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Postby ChrisV on Tue Mar 06, 2018 9:18 am

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ChrisV wrote:Need some speaker advice. This would be for my turntable setup. Just picked up a U-turn Audio turntable. I’m running it through a vintage Marantz 2216b. Any recommendations on sub-$300 bookshelf speakers?


Just note, that Marantz has fairly low output (Though the older units tend to give a bit more than rated)

The sensitivity and impedance of each is important, at the least most good bookshelf require around 20 watts per channels. Which you you would just be cresting at 16 with your unit.

Elac

https://www.amazon.com/Debut-Bookshelf- ... B014GSEQ06

Klipsch

https://www.amazon.com/Klipsch-R-14M-Re ... C10%7C1%7C

Wharfdale

https://www.amazon.com/Wharfedale-DIA10 ... B0079XG4TW


Micca

https://www.amazon.com/Micca-MB42X-Book ... B00E7H8GG2


I know I should probably get a new receiver, but I just love that sound they produce. Any recommendations for a cheap upgrade?
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Postby FrankBooth on Tue Mar 06, 2018 12:58 pm

ChrisV wrote:I know I should probably get a new receiver, but I just love that sound they produce. Any recommendations for a cheap upgrade?


I like my Marantz quite a bit too, it's a restored 2325.

I don't think you necessarily need to upgrade, just something to consider when buying speakers. The older receivers like that one also have a built in phono preamp, which is nice too.

Maybe use the Micca as a basis, as it doesn't require too much to drive. Some speakers are just power hungry, so more is better for driving them to the fullest.
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Postby tourist504 on Tue Mar 06, 2018 5:21 pm

ChrisV wrote:Need some speaker advice. This would be for my turntable setup. Just picked up a U-turn Audio turntable. I’m running it through a vintage Marantz 2216b. Any recommendations on sub-$300 bookshelf speakers?

Boston Acoustics BA25's - right about $300 for the pair. I auditioned a TON of speakers, expecting to get the Elacs, but these blew everything out of the water. Get 'em.
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maden wrote:I would like to see a 16"+ diameter tube.

BlakeAronson wrote:This one is just big enough, but not too overwhelming in size.

jordachep wrote::drool: Can't believe the size. I want this so bad.

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Postby ChrisV on Sat Mar 10, 2018 11:43 am

Went with the KEF Q100’s. Now having an issue with my Marantz. Left channel not working. Here’s a video if anyone has any ideas.

https://youtu.be/ydbHN5SjztU
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Postby FrankBooth on Sun Mar 11, 2018 12:57 am

ChrisV wrote:Went with the KEF Q100’s. Now having an issue with my Marantz. Left channel not working. Here’s a video if anyone has any ideas.

https://youtu.be/ydbHN5SjztU


Could be an issue with the preamp or amp section. Could also be something simple like dirt build up on components.



Deoxit is the easier method to fixing an issue when its diagnosed, otherwise you may be talking about something to be replaced on the board (potentially)
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Postby chimpun on Sun Mar 25, 2018 4:05 pm

Need a recommendation for a preamp? I have an old Technics sl-d212 turntable and want to hook it up to an older Bose lifestyle music system. I think I need a phono preamp but not entirely sure. The turntable also has a grounding wire. Saw a cheap one on Amazon made by Pyle that has the grounding connection. I like the idea of a tube amp but not sure if it'll make a difference with the final oitput, which is the Bose. So just go for cheap or is there something I should be looking at getting. I was setting 100 as my ceiling but can look past it if it would be worthwhile. Thanks!
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Postby FrankBooth on Sun Mar 25, 2018 5:11 pm

chimpun wrote:Need a recommendation for a preamp? I have an old Technics sl-d212 turntable and want to hook it up to an older Bose lifestyle music system. I think I need a phono preamp but not entirely sure. The turntable also has a grounding wire. Saw a cheap one on Amazon made by Pyle that has the grounding connection. I like the idea of a tube amp but not sure if it'll make a difference with the final oitput, which is the Bose. So just go for cheap or is there something I should be looking at getting. I was setting 100 as my ceiling but can look past it if it would be worthwhile. Thanks!


The preamp will have the post for the grounding wire.

This is a good option: The grounding wire would connect to the post above the power supply input.

https://www.amazon.com/rolls-VP29-Phono ... 48559d57fa
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Postby tourist504 on Mon Mar 26, 2018 9:59 am

chimpun wrote:Need a recommendation for a preamp? I have an old Technics sl-d212 turntable and want to hook it up to an older Bose lifestyle music system. I think I need a phono preamp but not entirely sure. The turntable also has a grounding wire. Saw a cheap one on Amazon made by Pyle that has the grounding connection. I like the idea of a tube amp but not sure if it'll make a difference with the final oitput, which is the Bose. So just go for cheap or is there something I should be looking at getting. I was setting 100 as my ceiling but can look past it if it would be worthwhile. Thanks!


Schiit Mani. All you need.
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maden wrote:I would like to see a 16"+ diameter tube.

BlakeAronson wrote:This one is just big enough, but not too overwhelming in size.

jordachep wrote::drool: Can't believe the size. I want this so bad.

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Postby Cbjornson on Mon Mar 26, 2018 12:27 pm

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chimpun wrote:Need a recommendation for a preamp? I have an old Technics sl-d212 turntable and want to hook it up to an older Bose lifestyle music system. I think I need a phono preamp but not entirely sure. The turntable also has a grounding wire. Saw a cheap one on Amazon made by Pyle that has the grounding connection. I like the idea of a tube amp but not sure if it'll make a difference with the final oitput, which is the Bose. So just go for cheap or is there something I should be looking at getting. I was setting 100 as my ceiling but can look past it if it would be worthwhile. Thanks!


Schiit Mani. All you need.


I researched this for some time with the same $100 budget before buying a preamp and went with the Pluto Phono Preamp - https://uturnaudio.com/products/pluto-phono-preamp

This article has a direct comparison of the Mani vs Pluto - https://www.analogplanet.com/content/u- ... -votes-are

Overall very pleased with the Pluto for the price. I would wait until Turntable Lab has some discount code and pick it up from there or something.
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Postby chimpun on Mon Mar 26, 2018 11:34 pm

Nice! Thanks for the recs! I like that Pluto!
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Postby tourist504 on Mon Mar 26, 2018 11:50 pm

I did a side-by-side and ended up returning the Pluto. But everyone's different. That's why audiophile stuff is so hard to talk about...
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maden wrote:I would like to see a 16"+ diameter tube.

BlakeAronson wrote:This one is just big enough, but not too overwhelming in size.

jordachep wrote::drool: Can't believe the size. I want this so bad.

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