A familiar question: Some wants however

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A familiar question: Some wants however

Post by lbls1 » 15 Mar 2019 02:06

What pre-amp would be good for me to check out? I am currently running a Dual CS1246 on my Onkyo AV Rz820 (not too sure of the model number). I want to connect my Technics SL1200 Mk3 with my system, and I want the ability of switching between the Technics and Dual. I could also run the pre-amp and technics onto an unused or auxilliary input, but I also figured that a good pre-amp with switching ability would be nice.

Are there pre-amps with USBs to transfer songs to MP3? Any input would be great.

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Re: A familiar question: Some wants however

Post by Sunwire » 15 Mar 2019 02:10

Many "classic" stereo preamps have more than one phono input, so it's easy to switch between two turntables.
My Technics SU-9010 has three phono inputs.
If you have a desktop computer with a decent sound card, you can use it to digitize recordings from your preamp and save them as MP3 or other format like FLAC.

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Re: A familiar question: Some wants however

Post by lbls1 » 15 Mar 2019 02:16

^I want to save them as WAV files if I can.

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Re: A familiar question: Some wants however

Post by Sunwire » 15 Mar 2019 04:53

Why?
FLAC has all the information (it's lossless) with about 1/3 savings of file size. More file size reduction for mono recordings.

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Re: A familiar question: Some wants however

Post by smee4 » 15 Mar 2019 07:10

Use any format you want. Once digitized, they can be saved or converted to anything else you need. Just keep one non-lossy original and make all copies from that.

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Re: A familiar question: Some wants however

Post by lbls1 » 15 Mar 2019 12:11

I've had trouble reproducing flac files on my computer. It may also be due to my inexperience with that file format.

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Re: A familiar question: Some wants however

Post by Luicas » 15 Mar 2019 14:36

You can add a Uturn Pluto preamp for the sl1200 and use any regular audio input on your onkyo receiver. Plus your Dual into the receiver’s phono input.

The Onkyo RZ series has a nice phono stage. Very quiet, huge overload margin, sounds very good.

The Uturn Pluto is a very good no frills pre, and at a very affordable price point.

I have both an Onkyo RZ800 & the Pluto, can’t say anything bad about them.

The Onkyo RZ phono stage has an input capacitance of 220pf. The Pluto is 100pf.

So having both can help you choose the best capacitance loading for any of your cartridges.

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Re: A familiar question: Some wants however

Post by Luicas » 15 Mar 2019 14:42

Oh. And about digitizing your analog audio, my suggestion is to get a standalone USB audio interface capable of 24/192 capture.

There are several such interfaces to choose from.

Behringer UMC202HD or one of the Focusrite Scarlett’s.

You get much more mileage this way.

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Re: A familiar question: Some wants however

Post by lbls1 » 15 Mar 2019 16:06

Thanks for the advice. I love the onkyo and yes it does work well with the dual. My problem is that I love turntables so I couldn't settle for one. I'll definitely look into these suggestions.

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Re: A familiar question: Some wants however

Post by lbls1 » 15 Mar 2019 16:09

Btw the technics has a shure v15 3 (from 1990), and the Dual has a shure m44c. For an odd reason I find the m44c and dual to be a brilliant combo...not quite at first but it grew on me, and the new stylus really brought the sound out.
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