halfahead wrote:Ok, so I can just buy a hi-fi with a phono input and that will be cool?
Sorry for being such a philistine.
Yes if it has the "phono" setting on the selctor you should be good to go. I don;t know the tech aspects ( sure someone will explain it) but the Aux (Auxillary) input isn't the same as a turntable output as far as signal strength or whatever. Like I said I don't know the tech details of that other than it doesn't work well so don't do it lol.
First thing I would do is replace the stylus "just because" unless you have a microscope to physically look at its condition for wear. A worn stylus will ruin the grooves in a record and make them unlistenable from distortions in sound on the high end like vocals and guitar solos etc.
I don;t have a microscope but others here do and they do see the condition so if you are not sure just replace the stylus "needle". The stylus usually lasts around 1000 hours of use, that varies I suppose depending on the needle type but I replace mine around then "just because". They don't really cost too much in comparison to replacing ruined records.