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Sony Introduced New Hi Res Turntable at CES 2016


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I love vinyl. The sound is so deep and rich and albums are beautiful to collect. I love listing on an old Hi Fi setup, but sometimes it's nice to have something new and reliable. Problem is new has usually meant cheap and not as good as it could be. 

 

Sony this week introduced a new hi res turntable at CES 2016. It's Sony model # PS-Hx500. I'd invite all you audiophiles to take a look and tell me what you think:

 

 

 

 

This makes me want to start listening to vinyl more!

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I am very picky, for the most part, of what machines get to touch my vinyl collection.  I usually only use Technics any more and I have two models, a D2 direct-drive and a fully-automatic belt-driven model, because of the quality and features.  The turntable Sony showcased is not bad but is it belt-driven?  And I kind of like the Pitch settings that my Technics allow me to adjust...which appears missing with this turntable.  This is one of those that I would have to be allowed to try it before I would consider buying it.  The price would also play a huge decision maker for me as well.  The two tables I own now were $20 plus I had to order a new belt for the belt driven model so all in all about $30.

 

One thing I can live without is the ability to turn my analog vinyl collection into a digital format.  Any audiophile who owns an analog system and a computer already has everything they need to transfer their collection to digital...and the ability to adjust the quality of the sound better than a model with analog-to-digital features built-in like this turntable offers.  I'm not saying it isn't cool as it is nice to see vinyl and the equipment that plays them making an attempt to return but I believe that this turntable is for generations that missed out on what owning vinyl was like.  

 

The good thing is that this turntable, unlike so many other models, will help protect your vinyl collection while you enjoy it.  It's nice to be able to balance the stylus where it will ride the grooves instead of digging in them.  I would most likely recommend this model for those just starting or wanting a brand spanking new turntable to enjoy.  Let's face it, used is about the best we can get now-a-days for budget-minded audiophiles.  But, for me, I'd have to see it, hear it, mess around with it, and know the price before I would consider it.  That's just me.

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Listen guys, I can appreciate collecting old stuff.  But for vinyl to sound better, you really have to spend a lot on the proper equipment.  A nice turntable, a nice needle, and a high quality amp.  Given all that, it is really cool and sounds great. 

 

But for me...a modern CD or ripped HQ MP3 file is just so much more convenient and easy to work with.  I will admit I like to rip MP3's myself, using the LAME encoder with a secret list of parameters I've perfected over the years. 

 

Please don't ban me from the board...but I sold all my vinyl equipment about a year ago.  The Technics turntable, a Sony analog amp...all gone.  I didn't sell my records...but they are on my list.

 

It is really cool that vinyl has made a comeback to the point that nice new equipment like this has been made.  It just isn't for me though. 

 

OK, now that I've stated that...you know what would be really cool?  One of those old 60's consoles that looks like a piece of furniture.  Rip out the old guts and fill it with a nice turntable like this and a brand new amp......oh baby!

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Listen guys, I can appreciate collecting old stuff.  But for vinyl to sound better, you really have to spend a lot on the proper equipment.  A nice turntable, a nice needle, and a high quality amp.  Given all that, it is really cool and sounds great. 

 

But for me...a modern CD or ripped HQ MP3 file is just so much more convenient and easy to work with.  I will admit I like to rip MP3's myself, using the LAME encoder with a secret list of parameters I've perfected over the years. 

 

Please don't ban me from the board...but I sold all my vinyl equipment about a year ago.  The Technics turntable, a Sony analog amp...all gone.  I didn't sell my records...but they are on my list.

 

It is really cool that vinyl has made a comeback to the point that nice new equipment like this has been made.  It just isn't for me though. 

 

OK, now that I've stated that...you know what would be really cool?  One of those old 60's consoles that looks like a piece of furniture.  Rip out the old guts and fill it with a nice turntable like this and a brand new amp......oh baby!

 

Naa...just need one of these:

 

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I would love to have one but they are hard on vinyl.  I guess I'll just have to be old fashioned.  Then again vinyl is easy for me to use and I can get more music for the buck.  I do agree that the really good sound can cost an arm and leg...and other body parts too.  But, for me, the end results are well worth it.  Besides, there are things on vinyl you can't get in digital format so I will stick with my vinyl, cassettes, 8-tracks, and CDs (which are starting to go the way vinyl did).  I like MP3s on the computer of more modern songs but the classic stuff...naa...analog all the way for me ;)

 

Man...the turntable must have been nice...and I bet you have a pretty good vinyl collection.

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Did you guys hear about the new Super 8 cameras?! Those look really cool! http://www.kodak.com/ek/us/en/Consumer/Products/Super8/default.htm

COOL! Now maybe I can get my last original Super 8 cartridge developed!!!  :thumb:  :thumb:

 

Found it inside my late father's Super 8 camera and no one develops it today..........

Brian Matherne - owner/curator of "The MOST comprehensive list of Atari VCS/2600 homebrews ever compiled." http://tiny.cc/Atari2600Homebrew

author of "The Atari 2600 Homebrew Companion" book series available on Amazon! www.amazon.com/author/brianmatherne

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COOL! Now maybe I can get my last original Super 8 cartridge developed!!!  :thumb:  :thumb:

 

Found it inside my late father's Super 8 camera and no one develops it today..........

 

I know there are some services out there that do it. They still sell Super 8 film.

 

http://www.pro8mm.com/Merchant5/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=01&Category_Code=proc 

 

Here's a place that does it....

young Atari lover

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I know there are some services out there that do it. They still sell Super 8 film.

 

http://www.pro8mm.com/Merchant5/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=01&Category_Code=proc 

 

Here's a place that does it....

http://www.pro8mm.com/Merchant5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=01&Product_Code=PROC_OLD&Category_Code=proc

 

Wow! $75 with a 3 month wait......and maybe it will work. Thats a gamble!

Brian Matherne - owner/curator of "The MOST comprehensive list of Atari VCS/2600 homebrews ever compiled." http://tiny.cc/Atari2600Homebrew

author of "The Atari 2600 Homebrew Companion" book series available on Amazon! www.amazon.com/author/brianmatherne

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