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Question Help. £1000 for a record player system with amp and speakers?

marvinp

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A friend of mine who has zero equipment has asked me to set him up with a record player system for £1000 but I am getting conflicting opinions on how best to spend the money. One is to spend £500 on a turntable make it the star and then £250 a piece on amp and speakers but other people are suggesting a £250 turntable and more on the rest? He may upgrade later but I can't imagine for a long time.

I can't imagine getting less than an RP2 but what would you recommend? Thanks in advance.
 
Does he own any vinyl?
if not I would get him to think again.
However, depending on what else he is likely to connect to the amp as a source there is always this:-
or if he can go another £99 this is a bargain:-
Of course he will also need some speaker stands and cables....... Or just stands with the second package.
if he only ever needs a turntable system then the first package is the obvious choice leaving money for stands
 
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I agree with Al if he doesn't have a large vinyl collection then I would not spend much on vinyl end. Conversely I'd prioritise it if he indeed has a large collection. Worth pointing out for someone starting it's likely the vinyl he buys will not be the best quality so no point going broke for an amazing cart.
 
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Oxfordian

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I agree with Al if he doesn't have a large vinyl collection then I would not spend much on vinyl end. Conversely I'd prioritise it if he indeed has a large collection. Worth pointing out for someone starting it's likely the vinyl he buys will not be the best quality so no point going broke for an amazing cart.
Curious, what’s up with the vinyl that is in the shops today?

My local store is full of it, people flicking through the boxes with big smiles, mainly old gits like me but some youngsters, it seems to be doing ok, the LP’s I have picked up sound fine but I have been away from the stores for many years, maybe my ears need retraining or are just ............, see comments else where on the forum.
 

insider9

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Curious, what’s up with the vinyl that is in the shops today?

My local store is full of it, people flicking through the boxes with big smiles, mainly old gits like me but some youngsters, it seems to be doing ok, the LP’s I have picked up sound fine but I have been away from the stores for many years, maybe my ears need retraining or are just ............, see comments else where on the forum.
Sure, there's lots of vinyl around. But some pressings are better than others. It's far more important in the world of vinyl to research what you're actually buying.
 

Oxfordian

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Sure, there's lots of vinyl around. But some pressings are better than others. It's far more important in the world of vinyl to research what you're actually buying.
I started a thread on that subject, I got the impression that it was a bit of a lottery, I still have no idea what a good recording is, how to identify one or where to get them from, I just buy the artists I like and just hope that it is a great pressing of a great recording with nothing taken away (or added).

From what I can see an LP is now in excess of £20, bigger named artists seem to be around the £25 mark and anything resembling a double LP or collection is well over £30 and don’t get me started on ‘Collections’, so not cheap investments.

If anyone has a magic formula as to how to identify these ‘better pressings’ I am happy to learn.
 

insider9

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I started a thread on that subject, I got the impression that it was a bit of a lottery, I still have no idea what a good recording is, how to identify one or where to get them from, I just buy the artists I like and just hope that it is a great pressing of a great recording with nothing taken away (or added).

From what I can see an LP is now in excess of £20, bigger named artists seem to be around the £25 mark and anything resembling a double LP or collection is well over £30 and don’t get me started on ‘Collections’, so not cheap investments.

If anyone has a magic formula as to how to identify these ‘better pressings’ I am happy to learn.
Lots of research required for every purchase. If you truly want the best.
 
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Gonepostal

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I started a thread on that subject, I got the impression that it was a bit of a lottery, I still have no idea what a good recording is, how to identify one or where to get them from, I just buy the artists I like and just hope that it is a great pressing of a great recording with nothing taken away (or added).

From what I can see an LP is now in excess of £20, bigger named artists seem to be around the £25 mark and anything resembling a double LP or collection is well over £30 and don’t get me started on ‘Collections’, so not cheap investments.

If anyone has a magic formula as to how to identify these ‘better pressings’ I am happy to learn.
I buy my LPs from Disccogs, people normally leave reviews on the quality of the pressings etc. Worth having a look.
 
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