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    • Candyb101
    • By Candyb101 5th Jan 20, 7:26 PM
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    Vinyl Record Player 5th Jan 20 at 7:26 PM
    Daughter is wanting a vinyl record player ..
    I've seen reviews on the ones HMV are selling .. not too good.
    Is it worth getting an older one like we used to have .. are they still good enough for a 15 year old ??
    Or better buying new and paying a bit more??
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    • duncanthedog
    • By duncanthedog 6th Jan 20, 8:58 AM
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    Dad got quite a decent turntable from Lidl a few years ago for under 40, it connects to the computer so he is able to record his LPs digitally, I think Aldi had one similar recently for about 60 but must be sold out as not showing on their website.
    • Voyager2002
    • By Voyager2002 7th Jan 20, 12:52 AM
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    An older, genuine record deck will give far more pleasant music than the kind of thing that Lidl sells. And remember that a 15 year-old will have more precise hearing than an older person, so will notice quality differences that might pass us by.

    As always, the best option is to look for a good second-hand Linn Sonndeck. If that is not available then the old favourites like the Rega Planar 3 continue to give good results.
    • googler
    • By googler 7th Jan 20, 12:10 PM
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    • 7th Jan 20, 12:10 PM
    What's the budget? Does she have an existing audio system with a phono input that the TT can be connected to, or do you need to budget for this too?

    Avoid the plastic retro-styled machines from HMV, supermarkets and the catalogues that fall out of magazines.

    Will advise further once budget stated.
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    • By SuperPikachu 7th Jan 20, 2:17 PM
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    • 7th Jan 20, 2:17 PM
    We have the GPO Attach! "suitcase" style one (can be found on amazon etc ~40+).

    It is 'OK' but that is about as far as I could possibly rate it. The recording side of things is interesting, but limits the tracks to 128KBs so they sound a bit crap anyway on your pc.

    I personally would have preferred to have grabbed a proper size 2nd hand one on ebay or whatever.
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    • vacheron
    • By vacheron 10th Jan 20, 8:10 AM
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    An older, genuine record deck will give far more pleasant music than the kind of thing that Lidl sells. And remember that a 15 year-old will have more precise hearing than an older person, so will notice quality differences that might pass us by.

    As always, the best option is to look for a good second-hand Linn Sonndeck. If that is not available then the old favourites like the Rega Planar 3 continue to give good results.
    Originally posted by Voyager2002
    While I agree, I will take a punt that the price of price of a decent used Linn Sonkdek plus the necessary arm, cartridge, appropriate amp with phono stage (or line amp plus external phono stage) and speakers of a quality which does justice to the source, plus the cost of an expert to set up the arm / cartridge alignment, tracking, anti-skating, damping and balancing, may not be within the "record player for daughter" budget expectations

    I used to be Hi-Fi mad in my late teens / early 20's, and a setup incorporating a LP12 was one of the best soounding systems I have ever heard. I could now now afford one, but even I can't justify it to myself.
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    • googler
    • By googler 12th Jan 20, 10:23 AM
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    • 12th Jan 20, 10:23 AM
    I will take a punt that the price of price of a decent used Linn Sonkdek ... may not be within the "record player for daughter" budget expectations
    Originally posted by vacheron
    ...and if the OP could be persuaded to tell us their budget ...
    • googler
    • By googler 15th Jan 20, 12:28 PM
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    • 15th Jan 20, 12:28 PM
    Ah, well. OP has gone.
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