Beginner Turntable


Sounds like a good plan. The Planar 3 will serve you well for many years to come and will let your enjoy your LPs with minimal fuss.

I’d love to hear your thoughts once you pick up a turntable!



I know people tend to hate on ebay quite a bit. The devil’s advocate in me would like to remind people that ebay does come with an extra layer of buyer protection that you aren’t going to find when buying from someone on a forum. Yes, using paypal helps but ebay will almost always favor on the side of the buyer if there is an issue with an order. They do this because of all the flak they’ve gotten over the years. Selling on ebay can be tough if damage occurs in shipment or if the buyer tries to scam you and claim there’s an issue when there really isn’t. Some people know how ebay has changed over the years and take advantage of it. I was burned once selling an amplifier on ebay. I ended up giving the buyer a few hundred dollars once because he claimed there were scratches on the amp not listed in the auction. He was lying trying to take advantage of me knowing he could just return the amp if I didn’t agree to a partial refund. I didnt want to risk shipping damage on the return journey if he was to return it. So he forced my hand…



Any recommendation on preamp to use? I am thinking of schiit saga as I’ve used one before and find it to be very transparent, both the passive and tube buffer stage. I probaly won’t be getting BHK any time soon.

I don’t mind using single ended for now until BHK Pre, likely end of this year.



If you have used a schiit saga before and you like it I say go for it.

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Either the Saga or Freya, which is the one I almost bought right before the Stellar GCD.



Well logic and budget went out the window. Rega P6 and Fono MC is on their way to me along with Schiit Saga with LISST tube



Well… that really is a beginner table for the rest of your gear :smirk:




Yup with Ania cartridge



Any of you heard the EAT C-major or E-Flat turntables? Or, the Techniques 1200G? Looking at table in this range.



I only read about the Technics 1200G a bit, but it’s more expensive than I wanted to spend on a TT now. My research tells me that the Technics and VPI Prime Scout both are “better” than the Rega Planar 6, but the Rega simplicity and lower cost seems to be better suited for me as the intro to vinyl.

Any recommendation on a good brush to buy? How big a deal is wet cleaning? And should I clean the records before playing?

Thanks for the inputs



I demoed the Rega P3 a while back. I wanted to like it. I had watched a compelling factory tour that Michael Fremer videotaped. Seemed like a really great company—like PSA. However, the sound did not grab me. I’m sure the P6 takes the sound to another level.

I’m no expert on cleaning. There are definitely some OCD types that have gone deep into this rabbit hole. You want to clean before playing. Don’t expose your needle to the grime.

Page from Analog Planet on cleaning:



Thanks, I think after some years into the hobby we all can appreciate that it is very subjective and we can only gather so much from the internet. I am hoping the P6 would meet my listening prefreneces.

Make sense to me to brush the record every time before playing, but what about wet wash them fresh out of the box before playing? What is an acceptable practice without going deep into OCD rabbit hole?



Here it is my first vinyl setup. Thanks everyone for the advice. I have to say, exceeded all my expectations. I found the the music to be more musical, vocals more soulful compared to the DS DAC. Except for the occasional static noise, I’m pretty sold on LP being a better medium than digital.



So I don’t have a record player so this is a question from someone who is completely uninformed. Do you somehow go straight to your amp from a phono preamp without going through the DS? So straight from phono pre to amp? Does your amp have multiple inputs that you use at the same time, like balanced and single ended? Is that ok to do?

I only ask as my wife this weekend was drunk and managed to tell me that she would like a record player and I was trying to understand how it all works together.

By the way nice setup. Is that a Mapleshade platform on top?



:joy: Oh, man! You best take advantage of this rare opportunity. Then, next time your big purchase need comes around…



I know, right!!



It is simple as long as you have a way to deal with multiple sources. The turntable is just another source feeding the phono stage in need of amplification from a power amp. You can accomplish this in a couple ways. First, you can use a pre-amp between the phono stage and power amp. This will offer additional input options. So, if you have a DAC source and turntable source, you would plug them both into the pre-amp and from there, the analog outs on the pre-amp would feed the power amp. You would switch inputs on the pre-amp to go from DAC to TT as needed.

The other option is to use an input switch. So, instead of plugging multiple sources into the pre-amp, you would plug them into the input switch. The output from the input switch would go to your power amp. Either works, technically, but in terms of best sound quality, that is a whole other conversation that depends on many variables.

Oh, and there are of course some power amps that offer multiple input jacks with a means to switch between inputs digitally or through an analog switch.



I see, so really you don’t want to send the Phono signal through the DAC as you are keeping it all analog, otherwise you would have to go an ADC to go to the DAC and then the pre or straight to the amp






Looks like you got your answers. In my case I route all signals (from DAC, and the phono pre for the TT) to the Schiit Saga preamp, then singled ended to the BHK250.

The platform is mapleshade, I bought it a while ago for a tube amp, it fits perfectly with the Rega.