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I'm looking out for a record player that will play the correct speeds, I'm not an expert and I'm not looking for anything professional though I believe a player should be able to player 33 1/3. If … Read More
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5m, 3w agoPosted 5 months, 3 weeks ago
I'm looking out for a record player that will play the correct speeds, I'm not an expert and I'm not looking for anything professional though I believe a player should be able to player 33 1/3.

If anyone has any experience it would help a lot, I have bought one of the new cheaper players in a case with handle but it does not play what I think should be a standard option or am I wrong?

I'm looking at £50-£100 but preferably the lower end of the budget if anyone has suggestions with
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5m, 3w agoPosted 5 months, 3 weeks ago
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#1
Just about any record player will play at both the speeds you require - 45 rpm for singles or 33 rpm for albums....

How much you pay is up to you...like anything else the more you pay the better result generally..

You should be able to pick up a cheap as chips one for between 50-100 quid which will do the job, some of those include their own amplifier (so that you can hear the records).

If you have the money though it's worth paying a bit more for a good quality deck....although you would need a sepperate amplifier and speakers to get the best out of that (a 'sepperates' system). That's where it can start getting a bit pricey but it's a worthwhile investment if you can afford it because the music is in a different league to what you get from all in one units...to but it into context I'm still listening to my stereo system that I bought 20 years ago for about £800 and to my ears it still sounds better than a lot of modern surround sound cinema systems people buy with TV's these days...

To find out more I'd suggest buying a copy of 'what hi fi' magazine. It's also worth checking out second hand record decks on eBay etc but listen before you buy !....
#3
Ps..

Re your problem getting yours to play - unless it's broken or needs maintenance most decent decks have a little lever on them to select 33 or 45 rpm. Generally you need 33 rpm for albums although a few play at 45 rpm....if so it will tell you on the record label..
#4

That does indeed say 33.3 (33 1/3), I'm curious why most new players only play 33 and not 33.3, whilst maybe some people don't mind if their records are played at the correct speed others will be able to hear the difference.
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Re your problem getting yours to play - unless it's broken or needs maintenance most decent decks have a little lever on them to select 33 or 45 rpm. Generally you need 33 rpm for albums although a few play at 45 rpm....if so it will tell you on the record label..

I understand most play those two speeds, but what is happening when many newer players don't play 33.3 which is still require by a lot of vinyl?
#6
I think your find .3 makes no difference....the shorthand has just become 33 rpm
#7
Hi. To be honest having not bought one of these new cheap and cheerful ones I'm not sure...I'd be surprised though to be honest If they don't play at that speed because as you rightly say it's the industry standard...

Certainly you won't have that problem with a decent semi-automatic deck with a lever...
#8
It does seem odd since many state 33 and then others state 33.3.

I'll keep looking around, thank you.
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It does seem odd since many state 33 and then others state 33.3.
I'll keep looking around, thank you.
That's because that's what they're known as.
#10
You won't get anything close to professional for £50-£100. £200 will get you a half decent one.

Obviously you know you'll need an amplifier too.

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