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Will a japanese turntable work in the US?

Recently I found a good deal on a direct drive DJ turntable which was manufactured for the japanese market. I know japanese consumer electronics run on 100V while US runs on 120V. I have heard conflicting things on whether this would be an issue. It seems like the turntable would likely run but I have heard some reports that this difference in voltage might eventually damage it. Is a power adaptor a permanent solution to this problem? Is a power adaptor even necessary?
posted by bigspoon on Dec 16, 2014 - 3 answers

Audio setup with Airport Express

I have a small apartment. I would like a speaker setup for listening to music. It's an Apple apartment, so I figure the path of least resistance is to get an Airport Express and then connect speakers somehow. Can anyone recommend either (1) a specific set of powered speakers that reproduce music accurately, or (2) a separate amp to put between an input like the Express and a pair of bookshelfs like the Pioneer SP-BS22-LRs. [more inside]
posted by caek on Nov 5, 2013 - 17 answers

Upgrading to kit stereo tube amp from 5.1 digital receiver

In past questions (1, 2), I've described my stereo setup and my desire to build a stereo tube amp. I have no worries about actually building the kit amp, but I'm not sure what I'd do with all my speakers. In thinking about this, I realized I don't know much about my stereo in the first place. Can you help me understand what it actually means to have a stereo amp? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Apr 11, 2013 - 2 answers

Turntable just making a crackling sound!

I bought a turntable and the sound is a disaster. I think I should just buy a new stylus but is there anything else obvious I might try first? [more inside]
posted by cincinnatus c on Feb 24, 2013 - 17 answers

On-wall audiophile speaker recommendations for music?

I'm looking for recommendations for decent audiophile speakers (for music) that can be mounted on a wall. [more inside]
posted by UbuRoivas on Jan 30, 2013 - 8 answers

Fix my crummy 80s Hi Fi

Speaker and turntable both on the fritz. [more inside]
posted by theodolite on Jan 1, 2013 - 6 answers

Distortion spins me right round

Recently I received an old hifi (stereo receiver with aux and phono inputs) and two EPI speakers from a family member. The system is quite old, but headphones sound great, as does one of the two speakers. The other sounds blown. What are my options in New York City? [more inside]
posted by thecaddy on Jul 30, 2012 - 6 answers

Good home music system?

What's the best set-up to listen to music at home? [more inside]
posted by mono blanco on Feb 8, 2012 - 17 answers

Why doesn't consumer audio sound better?

Why is audio quality so lacking in consumer audio goods, when it is so easy to improve upon it? [more inside]
posted by krilli on Jan 10, 2012 - 23 answers

Do they still call them HiFi's?

Looking for a small "bookshelf" style hi fi unit. I have recently moved to the US from Australia and had to leave my great little hi fi behind. I am currently playing my CD's through a borrowed portable unit that sounds like a tin can and have been hunting for something better. [more inside]
posted by wwax on Nov 30, 2011 - 8 answers

Playing music from an android device through my stereo, recommendations please!

I just hooked my android phone up to my hifi. The default music player is ok but I feel I may be missing out on something. Streaming apps seem flakey. I would like recommendations on playing/managing/enjoying music through my android device. [more inside]
posted by aqueousdan on Sep 24, 2011 - 7 answers

Can I use two sets of speakers with a hi-fi system?

I have ended up with two sets of speakers for a hi-fi system. Can I use both sets, or will the result sound odd or damage something? [more inside]
posted by Grinder on Mar 23, 2011 - 19 answers

HiFi CD player vs DAC

Audiophile questions: HiFi CD player vs DAC. What benefit is there to a CD player compared to just getting a quality digital/analog converter? What exactly is a quality DAC? Help me avoid audiophile snake oil! [more inside]
posted by cotterpin on Jan 24, 2011 - 15 answers

Open back studio headphone recommendations please

I'm looking for a new pair of headphones, specifically for studio and hifi use, open back preferable. My budget is up to £200, and I have no idea where to start. [more inside]
posted by iivix on Dec 15, 2010 - 14 answers

Push It Real Good

Found a great deal on a pair of very high end speakers but on one of them the center dome of the woofer is pushed in. [more inside]
posted by spicynuts on Jul 22, 2010 - 10 answers

Single source sound

What's the best sounding home cinema system or What hi-fi plays DVDs? [more inside]
posted by BadMiker on Mar 15, 2010 - 1 answer

Best Speakers on a tiny budget.

Best HiFi experience for <=100€. [more inside]
posted by kall on Jan 26, 2010 - 13 answers

Surround Serious Ears With Sound

AudiophileFilter: Building a 7.1 monitoring system in a seminar room, for very discerning listeners. My question is mostly about powered monitor speakers, and it's long. [more inside]
posted by fourcheesemac on Jan 3, 2010 - 7 answers

Sounds Good...

[Hi-Fi / HT filter] Help me find the right front speakers for my receiver, so that both music and movies sound good ! [more inside]
posted by madeinitaly on Oct 14, 2009 - 6 answers

What receiver and speakers should I purchase for under $400?

I'm on a budget and want to upgrade my audio system. What receiver/speakers I should purchase to get the most for my money? [more inside]
posted by vmrob on Sep 22, 2009 - 24 answers

Help me sell stuff knowledgably

I'm about to start work in an electronics shop (mobile phones, hifis, computers etc) and would love some tips. [more inside]
posted by dance on Aug 21, 2009 - 6 answers

Assembling a budget stereo.

I am confused about assembling a relatively budget, quality home stereo system. (long) [more inside]
posted by Marquis on Oct 13, 2008 - 14 answers

How do I make the modifications my Magnavox Stereophonic Hi Fi Console desperately needs ?

How can I make the modifications/hacks my Magnavox Stereophonic Hi Fi console desperately needs. [more inside]
posted by carefulmonkey on May 12, 2008 - 4 answers

Help me identify my HiFi equipment!

I need help identifying my vintage(ish) HiFi equipment, Especially the amplifier. If anybody has any information on them, it would be appreciated, or does anybody know any useful websites for this sort of thing? (Photos inside) [more inside]
posted by sliderjc on Mar 28, 2008 - 7 answers

Is running in hi-fi a load of nonsense?

Is running-in of hi-fi equipment nonsense? What have been your genuine experiences pre/post run-in? [more inside]
posted by humblepigeon on Feb 11, 2008 - 26 answers

Can I wire my apartment for sound?

Our apartment is 11 years old. Apparently that's not quite new enough for it to have been wired for sound when it was built, so I have to do it myself. Hardwood floors, but it's a wooden building so presumably the walls and ceiling are fair game. Can I run wires without tearing off molding or cutting holes in the ceiling? How? Can I do it myself, or is it the kind of thing that requires a professional? How do they do this stuff?
posted by BorgLove on Jan 15, 2007 - 14 answers

Recommend a good HD-based hi-fi separate

Audio separates. Looking for standalone hard-disk based mp3 player. [more inside]
posted by saintsguy on Oct 24, 2006 - 10 answers

I'll take "A New Stereo" for $200, Alex.

So, the stereo I won on Jeopardy is about to break...what should I replace it with? [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects on Aug 8, 2006 - 17 answers

Best HiFi Magazine?

What are the best hi fi magazine(s) for someone like me? [more inside]
posted by Mean Mr. Bucket on Apr 25, 2006 - 13 answers

Adding 2wire speakers to a 4wire system

hifi-lter: I want to add an extra pair of speakers to my Panasonic (sa-pm25) hi-fi. But each of the existing speakers have 4 wires (2x 2pairs). [more inside]
posted by blacksky on Jan 16, 2006 - 9 answers

Is there any WiFi (virtual) Soundcard driver software out there?

How can I relay the sound of my computer to another computer through the WiFi network? A virtual soundcard driver is in theory feasible, but I can't find any. I know, this is more of a /. question, but I prefer to stay home.
posted by mitocan on Jan 9, 2006 - 11 answers

What speakers should I pair with the Sonic Impact Class T amp?

I'm curious about all the hype surrounding the Sonic Impact Class T integrated amp, and would like to use this curiosity as an excuse to finally set-up a small bedroom stereo system. The TNT Audio review (linked above) suggests >90 dB speakers - any suggestions on speakers to pair with this amp? I want to keep the price down, but I'm willing to pay enough so I can enjoy the sound. [more inside]
posted by istewart on Oct 3, 2005 - 9 answers

Tube Amp < $500. Recommendations Wanted.

Can anyone recommend a tube (valve) amplifier kit in the ~ $500 (US) range? I was going to buy one of the Passion Audio Kit i11 amps but the company that offered them, Rotac in Quebec, quit selling them April 1st.
posted by tommasz on Apr 22, 2004 - 3 answers

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