Archive for the 'Vinyl Records' Category

Great new $350 turntable setup from LPGear.com

  LP Gear.com has a new turntable package available, one I am proud to have had a hand in putting together. The Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB is an excellent direct drive turntable with built-in phono preamp and USB connection.  It’s a great value as it ships from the manufacturer but the DJ-oriented cartridge is the weak link.  [...]

Nagaoka MP-110 phono cartridge

I’ve recently finished reviewing the Nagaoka MP-110 phono cartridge and it is now my favorite cartridge selling for under $100. The Nagaoka name may be unfamiliar if you are not an audiophile.  Nagaoka is a Japanese OEM producer of phono cartridges and many of their products are sold by other companies under different brand names.  [...]

Sound Advice Column Week 8, 2011 : 5.1 surround sound from cable/satellite boxes, iPad 2, At-LP120-USB Turntable update

Sound Advice By Don Lindich Week 8, 2011 Q. I just switched from cable to satellite and no longer get Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound from high-def channels, as I did with Comcast. I have the satellite box connected the same as before, with HDMI to the TV and an optical digital cable to my [...]

Sound Advice Column Week 6, 2011 : Audio-Technica AT-120-USB Turntable

Sound Advice By Don Lindich Week 6, 2011 Q. I know you are a fan of vinyl records fan and I need some help getting a new turntable for my sound system. Besides sound system duty I may want to transfer some of the music to my computer as well. My receiver doesn’t have an [...]

Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB Turntable : A real find at $200!

Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB Turntable Review By Don Lindich I recently tested the Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB turntable and the experience was quite delightful!  It’s nice to find a component that delivers performance and quality beyond its selling price and which is dramatically better than its like-priced competition.  As vinyl records are a subject near and dear to my [...]

The Vinyl Record Playback System

Pro-Ject Debut III prior to counterweight installation (weight on right) A complete system to play records is comprised of the following components: Turntable platter with mat The turntable:  The turntable’s job is to rotate the record smoothly and evenly, without introducing vibration from itself, while minimizing acoustic feedback as well as eliminate effects like footfalls, [...]

Vinyl Records and Why You Should Have a Turntable

KAB USA Technics SL-1210M5G Audiophile Standard Turntable (Spinning some Sinatra!) I am a big fan of vinyl records.  Collecting and listening to records is my very favorite part of the audio hobby, and seeing the recent resurgence of vinyl makes my heart glad. More and more people are embracing this wonderful format and there are [...]

Stanton L720EE Phono Cartridge : Product of the Day 3, 2010

Stanton L720 EE P-Mount/Universal Cartridge Jerry at Jerry’s Records (see my tour of Jerry’s) first clued me in on this one.  He uses Stanton cartridges on the turntables in his store, and the music playing throughout it certainly sounds good.  Kevin at KAB Electro Acoustics is a big fan of Stanton as well.  I have [...]

Pro-Ject RM-1.3 Turntable : Product of the Day, Day 1, 2010

Pro-ject RM-1.3 Turntable Outfit I love vinyl, so we are kicking the year off with a nice little turntable that looks great and is quite affordable! Sumiko had the sweet little Pro-Ject RM-1.3 turntable on display at CES 2010.  I’ve read about this turntable in British hi-fi magazines (where it is called the Genie and [...]

Jerry’s Records Website has a New Look

Looks like the Jerry’s Records website has a new look.  If you are a vinyl lover or simply love the nostalgia of old music and vinyl, check it out… and if you are ever in Pittsburgh be sure to stop by for a visit! Check out my tour of Jerry’s Records, too, with lots of [...]

Product of the Day, Day 23: Pro-ject Debut III Turntable

Pro-ject Debut III Turntable It’s no secret that I am a big fan of vinyl records and believe a turntable belongs in the system of every music lover.  Vinyl records are one of the few mature segments of packaged media that is showing growth; DVDs and CDs are down but vinyl sales have picked up [...]

Product of the Day, Day 12: Griffin Technology iMic with Final Vinyl

Griffin Technology iMic If you want to move your vinyl or cassette collection to your computer and your iPod, one of the easiest ways to do it (especially if you have a Mac) is via the Griffin Technology iMic.  It lists for a mere $49.99 and can be found for less. addthis_url = ‘http%3A%2F%2Fwww.soundadviceblog.com%2Fcomputers%2Fproduct-of-the-day-day-12-griffin-technology-imic-with-final-vinyl%2F’; addthis_title [...]

Product of the Day, Day 10: Parasound Zphono Phono Preamplifier

Parasound Zphono Phono Preamplifier The Parasound Zphono phono preamplifier is the right product at the right time for a lot of people.  It’s a top-performing component at an affordable price at a time when vinyl is enjoying a renaissance. A question many with have is, “Why is a phono preamplifier necessary?”  There are two reasons- [...]

New, used vinyl records available online, in store

Sound Advice By Don Lindich Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services Q: I am a musician and especially enjoy classic rock. Over the past few months I have built a system around your recommendations, specifically the Acculine A3 tower speakers, Pro-ject Debut III turntable and a vintage NAD receiver. To say I am happy is an [...]

Converting slides to digital, effectively upgrading a turntable

I’ve been quite focused on original content and some new sites I am developing, so I have been remiss in posting published columns on the site.  Over the next few weeks I’ll be posting some columns that were in newspapers but have not been posted on the site yet.  Stay tuned for more, about two [...]

Inexpensive Audiophile Turntables: The Rega P1 and Pro-ject Debut III

Inexpensive Audiophile Turntables: The Rega P1 and Pro-ject Debut III Sound Buys product review By Don Lindich   Not long ago few would have predicted the cover of the July/August 2007 edition of   Sound & Vision magazine would proclaim, “Vinyl Lives! Welcome to the Turntable Revival.” Audio buffs are gratified that people are rediscovering [...]

Product Review: Griffin iMic

Griffin iMic Sound Buys Product Review by Don Lindich Griffin’s iMic accessory works with both PC and Mac computers and adds analog sound inputs, a microphone input, and an audio outout via a USB port. It’s the answer many have been looking for as they look to make CDs of their vinyl record collection, transfer [...]

Sound Advice Week 21: Using computer and turntable with sound system, Apple iMac computers and digital video

Sound Advice By Don Lindich Week 21, 2007 Q: I’m interested in getting my computer and my turntable (I have a Pro-ject Debut III) to use the same speakers in my sound system. Of course I don’t need it to be simultaneous but I’d like to not have to fuss with cords if its possible. [...]

Analog vs. digital sound, Ray Charles vs. David Pogue

Sound Advice By Don Lindich Week 18, 2007 Q: I have many old record albums which I no longer listen to, mainly because I only have the time while driving. Recently I saw an ad for   the Teac model GF350. Is it a worthwhile for transfering my records to CDs?   Is there a [...]

Pro-ject RM-5 Turntable-Record Rennaisance in the iPod Age

  Pro-ject RM-5 turntable system Sound Buys product review by Don Lindich Though many may think turntables have gone the way of the dodo in this digital age of CDs and iPods, nothing could be further than the truth. Did you know that last year more turntables were sold than in 1984, when compact disc [...]