|Project Debut Carbon is a really good entry level turntable |
|In regards to the sound quality stuff, I personally don't hear a major difference; it's there, but it's fairly subtle. I still like to collect vinyl just for the sake of collecting though, I like finding colored vinyl, special pressings, etc. so I think you should be good!|
|With a taste like this it's surprising you're not collecting vinyl already lol. Yeah you most likely won't hear much of a difference in sound quality right away.|
|I don't use sputnik on vinyl yo|
|The Project turntables are awesome but even the Debut Carbon may be too expensive for someone just getting started. Look on Craigslist or Kijiji for turntables, amplifiers, and speakers. You can probably find someone selling their old setup for as much as a new TT. |
That way, you'll have everything you need while saving a lot of money to spend on other things... like actual records. Old Pioneer and Marantz usually go for cheap and can be excellent quality.
|just buy something used. they all sound the same, no joke. speakers are the only things that will cause any real difference to the sound|
|Get vintage equipment, it will save you money, and will probably give you better results if you know what you're doing. If you have the money however, get the Audio Technica 120 (AT-LP 120) - It's a pretty good starter at a decent price. |
Do not get anything without a counterweight (unless you plan on replacing the turntable shortly thereafter). That means no all-in-one turntables like Crosley, Jensen, or any of that plastic nonsense you can find at your local JCPenny's or Kohls for $50 - Those turntables may be a quick solution and a decent starter if you're not fully into the format or are just too cheap/don't have the money - but their needles are not good for the vinyl, as they are usually just cheaply made ceramic needles. Also, the sound quality is not good at all.
|i listen to vinyl cuz it makes me feel cool and interesting |
|"just buy something used. they all sound the same, no joke. speakers are the only things that will cause any real difference to the sound"|
|my advice would be not to buy stuff at urban outfitters|
|i have 3 on vinyl sup|
|you'll notice a difference in sound quality. whether that quality will be good or bad i can't say. your setup will obviously effect that but so will the quality of the records. some are great and some are total shit. |
oh, and if you do choose to pursue vinyl collecting, i'd recommend avoiding colored vinyl if you can.
|" Any brand or model turntable I should look for in particular for beginners?"|
Scour craigslist, kijiji, thrift stores, whatever you have at your disposal for a nice used one (from the 70's-80's when this stuff was in full force). It takes a lot more patience and effort (and a little research) but you can get something great for a a good price if you really put yourself to it (got my TT for 30$ and it's a pretty solid machine from 1979 that still works like new)
" Also there's the big question that's been asked a thousand times. I've never listened to vinyl before, am I actually going to hear a difference you think in audio quality?"
Honestly, so many things affect sound quality from your TT, your speakers, your amp/receiver, cartridge/stylus, and so many other factors that I don't recommend getting into this for the sound alone. There surely will be some differences (whether they are good or bad is personnal preference). It's really more of a question of collection and the experience itself. Putting the record on the TT, hearing the needle drop, having to stay close by to flip it over, getting that nice big artwork with the liner notes, access to special limited pressings.
It's an expensive hobby haha
|I never found the quality to be better or worse, just different.|
I need a new turntable as well- had a sony that was decent, but it fell out of a uhaul. I only have about 15 records, though. I reserve them for albums I really like. CD's just make me end up hording 4 tons of plastic.
|Honestly, start small and if you become more passionate about it invest more into it.|
|Thanks for the feedback guys, appreciate it. Oii boy I can't wait to get started |
|If you go the vintage route (which like I said, I recommend), make sure you know what you need. Although you can get soemthing neat and save a lot of money it's still a sizeable initial investment to get your TT (the cartridge/stylus will prob need replacing so that's more $$$), receiver and speakers.|
When you find something that fits your price range always google it to see if it's worth the asking price or just a piece of junk (forum sites like audiokarma are amazing for this)
|Just out of curiosity, what did you decide to do based on all of this?|