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What Are the Best Tips for Buying a Record Player?

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Buying a record player is usually not terribly complex if a consumer is not concerned with the details of the sound. True aficionados have a wide range of tips for buying a record player, but for a beginner, a person may be satisfied with a device that simply works. There are practical considerations when buying a record player as well, as different records must be played at different speeds. It is important to note that the type of turntable used by DJs to scratch is different than a device that plays records for home use, so it is a good idea to buy a record player made specifically for the purpose someone has in mind.

The first and most important part of buying a record player is making sure that the device works. Older turntables may have broken pieces or may not work as well as they once did. Buying a used record player is often a necessity in order to cut down on costs, but if possible, a consumer should make sure that the item works before bringing it home. Sometimes, buying an item with delicate parts from a second-hand store is unavoidable, but it is better to buy a turntable from a person who actually understands records and has taken good care of the machine.

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Beyond basic functionality, a great tip to keep in mind when buying a record player is to research the brand specifically and see if it gets good reviews from audiophiles. A great way to narrow down what record players a person can reasonably purchase is to create a budget before getting attached to any design. The quality of sound may not differ very much from a casual perspective, so a more expensive player may not really be worth it.

Practical considerations are sometimes more complicated. For example, a person might choose a direct drive turntable or a belt drive, and he should think about whether he needs a manual or stackable record player. Usually, a buyer must replace the needle of a used record player, so looking into where to get parts for record players in her area is important prior to making a purchase. Different records must be played at different speeds, so making sure that the turntable can accommodate any records a person might already have is a good idea.

Beyond the way in which the records are played and the quality of sound, there are also aesthetic considerations. These machines are often somewhat large and are made in many different styles, including those with quite ornate cases. There are also brand new versions that feature modern designs. A record player has the potential to be a centerpiece in a room, or it can be unobtrusive, but it is important that it looks pleasing to its owner.

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Melonlity
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Another thing to keep in mind is he device to which someone intends to hook a record player. For example, older stereo receivers designed for a record player to hook into had amplifiers built in that would amplify the signal from the player. Newer components and surround sound systems do not -- one might have to purchase an external amplifier that runs between the record player and the component. Those external amplifiers are pretty cheap, fortunately, and work well.

It is annoying, indeed, to hook up a record player and be able to get very little volume out of it. The chances are good an external amplifier is needed when that happens.

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