I realize the title of this thread is an oxymoron, but it expresses the ultimate goal of my system. A few weeks back I came to the conclusion that buying a turntable leads to many other expenses in terms of media, maintenance, cabling, etc. I wish I could buy all these things, but I simply don't have the money; moreoever I feel my money is better spent by improving on the way my core media (Compact Discs) is communicated to my speakers. Essentially, it made more sense for me to buy a Cambridge Audio 840C with the hope to achieve the best sounding digital I could.
I'm sure others in this forum, especially those younger audiophiles who were never exposed to records given their birth in the digital age feel they are too late to enter the analog world. Ironically, I have over 50 records from the 60s and 70s in great condition that were passed down from my Dad. He has a Doors LP "Weird Scenes Inside the Gold Mine," which is an amazing album that I don't think ever made it to CD. Now, get ready to gasp . . . my first and only expereicne listeing to these records was on a Fisher Price Turntable! The turntable is long gone, but I still have the records.
I guess my questions are . . .
1. How can I achieve better analog sound with my digital setup?
2. How can I begin to dabble in Analog? What's a good turntable? Used is fine. I need one that won't break the bank, but still give me HiFi sound that approaches my 840C. Is that possible? I just want to enjoy those records again, but I'm hesitant. I don't know the first thing about maintenance or use when it comes to turntables. How do I even know if the LPs I have are in good condition? The whole idea is intimidating.