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Stanton ST-150, Cartridge/Stylus and Pre-amp recommendations?, Value-for-money, and objective performance in-mind!
JacksonGrey
post May 9 2010, 23:44
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Hey everyone,

Following your advice in my previous thread on a record player, I finally purchased a Stanton ST.150 (the one with the kinked arm). It was in my price range, and seems to have solid reviews.

With this in mind, I'd appreciate some advice on the following:

I need to get a new cartridge/stylus and a pre-amp. I figure I have 100 for all 3 of these, and I don't mind buying second hand where appropriate - so probably not the cartridge?

Would anyone care to lend some advice on which cartridge is a good, affordable choice for this record player? As for the pre-amp, I'm aware that the price (but not necessarily the EQ accuracy) of these devices rises exponentially, so does anyone know of an economical, high quality (perhaps pro-audio?) pre-amp to use with this record player? Same goes for the cartridge - I don't want to spend heaps on snake-oil, but I'd like to get an objectively proficient model.

Any advice is appreciated. smile.gif

Thanks!

Edit: I should probably add that this record player will be used solely for listening, not DJ'ing/scratching/etc. Furthermore, I'm looking for uncoloured playback, so I'm not too keen on any device which introduces its own EQ/tonal characteristics, as I suspect many of these audiohile solutions do... wink.gif

JG.

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JacksonGrey
post May 10 2010, 21:48
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Thanks for your reply, DVDDoug. I checked the prices in the UK, where I'm from, and the cheapest I can get the Shure for is about 87, or ~$130. This is quite a bit more than I had hoped to spend, though I'm going to look into import options - the reviews seem very positive. smile.gif

I already have a receiver without phono, but have taken a look at:

NAD PP2
Project Phonobox
Audio-Technica AT-PEQ3

Does anyone have any comments on these? Many of the reviews seem a little untrustworthy, and seem to attribute them with qualities/flaws that couldn't possibly be the fault of a pre-amp. biggrin.gif
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post May 11 2010, 08:43
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QUOTE (JacksonGrey @ May 10 2010, 21:48) *
Thanks for your reply, DVDDoug. I checked the prices in the UK, where I'm from, and the cheapest I can get the Shure for is about 87, or ~$130. This is quite a bit more than I had hoped to spend, though I'm going to look into import options - the reviews seem very positive. smile.gif

If you can't stretch to the Shure, consider models you can afford from the likes of Ortofon, Audio-Technica, Goldring, Grado, Sumiko, and probably others I've forgotten. Get a model that has an elliptical (or fine-line) stylus.

Regarding your quest for a phono preamp. Have you tried out the Stanton's built-in preamp? I have no experience with this turntable, and wouldn't be surprised to hear that its phono preamp is not up to scratch, but for the time being it can't hurt to try it and see. Pretty much all phono preamps will have approximately correct EQ and moderately lowish distortion (which, given how inaccurate vinyl records are, is good enough). The only thing that really sets them apart is their noise levels. Note that ALL phono preamps will have a little bit of hiss - it's the nature of the beast.

If the Stanton's preamp doesn't exhibit too much hiss and/or hum, it's probably good enough. Try it out with the cartridge that came with the deck to check for noise levels - that won't be affected much by the specific cartridge. If it's OK, you can use your entire budget for a nice cartridge.
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- JacksonGrey   Stanton ST-150, Cartridge/Stylus and Pre-amp recommendations?   May 9 2010, 23:44
- - DVDdoug   QUOTE I figure I have 100 for all 3 of these... I...   May 10 2010, 19:59
- - JacksonGrey   Thanks for your reply, DVDDoug. I checked the pric...   May 10 2010, 21:48
|- - cliveb   QUOTE (JacksonGrey @ May 10 2010, 21:48) ...   May 11 2010, 08:43
- - JacksonGrey   Can I also add the Cambridge Azur 540P to that lis...   May 10 2010, 23:05
- - JacksonGrey   As far as I'm aware, this turntable doesn...   May 11 2010, 11:45
|- - cliveb   QUOTE (JacksonGrey @ May 11 2010, 11:45) ...   May 11 2010, 14:29
- - RonaldDumsfeld   From the review published in Remix Feb 2004 by Jas...   May 11 2010, 14:42
- - JacksonGrey   Thanks for this info Cliveb/Ronald; the turntable ...   May 11 2010, 14:46
- - JacksonGrey   Ok guys, I've done a lot more reading/googling...   May 12 2010, 19:31
|- - cliveb   QUOTE (JacksonGrey @ May 12 2010, 19:31) ...   May 12 2010, 19:58
|- - Arnold B. Krueger   QUOTE (JacksonGrey @ May 12 2010, 14:31) ...   May 19 2010, 01:15
- - mixminus1   At the risk of getting a little OT here (although ...   May 12 2010, 20:27
|- - cliveb   QUOTE (mixminus1 @ May 12 2010, 20:27) At...   May 13 2010, 08:50
- - JacksonGrey   Thanks Cliveb, I think I'll go with the Shure.   May 12 2010, 22:00
- - mixminus1   Excellent summary, thanks!   May 13 2010, 14:20
- - chadergeist   I bought a GRADO BLUE cartridge with stylus. It so...   Sep 14 2012, 03:27
- - slks   I bought an M97XE a few years ago. I don't hav...   Sep 14 2012, 19:24


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