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    Musical Hall or Rega

    I have been looking at a Music Hall 7.1 and a Rega RP6 anybody have any input on this decision?

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    I have been enjoying my Rega for over 16 years now. It has been upgraded with the latest motor and has been braced similar to the RP6. Other than speaking on reliability I can only welcome you to AR and we have one member who has the Music Hall 7.1. I am sure he will be along to give his insights to that table.
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    Back to Vinyl

    Quote Originally Posted by mjennings909 View Post
    I have been looking at a Music Hall 7.1 and a Rega RP6 anybody have any input on this decision?
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    Thanks for the welcome I want to go to analog but I haven't looked at turntables in along time the last one I had was a pioneer pl518 direct drive that I bought in 1978. I found out there is a lot to learn and my budget is around $1500 not including the phono amp. I listen to mostly 70's rock

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    Quote Originally Posted by mjennings909 View Post
    Thanks for the welcome I want to go to analog but I haven't looked at turntables in along time the last one I had was a pioneer pl518 direct drive that I bought in 1978. I found out there is a lot to learn and my budget is around $1500 not including the phono amp. I listen to mostly 70's rock

    They will be along to respond when next they check in to the Forums. There are few instant responses. Mr Peabody recently checked out the Clearaudio Concept turntable which is in your budget. He purchased the Clearaudio Performance which is a step up. The VPI Traveler is also within budget. As people read this they will have suggestions.
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    I have another question besides the TT, being on a budget how would you allocate the money as far as importance, being TT #1 where would you rank the Cart and the phono amp?

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    I would spend approximately twice as much on my cart as I do on my phono pre. IMO a good cart can make a budget pre sound good, but a good pre can't make a budget cart sound good.
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    Thanks for that, makes sense, by the way are you happy with you Music Hall TT?

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    Hi and welcome to the forum!

    I have a MM-7.1 and really enjoy it. It's a fine TT that I believe is underrated. Very quiet background...and the motor is not connected but separate from the TT. It lives up to its name...Musical. Its a more airy presentation with great mids and a bottom as well. I have a $600 phono stage which is neutral and I have a $700 cart. So it's a very nice sounding Record player that sounds great. The Clearaudio Concept JM mention is also another great table. But you have to be sure of a great stable foundation with it or you may have foot falls. My rig is in my basement on concrete floors but have not hear about any problems with foot falls on wood floors.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mjennings909 View Post
    Thanks for that, makes sense, by the way are you happy with you Music Hall TT?
    I started with Music Hall's 2.1. I had that for about 6 months and upgraded to the 5.1, because my dealer gave me full price as a trade in on the new table. The 5.1 is a nice intermediate table and it fits my needs. I'm not a vinyl junkie and still enjoy CD's and computer audio, so I haven't put as much into my vinyl rig as some of the other guys on this site.
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    Bryston BDA-1 ( DAC )
    Sennheiser HD-600 (Headphones)
    Musical Fidelity Xcan V3 (Headphone Amp) _

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    Usher X-616 (Center)
    Usher S-520 (Surrounds)
    Rel T2 (Subwoofer)
    Anthem MCA20 (Amp)
    Yamaha RX-A830 (Receiver)
    Panasonic TH-46PZ85U (Plasma TV)
    Denon DBT-1713UD (BluRay/SACD)

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    Does anybody know anything about the Vincent PHO-8 preamp?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mjennings909 View Post
    Does anybody know anything about the Vincent PHO-8 preamp?
    Have you decided on a phono cartridge yet? Some carts work with some preamps better than others. If you know a cart or type of cart you will be sticking with it would be easy to suggest a preamp. I happen to be quite pleased with the Simaudio Moon 110LP phono preamp and I would suggest it.
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    I am leaning towards the Ortofon 2m blue

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    I have not personally, but a buddy of mine has the PHO-8 preamp and compared it to a PS Audio GCPH phono stage and said while not better than the PS Audio, said it wasnt that far off....and he had a 2M Blue as well as a 2M Bronze.
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    Some are harden fans of certain japanese direct drive tables with the PL518 on their list. You might first try making sure your table set up is optimized and then add a new cart and phono stage to see what your old table does first. This is assuming you may still have the table.

    The Clearaudio Concept is certainly a great table in that price but as mentioned you have to have a solid floor or the magnetic arm may skip. Also it's vary transparent and quiet which may not be the most exciting for 70's rock. I had a Rega P3 for years before I recently upgraded. The 7.1 or Rega are decent choices.

    It's pretty well accepted that a better table with less expensive cart will yield better sound than a mediocre table with expensive cart. I also don't think you should skimp on a phono stage. It doesn't make sense to spend $1500.00 plus on a table and run it through a $200.00 phno stage. Cost is not always the factor but you do have to get one that will perform. You may have to rely on those with experience or the dealer to find what phono stages have synergy with certain cartridges, also, the cart has to be a good fit with the table, will it track good etc.

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    My first turntable was a marble based Kenwood and the store included a Shure M91ED for $0.99. I have never paid over $600 for a phono cartridge or $600 for a phono preamp. My current table when new was about $495. Of course as you add cost of upgrades it's cost is much greater than original purchase price.

    I own an Audio Technica F7 low output moving coil cartridge. When I first installed it I thought what a good budget LO MC. Several mods later I reinstalled it and was pleased with how much better the cartridge sounded. Since the first time using it I updated the motor with the 24V and Michael Lim braces. Since the table improved sonically so did the cartridge.

    I agree with Mr Peabody that you need a good turntable first. Using the low vibration motor, machined subplatter, ceramic bearing and top and bottom braces the noise floor dropped and when there is less noise there is more music.

    As far as a phono preamp I have a budget recommendation. This is from my experience using Ortofon OM 10's and 20's. The Cambridge Audio 650P which is now the 651P does a very nice job for the money with the Ortofon cartridges. If you have no interest in ever trying LO MC cartridges you could even go with the 551P. There was one review where for high output cartridges such as your Blue they liked the 551P even better. Some designers believe it is better to have a single gain stage in their preamps. I think this is true at the budget end. Two warnings is the 650P sounds less good when the subsonic filter is used and it does not have enough gain for low output moving coil cartridges. I would say anything below .4 mv and dynamics suffer.

    I would also check out Musical Fidelity's entry level phono preamp. Creek is another brand worth checking out. It all depends on your budget and how much you want upgrade in the future. Can you see yourself ever buying a $2,000 cartridge? There are a lot of ways to spend your money and if I had more of it I might upgrade but nothing about my vinyl set up makes me want to upgrade.
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    I really appreciate everyone's input, obviously I want to make the right decision. Does anybody have a dealer they recommend, I live in Raleigh NC, is Needle Doctor reputable?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mjennings909 View Post
    I really appreciate everyone's input, obviously I want to make the right decision. Does anybody have a dealer they recommend, I live in Raleigh NC, is Needle Doctor reputable?

    I have had great service at Needle Doctor and Music Direct. Most of my system is from Music Direct. Several cartridges, tweaks and cables from Needle Doctor.
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    JM, ever here of Lejonklou phono stages? They are designed purely for MM and according to Michael Fremer, and the guy I bought my table from, they are supposed to be incredible. Here's a deal on one:
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    Michael Fremer called the Kinki 3 the best moving magnet only phono preamp that he had heard. We think its good enough to question buying a moving coil phono cartridge.



    The Kinki 3 is compact and simple and offers the best moving magnet sound weve heard, and at a reasonable price. Our demo unit comes with full factory warranty and is in like new condition. Only one available at this price.



    Learn more about the Lejonklou Kinki 3 here: Osage Audio Products, LLC.

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    I'd go see what they have at this store -

    Charlotte/Raleigh, NC?Brands?B&W, Lutron, Integra, Control4, McIntosh

    They list VPI and Clearaudio on their website. Between the MMF-7.1 and the RP6, it's personal preference. Both are very nice. I'd consider the Dynavector 10X5 with either of these, or the Clearaudio Concept. The VPI Traveler is approximately within budget, assuming the 2M Blue cartridge. If you go to the Raleigh shop, you might also ask about the Musical Surroundings phono preamps.

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    Thanks for that, they are going to actually let me take a Clearaudio Concept with MC home to play it on my system for 2 days. This one has 100 hours on it and they will sell it to me if I like for $1800

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    Quote Originally Posted by mjennings909 View Post
    Thanks for that, they are going to actually let me take a Clearaudio Concept with MC home to play it on my system for 2 days. This one has 100 hours on it and they will sell it to me if I like for $1800
    Bargain! I would not pass up that deal. Did they recommend a phono preamp? Let us know what you think.
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    I forget now what budget was but the Clearaudio and Musical Surroundings phono stages have serious synergy.

    When you hear the Concept I suspect it will sound like no other table you've heard before, The thing to concentrate on is the detail flowing through. My personal taste so far I am not a big fan of the Clearaudio carts, it's just sort of the tone they have. If for some reason you find the audition not quite to your liking, see if they will swap the Clearaudio for an Ortofon 2M Black, they actually track some better and more neutral and lively. Ortofon has a nnew MC series but I haven't heard any of them. Looking forward to hearing back from you on your thoughts of the table. Play a big variety of your LP's because production quality varies a lot.

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    Yes I will, I am excited to hear it. I am getting it on Saturday, to answer JM question they are going to let me use a Sutherland Insight phono preamp. They said it sells for $1400. 100 hours on that table isn't very much is it?
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    100 hours is not much, it may be about broke in at that point. The Insight is a nice phono stage, I believe battery powered. The Musical Surroundings Super Nova 2 is $1200.00 you might want to check it out before purchasing. You couldn't go wrong with either.

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