Looking for my first turn table

I want to start and try out some vinyl.

On amazon they have the Audio-Technica LP-120 with very good reviews. Has anyone tried this TT before?

Thanks.

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  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 2,095
    My daughter has it and it performs its duty pretty good.
    2ch: PS Audio Stellar Gain pre, PS Audio Stellar gain M700 mono blocks, Elac Adante AF-61 towers Black, SVS SB16 Ultra Subwoofer, Cambridge Audio CXN v2, Rega Planar 2 with Canaro 2 subplatter, dual belt pulley and upgraded bearing, Rega Ania MC cart, Vincent PHO 701 Phono pre with CBS NOS 12au7, Audioquest Niagara 1000, AQ Thunder, AQ red river XLR's and Victoria IC's, Wireworld Stratus and Aurora power cables, Atlas EOS power cable, Denon 2910 (as transport) Sony CPD355 Jukebox cd, Acoustic Zen Satori speaker cables

    5.1: Marantz sr5013 (feeding mains through HT bypass) Sonus Faber solo center, AQ Carbon HDMI's, Sony XBRx900E, Xbox One S as 4k player, Definitive Technology SM350's surrounds, Tivo Bolt, Harmony Elite remote

    Other gear: Linn LK240 mono blocks pair, Totem Rainmakers, Sonos play 5 and play 1's x 2, Audio Technica TT and Edifier active speakers in kids room, JVC XM448 minidisc rack mount, Sony minidisc walkman, Project Debut III (currently not working), Samsung 46, and 2 x32" tvs, Samsung Soundbar, Okki Nokki LP cleaner, Second Harmony remote setup for bedroom, etc etc
  • jeremymarcinkojeremymarcinko Posts: 3,354
    edited February 20
    Or the Fluance RT83

    Or a Project Essential
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  • msgmsg Posts: 4,698
    I tried the AT LP-120 for a short while my first attempt at vinyl. It's nice and heavy, but you can hear everything through it, like lifting the lid, tapping on the plinth, etc. I returned it, but not due to any of that, more just that I didn't know anything about vinyl and wasn't enjoying it that first go round.

    It's good to try out to see if you think you might enjoy getting into records (30-day return window with Amazon if you hate it), but if you're in any way serious about this, I'd recommend putting that money toward something a little better, possibly on the second hand market.

    For a proper evaluation for the vinyl segment in general, if you'll be annoyed by record noise, remember to consider record maintenance supplies, like a nice brush, like the Hunt EDA; $23 and maybe a washer, like the Vinyl Styl Deep Groove Record Washer System; $69 A microfiber cloth won't cut it. Ask me how I know :)

    Don't forget you need records :)
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  • jdjohnjdjohn Posts: 641
    Hey @acmf74 , where do you live? We might find you a good vintage table on your local CraigsList. Many times there are local guys who refurbish vintage decks and sell them on CL for the same price as brand-new models, and the vintage would likely be much better quality.
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  • halohalo Posts: 4,883
    I just got a Fluance RT82. Nice tt. They have a coupon for $25 off so that makes it a pretty reasonable price. Belt drive with servo speed controlled motor.
  • ^^Looks like a nice TT for 3 bills.
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  • The LP-120 will get you up and running and can help you dip your toes into the hobby. Be warned that the rabbit hole is deep if you start to venture further into vinyl equipment. If you know you're the type that likes to upgrade gear or build on your system, the LP-120 might not be the best starting point. However, if you want something that is going to be fairly simple to set up that work consistently, the LP-120 is a solid performer.

    I also suggest looking into cleaning records sooner rather than later. Every system benefits from clean records, and the difference is fairly immediate if you've never cleaned records previously.
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  • decaldecal Posts: 3,141
    I don't think you can go wrong with entry level from Pro-Ject or Rega.
    If you can't hear a difference, don't waste your money.
  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 2,095
    Rabbit hole rears it’s head...
    2ch: PS Audio Stellar Gain pre, PS Audio Stellar gain M700 mono blocks, Elac Adante AF-61 towers Black, SVS SB16 Ultra Subwoofer, Cambridge Audio CXN v2, Rega Planar 2 with Canaro 2 subplatter, dual belt pulley and upgraded bearing, Rega Ania MC cart, Vincent PHO 701 Phono pre with CBS NOS 12au7, Audioquest Niagara 1000, AQ Thunder, AQ red river XLR's and Victoria IC's, Wireworld Stratus and Aurora power cables, Atlas EOS power cable, Denon 2910 (as transport) Sony CPD355 Jukebox cd, Acoustic Zen Satori speaker cables

    5.1: Marantz sr5013 (feeding mains through HT bypass) Sonus Faber solo center, AQ Carbon HDMI's, Sony XBRx900E, Xbox One S as 4k player, Definitive Technology SM350's surrounds, Tivo Bolt, Harmony Elite remote

    Other gear: Linn LK240 mono blocks pair, Totem Rainmakers, Sonos play 5 and play 1's x 2, Audio Technica TT and Edifier active speakers in kids room, JVC XM448 minidisc rack mount, Sony minidisc walkman, Project Debut III (currently not working), Samsung 46, and 2 x32" tvs, Samsung Soundbar, Okki Nokki LP cleaner, Second Harmony remote setup for bedroom, etc etc
  • mrbironmrbiron Posts: 4,946
    I have the LP120 collecting dust. If you're local to the North East shoot me a PM.

    I like it, for what it is... An entry level TT with a built in phono for those that don't know how deep they want to go *snicker*.

    I put a Shure 97xe on mine with no issue which did make a slight improvement. Yes, if you wrap on the cover while she is on, you will get a this through the speakers, but that should be expected. There are mods for this table. Some free (phono path removal, rca upgrade) and others....not. ;)

    I did use the USB portion to rip my grandmother's recording sessions from the 1940's. It work OK. YMMV...
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  • mantismantis Posts: 15,236
    I've been watching phono make it's huge comeback for probably now a decade or more. I kinda want to get a table, get some records and enjoy the old format. Then I pick up my iPhone and control my MacBook Pro connected to my NAD DAC and think " why the hell would I ever want records, the fuss of changing sides ever 4 to 5 songs or have someone walk by and shake the needle. I like phono preamps and really nice tables with really nice analog interconnects connected BUT I just can't seem to pull that trigger.
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  • jeremymarcinkojeremymarcinko Posts: 3,354
    edited February 20
    I enjoy listening to my table and I’ll always have one, but its kind of a hassle, kind of difficult to sound great, kind of worse than digital in most ways, kind of needs it’s own space, kind of expensive relatively, and kind of stresses me out. I kind of wish I never re-invested in it.
    Oh, Listen here mister. We got no way of understandin' this world. But we got as much sense of this bird flyin in the sky. Now there is a lot that bird don't know, but it don't change the fact that the world is happening to him all the same. What I am tryin to say is, is that the course of your life, well its changing, and you don't even see it- Forest Bondurant
  • msgmsg Posts: 4,698
    edited February 20
    mantis wrote: »
    ...the fuss of changing sides ever 4 to 5 songs...
    hehe, you want records in part because of this, man :) It's an opportunity to be involved, in a way. The "ritual", as it's known. There's just something romantic about the analog experience, I think. At least, it is for me.

    I draw the line at those crazy 45rpm double albums, though. 2 tracks per side is just too frequent for side changes. It's great fun in the beginning when just getting started with a turntable and records, but that novelty wears off quick, and disrupts the flow of the music experience, imho.

    OP - don't fool yourself, though. If you're getting into this thinking that records are going to best digital in quality, without making a significant investment, you may find yourself sorely disappointed. Even if you do, you're still depending on the quality of the records you get, and a LOT of new records are complete crap.

    Vinyl is a huge investment not only in cost for equipment and for each record, but also in time to get things just so. Set extremely low expectations, or prepare yourself for a measure of frustration here and there :)

    Another thing to consider is, find recordings that lend themselves to the vinyl experience. That is, albums that you'll sit through. I find it a waste to buy a record these days for just one or two tracks.

    Just a few notes to help you get a sense of what to expect.
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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 21,027
    Set and setting.
    ... as Harvard's Dr. Leary used to say.

    He was talkin' about something else... but it fits playin' rekkids, too.

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  • halohalo Posts: 4,883
    mrbiron wrote: »
    I have the LP120 collecting dust. If you're local to the North East shoot me a PM.

    I like it, for what it is... An entry level TT with a built in phono for those that don't know how deep they want to go *snicker*.

    I put a Shure 97xe on mine with no issue which did make a slight improvement. Yes, if you wrap on the cover while she is on, you will get a this through the speakers, but that should be expected. There are mods for this table. Some free (phono path removal, rca upgrade) and others....not. ;)

    I did use the USB portion to rip my grandmother's recording sessions from the 1940's. It work OK. YMMV...

    I would suggest the Fluance RT82-85 over the AT-120 for all of the shortcomings you listed. The Fluance has a solid wood plinth, no built-in phono pre you need to remove, auto stop, and the motor’s speed is service controlled for accuracy. They’re similar in price and you can upgrade to an acrylic platter or better cartridge later (uses the same Technics / AT headshell and overhang). You choose what RCA cables to use too.

  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 19,587
    edited February 20
    mantis wrote: »
    I've been watching phono make it's huge comeback for probably now a decade or more. I kinda want to get a table, get some records and enjoy the old format. Then I pick up my iPhone and control my MacBook Pro connected to my NAD DAC and think " why the hell would I ever want records, the fuss of changing sides ever 4 to 5 songs or have someone walk by and shake the needle. I like phono preamps and really nice tables with really nice analog interconnects connected BUT I just can't seem to pull that trigger.

    Smart man... Once you pull that trigger, it's all downhill from there. Then you end up like me. Fortunately, there is nowhere else I can go on my vinyl rig.
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  • Tony MTony M Posts: 7,444
    edited February 20
    You could gold plate your turntable to match your cartridge. :D

    I love that TT and cartridge! B)
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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 5,912
    How much better can John's really sound than this?

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  • acmf74acmf74 Posts: 856
    Wow. Thanks for all the replies. Looks like I have quite a bit more research to do.

  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 21,027
    edited February 21
    Well -- manage your expectations. :)
    Don't spend $2000 on an experiment. Bad way to start, IMO.
    Best thing to do, if you can do it, is find some "real" (as opposed to fashion-driven), umm, vinyl enthusiasts in your area and spend some quality time listening, looking, talking, and learning.

    Perhaps (?!?!) you can find a decent quality used starter turntable (with or without preamp) locally. I would definitely avoid eBAY -- so many good turntables have met their fate due to distressingly terrible packing at the hands of their sellers :( The odds just aren't in one's favor.

    Depending on how much money one wishes to spend -- for a starter tt, one'll (IMO)
    never go wrong with a 1970s (even early 1980s) era Technics direct drive tt that's been well cared for and is good working order. They are nothing special -- but they work.

    I'll offer one other heretical thought. The latter 1980s brought us some pretty cheap and forgettable plastic junk for playing records (as demand had dropped to a trickle). Some of those very junky tts are simple and durable enough to be cheap, decent starter tts. Personal fave - the Technics SL-BD20 and its kin.

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    (borrowed image -- I don't have any "in stock" at the moment :/ )

    These have zero cachet and were, and still are, cheap -- new drive belts are readily and inexpensively available, and these will play records with no fuss, no muss
    and no bother. Virtually nothing to go wrong with one except breakage (they are plastic-y)! Dollar for dollar, still, I'd opine, a decent starter tt in 2019. :)

    For better or worse, the SL-BD20 and its kin use the "P-mount" cartridge system -- but good quality P-mount cartridges are still available from Audio-Technica and Grado at reasonable prices, and replacement styli for many vintage P-mounts are still available as well.

    KAB Electro Acoustics (known for, among other things, their SL-1200 mods, tweaks and upgrades) will gladly sell you slightly tarted-up examples of the direct drive cousins of the SL-BD20 for... well... not insane sums of money if they have any in stock: https://www.kabusa.com/frameset.htm?/m1200.htm

    EDIT: The above is just a bunch of my opinions, offered as-is and FWIW. :)
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  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 2,095
    As John can surely attest, getting the right synergy (TT, Cartridge, phono pre) can yield results better than any other source IMO
    Mine happens to be the best source I have in my system. Not to say I have the best TT, but it (probably a lot to do with the cart) beats the $900 streamer and the Denon sacd player.
    For me the actual getting up and flipping over and selecting new records is a more engaging way to listen. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes I like to veg and browse tidal without moving anything but my hand, but nothing has the engaging experience as a whole like my vinyl. And finally imaging and soundstage is light years above any other source for me. What stereo was created for.
    2ch: PS Audio Stellar Gain pre, PS Audio Stellar gain M700 mono blocks, Elac Adante AF-61 towers Black, SVS SB16 Ultra Subwoofer, Cambridge Audio CXN v2, Rega Planar 2 with Canaro 2 subplatter, dual belt pulley and upgraded bearing, Rega Ania MC cart, Vincent PHO 701 Phono pre with CBS NOS 12au7, Audioquest Niagara 1000, AQ Thunder, AQ red river XLR's and Victoria IC's, Wireworld Stratus and Aurora power cables, Atlas EOS power cable, Denon 2910 (as transport) Sony CPD355 Jukebox cd, Acoustic Zen Satori speaker cables

    5.1: Marantz sr5013 (feeding mains through HT bypass) Sonus Faber solo center, AQ Carbon HDMI's, Sony XBRx900E, Xbox One S as 4k player, Definitive Technology SM350's surrounds, Tivo Bolt, Harmony Elite remote

    Other gear: Linn LK240 mono blocks pair, Totem Rainmakers, Sonos play 5 and play 1's x 2, Audio Technica TT and Edifier active speakers in kids room, JVC XM448 minidisc rack mount, Sony minidisc walkman, Project Debut III (currently not working), Samsung 46, and 2 x32" tvs, Samsung Soundbar, Okki Nokki LP cleaner, Second Harmony remote setup for bedroom, etc etc
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