meatballfulton wrote:For sampling, highest audio quality often is not a concern so a $100 Numark is a good choice for studio ripping from LPs.
For serious listening, the Technics 1200 isn't a great choice although for DJing it is the gold standard.
I'll warn you as a longtime record collector with thousands of LPs that the hype about vinyl sound is based on high-end rigs. Unless you're blowing $1000+ on a table, cartridge and phono preamp you'll get better sound from CDs minus the snap, crackle and pop not to mention dealing with off-center pressings, warping and other goodies. Like it or not, CD audio (even cheap CD audio) trumps cheap analog audio every time.
garranimal wrote:I've got a Stanton T.50X belt-drive and it's good for sampling. Couple of other cost things to think about:
- must. have. good. cartridge! I went for a nice Shure, good audio range, very nice.
- and not forgetting a good phono pre-amp, or direct box. Some break-out audio interfaces have this built-in.
nogginj wrote:check it:
a tech 1200 is a good all around table. it sounds good, it last long, you will pay for it.
it is a classic turntable in the sense that you NEED a phono preamp. do not confuse this with regular old preamp as a phono preamp also applies a very specific eq curve to compensate for the one that is applied when cutting a record.
most older turntables need a preamp - a dj mixer has preamps built in, so that's an option.
some newer turntable have preamps built in. usb tables for instance, do. usually these have a switch to flip between line and phono - so you can still plug it in like a regular table.
the t.92 is usb so no you dont need a preamp. you can always upgrade the needle cartridge later on those.
there are a bojillion things to consider and complicate the process of getting a table, so i suggest just picking a price range and going with it. or just 'letting one come to you' (family members often have attics).
personally, i would recommend going used and checking thrift stores / garage sales / craigslist - find a nice quality table and the either a phono preamp or an integrated amplifier with a phono input - for way less money you can often get much more quality than even a new 'cheap' model like those stantons/numarks/ions. just gotta check the needles on these or plan on replacing.
the main difference is the shape of the needle and the bass response afaik. the dj cartridge is circilar shaped (as apposed to the eliptical shaped norman cartridge) and provides a bass boost (Bass response being a weak point as far as vinyls are concerned). you would want to use a dj cartridge for, djing obviously, but also if you want to use the vinyl for any drum sounds that would benefit from having that characteristic (breakbeats for instance). You would not want a dj cartraige to appreciate a nice beetles or pink flloyd record or the like in conjunction with a high fi system.Don T wrote:Find a good Ortofon cartridge/stylus combination for it, NOT one of the Ortofon DJ cartridges. Trust me, there is a HUGE difference.