a killer vintage system with a $500 budget, but it all depends on the amount of time and space you have to invest.

u/MrsRedBull · 1 pointr/nin

I've had the older version of this turn table for around 12 years now. Still works perfectly, no issues.

Then, to start, you can go


Moving around a lot lately, and living in apartments, I've gotten rid of all of my "nicer" gear and have been using this exact set up for a few months.

u/SmashedSqwurl · 1 pointr/CFBOffTopic

I got a 1970s Craig turntable from Ebay for $44, paired that with an entry level Behringer preamp that cost $27, and hooked it up to a Raspberry Pi 2 B ($35) with a Cirrus Logic audio card ($40, but it's discontinued now :/), giving me a networked FLAC streaming record player for a total cost of $146.

The most commonly recommended USB turntable that doesn't suck is $300.

My setup isn't audiophile grade by any means, but it sounds good to me and cost way less than anything comparable.

Edit: fixed link

u/BrotherBodhi · 1 pointr/Jcole

There is literally no point in purchasing an album on vinyl if you're going to play it on a Crosley. You won't be able to hear any of the superior sound quality that vinyl provides and you'll only end up damaging your record anyways because Crosley record players do not have an adjustable counter weight and apply far too much pressure to the needle.

u/themcgician · 0 pointsr/battlestations

shot in the dark, but it looks like this

u/SMaddox50 · -1 pointsr/vinyl

A about $250 bucks you can get this. It is worth the money trust me.