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PostPosted: 14 Aug 2017, 17:59 

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I've just been gifted a turntable, but as yet I don't have the money to get an amp and speakers, if indeed that is what I need.

I know absolutely nothing about hifi and what I need to think about when purchasing equipment. I figured that learning how it all works and goes together will help me understand what makes it work.

Is there a beginners guide to hifi that explains everything. Would trying to build my own amp and speakers help me to understand how it all works and if so where would I get the information from to start with something basic that I can learn the principles on?



PostPosted: 21 Aug 2017, 19:19 

Joined: 29 Apr 2017, 15:14
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you can visit your local library, there might be books there that will help you
in your quest. or, you can browse the computer, there is nuf info there
that will help you along.... good luk

PostPosted: 22 Aug 2017, 13:28 
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Welcome to the vinyl club! :D

A turntable needs a phono preamp, amp and speakers, yes. With a phono preamp, you can plug the output into your flatscreen TV's audio input, if available, for the time being :idea:

If it's a belt drive, you can easily check the belt's health by removing the platter and if the belt stays on it of it's own accord, it's OK. If it falls off, you need a new one.

The cartrige/stylus needs looking at under a microscope for health. Sometimes it's cheaper to get a new cartridge. Nagoka or Audio Technica have good budget ones.

Tonearms need balancing for tracking weight and this is easy. with the tonearm released, turn the big weight at the back of the arm *just* until it floats free as in zero-g. Then turn the dial with numbers to "0". This is your reference. Then you can accurately turn the weight back in for the rated tracking force. 1.5 grams is a good starting point. If it skips, try 1.75 or 2.

Hope this helps :)

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