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First off, let me say that record playback isn't a top-tier goal. It's really more of an afterthought. That said, I have a stash of 80's pop records from when I was younger (I'm now 31). My mom saved these for me and it would be cool to play them again with her. After all, she's the reason I have such a passion for this stuff. I do have one of those old all-in-one players that has the record player/8-track/radio and speaker but that's not really feasbile to use and I'd like to know if there's a way to incorporate a record player in to my current system, which may be a bit tricky...

I have a 5.2 system but since this question is only in regards to stereo playback, my current stereo setup is:
  • Source - Oppo BDP-103
  • DSP - Rane RPM26Z
  • Speakers - DIY 3-way speakers ran active off the Rane RPM26Z
  • Speaker Amps - Crown Drivecore XLS1500 (tweeters), XLS2000 (mids), XLS2500 (midwoofers)
  • Subs - JL Audio e112 ran off a Rane RPM88 (other channels used to process rest of system)


The Oppo is my pre-amp and the (2) Rane DSPs are used for crossover, time alignment, levels, EQ, etc. The Ranes do a great job of boosting the input signal from the Oppo to a high enough level to drive the Crown amps. The Oppo volume is controlled via iPhone/iPad app. All the gear is in a closet at the back of the room. It's an incredible set up as is, if I say so myself (I'm biased with all the design work and building of the speakers). wink.gif

When I set out to build this system I didn't see a need for a separate pre/pro as the Oppo and Rane combo do what I need. The Oppo also has an HDMI input as well that I can use for the AppleTV or DirecTV box (manually plug/unplug their HDMI as needed). As it sits, I'm perfectly content with the system and setup I have. However, that was before I even remotely considered using a turntable. There's also USB input.

My question is simply: is there a way to incorporate a record player in to the current system?
I know nothing about record players, really. I do know they typically have unbalanced RCA output (phono) which is typically fed in to a preamp.
Since my Oppo is my pre-amp, the only option I can think of is to somehow find or convert the signal from a record player in to HDMI. So, I guess I really have these options/questions:
  1. Is there a record player with HDMI output (seriously doubt it; as what would be the point)?
  2. Do I have any conversion options? I.E.; Could I convert phono to HDMI and go in to the Oppo? Is there a record player with optical output that I can convert to HDMI?
  3. The Oppo also has USB input. Are there turntables with USB output that I could use to feed in to the Oppo?


If these options fail, I guess my only real option then is to buy a pre-amp. And I won't be doing that anytime soon.

Thanks in advance for any advice,
Erin
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It looks like you would need two things:

1) a phono preamp, to equalize the phono output

2) a USB analog-to-digital converter

There are turntables, mostly at the lower end, which have these built in. Don't know what your budget is. As with anything in audio, you can spend a little and get decent sound, or you can spend a lot and you might get better sound.

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You might want to get an HDMI switch box to avoid wearing out your HDMI input on your Oppo. If you plug and unplug enough, you will wear out the jack. HDMI switch boxes are pretty cheap.

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As the Oppo has SPDIF in, a AD converter with SPDIF out might do the job as well


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As the Oppo has SPDIF in, a AD converter with SPDIF out might do the job as well

You are confusing the BDP-103 with the BDP-105. The BDP-105 has optical and coaxial digital inputs, but not the BDP-103 (the jacks on the BDP-103 for optical and coaxial digital are outputs, not inputs).

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