Turntable snobs... not DJs

Discussion in 'General' started by SirCrashAlot, May 23, 2020.

  1. SirCrashAlot

    SirCrashAlot Well-Known Member

    The vinyl community is borderline unbearable in it's douchetaticness but at least they're passionate. I'm just looking for opinions on quality carts. Leaning toward a MP200 or M2 Bronze. Any suggestions backed up by experience would be great.
  2. D-Zum

    D-Zum Alex’s Crew Chief


    Mines a little old. But still kinda cool. I only have 3 records for it to play.
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  3. SirCrashAlot

    SirCrashAlot Well-Known Member

    That's awesome
  4. D-Zum

    D-Zum Alex’s Crew Chief

    Got it from my Grandfather 30 years ago. It’s been restored and last time it was played was for my sons class when they did a unit on Thomas Edison (2nd Grade). Other that that it rarely sees daylight. I’ll never sell it.
  5. dsapsis

    dsapsis El Jefe de los Monos

    What kind of phono stage preamp are you running? Sold on MM? And on what deck? Those are both very well-regarding MM carts, but I am an MC guy (on mid-fi gear).
  6. OGs750

    OGs750 Well-Known Member

    I’ve got an MP200 on my hot rodded Rega. I’m not familiar with the M2 but the Nagaoka paired with my Marantz 1060 makes some sweet music.

    What cart do you currently have? What’s the rest of your system comprised of? What sound are you trying to achieve?

    I went down this rabbit hole a few years ago and I remember that you have to take your whole system into consideration. Making sure the effective mass of the tonearm is a match for the cartridges is the first place to start.
  7. SirCrashAlot

    SirCrashAlot Well-Known Member

    Well.. my first purchase of turntable is an at-lp1240-usbxp lol.... yes it's a dj table but I got it at a steal and it's solid and has a built in pre-amp. It has the Dj cart that came on it. I want something more for sound quality than durability. Have a denon avr but I usually listen through Shure SE-846 IEMs or AKG 502 headphones out of a headphone amp. Kinda new at this
  8. SirCrashAlot

    SirCrashAlot Well-Known Member

    Not sold on MM carts. Open to MCs as well. Those are just two that I've seen pop up while researching.
  9. lizard84

    lizard84 My “fuck it” list is lengthy

    MP200 is a nice cart and it will serve you well but you’ll find the decks phono stage the weak link in a big way. For a amp punching above its price point you might consider the Rega Fono MM MK3.
  10. BSA43

    BSA43 Well-Known Member

    Do you play them vertically?
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  11. fastfreddie

    fastfreddie Midnight Oil Garage

    Wanna know douchetasticness?
    If it's not a Thorens, it's not a turntable...and don't forget the Infinity Black Widow tonearm. You could set these up (not that you would) on top of a Sansui SP-5500X speaker system (15" woofers) and not get any hum, feedback or skips...even if you played the Overture of 1812!
    Where is this vinyl community that I may hose them down with my douchenozzle? :D
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  12. D-Zum

    D-Zum Alex’s Crew Chief

    I know right! Sorry...I posted that in a hurry and didn't rotate the photo.

    It plays the cylinder style records, not flat disks. It's a patented 1882 Edison phonograph. It was sitting in a room full of "stuff" that had been stored for decades in my grandparent's abandoned farmhouse.

    I'd never seen one before that, it fascinated me, and I asked my Gramps if I could have it, and he said it was OK for me to have as long as I played it for him once it was restored...which I did.
  13. SirCrashAlot

    SirCrashAlot Well-Known Member

  14. OGs750

    OGs750 Well-Known Member

    What is it about the sound that you’re trying to change?

    At the risk of sounding like a snob, I’d probably recommend playing with what you have for now and if you feel like you want to go further with the hobby, ditch the all-in-one turntable and start building up a system.

    On the other hand cartridges can be swapped to a new table so it wouldn’t be a total loss if you decide to upgrade.

    MC carts require a phono preamp that’s capable of bumping up their low signal. Does your table have a line out that bypasses the phono stage?
  15. SirCrashAlot

    SirCrashAlot Well-Known Member

    Yes to the line out. Just trying to make this thing sound as good as possible for the moment and like said maybe go a little apeshit on equipment later. Any money spent on it now would be for something that could be used on something else later like you said.

    Mostly wanted to get rid of this DJ spec'd cart for something more pleasing to the ear since I don't scratch.
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  16. R Acree

    R Acree WTF

    I wish I had never sold my 1060
  17. SirCrashAlot

    SirCrashAlot Well-Known Member

    I decided to go with the 2m Red just to try it out.... that way I can upgrade to the other models without buying the cartridge every time.
  18. Dan Dubeau

    Dan Dubeau Well-Known Member

    Cool. My Uncle has my Great Grandfathers old Edison phonograph and about a dozen cylinders. He'll never sell it either, but at least one of his kids is "into" that stuff so it will live another generation in the family.

    I've just got a cheap sony turntable, playing through a tube amp I picked up on amazon that also has bluetooth. Good enough for my ears, and when I get tired of spinning Moms old records, I tee up a live concert from youtube and play it from my phone.

    The douchy golden ear fellows are interesting. Many years ago I made a couple turntable weights for guys form aluminum, they had to be a specific dia, and a specific weight as it was some kind of magic number lol. I turned some simple aluminum cylinders and sold them for ~$80. Easy money, and I didn't even feel bad about it :D. I don't remember the magic number though....
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  19. OGs750

    OGs750 Well-Known Member

    They’re still around for not stupid money if you’re patient. I recently recapped mine and it sings.
  20. SethG

    SethG Well-Known Member

    That tonearm was pretty sick

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