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New turntable and vinyl revisited

I had posted a question about turntables and cartridge options to go with my KEF Q700s in the CD and transport forum as there are also posts about TTs there (confusing), but this one seems more active on the subject. I was thinking of replacing my 25 year old Dual DS410 entry level TT, and was looking at either the Rega Planar 1 or the ProJect Debut Carbon, but not sure if the Ortofon 2M Red would be a good match. The ProJect came on sale this month so I picked one up, in red (wife-approved). It was easy to set up and balance, and for my inaugural disc I chose Echo and the Bunnymen's Ocean Rain. This has a great mix of clear solo vocals, slashing guitar and percussion. I was really pleased with the setup, hearing more bass and mids than I had with the Dual. I then added the subwoofer and listened to David Sylvian's Gone to Earth, and the overall sound was great. I picked up the Spin Clean as well and have been busy cleaning my vinyl collection (bought a lot of used records back in the day). All in all, I'm happy with the look and sound of the ProJect Debut Carbon with the 2M Red, but down the road I may change it out to the Blue stylus to see if it makes a difference.
Hmmm, now I might start looking at new vinyl. Another rabbit hole
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Update: My resolve lasted all of 2 days. I just ordered some vinyl from Amazon to get started

Dave Brubeck Quartet Time Out
Miles Davis In a Silent Way

I can't see buying much in the way of pop or current music, but I really want to try some great jazz classics. Since most of my record buying was in my teens and early 20's I don't have much in that genre. One thing I noticed was a lot of lower priced minor labels. I understand many of these are pressing CD rips and some are poor quality at that. I went with the Columbia/Sony label recordings to be safe. Are there any good lower priced labels I can look at?
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Update: My resolve lasted all of 2 days. I just ordered some vinyl from Amazon to get started

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Miles Davis In a Silent Way

I can't see buying much in the way of pop or current music, but I really want to try some great jazz classics. Since most of my record buying was in my teens and early 20's I don't have much in that genre. One thing I noticed was a lot of lower priced minor labels. I understand many of these are pressing CD rips and some are poor quality at that. I went with the Columbia/Sony label recordings to be safe. Are there any good lower priced labels I can look at?
Verve, Bluenote and CTI. CTI was a collaboration between Creed Taylor and Rudy Van Gelder. Lots of well recorded Jazz.
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Verve, Bluenote and CTI. CTI was a collaboration between Creed Taylor and Rudy Van Gelder. Lots of well recorded Jazz.
Thanks Class A, I recognise Verve and Bluenote. I will start looking around various websites for quality vinyl. Unfortunately, Amazon seems to supply a lot of the re-labeled products like DOL out of Russia. At $25-30+ CDN for a LP, I don't want to accumulate junk. I'm already doing that with Hi Res and SACDs!
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If you live in a metropolitan area then haunt used record stores and buy records that are first pressings, if not, then as close to the original. Can't find them locally? Then there are online alternatives. These can be had (a lot of) times cheaper than a new pressing. Before the 1980’s when all vinyl was made from analog tape - since 1980 and especially 2015* it all depends on the company and how they master the vinyl.

Basically there’s two categories, the audiophile independent record companies - that mostly use the analog sources and basically corporate companies that use digital sources instead of tape to master the vinyl. It all depends on ones needs and research to find the best sources.

YMMV, etc., etc. Good hunting

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If you live in a metropolitan area then haunt used record stores and buy records that are first pressings, if not, then as close to the original. Can't find them locally? Then there are online alternatives. These can be had (a lot of) times cheaper than a new pressing. Before the 1980’s when all vinyl was made from analog tape - since 1980 and especially 2015* it all depends on the company and how they master the vinyl.

Basically there’s two categories, the audiophile independent record companies - that mostly use the analog sources and basically corporate companies that use digital sources instead of tape to master the vinyl. It all depends on ones needs and research to find the best sources.

YMMV, etc., etc. Good hunting
Thanks. I really have to start with researching what is out there and proceed with caution. But, it will make for an interesting hobby
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