I think it's pretty clear that the boom is coming to an end but I think that the net result will be an increase in the number of people using vinyl as a format in comparison to the figures 'pre-boom.' The upper echelons of the market will continue to be pretty much unaffected.Nice article, however a number of sites are now pointing to the fact that vinyl sales have started to fall, after many years of increasing, so it will be interesting to see whether it will last long term, or finally die out.
Sort of; the all in one players use them but they are no longer reversible as far as I know.Quick question, are ceramic cartridges still made? (You could turn the stylus over from stereo to 78) as they were the most common in the 60s & 70s, for cheaper and all in one models.
Rega haven't done themselves any favours with their product naming!thanks for this article ED... i will be buying a turntable for one specific reason in particular, to listen to the beatles mono vinyl boxset which was made for vinyl from analogue to analogue source from beginning to end. i have a decent amp which has a phone stage, and checking the manual, it accepts a direct connection from a moving magnetic type turntable. since reading your article i quite fancy the Rega Planer 3, now having a quick look on ebay, some sellers are saying that they are selling the Rega Planer 3 because it has been updated with the P3 is that a newer model of the same turntable? (yesterday i really wanted to buy the rolling stones in mono on vinyl, but the price was just too much after buying the beatles boxset which was more important to me, so i had to settle for the stones on CD.
now in relation to cartridges do you need to get different ones for both stereo and mono or is their a do it all type cartridge, and how can i differentiate between what makes a quality cartridge over a not so good cartridge. i do like the idea of also being able to transfer files via usb but i dont think the p3 does that really between 300-500 is my budget for everything
I would flip that on its head, as if you’re buying a lot of vinyl then it becomes about as important as having a mass of songs on a phone, (You don’t really take much notice) whereas if you focus on a certain type of vinyl (Just like Hi-Res Downloads or physical media) you will be looking for as higher quality as possible.I have a particular philosophy regarding Turntables based on how big a collection you imagine yourself having. If we assume that 100 records takes up 1 foot of shelf space, that gives us a visual clue to help lend perspective.
If you do not see yourself eventually having 4 feet to 5 feet of records, then I'm inclined to say get a good but very basic turntable in the £250 to £500 range. There are really some very nice highly regarded turntables in that range. However, if you see yourself as a more serious collector with perhaps 3ft to 10ft of albums (300 to 1000), then it might pay to get a more expensive turntable, say in the £500 to £1500 range.
So, the underlying question is - How serious are you about collecting Vinyl? If you can't see yourself with 5 feet of albums, then I not sure you should see yourself with a high end turntable. The lesser the quantity of albums, the lesser the turntable (up to a point). A lesser collection also implies lesser seriousness. A greater collection of 500 or more albums indicates a greater seriousness about collecting vinyl, and that implies a more serious turntable.
Now, obviously, I'm not handing down edicts on stone tablets. These are guideline meant to lend perspective. But for under 500 albums, I think most people would be perfectly satisfied with a turntable in the roughly £250 to £500 range. You can get a Audio Technica Direct Drive LP120 turntable on the low end of that range. On the low side of the middle, you can get the very well regarded Project Carbon Debut DC with Ortofon 2M Red. Equally for under £500, you can get the REGA Planar 2 with Performance Pack. There are all very good very worthy turntables.
So, in my scenario, the number of vinyl albums implies the degree of seriousness, and that implies the degree of turntable you should get. Certainly it you are sitting on a wealth of cash, nothing to stop you from buying a premium turntable for a couple hundred albums. Equally, if you have 1000 albums, nothing wrong with a good basic turntable.
But to lend perspective, my idea of about £1 spent on the turntable for each album you have (or ultimately anticipate having), as a broad generalization, is not far off from what people typically do.
There are many good turntable in the roughly £250 to £500 range, sufficient to satisfy a vast majority of people.
But carrying on with my theme, one has to ask, is it justified to spend £1000 or more on a turntable for only 100 albums? Of course, that is the decision of each individual, but as a generalization, I would say - No.
Also, it has been a while since I counted so I'm not sure, but I think 100 albums would be in the range of 10" to 12" (250mm to 300mm) of shelf space. But since we are only using this to visualize the approximate size of a collection, it is easy enough to use 12" (300mm).
Just a few thoughts.
I don't think you'd fit 100 vinyl 12" records (album or single) in one foot width myself TBH. I'd say it's much less than that, especially if you don't have them so tightly packed together that you can't flip through them or even pull one out .If we assume that 100 records takes up 1 foot of shelf space
I had counted and measures this before somewhat recently, but the details were a bit foggy in my brain. Currently my best guess was 10" to 12" for 100 albums. As it turned out, I still had every 10th record pulled forward, so it was very easy to measure again.I don't think you'd fit 100 vinyl 12" records (album or single) in one foot width myself TBH. ....
I don't think anyone could find fault with that system, and considering all you are getting, the price is pretty modest.
Well I just measured and counted by shelves again and I was wrong and you were right . My shelves are about 13.5" width and I counted 100 vinyl singles/albums in less than 12" width in a sample section. See pics below with measuring tape in first which has exactly 100 records.I had counted and measures this before somewhat recently, but the details were a bit foggy in my brain. Currently my best guess was 10" to 12" for 100 albums. As it turned out, I still had every 10th record pulled forward, so it was very easy to measure again.
100 Albums ~ 14" (356mm)
It asks far too many questions engineering wise. There is going to be a hell of a lot of EM flux from levitating the platter and I can't see that helping the cartridge. The oscillation will also need to be controlled to an enormous degree otherwise the effect will be like a very softly sprung and poorly damped suspended deck. I'd be interested to see what the speed stability figures are too given the costs of decent contactless drive systems. Finally, what the platter does in the event of a power cut is a question worth asking.
Bet you still want one!It asks far too many questions engineering wise. There is going to be a hell of a lot of EM flux from levitating the platter and I can't see that helping the cartridge. The oscillation will also need to be controlled to an enormous degree otherwise the effect will be like a very softly sprung and poorly damped suspended deck. I'd be interested to see what the speed stability figures are too given the costs of decent contactless drive systems. Finally, what the platter does in the event of a power cut is a question worth asking.
Trying to make space to get my old Technics turntable out of the loft. Any thoughts folks on upgrading the cartridge at a reasonable price?
Steve,Define Reasonable Price?
I would suggest these two -
Audio Technica AT120E Moving Magnet Cartridge - Superfi
Ortofon 2M Red Moving Magnet Cartridge - Superfi
There is also a low cost plastic Cartridge Alignment tool for Technics turntables.
Technics Overhang Gauge -Easy to use tool for perfecting the rake angle.
Technics Overhang Gauge - Alignment Tool - Vinyl Engine
There are also a variety of Cartridge Aligment gauges that can be downloaded and printed.
cartridge alignment protractor - Google Search
Aside from setting the Tonearm/Stylus to the right length, the cartridge needs to be absolutely parallel to the sides of the Headshell.