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bobziggen
07-23-2011, 03:11 PM
So I was at a friends house baked as potatoes and we were going through his closet. We found a bunch of records. Listened to Dark Side of the Moon, Deep Purple, Master of Reality, Paranoid, Iron Butterfly. I'm hooked and want my own record player. I'm looking for something under $150 with ~decent~ sound quality. I'd rather not get one of those Ion things cause you have to either buy more speakers or a stereo, or rip the vynil to an mp3. I just want to listen to the record. The one we were using at my friends house was some Crosley thing. It had a radio, CD, cassette, and record player. I might get that unless theres a different and better suggestion.

http://a7.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/197657_1853019453117_1469720865_31614257_6289442_n .jpg

copsandprepssuck
07-23-2011, 03:14 PM
http://www.nextag.com/Electrohome-EANOS501-Nostalgia-music-820663001/prices-html?nxtg=12c50a500505-193B887B4746F6F3

we got my pops that for fathers day a few years ago cause hes got a huge ass vinyl collection. its not bad quality but doesnt really go that loud if thats what youre looking for.

unfun
07-23-2011, 03:25 PM
i might have what your friend has

http://www.google.com/products/catalog?hl=en&q=Crosley+Musician+Entertainment+Center+CR704+Audi o+system+-+Paprika&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.&biw=1440&bih=728&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=12626531797115496642&sa=X&ei=b0krTpWtLafh0QGymY3oCg&ved=0CCoQ8wIwAQ

i got it at kohls for 75 dollars. its great but is unnecessarily big.

bobziggen
07-23-2011, 03:46 PM
I'm looking at this one. http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Crosley+-+Lancaster+Turntable+-+Oak/2708258.p?id=1218348485866&skuId=2708258&st=Record%20player&cp=1&lp=34

It has everything I need including a headphone line out jack right on the front. I could just plug computer speakers in through that if I wanted to couldn't I?

dtj16
07-23-2011, 03:52 PM
http://www.google.com/products/catalog?hl=en&q=numark+turn+table+portable&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.&biw=1521&bih=689&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=13779673525517064988&sa=X&ei=glArToy7G9OGsgK3-42ACw&ved=0CEkQ8wIwAw

If you're looking for one thats cheap, but still solid.

Also you can hook it up to your computer, and use surround sound with it..

unfun
07-23-2011, 05:24 PM
I'm looking at this one. http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Crosley+-+Lancaster+Turntable+-+Oak/2708258.p?id=1218348485866&skuId=2708258&st=Record%20player&cp=1&lp=34 (http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Crosley+-+Lancaster+Turntable+-+Oak/2708258.p?id=1218348485866&skuId=2708258&st=Record%20player&cp=1&lp=34)

It has everything I need including a headphone line out jack right on the front. I could just plug computer speakers in through that if I wanted to couldn't I?
i think you need to buy special cables or something

bobziggen
07-23-2011, 06:27 PM
Oh, what do I need the extra cables for? And what type of cables.

unfun
07-23-2011, 06:57 PM
i have no clue, but awhile ago my dad gave me a turntable that didn't have speakers. i asked him if i could use computer speakers and he said i needed extra parts for that

ISuckAtSkating
07-23-2011, 06:59 PM
I'm looking at this one. http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Crosley+-+Lancaster+Turntable+-+Oak/2708258.p?id=1218348485866&skuId=2708258&st=Record%20player&cp=1&lp=34

It has everything I need including a headphone line out jack right on the front. I could just plug computer speakers in through that if I wanted to couldn't I?
Yes, if there's a 3.5mm (Pretty standard, used on Apple products and most phones and MP3 players these days) jack on the front for headphones, you can plug computer speakers into it, no extra parts.

unfun
07-23-2011, 07:06 PM
oh well there you go then

bobziggen
07-23-2011, 07:18 PM
Rad, cause I already ordered it.

Chump Champ
07-23-2011, 08:25 PM
It's a disease. You find your parent's old records, and just want a shitty setup to listen to them on. It's not going to cost you much, and it'll be something unique. Why not?

Then you decide that you should get a receiver to get that warm vintage sound. Then you start looking into good speakers. Then you drive to random people's houses that you meet on Craigslist to pick up said items. Then you buy all the cables for it. Then you start getting records, one at a time. Soon your life is consumed by the quest for superior sound quality and record ownage.

It's fun though man, records really make you interact with your music, and the sound quality is killer.. Here's a rare Flaming Lips record I just got, each record is hand-made and uniquely colored.

http://a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/281526_1935624910241_1230870417_31623980_3308391_n .jpg

And here's my setup! With a Flaming Lips boxset in the front, because I really don't have a life outside of that band.

http://a7.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/261334_1899793974490_1230870417_31577970_4037998_n .jpg

And here is a record my girlfriend bought me because she thinks she's funny. Autographed by Dick Smith himself!

http://29.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lnsmvxX6jU1qb4zxzo1_500.jpg

Happy collecting! Check out audiokarma if you ever have any questions about anything, I just googled the question and put audiokarma at the end and something always came up.

bobziggen
07-23-2011, 09:35 PM
Dude, thats sick! I'm sure if I had a bigger room I would've saved and gotten a proper setup. But for now my room is too small so I'm just going for the basics.

Albums I'm going to buy (in order)

Innerspeaker - Tame Impala
Unknown Pleasures - Joy Division
Merriweather Post Pavilion - Animal Collective.

Chump Champ
07-23-2011, 09:43 PM
Dude, thats sick! I'm sure if I had a bigger room I would've saved and gotten a proper setup. But for now my room is too small so I'm just going for the basics.

Albums I'm going to buy (in order)

Innerspeaker - Tame Impala
Unknown Pleasures - Joy Division
Merriweather Post Pavilion - Animal Collective.

You're the man, Innerspeaker is literally the next album I'm buying. So so good, and so underrated!

I got MPP at their concert, you're gonna love that one. My Girls, No More Runnin, and Brother Sport really sound amazing

bobziggen
07-23-2011, 09:53 PM
Yea man, AC is neat. I saw them in Santa Cruz in April. They played Brothersport, and Summertime Clothes which were my favorites from the set. I think they also played Lion in a Coma, but I didn't really recognize any of the other songs.

I almost saw Tame Impala live in San Fran in April also, but my friends were either busy, or didn't want to go. I should've just gone by myself and met somebody new at the show. I'll be kicking myself until I actually see them.

Chump Champ
07-23-2011, 10:38 PM
Yea man, AC is neat. I saw them in Santa Cruz in April. They played Brothersport, and Summertime Clothes which were my favorites from the set. I think they also played Lion in a Coma, but I didn't really recognize any of the other songs.

I almost saw Tame Impala live in San Fran in April also, but my friends were either busy, or didn't want to go. I should've just gone by myself and met somebody new at the show. I'll be kicking myself until I actually see them.

I hear Tame Impala is kind of rough live. Not that it matters in particular, but just a little heads up haha. Brother Sport was the funnest moment at a concert for me in a while. All these freaky people were dancing on the lawn just living in summer, it was phenomenal.

igrindtwinkies
07-23-2011, 10:41 PM
vinyl is addictive as fuck. i just got a cheap turntable connected to my parents old amp and speakers. it works but id lovee to have a nice setup

i bought to lp's ive been lookin for for a while today. got crosby stills nash & young-4 way street and david crosby-if i could only remember my name. first records i bought in a while since ive been broke lately.

and some advice for those new to vinyl, always check the condition of the wax before you buy it. dont wanna buy something and find out it skips.

Chump Champ
07-23-2011, 10:44 PM
Also, clean new vinyl before playing. Old vinyl too obviously, but most people don't think to clean new ones.

I am determined on getting a Jurassic 5 record, but for whatever reason those things run for at least $75 anywhere I've seen them. I will hold out hope that someone just gave one to Goodwill...

bobziggen
07-23-2011, 10:47 PM
What do I clean them with? I hope I don't have to buy some special cleaning solution.. I'd rather just use any household items.

igrindtwinkies
07-24-2011, 12:46 AM
90% and up isopryl alcohol will work. id do a google search on the subject.

unfun
07-24-2011, 03:07 AM
i never clean mine. but i never buy old records either, most of mine were pressed within the last 5 years.

i liked getting colored vinyl
http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/32/1004053c.jpg/

riskitforabiscuit
07-24-2011, 06:23 AM
http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/250277_10150262687286428_613461427_7846375_4639247 _n.jpg

A few personal favourites from my collection I had out a little earlier. Anyone who likes all of these gets mad e-respect.

Chump Champ
07-25-2011, 05:39 PM
Cleaning solution is like 30 bucks if you don't want it homemade. I'd really recommend springing for it though because it'll last quite a while, preserve your records for longer, and make the sound quality better.

codycantskate
07-25-2011, 05:54 PM
riskit's taste for music kicks ass, I really need to find the old records my dad has

bobziggen
07-25-2011, 07:56 PM
The Crosley Lancaster should be here on Friday according to UPS track package. Would anybody happen to know anyplace to buy records (in store not online) in the San Jose CA area?

unfun
07-25-2011, 08:14 PM
record stores usually suck because the store has to make a profit, as well as the seller. its best to get them online from the label's website, i pay 4-15 dollars for a full length. most new releases at the record store closest to me cost 30-40 dollars

bobziggen
07-25-2011, 08:16 PM
Lol, alright then, fuck that shit I'ma just buy from www.rasputinmusic.com

Or I actually might just drive up to their retail store cause its near my friends house and I need to chill with him anyway.

Chump Champ
07-25-2011, 08:21 PM
No dude, support your local record stores! The prices really aren't that different. Considering shipping costs as well, and it breaks about even.

unfun
07-25-2011, 09:19 PM
you must have some awesome record stores near you then, all the stores in the phoenix area suck. i sometimes go to them for used records though

riskitforabiscuit
07-26-2011, 05:42 AM
There's a good record store near me that has a great second hand section. Loads of 7"s, a lot of crap, but you'll find some unexpected gems here and there. Got the Chemical People/Big Drill Car split 7" (the one where they cover KISS and Cheap Trick) just the other day.

bobziggen
08-12-2011, 12:51 PM
So when the first record player got here, the speakers didn't work so I returned it and got a new one. Well its finally here so I started using it. Its awesome! I grabbed a few from my dad's collection too.

http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/223692_1886543411195_1469720865_31657432_5523113_n .jpg

Waveshaper
08-12-2011, 12:59 PM
You have just inspired me to finally buy a record player, have fun with that stuff bro.