are you using the stock cartridge / stylus still? it's best to use a scale such as this (https://www.amazon.com/Neoteck-Digital-Turntable-Backlight-Cartridge/dp/B01HRJ9NAY/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=vertical+tracking+force+gauge&qid=1626806729&sr=8-2) to put correct force on the stylus. i tend to set the anti-skate around the same level as the VTF (vertical tracking force).
is the stylus in good shape? perhaps some damage there is causing your issue?
can you post a pic of your stylus?
What about the speakers?
An alternative to the automatic AT-LP60 is the manual 1byOne turntable.
Then a budget for speakers instead of a stylus and mat upgrade.
The blue stylus can be added later when the white stylus wears out and it's time to replace it.
The acrylic mat can be added later too if the felt mat is really not working.
OP could get away with $220 for the setup with an Audio Technica LP60 and Edifier R1280T
I agree that spending that money on headphones would give more bang for the buck in terms of audio fidelity but its possible for OP to get started building a collection with affordable equipment and upgrade
So, there are two pieces to this. You have the cartrdige and the stylus. The cartridge looks to be a standard ½" mount, which means you have a lot of choices. The cartrdige will come with a stylus on it.
Everything will depend on your budget.
One common budget choice is the Audio Technica AT-VM95E which goes for $70 on Amazon right now:
Prices are inflated now because of COVID.
If you gave us a budget, we could recommend more.
I have the RT81 currently hooked up to these Edifier speakers. Work great and extremely easy to set up.
Just buy this and save yourself tons of time and energy:
Neoteck Digital Turntable Stylus Force Scale Gauge 0.01g/5.00g Blue LCD Backlight for Tonearm Phono Cartridge https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01HRJ9NAY/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apip_MMxco9SnOhzse
i'd get some isolation pads for those speakers if they can't be placed on a different surface than the tt; they're very cheap and will make a difference!
Without an amplifier, you're going to need active speakers. Something like this setup: https://www.amazon.com/Edifier-R1700BT-Bluetooth-Bookshelf-Speakers/dp/B016PATXSI. There's also a PreSonus Eris set at 99 and a few other options if you dig around. If you're willing to go up a few more bucks, you can get into some pretty nice studio monitors.
Definitely man! Some people can be asshole about it. You can move them or get a pair of these that will help tremendously.
Studio Monitor Isolation Pads, Suitable for 5" inch Speakers, High-Density Acoustic Foam for Significant Sound Improvement, Prevent Vibrations and Fits most Stands - 2 Pads https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DCQW156/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_TWMZJ6K874C6G81ZEEYJ?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
I believe you cannot replace the stylus on it but the turntable is a good price so it's good to get use out of the installed stylus and once it has had a good run you will be ready to invest in a higher grade TT that allows you to replace and upgrade as you please.
What speakers do you use? I have the Edifier 1280DB which are some of the best in its budget class and support Bluetooth (I don't use this feature but it's nice to have available):
I like these inter sleeves
Mofi is good also.
I would use either one’s outer sleeves also.
If the aux input is a 3.5mm "headphone" jack then get a 3.5mm to rca audio cord, make sure turntable preamp is on or set to "Line". Hook them up and make sure the speaker is set to play from aux. Like this https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XFQNFSS
Looks like a good deal to me! You will need a new headshell as well as a cartridge as u/mayn1 said.
The AT VM95E is supposed to be a great choice and is easily upgradeable wkth different styli as u/mayn1 also said.
I really like my Nagaoka MP-110 though. Very detailed and low sibilance when aligned correctly. It does an exceptional job of reproducing woody/rich timbres like those produced by woodwind instruments or some drums.
That needs the whole headshell and the cartridge from what I can see.
I believe a standard headshell will work on that so the audio-technica should work. The green is great for the price and the cartridge or even just the stylus can be easily upgraded.
UK built Rega Planar 1 £249 is easy setup plug and play.
The Pro-Ject Debut Carbon DC £279 adds adjustable anti-skate and a better cartridge.
Or look for a used UK Rega Planar 2 or Planar 3.
And automatic play and stop fucked out...it was drop the needle with such force it shocked itself and reset, like someone bumped it, and would return the tone arm to the rest position...and often with drop there with same force t got stuck in a loop clicking on and off and on and off
regrading non-Bluetooth around the same price, these are meant to pretty solid
Anything else I can think of/really recommend is starting to get into the $400+ range.
Definitely go for the second option:
This is a cartridge that will actually work with any modern day phono pre-amp. Rather important since otherwise you won't be able to enjoy it... This Fisher is a reasonably good turntable and deserves the AT-VM95E.
Safe. The RT82 should have included 2 ground wires in case you also needed to ground the preamp to the speaker amp as well as the turntable to external phono stage preamp.
Or some powered speaker setups need a ground loop isolater that may or may not work instead of the ground wire solution which is working for you.
So they make RCA to speaker wire adapters like these.
You should be able to just use regular passive speakers that way.
The RT81 is not worth buying since the new improved RT82 for $50 more adds a $100+ increase in performance and components since it adds the new optical sensor speed controlled servo motor for much lower wow and flutter and speed variation and the speed won't drift like it can on the RT81 since the RT82 optical sensor monitors the speed 400 times a second.
Pass on the RT83 since the cartridge is not any better.
Or also instead of the RT81:
Audio-Technica AT-LPW40WN $299 has the same speed sensor motor as the RT82, adds a basic built in phono stage preamp, but does not have auto stop.
Crosley C10 $291 is designed by Pro-ject, see the Pro-ject tonearm on it, and is basically an Essential III for lower cost.
MPK Turntable with the white AT stylus is at least better than cheaper suitcase turntables with the cheap red stylus.
Or the 1byOne is a bit better.
Without the Amazon tracker code that the auto mod bot removes: https://www.amazon.com/Neoteck-Digital-Turntable-Backlight-Cartridge/dp/B01HRJ9NAY
If low on budget you could start with a basic AT3600 $22 and upgrade later.
Or start with the AT-VM95E $69 cartridge and upgrade the stylus to VM95EN or VM95ML later.
That's a STEREO preamp. You're missing a PHONO preamp.
How do you control the volume of both speakers? Nobsound MC2 is an option.
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How so better?
Q-UP Tonearm Lifter $is $29. Check the compatible turntable list.
Or leaving the stylus running in the run out groove for minutes to an hour won't hurt anything. Even 10 hours may only reduce stylus life by 1%.
Or if falling asleep to it every night then connect the turntable to a smart outlet to cut the power to the turntable after you fall asleep.
I would look for one that takes a 1/2 inch cartridge. There are not a lot of "p mount" cartridge options available. There is a debate between belt drive and direct drive. Not sure it matters. I have owned and thoroughly enjoyed both. It is easy to find a belt on ebay. Just read the reviews of anything you decide on. For example I got a Technics SL-B202 (belt drive) one time and the motor was noisy as hell. Replaced it and that motor was noisy as hell. I would make sure it has anti-skate and that it works. True audiophiles will tell you that full manual is the way to go, but auto return is a God send in my opinion. You dont want to wake up on the couch to hear you stylus rubbing against the label.
This preamp works just fine.
Pyle Phono Turntable Preamp - Mini Electronic Audio Stereo Phonograph Preamplifier with RCA Input, RCA Output & Low Noise Operation Powered by 12 Volt DC Adapter (PP444) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004HJ1TTQ/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_fabc_DQJNSNY4YV30C5NDXVET
I have this one and am very happy with it others scoff
Fosi Audio Phono Preamp for Turntable Preamplifier MM Phonograph Preamplifier with Gain Gear Mini Stereo Audio Hi-Fi Pre-Amplifier for Record Player with DC 12V Power Supply Box X2 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07XNTHHBP/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_fabc_FQAY4DVCNVJ2XN53H7CA
A while ago I think discogs did a mat comparison and this one won out.
I had it on my SL-B3 and really liked it.
An Audio-Technica AT-LP60 variant can be had for $120 at Amazon.
You don't need much money to get a nice starter turntable, if you feel more comfortable buying new.
Do you want powered speakers as in plug in play. Powered bookshelf speakers don’t need a receiver or pre amp with that turntable. Many recommend these powered speakers for good to start with.
I use this on my Rega P2, works like a charm. I too sometimes like to be able to forget a record is on: https://www.amazon.co.uk/UP-Automatic-Tonearm-Lifter/dp/B008OAMD26/ref=sr\_1\_1?dchild=1&keywords=Q+Up&qid=1625621577&sr=8-1
I use drum dampener gel pads. Basically the same material as the Zerodust, but much cheaper.
Place gel pad on platter. Lower stylus onto pad, then raise it up. Repeat. The tackiness of the gel will pull off the debris on the stylus and not leave any residue. Been using this same set of gel pads for over 5 years.
For better bass and treble you could upgrade and replace both the Victrola and HP speakers with some better Dayton-Audio-B652-AIR speakers.
Then optionally a better amp too Nobsound G3 2 Channel Bluetooth Amp $55 that adds bass and treble controls.
Those are all decent enough entry level stereo receivers to start with. The Onkyo is probably the best of the 3 if it is available and still not sold out or discontinued.
You can add a digital optical input for the TV to any receiver without it by connected a $20 Fiio D3 DAC to the receiver.
Same for Bluetooth if you buy a used stereo receiver or integrated amp without it and you want to add Bluetooth.
Get a couple of wall brackets and boom you have improved your sound and space isn't as much of an issue. https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B004DCAOHK/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_i_7EXX78TW74GKTKANEY32
I have these for my rear speakers in my tv Room.
ANGELS-HORN is a bit better than what you listed.
Better a bit over budget, Audio-Technica LPW30TK.
Ah if not stylus replacement then a new AT-VM95E or Ortofon Super OM10 is just as good and $20 less than the newer version 2M Red.
Or what is the rest of your setup to match the quailty too, phono, amp, speakers?
The AT-VM95E catridge on that table will work with an AT-VM stylus. I can't recommend the AT-ML95ML more highly.
I was a HUGE upgrade. It got rid of all inner groove distortion.
It's an easy way to upgrade your stylus without needing to re-align anything.
This one you mean? Looks also solid to me but for all TT that offer bluetooth or USB, I wouldnt really buy them because of that feature as the sound quality might be underwhelming.
This AT-VM95E/H is a solid cart that comes pre-setup on a headshell. You can easily upgrade the stylus for better performance down the line.
Upgraded versions are the AT-VM95(EN, ML, or SH).
Fluance RT82 - $300
Sony STRDH190 Receiver (w/ Phono-PreAmp) - $168
CANTON Chrono 502.2 6" Bookshelf Speaker - $350
Comes in under $800. This system will sound SO GOOD!. These Canton speakers are really great, especially for the price.
I don't think you'll be able to get anything decent in the $200-$250 range, completely new. There are plenty of turntables in that range, but you're going to need a pre-amp, amp and speakers.
If you're on a budget, then I would say buy a used receiver that has a phono input. There are used ones on Craigslist, Offerup and Facebook Marketplace for well under $50.00. You can usually find them in thrift stores for $10 sometimes.
For speakers, these Sonys come highly regarded for the price:
For new turntables, you're probably going for an Audio-Technica AT-LP60X.
The #1 way to improve the sound quality on a turntable is to replace/upgrade the cartridge. The AT-LP60X does not give you that option. It has a built in cartrdige. To get a turntable that has a cartridge you can replace, you'll probably need to spend close to $200 on a turntable, if you go new.
So, if you find you want to get better sound, you'll need to replace the turntable somewhere down the road.
I have this and I love it. People rail on it because it is not a true tube amp, but it definitely made a difference over the pyle amp I had.
With these tubes
Those are your audio cables. The spade end wire, is your GND, which gets screwed to the GND end on the phono input on the amp.
The other two are the R/L audio, those plug into the RCA connectors on the phono input, match the color on the cable to the color on the input.
You'll want something like this:
Note I didn't put much effort into the link. Make sure the description shows your model number of turntable.
Built in phono stage preamp is internally grounded.
Powered speakers can have hum and ground loops of their own. Ground Loop Isolator may or may not help.
To reduce phone wobble, I used something like this inexpensive center spindle record weights to center place my phone:
A 45 rpm adapter would also work just as well.
I agree about using the W&F readouts as a ballpark estimate because there are way too many factors to contribute to the bad numbers, but still OP’s readouts are almost 5x the normal.
This app was able to give me a 100% accuracy readout on my quartz-controlled direct drive TT — reading of 33.33 RPM with no variations for as long as the platter is spinning. And I can verify by disengaging and engaging the quart lock. So it’s good enough for me.
I feel your pain, I tried a couple before settling on this one. It’s a real cheap kit but gives me RGB, Bluetooth control from my phone app and a really cool customizable music mode among other features. For an under $20 solution I’d recommend it to anyone. Amazon LED Kit
Youll also need to get plastic/ricepaper sleeves to store your records in order to keep them clean. Here's what I use.
Anti-static inner sleeves like these are the best. Paper sleeves can lightly scratch your records and cover them with dust.
If you want to get serious about preserving your vinyl, I would recommend researching record cleaning methods as well.
Amazon Germany is offering at a lower price:
You can start with an inexpensive phono stage preamp such as the PP400 or PP500 that are around the same quality as the one in the LP120X and then optionally upgrade to a better one later if you already have or well get better than basic entry level speakers.
I have the Debut Carbon Evo, your turntable is about 2 lb heavier than mine. This is the organizer I picked up from Amazon, and I haven't noticed any stability issues as of yet. It is made from particle board. Not sure what difference the two pounds will make, but this one has been great for me so far *shrugs
I got the RT85 a couple weeks ago and had some issues with the cartridge scraping the record (only a couple records and only at the beginning).
The issue was at least partly related to less than ideal setup, and I had the same concerns as you in terms of the tonearm balance.
So I bought a digital scale to help set the tonearm, which led me to raising it up a little bit more to get it exactly right (the target 1.8g setting is actually more like 1.6g with the digital scale). And now it's working great!
I got this this one, which was only $15. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01HRJ9NAY/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Technolink TCC TC-750LC $49 has adjustable gain, also available at Amazon, seems to have better gain than the too much gain in the Art DJ Pre.
They will take unbalanced inputs. I have a pair. They have a 1/4" jack on the back for unbalanced. All you need is a 1/4" to RCA cable.
The one real "problem" with them is that they have a gain knob in the back. You're suppposed to set it and forget it. So, you need some kind of inline volume knob/preamp to go with them. I bought a cheap one that has RCA in and out from Amazon.
I mounted it under my desk. It was very convenient.
This is where I got mine. Viborg LP190H LP Vinyl Record Clamp 6.7 Ounce,Durable & Stylish HiFi Disc Stabilizer,Aluminum Record Weight with Turntable Level & Protective Pad https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07F9HPF8D/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glc_fabc_S.96Fb8BSYZM4
I use these for my turntable. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07K9ZYP84/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_fabc_WTo3Fb5DD0AXJ
And added legs to my stereo cabinet. Now my toddler can run freely while I listen to records without any issues.
You can purchase the AT VM-95e cart with stylus installed on an AT headshell that was mentioned above from Amazon for $79 USD all as one unit. Then you won't have to worry about attaching the new cart to the headshell or with screwing with any of the headshell wires. This cart then allows you to upgrade the stylus in the future without having to change the cartridge ever. Really good value. Here is the Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-AT-VM95E-Turntable-Headshell-Cartridge/dp/B07JLX1JZ7/ref=sr_1_4?dchild=1&keywords=audio+technica+vm95e&qid=1606757796&s=electronics&sr=1-4
The Debut III S Audiophile has a better aluminum tonearm than the lighter than it should be carbon fiber tonearm on the Debut Carbon.
The PickIt 25 A cartridge on the Debut III S Audiophile is an updated OM10 cartridge that was already a bit better than the newer version 2M Red cartridge on the Debut Carbon.
No, because it lacks an analog input.
If you are sticking to Amazon (I didn't notice you were in Canada until now) then this might be the cheapest with good performance:
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If you have inexpensive basic headphones, TNP Headphones Amplifier.
Philips Fidelio X2HR
I was choosing between those two and ended up with the Fidelio. I love them.
Sweet, they're Line only so you need a turntable that has its own internal phono staging so it runs to a Line source (or a dedicated phono pre-amp)
Listening to vinyl through Bluetooth just creates a bit of a quality drop, taking analogue audio source and converting to digital and all that, but there's nothing all that wrong with it imo...if it was ONLY ever going to be Bluetooth ran, I'd say it's kinda pointless, but if you've got speakers/stereo to listen usually and just Bluetooth to your headphones sometimes, go for it!
I had pretty bad experience with low level Audio Technica turntable, so personally I'd say avoid them
I think that's about the only other Bluetooth capable deck at around the $200 USD price range...I'm not expert/audiophile, but have more faith in Sony that AT :)
They won't destroy records, but they'll sound awful. As in really darn terrible. I strongly would not recommend getting either of those (they're actually the same cheap Chinese mechanism, just in different bodies).
In the same budget, you can get this which is a decent turntable.
Definitely don't set them on the floor. If you moved them off the table, use stands. You'd want the speakers at ear level when you're sitting down and listening. But, yes, you can get those isolation pads off Amazon and they will work just fine
I can’t even recall what I paid. I had bought it at Radio Shack...I don’t even think that place exists.
Or not. Found this on Amazon:
RadioShack Audio System Ground Loop Isolator (Electric hum noise reducer) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002YGM5D8/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_dKwlBbR276NMW
I have the same turntable as OP and I'm currently looking at the R1280DBs for 139.99 which also has a subwoofer output, but slightly less power than the R1700BTs that you linked. Do you think spending a bit more money is worth the small increase in power? This is my first set up for my bedroom which is pretty confined, and I'm on a budget. The slightly cheaper one I'm considering can be found here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08865JM4N/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?smid=A23AS8PFN4IRUQ&psc=1.
It looks like that arm needs a T4P or P-Mount cartridge. The cheapest and easiest option is probably this: https://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-AT85EP-Turntable-Cartridge/dp/B077QG5QSJ/ref=sr_1_20?dchild=1&keywords=at+cartridge+pmount&qid=1597969865&sr=8-20
The cartridge that goes with the stylus you shared is a Technics, and those are harder to come by and a bit more expensive than this AT option.
Pfanstiehl 4759-DE $16. If you don't know how used and worn the stylus is then replace it immediately.
If you want a new cartridge Audio-Technica AT-VM95E $49. Then do a cartridge alignment. However it is also a good idea to double check the alignment if only doing a stylus replacement too.
This is the one I use, simple and easy. https://www.amazon.com/Pyle-Phono-Turntable-Preamp-Preamplifier/dp/B004HJ1TTQ/ref=asc_df_B004HJ1TTQ/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=312150547590&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=894271787344312083&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&am...
Also...for just a little more, check these bad boys out. More power and a Subwoofer output, which you may want down the line. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0886B1TWC/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_IgIdFb3RVKEWV
for a cheap entry level preamp - I would recommend this one
Also on Amazon. I wouldn't spend less than that for a separate preamp. Def DONT buy this one - Ive tested it to see what a very cheap preamp sounded like and its total crap.
Yep, the Edifier R1280T are good to start with for a low budget until you can upgrade to better speakers later. Often an integrated amp or stereo receiver and a good pair of larger and better passive speakers.
Another turntable option is the AT-LPW30 249 on sale or 289 in dark finish and it has a basic built in phono preamp that is sufficient for the basic Edifier speakers. Then upgrade to a better external phono preamp after you upgrade to better speakers. Both finish options include a good conical stylus and then there are stylus upgrade options available to elliptical, nude elliptical, and microline when the included stylus wears out or when you upgrade to better speakers and a better phono preamp.
FINALLY someone else with the same turntable that I have!! Got mine from a neighbor who had it in storage just sitting there. Only $25 for it too. I absolutely love mine.
I saw you mentioned in another comment that the needle dropped on the mat and missed the record which is a bit odd. Simple things like making sure your anti-skate and tonearm weight are precisely aligned. I grabbed one of those tracking aligners on Amazon for like $10 or something. Helped me align my turntable perfectly.
I would also suggest upgrading your cartridge if you want better sound. While you have the stock AT95E, which is not a bad stylus at all, but it may be old and slightly damaged or something. I'd recommend the Ortofon 2M Red as the perfect beginner upgrade. I'd also recommend the 2M Blue and the cartridge I use currently - the Audiotechnica VMN40AL. I bought the pre-assembled cartridge + a new headshell on Amazon. Here's the link!
Ah ok that makes sense. Do you think those would be better than this 1byone the other commenter suggested?
I have prime so I can get it for $160.
And when you say automatic, do you mean the arm moving back by itself? Idc to have to do it manually.
Or the 1byOne is on sale for $129.
Or consider saving up for a better Fluance RT82 $299 that adds auto stop and then an optical sensor speed controlled servo motor for lower wow and flutter and speed variation. Pass on the older RT80 and RT81 that lack the new speed sensor. Pass on the RT83 since the cartridge is not any better.
Pass on the U-turn Orbit that lacks user adjustable anti-skate, lacks a rotary dial on the tracking force adjustment, lacks a speed switch so you need to move the belt to the other pulley and the cue lever costs an extra $40.
u/Own_Butterscotch_698 mentioned that it is "maintenance free" but it appears to have a normal counterweight on the end of the tonearm. If it is truly permanently factory-set to 1.25g of tracking force then you are limited in your cartridge upgrade options to ones with similar tracking force requirements.
If you want to be 100% certain, measure the tracking force yourself:
Insignia NS-BTST21 $130
Victrola VPro 2000 $152
I have a Fosi Audio BT20A it’s not the sharpest tool in the shed, i’d say it’s a bit embarrassing, but it has treble / balance adjustment knobs which i find useful because not all of my records are mixed the same, just a shitty result of modern day’s digital to analog conversion…. i’ve been eyeing the Denon PMA-600NE but just not very keen on the price…
It extends to all of them except the C series, like the C8 and C10.
Don’t get this. Don’t get any turntable that lacks the most basic flexibility, like a removable cartridge or adjustable tracking force. That’s the sign of a cheap toy turntable.
For around £300 and if the speakers need to be included in that budget, get these:
Forget the auto stop function triggering early, you have a bigger problem. THAT NEEDLE IS NOT MEANT FOR 78S!!! Yes, the record player has the "78" speed. No the chinese sweat shop that made it did not provide an appropriate needle for those records. Playing 78s right now causes damage both to them and the current needle. Looking on Amazon, this thing seems to fit the bill, though you might want to do some research on your own as well: https://www.amazon.com/Special-Playing-Records-Nostalgia-Players/dp/B000HCRB6C/ref=sr_1_2?crid=1YZO6G6V49TB6&keywords=78+needle&qid=1664738354&qu=eyJxc2MiOiIyLjI0IiwicXNhIjoiMS45MSIsInFzcCI6IjEuNTIifQ%3D%3D&sprefix=78+needle%2Caps%2C191&sr=8-2 While you're at it, get a replacement for the regular LP needle, since the one you have is probably now shot too. And of course you always need to remember to switch between the two for the appropriate records.
Edifier R1280DB or Edifier R1380DB powered speakers.
Powered speakers with wired audio cable RCA input for the turntable plus Bluetooth for streaming digital music:
The "T" versions do not have Bluetooth.
If you must have an automatic entry level turntable that is easy setup plug and play:
AT-LP60X is $149.
AT-LP60XBT with Bluetooth is a ridiculous $219. Do you really need digital Bluetooth for analog vinyl?
Sony PS-LX310BT is $249 and it not really any better than any version of the AT-LP60X.
The manual Victrola VPRO-2000 $151 adds adjustable tracking force, a removable cartridge and pitch control over the AT-LP60X and it does have Bluetooth. Balance the tonearm then set the tracking force.
A better manual turntable worth spending more on is the Fluance RT82 $299 that adds auto stop and then an optical sensor speed controlled servo motor for lower wow and flutter and speed variation. Pass on the older RT80 and RT81 that lack the new speed sensor. Pass on the RT83 since the cartridge is not any better.
The AT-LP60X is fully automatic, is easy setup beginner plug and play and has some improvements over the older discontinued AT-LP60.
A nicer and better manual turntable is the Audio-Technica-AT-LPW30TK. Balance the tonearm then set the tracking force.
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Fluance RT82 > phono preamp > analog to digital converter > sound bar.
Canada links this time!
Then upgrade to a better phono preamp when you upgrade to the AV receiver and a good pair of passive speakers.
The speakers are a little more expensive, how are these instead?
how are these?
Small/short bar stools.
Phono preamps with built-in headphone amps aren’t really a thing (I’ve only ever seen one or two of those, and the headphone outputs on them are garbage quality) and phono preamps with built-in Bluetooth transmitters aren’t a thing at all. These are functions you’ll need separate devices for.
Here’s the cheapest gear I can think of that would let you choose between speakers and headphones:
The headphone output on those speakers is most likely pretty bad though. If you have cheap headphones I guess it would do fine, but if you’re using nicer headphones (and that will be your main way of listening), it would be smarter to skip the speakers and instead just get a nice headphone amp. Something like the SMSL SH-6 or JDS Labs Atom Amp+.
The Denon DP-400 turntable with the built in phono preamp switch set to ON connected with an RCA cable to a pair of 5.25" Neumi BS5P $139 powered speakers with a built in speaker amp and Bluetooth will be a good improvement over the small single Bose portable speaker.
The Denon DP400 turntable has a built in phono preamp and the Bose Soundlink Mini 2 speaker has a built in speaker amp so all you need to connect them together is an RCA to 3.5mm cable.
Looks like the Denon DP400 has a built in phono preamp so OP would just need an RCA to 3.5mm cable to connect the turntable directly to the Bose portable speaker and set the switch on the back of the turntable to LINE.
For both a turntable and a TV consider an AV receiver with 4K HDMI switching. Then you can later optionally add more than 2 speakers for movie and TV surround sound.
All the used options I listed are a better value and just as good or better than Kanto YU6.
Any particular reason to limit to powered speakers?
If you must have powered speakers then YU6 for $320 are a decent price and they have a basic built in phono preamp to start with for the RT82 and then a digital optical input for your TV.
More powered speakers with a built in phono preamp:
If you get powered speakers or an amp or receiver without a built in phono preamp to start with then the $13 Pyle PP444 is for if you don't have any budget left and will upgrade later or start with a better $65 Art DJ Pre II or $99 iFi Zen AIR Phono.
I recently inherited my grandfather’s Technics SL-5200 turntable and its quite the upgrade from my Crosley suitcase.
The cartridge needs replacing and I need recommendations before I drop some money. The current cartridge is a Shure M95ED. There seem to be some old replacement cartridges online but I would rather invest in a whole new cartridge. I am willing to spend roughly around $100 on a new cartridge.
I have looked at the Ortofon 2M Red Moving Magnet Cartridge linked below. Is it worth the price? Will it fit onto the technics head shell i currently have?
Ortofon 2M Red: https://www.amazon.com/Ortofon-Red-Moving-Magnet-Cartridge/dp/B000WMCEKK
Any recommendations or help would be much appreciated. Thank you!
That’s the same generic rebranded turntable that other companies sell for $130. You’re just paying double because you’re buying it from some kind of Instagram lifestyle brand.
For $200+ you can get something better.
Start here instead: rather than picking products yourself, just tell us what your budget is for a turntable + powered speakers together.
If you don’t think you care about the difference between the landfill quality $1 mono speaker built into an all-in-one toy turntable and a set of real speakers, it’s not because you actually don’t care. It’s because you’ve never heard good speakers, simple as that. Speakers are the most important part of the system by far. They have way, way more control over your experience than the turntable does.
If you can spend up to $300, here are the things you should be buying:
Total price $270 and your experience will be universes better than listening to records on a toy speaker.
AT-LP60X is €199?
The manual Lenco LBT-188 costs €15 less and adds adjustable tracking force.
Or the manual AT-LPW30TK costs €250.
AT-LPW40WN > RCA to 3.5mm audio cable > 3.5mm input on the Bose Sound Link will work until you can upgrade to a good pair of speakers.
Suitcase players have the correct weight built into the tonearm, and tests of them have shown virtually no audible wear after playing a record 50 times, and only minor wear after 100 plays. And there are higher-quality, better-sounding turntables with built-in speakers, such as this one with an adjustable counterweight and upgradeable cartridge: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B086WTSMQH