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In Reply to: RE: TT & Phono stage recommendations posted by BCR on July 09, 2017 at 04:44:14
I'm going to second this deck. I have no personal experience with it but it's in your price range and will get you started and leave you some financial "wiggle room."
Just WAY too much plastic on entry level decks, even vintage decks. One place you don't want a lot of plastic is around the arm base/bearing.
its a sub $500 TT, arm, cart, phono preamp. Prior to the new vinyl boom, $500 may have given you a decent quality. Used vintage TT were a dime a dozen before the resurgence of vinyl. Now they are 3-4-$500 and more.
The thing that worries me is the experience of the person who wants to try vinyl on $500. What kind of experience will they have? Good or bad? Good digital is much cheaper than good vinyl. Always has been.
You paid HOW MUCH for that electrical receptacle?!!! Are YOU nuts?
Agreed, it's really only possible used, and even then only if everything falls into place. The table has to be without issue at the right price, the cartridge/stylus with life left in it, and the phono stage already in place.
If deciding to start "entry level" my recommendation would be something like a used Sony PS LX22 for less than a Benjamin, install an AT95E all in for under $150, then see if I wanted to take the next step.
But I still prefer my original suggestion, otherwise the experience is being hindered and vinyl may be found lacking.
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