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RE: TT & Phono stage recommendations

Typically I suggest to people who are just wanting to get their feet wet to get something used from a thrift store or craigslist. However I see you are in Dubai and frankly I have no idea what kind of access you have to used vintage turntables there. Typically I suggest getting something that works and looks and feels well made. Back when turntables were mass produced the efficiencies of scale as well as fierce competition produced very good quality products. You can get better products today but perhaps not in the price range you quoted. Typically good name brands are yamaha, kenwood, panasonic. technics, JVC, Empire, Sony and others etc... They also made cheap POS's too but you can usually sort them out by how it feels. Just make sure it works and you'll want a new stylus.

Then when you've been bitten by the vinyl bug (and you most likely will) get something of better quality such as a premium vintage table or something new like VPI. VPI offers everything from the $1000 combo option that John mentioned to $50K. They also have turntable lines that offer upgrade options so you can get the base model, then save a little and upgrade the motor or platter or etc... This allows you to ease into it a bit, but still it is a higher starting price than you quoted.

If you don't have access to a vintage TT resale market locally then the Uturn suggestion made by BCR is probably your best bet in your price range. I've never heard one, but I have heard good things about their products.


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