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Logan_horse
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Good all-in-1 set up

Post by Logan_horse » 11 Dec 2019 06:11

Is there such thing as a good all in one set up? I was gifted a Crowley but reviews don’t seem very good. I’m very limited on space so any options for a good beginners small set up would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: Good all-in-1 set up

Post by Solist » 11 Dec 2019 13:39

You will have a hard time finding a good all in one system. The minimun is usually 3 pieces. Turntable, amp and speakers. Most will add a separate phono preamp, since most amps have average phono inputs.

I would try to put some money aside and try to get good separates and slowly build the system. Since you mentioned that you don't have much space, I would look for a pair of good used bookshelf speakers. You might even get active ones, which have a build in amp and combine them with a turntable with built in phono preamp.

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Re: Good all-in-1 set up

Post by Vinylfreak86 » 11 Dec 2019 15:03

Back in the eighties you had some decent all in one mini systems with turntable, cassette deck, tuner and later also CD player. Hitachi, Grundig, Sony and some others. New anything similar is just cheap hollow plastic made in China or Taiwan.

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Re: Good all-in-1 set up

Post by KentT » 12 Dec 2019 01:53

The USA had a very few good all in one systems up to around 1972. But they're very few. Benjamin had one or two good ones, Altec Lansing and EV had a few, KLH had several, and a Fisher or HH Scott model or three. Most of the good ones cost in the $300 up range for a phono only. Most with good AM/FM Stereo and speakers could be as much as between $600-$700 when new.

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Re: Good all-in-1 set up

Post by vinyl master » 12 Dec 2019 04:25

Where do you live, Logan_horse? We could probably find some suitable equipment in your area for you to look at, if you're interested, and it doesn't have to cost a fortune...I've found quite a few pieces for other members here on VE, so what have you got to lose??? :-k

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Re: Good all-in-1 set up

Post by Logan_horse » 13 Dec 2019 01:53

vinyl master wrote:
12 Dec 2019 04:25
Where do you live, Logan_horse? We could probably find some suitable equipment in your area for you to look at, if you're interested, and it doesn't have to cost a fortune...I've found quite a few pieces for other members here on VE, so what have you got to lose??? :-k
I'm in Kentucky.

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Re: Good all-in-1 set up

Post by vinyl master » 13 Dec 2019 04:01

I'm not sure about the all-in-ones, but I did find these for you...Take a look! :D

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All decent machines and at fair prices, considering the cost of vintage nowadays...

On the cheap side, though...

For $59, this could be a very good project...

https://cincinnati.craigslist.org/ele/d ... 35774.html

Orrr...this Dual just needs some love and a plinth base...

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While an older machine, this would be my "fun get" for the money (also because I dig retro stuff...) and more something to tinker on...

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Lots of stuff here, too...

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If you're looking for a really interesting all-in-one, there is this thing, though...

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Orrr this one...

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Definitely not as good as the individual tables listed above and certainly not space-friendly, but interesting nonetheless...

There is this one with a nice Garrard inside...

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Of course, the next one would be, while not totally ideal, a much better set-up...

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Or for the same price, something better...

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Then, there is this interesting set-up for less...

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Orrr...

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Since KLH was mentioned earlier, I'd be remiss if I didn't post this mid-century modern marvel...

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For a very small set-up, you could look for something like a Technics linear table and some small components like a tuner-amp combo...They can be found with patience, as well...Hopefully, something will speak to you there...Let us know if you have any more questions or comments and...you're welcome! :wink:

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Re: Good all-in-1 set up

Post by lenjack » 13 Dec 2019 04:50

There are no good all in one's. KLH had a few in the 70s.

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Re: Good all-in-1 set up

Post by Solist » 13 Dec 2019 12:37

Another option is boots on the ground. Check local thrift shops, garage sales. You might find good deals there.

Otherwise maybe get a good working turntable from the list Alec put together. Always ask for a test, to see if there is any noise coming from the turntable or speakers. Ask when was the last time it was serviced and how nany hours arevon the stylus. Then a budget phono preamp+class D amp+ a pair of vintage bookshelf speakers. With speakers check in what condition the surrounds are, and make sure that the coils are not rubbing against the magnet (they will make funny noises if this is the case).

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