£30 record player is fine

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2020/08/03/30-record-player-is-fine.html

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Amen! Collect vinyl if you want, but don’t delude yourself that even with a turntable better than this piece of crap that it is better than modern sound recording.

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27tgai

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Why is it whenever a turntable appears on Boingboing that it’s a lo-fi, children grade piece of garbage I wouldn’t play my most hated records on?

@jhbadger My wall of vinyl and Linn LP12 beg to differ, a nice spec turntable with a magnetic cartridge can be a sublime musical experience. And this comes from a guy with a wall of cd’s too.

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Awesome, I can now go to my local thrift store and stock up on some Lawrence Welk albums, since that’s the only thing they ever seem to have.

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Grab some Herb Alpert while you’re there - you know you’ll find it.

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In England, certainly, there will also be a copy of Phil Collins’ ‘No Jacket Required’. It’s some kind of ancient bylaw.

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Hammers, specially designed for hitting one’s head with. Where can I get one that’s both reasonably priced, and yet still effective? Does the manufacturer offer a matching themed aftercare kit? Can I upgrade the device to make custom marks on my skull? How long before this one becomes obsolete?

It’s complicated, I know…

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Probably Beegees or Engelbert Humperdink as the US corollary.

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::makes popcorn, settles in for the inevitable argument, is not disappointed::

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[Amazon, but don’t]

Now we know what to put on a T-shirt. Can I order it from the BB store?

Alternatively, can this be the standard for all referral-code links from now on?

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I just gave a Jensen turntable to the thrift. Bought it for $20 because it had adjustable speed & I needed to play some records. Sound was terrible: weak & tinny on its own & horribly distorted when augmented with speakers. I was glad to get it out of the house.

I’m looking to transfer some old vinyl to digital. Might anyone have a recommendation for a decent turntable of reasonable quality and cost for this purpose, with USB? (I have an old turntable so connection to a decent sound card is a possible solution too.)

I got this for $40. Surprisingly decent for the price.

The software they supply to convert vinyl to digital is a bit fiddly - they opted for simplicity instead of functionality - but it does the trick just fine with a bit of practice.

Don’t let any audiovinylophile hear you say that.

^^^^^ this. The turntable mentioned in this post probably has a ceramic cartridge, which makes it sound like it’s playing from the bottom of a coffee can. Just say no.

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Crowley was currently doing 110 mph somewhere east of Slough. Nothing about him looked particularly demonic, at least by classical standards. No horns, no wings. Admittedly he was listening to a Best of Queen tape, but no conclusions should be drawn from this because all tapes left in a car for more than a fortnight metamorphose into Best of Queen albums.

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Yes, this one is great. I used mine to digitize a bunch of 1960s-1970s radio station programming element discs my uncle saved from the trash on a construction job.

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