You want to listen to your old vinyl records, but you need a turntable. If you have an old record player, then you are all set. Otherwise, you will need a turntable. If you are buying a new or used turntable, then you will need to check your amplifier first to see if you have inputs labeled “PHONO.” If you do not, then you will need to buy a Phono Preamp ($$). If you try to connect the turntable directly to your amp, then you will be very disappointed in what comes out of your speakers. The Phono Preamp is the component that will bring the music to life. It is connected between your turntable and your amplifier. Now you can enjoy listening to your vinyl.
New Vinyl owners may want to consider the Project Debut III turntable; Old Vinyl owners should consider Rega P3. Please consider buying a quality turntable. If you skim, then your vinyls will get worn faster and could get scratched. Protect your investment. Needles have come a long way over the past 10 years. Before you buy a turntable, check out the cartridges that will fit your turntable. Write down which ones will fit and keep the list in a safe place. This will save you lots of time when it comes to replacing your needle or cartridge.
Thinks to consider prior to playing vinyl. Clean your record of any dust particles and fingerprints. This will add a longer life to your vinyl and needle. Never clean your record while it is on the turntable. Last 3 is a good product to consider for wet cleaning your vinyl. For dry cleaning, consider an Audioquest record brush.