19 April 2015 ~ 7 Comments

Beginners Guide To Vinyl Music

Beginner's Guide To Vinyl

I’ve wanted to write this post for quite awhile, but never got around to making the accompanying video…well..I finally made my video. I’m going to call this my “Beginners Guide  To Vinyl Music”.

I’ve assembled my turntable set complete with preamp, amp and speakers and it’s not too bad for an introductory turntable system. What I have done in my video is go over all the components that make my system, all for about $160.

THE TURNTABLE

The Audio Technica AT-LP60 turntable is what I’m using right now and for it’s price, it delivers the performance I need. With a push of a button, the platter will start spinning and the tone arm will place itself automatically at the beginning of the record. It has 2 speeds – 33 1/3 and 45 RPM, it can be switched by the button on the left side. Since this is fully automatic, there is a switch for the size of the records that you want to play, AT-LP60 only have a switch for 12″ and 7″ record, for 10″ maybe you have to override and manually place the stylus. I highly recommend Audio Technica AT-LP60 Fully Automatic Stereo Turntable System.

When I unpacked my AT-LP60, the tone arm and cartridge and stylus was already in place, you only need to place the platter, install the drive belt and slip mat, it’s very easy to assemble. The AT-LP60 comes in built in phono pre-amp so if you can easily plug this turntable to your home theatre system.

The sound quality can be debated by the top audiophiles, but for a turntable system under $100 – this little machine will ass-kick any turntable system at the same price range and even on those that are in $200 range. The sound performance is just incredible, I really wouldn’t trade this in for anything else at the same price range.

THE PREAMP

A turntable produces a PHONO output signal. This phono signal needs to be converted to a LINE LEVEL signal (sometimes referred to as AUX signal) to work with audio equipment including stereo systems, computers, and speakers. A phono preamp converts PHONO to LINE LEVEL.
The PYLE-PRO PP444 Ultra Compact Phono Turntable Preamp converts the low signal of the turntable to line level signal that the amplifier can handle. In my setup this is completely optional but having a separate pre-amp to be used than the built in pre-amp of AT-LP60 might have some gain plus the fact that PYLE PRO is very cheap I didn’t think twice about adding it to my system.

THE AMPLIFIER

The Lepai TA2020 is actually an amplifier that belongs in an audio system for your car. Lepai then began including a 12v ac power adaptor for home use. The TA2020 has a clean 20 watt power output and it’s light weight and small, it was found to have many great reviews on Amazon so I decided for it’s price and performance, it would be a perfect addition to my system.

7 Responses to “Beginners Guide To Vinyl Music”

  1. The Tech Loft 18 April 2015 at 10:27 pm Permalink
  2. Justin Pontani 2 May 2015 at 9:36 am Permalink

    Cool setup, but please don’t stack the records on top of each other as that can warp them. Stack them vertically instead. 😉

  3. The Tech Loft 2 May 2015 at 8:04 pm Permalink

    Yes! Justin is correct. I have my albums stacked vertically!

  4. jimthing1 6 May 2015 at 11:01 am Permalink

    One word: *Technics*. Buy a Technics 1210 and be done – THE industry standard direct drive turntables. Granted, not for (super expensive!) audiophiles, but they work for years, and have a ‘classic quality’ look and feel.

  5. Norman Zealand Malana 27 June 2015 at 4:14 am Permalink

    Can one rip 24 96 with the lp60 even if its specs only say 16 44.1? Thanks!

  6. Peter 26 September 2015 at 5:36 pm Permalink

    The Audio Technica AT-LP60 turntable already has a built-in switchable phono preamp. No need to buy an external phono pre-amp ….
    Just saying …..

    • Sal Ciampa 27 September 2015 at 9:57 am Permalink

      you are absolutely correct. You don’t need the pre-amp but one post I read, the author said it was better to use a separate component. I don’t know the science behind it…maybe the external Pyle pre-amp performs better the built in pre-amp.


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