Heartofsaturdaynight Posted April 30, 2010 Share Posted April 30, 2010 Yeah, it would still apply. But honestly, even systems that audiophiles deject as "bad" are still better than compressed digital files. Clean your records and your needles frequently, but realize these aren't CD's, and they're not harmless lasers scanning the disc (though I did see a laser based turntable from Japan for about $10,000). It's inevitable that after repeated use, any player will damage a record. I have a Sony PS-LX300USB; I think it sounds great and have had only very few problems with it. Despite that, I am looking to upgrade to a Technics SL-1200M3D at some point. Just interviewed for a promotion at work so if I start making more money, I might finally get around to it. I have a Kenwood turntable in the roof space which I used from 1990 to 98. The turntable on that system didn’t sound as good as the CD player. The turntable part cost around £100 and the CD player was about £20 more. The turntable sounded cheap & plasticity but still way better than what most of my friends had (I stopped lending out vinyl records – don’t learn that one the hard way). The turntable still sounded more natural and open than the CD but it also sounded tinny, hollow and lacked punch. When I change my system in 98 I got a Rega Planar 3 – the difference was outstanding. Vinyl that previously sounded poor was brought back to life. This turntable sounded better than a CD player at twice the price. If a good turntable & cartridge is set-up correctly it should not damage the vinyl: I think they mention it somewhere in this Deep Listening: Why Audio Quality Matters: of course there has to be some wear & tear – there is friction but I have never wore a record out (not on my good system – yes on my very 1st turntable and the needle was built like a knitting needle) from personal experience - handle your vinyl carefully. To clean vinyl I use a carbon fibber vinyl record cleaning brush and that’s only when there is a build up of dust. Years ago I would use record cleaning solution – you shouldn’t have too if you are carefull. Maybe if you buy second-hand records then they will need cleaned. Check this out (but remember sometimes they are only trying to sell you something you don’t need) http://www.discomusic.com/101-more/6193_0_7_0_C/ Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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