Rega Planar 2 Turntable

My 1st Turntable not my true 1st but first I purchased after 20+ years of not having one.
Really just wanted one that worked and I purchased the Encore Turntable $80 after shipping. This is your base drop your record on and it will give you sound.
This Turntable is for those that never listened to vinyl and will let you know if you have more interest.
The Encore TT is not belt driven it’s direct drive motor with a basic needle. No upgrades are available on this TT at all. But it’s capable of ripping your records to MP3 if that’s of interest.  I don’t care about this aspect at all I would never rip my LP’s to Mp3.
Encore Turntable

 

My turntable & vinyl interest piqued after I upgraded my Turntable to the Audio Technica LP60.

Audio Technica LP60 TT

This is a entry level Turntable “Non-USB” that is belt driven which I prefer because I’m not a DJ that spins records.
It’s a $99 Turntable and let me say this before I move on. For the money this TT can NOT be beat. Unlike other TTs that lack bass and drowns mids from overly powerful highs that crackle this TT hits hard and sounds great it can not be beat and is awesome for those that never used a Turntable or are getting back into Vinyl.
Downside the cartridge can not be replaced so this leaves very little sound upgradeability. But it does have a built in Pre-amp that can be turned off or on so if you have a Pre-Amp or a Tuner that has a Phono output that is powered you can turn off the  built in amp.
While the Cart can not be upgraded Audio Technica do make great needles the stock  TT  comes with the needle ATN3600L and can upgrade the needle to – Audio-Technica ATN95E for $35 and will improve your sound. But that is the only upgrade besides the belt upgrade that can be done to this TT. No other needle can be used on this besides the 2 I listed here.
Guaranteed to make any CD fan realize what they are missing by not owning their favorite albums on Vinyl.

WARNING once you love it then you have to upgrade. Obsession begins-
I’m not a rich man so I decided I only wanted to spend a set amount of money.
When I started looking at new Turntables I started at the $250-$300 range which put me into a moderately decent range of tables like the Audio-Technica LP120 which starts at $299. And the LP120 is not a belt drive it’s a direct drive Turntable. Great for a DJ but not for Vinyl listeners that want accurate as possible sound.
After much looking and realizing wow it lacks things I want but mostly the best sound I can get for the cheapest amount of cash.
I then moved to the $350-$400 range at this range your now into TTs that do NOT have built in Pre-Amps which means that you have to purchase a Pre-Amp as well.  The cost has just went from $350 to starting at $450-$550 after adding in the Pre-Amp.
Now you may as well start being picky about the tings you want and the things you can sacrifice.
Now I’m at the $500-$700 range for just the Turntable no Pre-amp because at this point anything under this amount starts to not make sense especially since you have already went over your price point 3x.
At $500 you can score the Fluance RT85 (W/Ortofon 2M Blue Cart $240 for this alone included!) she is awesome but they can’t make enough of these babies fast enough so you can’t get one because there aren’t any completed yet for Fluance to sell.
Then there is the Pro-Ject – Debut Carbon Esprit SB which starts at $599 this has great specs but again it lacks the powerful sound that the Fluance RT85 has gotten reviews about and costs $100 more and includes the lower end Ortofon Red cart. Not that the Ortofon 2M Red cart is bad far from it but at this point I have seen the Fluance RT85 TT with the 2M Blue Cart available at $500.
Now to the build your own U-Turn Turntable after adding all the parts I want specs like the Fluance RT85 price hits $509.
After research you realize that the Plinth and even the arm is sub-par to any of the Turntables I have listed in the $500-$600 range.
Which brings me to my final decision I went with the Rega Planar 2 aka: RP2
This has a solid plinth, Glass platter “Not to be mistaken for the Acrylic Platter” and their middle high end Arm with a Cart and needle made for the P2.
this TT starts at $675 it’s more than the ones I listed but all the parts are solid quality the Cart & needle is this TT weak point.
Since I shopped about and got an open box deal and paid $589 for it I went ahead and purchased the Ortofon 2M blue cartridge. Totaling the Turntables cost to $830.
The Pre-amp is a whole other story so I’ll save that for another day.

What do I get? A fanfuckingtastic Turntable with an excellent cart for under a grand!
After all is said and done I DO NOT regret buying it ” usually after a expensive purchase I feel guilty or it wasn’t worth it”. It sounds absolutely awesome and I say this with no exaggeration it’s sound quality beats the shit out of any CD out there it just can’t be compared fairly it sounds that much better. And those that say well yeah it may sound better but it’s not loud. Well It’s got that to this fuckin table rocks just as loud as a CD or even louder! And clearer and more detailed as well.

If Vinyl is something your already into and just haven’t spent the money to upgrade your Turntable because in back of your mind you feel well a new one can’t sound that much better and surely can’t be worth it.
I had same feelings although I knew there were TTs that sounded better than what I had at the time.
Can only say it makes a huge difference in your sound and makes it much more enjoyable.
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As I stated also needed a pre-amp so this was another $200 went with the Parasound Zphono Phono Pre Amplifier.
It creates a great clean sound and I tested the Audio Technica LP60 on it and it improved the sound on that as well.
But I wish I had spent the extra $50 for the Parasound Zphono MM/MC Phono Preamplifier with USB>
Not because the USB but because it offers a power button and 2 line in for multiple hookups and has a rumble filter option along with a mono switch and USB Gain for those that want to transfer their vinyl to MP3.
The down side to the one I have is it just has a green power light doesn’t have a power on/off button or anything else. The power button alone is worth the extra $50:-(

Parasound $200 Pre-Amp
Parasound preamp 200

Parasound $250 Pre-AmpParasound Preamp 250

Quiet Riot on Vinyl:-(

Quiet Riot on Vinyl:-(

I wanted to go for it and pull out the 1st press version of Quiet Riot Metal Health LP. And give it a full listen and attention. I remember absolutely loving the song “Metal Health (Bang Your Head)” It’s one of those metal tunes that really got me into metal have to understand I was 10 years old in 1983 when this came out.
Also thought Cum on Feel the “NoiZe” was great as well for a 10 year old brain this stuff was hard and original. As I got older listened to more music I realized that Cum on feel the noise was a cover by the band Slade and their version is much better.

As I put the record on the turntable on Side 1- 1st Song Bang your head 1st flushed in feelings of nostalgia then a few giggles as I sang along to just the Bang your head part because I don’t remember all the lyrics. lol  Then song 2 Cum on feel the Noize! again nostalgia. After that there is just nothing absolute junk every song on this album minus the 2 songs and 1 of them was a cover all suck!
This band was nothing special and what’s left today are the 2 songs that were great then that don’t hold up well at all today. Which leaves you with 8 other tunes that won’t even get your foot tapping as you listen. Even the last song “Thunderbird” which was their try at a ballad and even that is a fail.

In the 80’s ballads were big and most bands even the cheesiest ones pulled off 1 hit wonder ballads but Quiet Riot couldn’t even pull that off.
If they released their 1 song “(Bang Your Head) as a single and disappeared it would of been a better legacy.
Pretty sure one of the band members went on to WASP which I think did much better than this. Even though I don’t like WASP now and didn’t then.
Front
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Side 1:

1. Metal Health (Bang Your Head) 5:16
2. Cum On Feel the Noize” (Slade cover) 4:51
3. “Don’t Wanna Let You Go”
  • DuBrow
  • Cavazo
4:42
4. “Slick Black Cadillac”
4:12
5. “Love’s a Bitch” DuBrow 4:11

Side 2:
6.
“Breathless”
DuBrowCavazo
3:51
7.
“Run for Cover”
DuBrowCavazo
3:38
8.
“Battle Axe”
Cavazo
1:38
9.
“Let’s Get Crazy”
DuBrow
4:08
10.
“Thunderbird”
DuBrow
4:43

Hunting down those rare or hard to find LP’s.

As certain bands/ albums age they can become increasingly hard to find and in some cases even records that aren’t all that old can also be hard to find or get ahold of. Usually because they were pressed/printed in limited supply.
Or they are just that good and have no re-issue dates ahead or maybe none coming at all.

This is the break down of my latest struggles getting a hold of hard to find LP’s.
I’ll start with my most recent find. That would be Obituary Cause Of Death originally released on September 19, 1990 their sophomore album follow up to the insanely excellent Slowly We Rot “Another tough one to find or get” I do have a 1st Press and a remaster press on CD of “Cause Of Death” but that isn’t LP. So first few tries on Ebay I should first say getting locally here in the states is really hard so bidding or buying this LP would have to be overseas which means the cost of album plus the expensive tracked overseas shipping costs. 1st attempt to bid on it through Ebay I lost. Went for it again on Ebay a few months later after building up some more patience and luck. But this time I used a bidding BOT called Auction Sniper. This is supposed to really up your chances at a win since it will start placing bids that very last second left of the items auction ending. Sweet! right? Well wrong I still lost:-( Even with a damn BOT!
Now that means I had to hunt it down and just buy the damn LP from someone that is hopefully willing to even sell it.
Onto my fav media community & collection storage discogs the ultimate of everything media.
I find the beauty on Vinyl by a rad seller that goes by hammersmashedface love it! Located in England. Those that are not in the know that “name” is a song from an old 90’s Cannibal Corpse Song their 1st ever single and a good song at that;-)
He has it shipped and I patiently await for it’s arrival! All the way from England to my humble home and Metalized Turntable of DEATH!
Cause Of Death

The album I was next looking for was a well.. no an excellently received album some argue their previous work is the better “Monolith of Inhumanity released 2012 also a hard one to find” but whatever The Anthropocene Extinction was only released in 2015 and is a mother fucker to get ahold of on LP. And for good damn reason it is FanFuckinGTastic Technical-Death Metal that will rip your soul to shreds even if they may be Vegans. Welcome Cattle Decapitation #2 to my fine collection. I may only have 2 in my LP collection but I do plan on adding more well at least 1 and if you read this then you know what I’m gunning for next;-)
This one shipped all the way from Germany so it could grace my collection with it’s greatness.
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Then my hunt for Rings Of Saturn – Embryonic Anomaly this one was hard to find as well.
After quite some time searching I found it in France.
This RoS album was their 2nd and the line up is NOT what it is today the biggest thing about Anomaly is it was recorded with the original lineup of only three members while they were at the ages ranging from 16 to 18. The lead singer is not the one that graces the other excellent RoS albums Dingir, Lugal Ki En & Ultu Ulla.
This Album is great. I also have Ultu Ulla on LP as well and it’s awesome as hell!
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I’m still looking to add Obituary Slowly We Rot LP. I Have the Picture disc but want the standard LP with Cover.

Rings Of Saturn- Dingir LP -also hard to find looking to add to collection at some point if anyone is willing to part with it.

Dragonforce – Inhuman Rampage  I’ll take this as Picture disc or Standard LP Sleeve!

Insanity  ‎– Death After Death Not exactly hard to find but it’s on my A.S,A,P list;-)

The Lost Boys (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) It’s not exactly hard to find or get but it is hard to find/get at a reasonable price!

Vinyl, Vinyl, Vinyl= More VINYL

Haven’t posted in some time now on me blog figured I should write about what I’ve been into for last few months. As the title suggests that is it been is adding more & more to my vinyl collection. I absolutely love my vinyl more so than my Laserdisc collection.

As I sit here writing this up I have Electric Wizard’s Dopethrone on the Turntable. What I think about Dopethrone as a record I may talk about later on maybe…
I’ve probably added a good 50+ to my collection in the last few months so I’m going to talk about the ones that impressed me the most.

Recently I hit a local Record store (Patrick’s Books & Music great guy if your local or not and in Pasco County give him a visit) in Hudson Florida and got a hold of a few interesting records a few that I really wanted in my collection Billy Joel Piano Man & Pink Floyd Dark Side of The Moon. Also got a great deal there on Morbid Angel’s latest album Kingdoms Distained and Cyndi Lauper’s She’s So Unusual.

The Billy Joel album is the one I want to talk about. It is a 1st pressing (1973 year I was born 45 years old.) so I was expecting it to sound crackled and not so good considering the cover was rough not ruined but was apart at the seam. Which I fixed with a hot glue gun and it looks very acceptable now.
I cleaned it up with my vinyl cleaning chemicals and brushes and towels to drop on the Turntable and hear that it sounds fantastic! It has minimal popping which a few more cleans should eliminate completely or clean enough to make them not audible.
Piano Man is a classic every Vinyl collection should have it.

For Fathers Day my daughters all gave me money for Planet Retro’s Dollar Holla day in St. Petersburg Florida.
I’m very lucky my girls always take care of us meaning their mother and I. We have been blessed that way.
At Planet Retro I found my favorite death metal bands LP picture disc signed by the 2 founding members John Tardy (Vocals) & Donald Tardy (Drums).
Obituary The Xecutioners Return.
The second I saw it hanging and then my friend pointed out it was signed I knew then it was going in my collection even if it wasn’t in the dollar record boxes:-)
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Xecutioners Return is actually an older album released in 2007. Of course I did get their latest self titled album Obituary and it is a great album it is one of my favorites right now was released last year 2017.
If you are adding death metal to your Vinyl collection Obituary better be in it especially their 1st album Slowly We Rot 1989 absolutely insane still on my top 10 best list and at the top of it. Will be expensive to get on Vinyl I got a hold of a picture disc. Right now cheapest I’ve found the standard black vinyl edition for is $60 some as high as $200.

Almost forgot had to come back to here to add the classic Slayer’s South Of Heaven 2013 LP Remaster/Re-Print.
This is seriously a fanFUCKINGtastic release it sounds phenomenal.
I am hearing things on this record I never heard on the tape or CD it’s really that damn good.
Every song is crisp the bass is solid and the tweets are going all in a tune that makes you want to mosh right there as your listening.
Amazon was selling this release the 2013 LP for a good price I suggest ordering it while they still have this version in stock I have no idea if the 2017 or 2018 LP sounds this good I know the pressing before 2013 was not as good.
The 2013 cover doesn’t have the Slayer logo on top left corner.
Slayer 2013 cover

On to newer bands that I recently discovered and am into these bands right now are either playing on my Turntable or in my cars CD player either way I love them!
1st band Archspire released their 1st album on CD only which I DO NOT have All Shall Align (2011)
These guys are from Canada and they are the best of the best when it comes to Technical Death Metal aka: Tech-Death.
My recent purchases on LP are their 2nd LP The Lucid Collective and their latest LP Relentless Mutation.


These guys are insanely hard & fast and no they aren’t using any electronic synths for the ultra fast speeds you hear. Tech-Death does not mean Techno it means technical.
They use advanced methods of playing.
I’m absolutely hooked these guys are the now and future of heavy metal. If you have never heard them and are into metal of any kind you owe it to yourself to experience this great band.
And if you can get on LP do it because they are limited releases. I was so impressed with this band not only did I buy the LP’s I also bought the CD’s as well.

Now onto something that has always fascinated me Space & Aliens.
Yes, I think they are out there and so do the guys who are in the band Rings Of Saturn.
This band sings about Aliens and space! How cool is that? They are considered Deathcore but me and many others have labeled them Aliencore music their latest album Ultu Ulla which is what I got on LP is awesome they are hard and fast and have a unique sound to them very different than you can probably imagine considering the type of music they do and it’s all about Aliens man!.. maybe not all.
Ulta Ulla

Their sound is incredible and the singer has a crazy voice I think it’s great. Even if your not into the Alien thing this is still some damn good metal and should be given a listen for sure. Ultu Ulla actually means “Time Immemorial’ in Sumerian Cuneiform”

Now onto the Doom and Gloom sound. These guys formed together from USA and Europe to start a band called Anopheli meaning Mosquito or good for nothing.
They are heavy and deep there is only 1 vocalist listed in the band but the vocals are shared between  a man and a woman.
And the cello is used in great form with this heavily made album. It’s about a man who died and is talking with Death as he is being led to the light or his judgement /final destination and Death thinks he knows men and their deeds but is learning he does not really know men at all.

The second I heard this it was a must for my Vinyl collection and if you can find it get it they are limited. The latest album is The Ache Of Want. I am desperately  trying to find and get their 1st LP A Hunger Rarely Sated I’m in touch with someone in Germany so I’ll see what happens.
It’s very deep beautiful but heavy as hell something that is hard to accomplish with this type of music but they achieved it and did it well.
This is another must listen.
Ache Of Want

As I complete this I am listening to Rings Of Saturn=Amazing

Honorable mentions on LP:
Morbid Angel Kingdoms Distained (2017)
(Classic) At The Gates Slaughter Of The Soul (1995) ( Full Fidelity LP) -This album is what set the standard for Melodic Death Metal.
Power Trip  Nightmare Logic (2017)
Whitechapel This Is Exile (2008)
Black Dahlia Murder (2007) Nocturnal
Circle Of Dead Children Psalm Of The Grand Destroyer (2010)
Iron Reagan Worse Than dead (2013)
Metallica (1985) Master Of Puppets Remastered-OBEY your RE-Master!

B-Day Present this year from my children the Audio Technica Turntable.

First I must say my kids are the best they got this Turntable for me.
Quite a few years “5 Years” back I purchased a super chepo Encore Turntable that at time seemed fine.
Until I heard another Turntable that was older than mine but sounded 100x better:-(
Yes, I was sad I haven’t listened to Vinyl since the late 70’s to early 80’s so what I knew about a decent Turntable was absolutely nothing.
Not that I’m a pro now or a Vinyl sound Audiophile.
But the Encore Turntable output  sounded terrible and I have a decent setup “Receiver & Speakers”. The voices sounded like cardboard and lacked all bass no matter how hard I cranked the bass on my sub or my receiver which the one I have is known for heavy bass could barely get a thump out of Beastie Boys License to ill.

I spent the last year reading about different tables I knew I did not need a high end model so had my eye on a few that were in the $150-$200 range.
It finally came down to the Audio Technica models these got great reviews for the low end models as well as the mid and high end models.
I started eye balling the Audio-Technica AT-LP60 which was selling at the $150 range for some time and was getting stellar reviews regarding its sound quality stating it matched up to the $500 tables out there easily.
Then come March low and behold there I see one on E-bay for $78 it sold before I decided to buy it.
They were selling from $99.99 to $120 so I check out Best Buy and they have this deck on sale for an awesome price of $89.99. Amazon or E-bay could not match price at the time I was buying. And I could now go locally to get it and have it in me hands in less than an hour.

Which I did yes I picked it up but my children paid for it so awesome I love them!!
It required some assembly.
It is a solid Table the platter is aluminum has a built in Pre-Amp that can be turned on or off. Which is amazing and plays 33 and a 3rd speed and 45rpm and comes with a 45 adapter.
78rpm is not on this model the LP120 models offer 78s but you won’t be finding any recent albums running at 78 anyhow. My old player did offer all 3-33,45 & 78 but that matters not when the sound you get is sub-par.
The arm can be set for 12″ or 7″ this way it known where to bring the arm down since you don’t set the arm manually the player does this for you and does a great job at it.
Never a single scratch noise stopping or starting.
The dust cover can be removed which is great most of them don’t offer the dust cover to be removed.
Specifications Listed:

Type Belt drive turntable, fully automatic
Motor DC servo-controlled
Speeds 33-1/3 RPM, 45 RPM
Turntable Platter Aluminum
Wow and Flutter Less than 0.25% (WTD) @ 3 kHz (JIS)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio >50 dB (DIN-B)
Output Level Pre-amp “PHONO”: 2.5 mV nominal at 1 kHz, 5 cm/sec
Pre-amp “LINE”: 150 mV nominal at 1 kHz, 5 cm/sec
Phono Pre-Amp Gain 36 dB nominal, RIAA equalized
Power Supply Requirements 120V AC, 60 Hz, 3W
Dimensions 360.0 mm (14.17″) W x 97.5 mm (3.84″) H x 356.0 mm (14.02″) D
Weight 2.98 kg (6.6 lbs.)
Accessories Included Dual RCA (female) to 3.5 mm (1/8″) mini-plug (male) stereo adapter cable; dual RCA (female) to 3.5 mm (1/8″) mini-plug (female) stereo adapter cable; 45 RPM adapter


Replacement Stylus: ATN3600L

This table sounds amazing! If your looking to get into vinyl and want to listen to them the way they should be heard start with the LP60.
It sounded so good it blows CD away I couldn’t say that before with that Encore Turn Table I was using.