Looking for hifi audio help... plunge into vinyl

TFP

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Dec 10, 2007
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Turntable has a built in pre-amp, and I've set it to the right setting to connect to my mini-amp (not a receiver). I doubt that's the issue, but who knows.
 

TFP

Dope
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Dec 10, 2007
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New records came today. They sound much better but there’s still a faint crackle/static there. I can’t tell if it’s just the norm for vinyl (which I know isn’t perfect sound) or if something isn’t right. The fact that it varies by record makes me think it’s just normal and due to dust/dirt but I’m second guessing everything at this point.
 

The Napkin

wise ass al kaprielian
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Jul 13, 2002
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right here
I know nothing about nothing but if you played a bunch of old/dirty/whatever records is it worth trying a new needle?
 

TFP

Dope
Dope
Dec 10, 2007
17,291
I know nothing about nothing but if you played a bunch of old/dirty/whatever records is it worth trying a new needle?
Well it’s a brand new cartridge and needle, and I’ve only played 3-4 hours of music on it total so I’m hoping that wasn’t the root cause.