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I'm very much a newbie when it comes to turntables so I'm looking for a little advice.
I've got my hands on a Toshiba (Aurex) SR-Q550 turntable from a now passed family member and would like to get back into playing some vinyl with it. From what I've read on the net it seems to be a reasonable quality turntable from the early '80s with a mid-mass arm.
The turntable still appears to have the original cartridge & stylus but I'm looking to purchase a suitable replacement + a phono preamp to connect it up to my existing '90s vintage gear.
Some suitable cartridges I've read about through various forums include Audio-Technica's AT95E or AT100E, Shure M97xE, Ortofon Super OM 10 or 2M Red. Anybody have any thoughts on these or other cartridges that may suit?
In terms of phono preamps, I've shortlisted the following grouped by similar price points:
- Cambridge Audio CP2 v Vincent PHO-8 v Graham Slee Gram Amp 2 'Communicator'
- Graham Slee Gram2 Amp 2 SE v Dared LP1 v Vincent PhO-701
Would it be worth purchasing something from the 2nd group based on the turntable quality or is it wasted money?
Thanks in advance for any advice.
Item: Graham Slee Gram amp 2 SE Phono stage
Location: Green Point, NSW
Item Condition: Used
Reason for selling: No longer required
Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal gift, COD Only
Extra Info: Had this for a couple of years and was using it to feed my HT Amp, but now have a Hi Fi Amp which sounds great.
I used a remote switch so the wall wart was only on during use.
Item: Ray Samuels Audio F117 The Nighthawk Phono Pre
Location: Ballarat, Victoria
Item Condition: Excellent/Mint
Reason for selling: No longer into vinyl
Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Bank Transfer
Extra Info: Wonderful sounding battery powered phono preamp. Has adjustable gain and loading to optimise for different cartridges.
This unit was bought new by me as part of an SNA group buy a couple of years ago and hasn't been used for a year or so now, since I (regrettably) sold my turntable. From memory, I paid a little over $700 for it back then. It's in absolutely mint condition with box and charger included.
$10 postage or pickup available.