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So I was browsing the local record store and ended up picking up a copy of Radiohead's The Bends on vinyl today. Problem is, I don't have much of a setup to listen to vinyl. I do have a record player (Technics SL-Q2 with what appears to be a Grado needle). What I want to know is what's the best way to play this? I could get an RCA to mini plug adapter and run it into my soundcard (Creative X-fi Xtrememusic), but what are my other alternatives? Would I get any benefit with some other setup? Also, my speakers are Logitech x-2300 and my headphones are Sennheiser EH150s. Any input is appreciated.
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To connect the turntable to your soundcard or speakers you will need a phono pre-amp, this is because a turntable puts out a different level signal than other devices such as CD players or MP3 devices. A phono pre-amp changes the signal to one that your speakers or soundcard can work with effectively.

They aren't expensive, you should be able to pick one up for under $40-50.
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To connect the turntable to your soundcard or speakers you will need a phono pre-amp, this is because a turntable puts out a different level signal than other devices such as CD players or MP3 devices. A phono pre-amp changes the signal to one that your speakers or soundcard can work with effectively.

They aren't expensive, you should be able to pick one up for under $40-50.
So my best bet is just getting a phono pre-amp and hooking up to my sound card? Is there a particular pre-amp you'd recommend?
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So my best bet is just getting a phono pre-amp and hooking up to my sound card? Is there a particular pre-amp you'd recommend?
I don't really know much about them, I've never needed one. I just know that you do need one

There are a few members on here with turntable setups so hopefully they will see this and offer some recommendations
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USB turntables are very cheap, I have an ION one, does the job nicely.

(edit: I tried with a normal deck at first but it was alot of messing, alot of feedback and not worth the hassle, just get a usb deck that is designed for the job. Plug it in and does what it says on the tin )
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USB turntables are very cheap, I have an ION one, does the job nicely.

(edit: I tried with a normal deck at first but it was alot of messing, alot of feedback and not worth the hassle, just get a usb deck that is designed for the job. Plug it in and does what it says on the tin )
Do not purchase a USB TT for the love of jeebus. You have a Technics TT and a pretty nice one at that. It's direct drive with a Grado needle! It will sound a ton better than any of those USB things.

Firstly grab one of these: It does it's job cheaply and effiently. It doesn't have humming or noise like some of the other cheap preamps. No matter what you do you will need a phono pre-amp.

I have a Technics SL-5300 hooked up to the pre-amp I mentioned above which in turn is going through a Behringer 502 mixer ( ) and then into my speakers. You could go this route and pull the audio from your computer into the mixer as well and then have it all in one spot, that is if you want another piece of gear on the desk.

If your audio card accepts a line in however, I would start with just the pre-amp going directly into your sound card and see how you like it. Good luck, but be careful, vinyl can be addicting.
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Do not purchase a USB TT for the love of jeebus. You have a Technics TT and a pretty nice one at that. It's direct drive with a Grado needle! It will sound a ton better than any of those USB things.

Firstly grab one of these: Amazon.com: Behringer PP400 Ultra-Compact Phono Preamp: Musical Instruments It does it's job cheaply and effiently. It doesn't have humming or noise like some of the other cheap preamps. No matter what you do you will need a phono pre-amp.

If your audio card accepts a line in however, I would start with just the pre-amp going directly into your sound card and see how you like it. Good luck, but be careful, vinyl can be addicting.
The TT is actually my dad's, and I'm glad to hear that it's nice. That pre-amp is cheaper than I was expecting, so that's nice. And my soundcard does have line in, so I'll just get the pre-amp.
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hmm currently i have a

attached to my 2 turntables (Stanton T.92 USB) and my computer which connects to my receiver. Although its prob bigger then what your looking for thought i would throw that out
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Ordered the Behringer pre-amp that Overthepond recommended +rep to those who helped
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Ordered the Behringer pre-amp that Overthepond recommended +rep to those who helped
Let us know how it goes!
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