SP/DIF on a turntable ?

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  1. iwatkins

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    Hi All,

    I'm looking for a turntable for the house as we still have a huge amount of vinyl that the missus (and if I'm honest, myself) doesn't want to consign to history.

    So I'm looking to buy a turntable that will be connected to our AV amp (Sony STR-VA555ES) that we are both happy with musically.

    Now, I was just going to buy a turntable and connect up as normal to the phono inputs on the amp.

    However, during my search I've come across a couple of turntables in my price range that have a SP/DIF output. I.e. I could hook it up using an optical link to the many spare optical inputs on the amp.

    Has anybody any experience of these turntables and do they affect the sound ? I would guess you are looking at an analogue to digital conversion for the ouput on the deck and then a digital to analogue conversion back on the amp side.

    At least the signal should be safe in transit in what is a electrically noisy corner of the room.

    Any thoughts welcome.

    Cheers

    Ian
     
  2. ReTrO

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    You're better of looking at good 'normal' deck without the digital output, the only ones of these I've seen have been for DJ'ing purposes.

    I would start from the Rega P2, £199 +cartridge
    Classic deck been around for about 30 years now, with a few updates mind.

    Depends on your budget, how much did you have in mind?
     
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    Hi Richard,

    Yes, the decks I've seen with digital output were aimed at the DJ'ing world, but looked of high quality.

    My budget is around the £300 mark but as I haven't bought a turntable in the past 15 years I'm not really very knowledgable as what is good and what is rot ;)

    I'll take a look at Rega which sounds reasonable price wise.

    Cheers

    Ian
     
  4. ReTrO

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    For £300 you could get a P2, a decent cartridge, around £40-60 and a project phono stage which is £40. That would certainly be a good starting point.
     
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    The old Marantz vinyl -> sp/dif 'de-clicking' units crop up on ebay every now and then but they're £200+. RS cleared these out in ~'91 for peanuts.

    You can always get a line-level convertor for ~£20 and use that.

    HTH,
    Mike.
     
  6. dts_boy

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    and heres me thinkin that turtable and digital output were two words not allowed to be used in the same sentance!
    i have recently got a project rpm4 and am very happy with it, was about £300, although that is a discounted price.
     
  7. ReTrO

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    Just to reopen this thread.

    I bought a Rega P3 deck last weekend, and very pleased with it I am. Just need to get a decent selection on vinyl to play on it now.
     
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    Nice!!! I cant imagine why anyone would want a turntable with a spdif output!! A Phono output is miles better quality then spdif anyway!!!:confused:

    Have you got a decent phono stage to go with that?
     
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    At the moment I am simply running into the phono stage of my Denon AVR2800. When I get my AVR300 later thsi year I will get a Project SE stage to run with it.
     

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