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Hello, newbie here that always wanted to get into the vinyl world. I'm seriously considering this. Yes, I've read the comments suggesting some other turntables but my budget is low because I don't have any other equipment right now and I need to buy that as well.
My question is: what other equipment (e.g. amplifier, receiver, speakers, etc) do I need to make this work? Can you suggest some budget products? Is it possible to end up with an "OK" setup by spending say $300-400 or so in total (including this turntable) or is this wishful thinking? Again, my main intention is to give vinyl a try and learn more, I don't want to spend much and having a not so great sound is OK for now.
Buy the Massdrop x JBL LSR30X. These are one of your best options at this price range. These speakers come with integrated amplifiers in them. And at that price, those speakers should be very good. That's all what you need. Source (turntable) --> preamplifier (turntable) --> amplifier (lsr30x) --> speakers (lsr30x).
You might need an adapter cable though. From two RCA connectors to two mono 1/4'' TRS connectors.
I am doing publicity for Massdrop ''D - kidding.
The JBL LSR30X speakers have an excellent reputation and the Massdrop price is a great value. However, if you want to spend less money and still have a respectable setup, other options for speakers include Audioengine A2+ ($250), Kanto YU2 (with RCA to 3.5mm adapter) ($200 + ~$10), or the Kanto YUMI powered speakers ($220-250). None of these speakers are really considered in the same league as the JBLs, but they are less money and would still be nice for a starter setup.
The Audioengine A2+ are really small speakers though. I would not recommend them if you would also use speakers for listening in the same room from far away.
True. Same with the Kanto YU2. They're slightly bigger, but not by much.
You can pick up some good amps and speakers at Goodwill. You just have to look on a regular basis. I saw a guy build a whole Marantz system out of goodwill. This TT has a preamp in it, so you need an amp and speakers or just powered speakers, if just for a turn table.
You will need an integrated amplifier and a pair of good speakers to enjoy it. I am also in your situation and I have been told to go vintage. See this YouTube video for some inspiration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQ5qj8w7KKs&t=52s.
I, personally, decided to increase my budget. So, i just got myself a Yamaha new integrated amplifier A-S501. I found a good deal on eBay and got it for 260euros. Now, I am on the hunt for a pair of affordable good speakers. I also bought a PS1 for audio CD playback and in the near future I will definitely try Vinyl.
Do your research and take your time.
You'll need speakers and an amp. I have a full setup using this turntable that was probably $300-400.
I am wondering how would the JBL LSR30X compared with Audioengine HD3 given HD3 is like a better version of A2+ but actually cost more than JBL LSR30X. Thx.
The 2.75" woofers on the Audioengine HD3 and A2 are very limiting on the bass. The 5" woofer on the JBL is more in the sweet spot for woofer size and is not going to have to rely on artificial bass bumps to fill out the bottom end. Plus, much of the added cost of the HD3 is likely going towards the Bluetooth connectivity feature, which is purely a matter of convenience, not sound quality.
Thanks mate, what if I already have external subwoofer? Are we just comparing the tweeter then? I guess there's also a DAC that would benefit PC, not turntable tho...
The bluetooth on HD3 is a plus, but not a necessity for both turntable/PC setup, but the input options from the JBL LSR30X is kinda limited...
Basically, I already have the HD3 with S8 Subwoofer - for my computer. I've been fancying a turntable setup for awhile now, most likely in the living room rather than my study/computer room. Hence I will need new speakers - either keep the HD3 for PC and buy new ones for turntable or buy new ones for the PC and use HD3 for turntable. I am generally happy with the HD3 + S8 setup, but I know for fact that there's something better out there. Bluetooth would be a plus in the living room for my wife, but I fear HD3 is just too small to fill the living room and the DAC would be completely wasted. I am also willing to spend a bit more money to avoid buying replacements in the near future, provided its not something too expansive.
A sub wouldn't typically cover the same frequency range as the woofer on a bookshelf speaker. That's why it's called a subwoofer. :) Now, of course, different subs and different woofers cover different frequency ranges. I'm speaking in generalities.
That's a nice setup you've got. Unlike the A2, the bass reduction switch on the HD3 allows the HD3's woofer to act more like a mid-woofer, which is really where it shines anyway. With the A2 (and many other desktop speakers), even if you connect a subwoofer to extend the bass, the mid/upper bass bump is still present, and it just doesn't blend as well with a sub.
Since digital outperforms vinyl when it comes to bass (depth and quantity anyway), I would reserve the 2.1 setup for listening to digital tracks and get a good 2.0 setup for the turntable. Despite their shortcomings, I personally think smaller speakers are great for near-field listening. If it were me, I'd stick with the HD3 + S8 setup at the computer and get the JBL (or some other equivalent with ~5" woofers) for the turntable.
Thank you for breaking this down, extremely helpful analysis! I will do more research on what speaker with 5" woofer is out there.