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Thank you Don.
This is a two part question;- If a fella wanted to venture into the world of vinyl (and had a TT already), what's a good cheap inexpensive DIY phono preamp project to start with (Bottlehead Seduction???). Preferably tubed. Something that's reasonably respected in the vinyl community, and could be considered a "keeper" for a long period of time. Meaning something that sounds good enough and won't HAVE TO be upgraded anytime soon due to "less than desirable" sound quality. But, that being said, modability to something nicer down the road would be a definite advantage.- Next; What with this moving coil/moving magnet thing and how do you know what you've got. I've asked this question before, and was given good answers, but it apparently didn't sink in since I didn't remember it. Apparently, preamp choice depends on the type of cartridge you have?? I think.Good thread Larry and John. You vinyl guys have managed to drag me (kicking and screaming) into wanting vinyl a few times but so far you haven't succeeded. I've been able to resist your dangling carrots. Although I am the proud owner of an AR-XA that sounded pretty impressive on a buddy's pair of Maggies.Thanks guys!Bob
Hey Jim, that's good information to know. When I'm ready to venture back into TT's, I'll look him up.Is there a thread about it somewhere?Thank you!Bob
This is a newbie TT setup question. I was surprised by this when it happened to me tonight.TT ground wires are often too short or not properly connected which usually causes hum problems. So today I received a new (to me) tube phono amp and used the same ground wire that I had used with my other phono amp. There was major speaker hum with this tube phono amp in my system- the hum was about 12db (@54.5 - 43db ambient). My SS phono amp has zero hum.I started looking up alternate connection options online. I also disconnected and reconnected all the TT cables. It was still there. Tried connecting the phono amp power to my CIAudio DC filter- the same hum. Attempting another connection for the ground. I completely disconnected the wire from the phono amp and turned on the system - NO HUM. Zero. Questions:1. So I had no idea that I could run the TT without connecting the ground wire. Is it typically optional?2. Is the phono amp or integrated amp/ receiver the only device that should be used for the other end of the ground wire?3. What is the best type of wire to use to make a replacement or extension ground wire?Thanks, and hope this helps other vinyl newbies.
since i last chimed in here, i have also been fighting the dreaded ground loop hum. actually nothing new to me, i have ALWAYS been fighting this battle (at least since i have decided to go to a tube preamp). i think as of yesterday i have the problem licked, but when i got rid of the hum and could actually hear my TT, i realized i have another noise buried under all that hum. it is rumble? doing a quick google search has lead me to find out that it is a common occurrence in TT's and usually comes from the bearings? to make sure this is really what i have, let me point out that i hear it most easily without a record playing. i don't really notice any rumble with an album on (but that may be because the music covers it up). i have read that there are 'rumble filters' that you can buy, anyone have any experience with these/suggestions?
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