If you’re under the age of 35, chances are that you have never set up a turntable.
You’re missing out.
Now, we’re not here to tell you that analog is better than digital. That’s up to you, as an individual, to decide. What we will say is that vinyl gives you an entirely different listening experience.
In theory, vinyl offers an infinite sampling resolution because analog waveforms are continuous and smooth, while the sampling done to produce digital audio creates waveforms that are stair-stepped (the higher the sampling rate, the smaller the steps). Many would describe the resulting sound from a vinyl source as warm, inviting and generally pleasing. Some will call BS – let the debates begin. Of course, many other factors go into creating a quality listening experience (mastering, compression, purity of source, etc.) but starting with a good analog revolver is a fantastic way to rock the house while keeping your street cred.
Vinyl music is an experience. Taking the record out of the sleeve, dropping the needle, hearing the brief crackle before the music starts and examining the album art during playback…it’s a palpable experience that offers an emotional connection.
Just give it a try. With more and more records being produced, it is a great time to get into – or get back into vinyl.
If you don’t want to watch the snazzy video above, here are the steps to successfully set up a turntable.
- Connect the turntable to the preamp. (Some turntables require grounding.)
- Connect the pre-amp to the amp.
- Connect the amp to the speakers.
- Drop the needle and enjoy!
It’s really that simple. Just grab a cocktail (or whatever beverage that pleases you) and enjoy!
This is just an introductory guide. In the future, we will post a more “advanced” guide that discusses things like proper phasing, left/right channel setup, tonal balance, etc.
If you’re just getting started and are looking for a quality, affordable turntable, we highly recommend a U-Turn Audio turntable, which we used in the video.
Special thanks to the Libertine Liquor Bar in Indianapolis, IN for letting us shoot in their kick-ass establishment. If you’re in town, head on over and say hello to Puck, our favorite bartender there.
Have any tips and tricks for someone setting up their first turntable? Have a strong opinion on analog vs. digital audio? Post a comment below!