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    Default Regarding Pre-amp, Amp, Receiver, and Turntable

    Ok, so there are 2 things I would like to know, the first question may sound a little silly, but...

    1) What would get you the best quality, Running amp through pre-amp or receiver with front L/R Preouts?

    2) I'm buying a usb turnable, this one; http://www.audio-technica.com/cms/tu...f30b3a8662772/ Would it be wise to get a Pre-amp since I'm most likely going to need it to connect to the turntable?

    My Rti A7's will be powered by an Emotiva XPA-2 Power Amp. I will obviously be playing vinyls so I'd like a opinion on the best way to set it up for the best sound quality (Though, I have a feeling the receiver and preamp will sound somewhat equal)
    Current setup: Harman Kardon HKTS 30BQ

    Next setup: Polk RTI A7's
    Polk CSi A6
    HSU VTF-2 MK4 12" SUB
    Undecided on surround

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    I had started a similar thread about a week ago. Didn't get much response. From what I got though, you will not hear too much difference unless it is an expensive pre. You will need a pre with phono inputs to listen to vinyl though. Thats why I am getting one. Oh, you said USB turntable, so maybe you don't even need one.
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    1) Buy a dedicated pre , in just about all cases a pre will sound better then most receivers as a pre especially for 2 channel.
    2) This turn table says it has a built in preamp , so no external is required. However it also says it's selectable so that may mean you can turn it off and buy a better quality external pre which would most likely yield better results.

    Setup will include proper spacing between the speakers VIA the distance you sit away using 3/4 of that distance. Fire the tweeters right behind your head for best results.
    Keep the speakers away from wall at least 2 to 3 feet all the way around if possible.
    LAst thing I do is angle the speaker upwards or tilt the speaker back by adjusting the carpet spikes or feet to open up the sound field. Depending on height of the speaker to your seating height.
    Also make sure you use high quality speaker wire and Interconnects that are a good match for your system.
    Think about a power center of high quality that has voltage regulation , conditioning and surge protection like a Panamax , APC or Richard Grey.
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    Quote Originally Posted by deronb1 View Post
    I had started a similar thread about a week ago. Didn't get much response. From what I got though, you will not hear too much difference unless it is an expensive pre. You will need a pre with phono inputs to listen to vinyl though. Thats why I am getting one. Oh, you said USB turntable, so maybe you don't even need one.
    The preamp I had in mind has a phono input (I believe most midrange ones would) and the record player has a built in preamp as mantis mentioned, but it can be changed to an external preamp if chosen (which I may end up doing). The USB feature from what I know is only to rip the vinyls the same way you would a CD, pretty neat.

    Mantis, thanks for the tips, especially the speaker placement ones, they can be useful when I set up. Do you think something like the Emotiva USP-1 would be sufficient? Do you personally own a preamp that you use? Here's the link for info and specs; http://shop.emotiva.com/collections/.../products/usp1

    Thanks again!
    Current setup: Harman Kardon HKTS 30BQ

    Next setup: Polk RTI A7's
    Polk CSi A6
    HSU VTF-2 MK4 12" SUB
    Undecided on surround

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