This weekend I bought a Technics SL-BD20D semiautomatic belt drive turntable from CC. Ever since childhood I had the desire for a record player, which was inspired by a Grundig Turntable that my uncle had in his rig. I was never able to gather serious cache for this purpose, thatís why I decided to get a cheaper one for a in-home trial.
I also picked half a dozen records from a used bookstore. They included Bryan Ferry's Boys and Girls album, and Peter Gabriel's sledgehammer. I have extensive listening of both of these albums on CDs.
After assembling and hooking up the turntable I gave them a listen. My expectation were not high as this is not a Music Fidelity or Rega table but I was surprised to get quite a decent quality out of these records on this turntable. The sound very different then the CD but it is difficult to judge which is better. On Vinyl the highs are much more smooth, the midrange is little bit hollow and the bottom end is little light. I have to increase the sub level 6db higher then my usual setting to get a good bottom end response. But the smoothness of the higher frequencies and the depth of soundstage sold me to the Vinyl sound as compared to the corresponding CDs.
Ok so now I am thinking of keeping this table (that cost me $150). If someone can suggest a better unit in this price range, I will return it. I also looked at some turntable related articles on web and also some older threads on this forum to get more information about turntables. Seems like there is a lot that can be done for adjustments and tweaking. What do you guys recommend that can be done easily as a first step?.
Looking for some good hints from all the Vinyl lovers.