New memberUsername: Rockypark
Post Number: 1
I am completely new to all of these kinds of audio connections, so please excuse what may sound like complete idiocy.
I recently purchased a Stanton T.52 Belt-Drive Turntable which came with a Stanton 500.v3 cartridge. I have a pair of Tannoy Reveal 501a monitors which have an integrated 60W power amplifier built in. I am just a college student so I can't afford to go spend hundreds of dollars on more audio equipment I won't be able to do justice to, so I am considering buying this Behringer PreAmp from Amazon in order to solve the phono to line issue:
Will this be all I need to technically get adequate sound out of the turntable? Or would it better to just get some affordable DJ mixer? For the past three months I have had a cheap Sony PS LX-300 USB turntable run directly into my Tannoy Speakers. I didn't experience any major problems doing that, as I think the turntable had its own preamp built in.
Also, I would like to be able to listen to records on my headphones, and there is no headphone input on the Tannoy speakers, and although the behringer has a 1/4" line out, I'm assuming I'd need some way to amplify the sound to my headphones. Would a mixer with a headphone input solve this problem, as well as serving as the phono to line connection for my Tannoy speakers? I'm assuming not, since the mixer if its some entry level thing would not be powered, but would a headphone amp do the trick? Sorry for all of the confusion, any help would be greatly greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Platinum MemberUsername: Jan_b_vigne
Post Number: 16657
I see the Behringer selling for $22. That would get the job done but you can't expect much from a $22 phono pre amp when the baseline for most decent sounding units is normally agreed upon at about $120. Beneath that price getting the job done is about all you can expect. With no included headphone output you'll need to run a headphone amplifier (with cables) from the 1/4" jack on the Behringer. Once again you can get a headphone amp that sells for well under $50 but the baseline here is also around $100 or slightly higher. Buying ultra-budget gear might be where your finances are at right now but you'd serve the cause better if you did look down the road a ways.
Can you get together enough cash to go for something like this Belari phono pre amp? http://www.soundstage.com/vinyl/vinyl20080615.htm This would provide the needed pre amp stage and the headphone output in one very good unit that will be worth having for years to come. The Belari has won nothing but praise from the review magazines and will last well beyond your college days into the future as you begin to build a system of high quality components. I can all but guarantee you will hear the difference spending a few more dollars will bring to your enjoyment of music.
If you can't spring for that much cash right now, then something such as the Gemini is more likely going to have all you need in one package that won't exceed what you would be spending on two lesser quality components; http://www.needledoctor.com/Gemini-PA-7000-Pre-Amplifier-With-Built-In-Phono-Sta ge-Preamp?sc=2&category=35249 This isn't in the same league with the Belari but will get the job done without the need for additional cables and hassling with connections.
If you're considering the Belari, do some research and you might find one available as a demo sale or possibly as a trade in. Pre owned units should be in the $150-200 range. http://cgi.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/auc.pl?preaphon&1314502656&auc&3&4&
Otherwise, looking at something with a better pedigree but older would be preferable IMO to the Behringer and a seperate headphone amp plus connecting cables; http://www.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/cls.pl?preatran&1317339252&/Onkyo-P-304-PreAmpli fier