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He isn't joking about those speakers. I have the same pair, got them from Amazon. (Of course) They sound incredible for $130 bucks.
I ended up buying a set of these speakers. They have two analog lines in, optical, and bluetooth. There's a remote, so you don't need to lean forward five inches to adjust the volume.
I used the optical from my desktop, and analog from my laptop (via 3.5mm to L/R RCA cable). Worked without fiddling.
My new desktop doesn't have optical out, so I connected the speaker-out from my monitor, so whatever device is on the monitor gets line 1 (displayport/hdmi audio), line 2 is the laptop directly (since sometimes I use it without the monitor).
They don't have a headphone out themselves, though. I was lucky that I only use my headphones on my gaming computer, and they're USB. So I plug them in when I need them, and unplug them when I don't.
I had to go back and check which model I got. I bought these and I love them. Don't let their semi-small size fool you - they sound BIG. They pump out a lot of volume and a lot of bass for their size. I'm not really an audiophile so I didn't sit there and compare them to any Klipsch models or anything, but I'd say you get a lot of bang for your buck.
You're very welcome. These are the speakers I picked after doing some research. Imo they're affordable, sound awesome, and look stylish. They have multiple different inputs including Bluetooth and have a remote so you can easily switch between playing from your phone, turntable, TV, etc.
Ok, made my first purchase to get my setup going. Starting with the LP-120 and it’s onboard preamp, I ordered these:
Edifier R1280DB Powered Bluetooth Bookshelf Speakers - Optical Input - Wireless Studio Monitors - 4 Inch Near Field Speaker - 42w RMS - Wood Grain (Wood) [link]
Plus a record cleaning gadget, a Turntable Lab rubber/cork mat, an Audio Quest brush and a bunch of Diskeeper inner sleeves in both 10 and 12 inch.
I’d like to add a headphone amp and some nice headphones eventually. And upgrade the cart. And kill the preamp.
Anybody have experience with these speakers?
Reviews look pretty good. I'm a complete newbie to vinyl, and I'll admit that a lot of the draw here is they look nice and will integrate well into my home (and go with my turntable) and that it has bluetooth so when I'm not using my turntable I can still play music from my phone to them.
This is it chief (edifier)
I assume you want them to not be deep since you're putting them against a wall, so that doesn't leave you with a whole lot of options, since most speakers have rear ports. These are front ported though so you're good.
If you're feeling weird, you can make this pair of Passive Aggressive speakers as well.
If going with a U-Turn Orbit, check out the custom option. You will probably want to add the $40 cue lever now or add it later for $40 plus $2 shipping. Skip the internal phono pre-amp and get the external for $20 more. Besides external being the better preferred option you can sell it later if you ever upgrade.
There are many other less costly starter speaker options, you don't need to buy a package from U-turn or a package anywhere else.
Most all turntables worth buying can upgrade to a better cart/stylus later. One upgrade option the U-turn has is from the MDF platter to acrylic for $90.
Check out the newer and with better specs Fluance RT82 Reference Turntable with Ortofon Super OM10 $300 or RT83 Reference Turntable with Ortofon 2M Red Cartridge $350. Both have an optical sensor speed controlled motor for lower wow and flutter and speed variation and include a cue lever. Fluance plans to sell the acrylic platter as an upgrade sometime soon, probably after they can restock enough of the out of stock $500 RT85 that includes the acrylic platter.
A popular upgrade from sub $100 turntables or the $100 AT-LP60 is the AT-LP120. The newest version is the AT-LP120XUSB $250, $50 less than the previous version since it removes some pro features that are not absolutely needed for entry level home listening anyway and hopefully has an improved internal pre-amp and bypass switch.
2) Yes, a used turntable can get you the most value and quality. Check out vintage direct drive. Yes, buy a turntable and whatever speaker setup you like.
3) Some other phono pre-amps besides the U-Turn Pluto $100, is the Pro-Ject Phono Box DC $100, NAD Electronics PP 2e refurbished $120, Schitt Mani $130, or the much loved Cambridge Solo $180.
Some lowest budget options for speakers for starting out which you can later upgrade from:
Better amp/receiver options:
Paired with some passive bookshelf speakers:
Speaker wire: Pure Copper Oxygen Free 16 Gauge Speaker Wire 50 ft. and self adjusting wire strippers.
Speaker Stands: Dayton Audio SSMB24 or Monoprice Glass and Audio Advisor, most also available at Amazon.
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I got my wife this one for Christmas. Whoa, mama! We were in the same boat as dgodwin1 and only had one LP before ordering Look Alive as her totally-worth-waiting-for companion present. We got the Bluetooth version of this entry level Audio Technica model and have been totally happy with it.
I spent $130 on the LP60BT, ***AND*** it came with a baked-in pre-amp. My mother-in-law got us these Edifier bookshelf speakers that sound totally awesome for another $130.
So, if you want to take the vinyl plunge, I'm here to tell you that you can do it very easily for under $300. The only problem is "once you pop, you can't stop." Like I said, we had a single LP in December, and here it is late March: we're up to just over 100 records, including Look Alive, Evermotion, and Lost and Gone Forever!
For a new system that is nearly impossible, if you want it to sound good.
Check these out on Amazon -
Edifier R1280DB, 2xAux, Optical Coaxial, Bluetooth, Remote Control - $99/pr -
Check the specs. This would sound good within the limits of its size and price.
Make sure you get the "...DB" model and not the "T".
This would require you to buy an additional Phono Equalization Pre-amp. These run close to $100, but if you are desperate you can get them significantly cheaper.
You will find several here in the roughly $25 to $50 range -
I suspect on the very low end the Pyle and the Behringer are pretty good ... all things considered -
We can get into more specifics on that later.
Here is a more standard Phono Pre-Amp - ~$78 -
The above speakers have TWO Aux (Aux and PC) Input. So one could go to the turntable, and one could go to your PC. Optical could be used for standard TV, or if your computer has an Optical or Coaxial Output, those input could be used for to connect the computer.
Check on the existing Turntable and see it has a Line-Phono Switch on the back. If so that implies that it has a Phono Pre-Amp built in.
No. You need amplification of the line out signal. The Sony HCD-GX45 wanst great to begin with since it is a stereo in a box mini system. A full sized used or new stereo or AV receiver will be best, or a mini amp. Which brand and model towers are you trying to power?
If you want a minimal setup, get powered speakers. Some pricier models have a USB DAC built in.
Powered speakers: Edifier R1280T, Fluance Ai40, are 2 good examples.
With USB DAC, Peachtree Audio M25, Vanatoo Transparent Zero.
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So I'm getting into vinyls and everything for my apartment and need advice with purchasing equipment. So I already but the LP60 (bluetooth model), and the Edifier R1280DB. However I'm thinking of exchanging to the AT LP3 because I want something automatic. Now here is where I need some advice. At times I want to switch from speakers to my headphones (Bose QC35) to for late night study sessions and not wanting to bother roommates. Right now through the LP60 I can easily switch from speakers to Bluetooth but I do realize how much quality is being lost from playing vinyl over bluetooth . So I was thinking to exchange my player to the Lp3 and get a headphone amplifier (such as the magni 3). Now here is my question would there be a loss of quality if I use like this Aux switcher to be able to easily switch between my headphones and speaker? Now if there is any other way someone who has insight in another way I can go I can easily exchange any of the stuff I have already bought.
Thanks appreciate the help
Assuming your motherboard has an optical audio out, you need:
1) stereo speakers with an integrated DAC and bass control: Edifier R1280DB
2) an optical switcher with three inputs (one to the speakers, one to the headphones, and one free for an eventual 3rd device) and a remote control to switch between the different inputs
3) (optional) a cheap DAC if your headphones don't have one.
I use these. They’re powered so you won’t need an amp. Bluetooth is nice too.
I'm not sure I understood everything but since you don't have the space for 5.1 wouldn't it be cheaper and easier to simply use bookshelf speakers with and optical input with the optical audio switcher? With 3 optical inputs, you can plug your PC, the Roku and there's still one free. Those speakers also have 2 analog inputs for 2 more analog devices.
I'm looking into purchasing speakers for my Rega Planar 2 and these Edifier R1280DB speakers are on sale on Amazon.
These are powered speakers, so I won't need an amplifier, and they have the proper cable inputs. I couldn't find anything that says anything about an included Phono Stage though, but I did see it here included in a turntable bundle, so I'm not sure.
Anyone have any information on these speakers? Also, do these sound nice? Thanks.
Edit: Found these Edifier R1280T speakers. I believe these do have the Phono Stage pre-amplifier included so I might get these with a little more research.
How about "D, none of the above"?
If I can't convince you to buy a passive setup instead, then at your price point, buy a set of Edifier R1280DB.
If you don't have the speakers yet, you could get powered speakers with an optical input and remote control. Probably Edifier.
So as mentioned, this is my first set up so I've gone simple and basic. Automatic Turntable, active speakers.
Specifically, we have an LP-120- with all stock parts.
The speakers are fairly cheap edifiers. Having paid a bit more to get an LP-120 over a more basic option, I had to save on the speakers. That's ok- once I upgrade, these ones will be perfect for my PC.
I will in the near year consider upgrades, but as it stands I am happy with this basic, beginer set up. It's still miles better in quality then anything I've owned before.
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First of all they're way overpriced, yes at 29.99. they have one driver no tweeters and are pretending to be something they're not. Logitech speakers are crap and not worth your money. If you spend that much on your setup why not buy some entry-level speakers at least.
These are very recommended for the price. Try r/budgetaudiophile for more advanced info.