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It really depends what music are you listening to. By far the best sounding reproduction to date, by any terchnological means yet devised by the mind of man, is direct to disk vinyl record played on top notch record player. Followed by DXD, DSD, followed by analog recorded LP, etc, etc, down to digitoys playing MP3s.

 

I join the opinion the sum proposed is too great for your first turntable. First, you may not find it to your liking. Second, you may realize music you are interested in is either not available on vinyl or it does not sound better on vynil as opposed to CD to the point of justifying such expenditure. 7K5 is by no means end of the road ( there are carts alone triple that amount out there ... ), yet analog replay worth of anybody's listening time can be had for appreciably less. 

 

I am into classical, particularly vocal music recording and reproduction, where musicians have got not to have the faintest clue what electricity is ( save for ability to switch on the (electric) light after dark). That said, if anyone persistently tries to convey the notion CD (player) is "good enough", I simply pull out any Yello 45 RPM single LP and to date, no one continued yackayackating about CD for more than 10 second after good needle started tracking those grooves. But not all, predominantely electronic music, is recorded anywhere the standard Yello have set.

 

So - pure audiophille, finest/choiciest of that - or more DJ style ? Two entirely different worlds, only common ground being vinyl and 33 1/3 and 45 RPM. With one possible exception - remember that Technics SL 1210 started its life as pure audiophille deck and was kind of adopted by DJs, with subsequent versions being ever more tailored to the DJ's needs. It is being "reversed" these days : 

 

http://www.soundhifi.com/sl1200/index.htm

 

This should go beyond the already very fine KAB mods for the most widespread turntable in the world; adressing almost all real issues 1210 has regarded as pure audiophille deck. Please note it is then NOT SUITABLE FOR DJ-ing. I am not in any way connected with soundhifi, do not own or have heard any of their gear, 

but was pleasently suprised someone is making about what I would do to 1210 if I wanted to press it into serious audiophille service. 

 

Trouble is, as usual, it looks expensive  - especially if you are from the wrong side of the pond.

 

The advice to get some basic Project is a very sound one - it should introduce you to the tricks of the trade. To put it differently, on opposite side of the price spectrum : whenever some wild eyed (relative) vinyl (upstart) newbie starts asking questions regarding nude/naked top notch MC carts like VdH Grasshopper and other similar creatures, my advice is always to get Sumiko Blue Point Special first. So far, ALWAYS reaction was a bewildered why I am suggesting a cart that in their eyes is so much lower on the analog food chain. The answer I give sobered any one of them:

 

An "oops" breaking BPS costs couple hundreds, an very unlucky "oops" breaking VdH can cost almost up to the amount of new cart - and that is thousands.

 

If you are new to vinyl and the procedure of playing back LPs properly with utmost care to the records and equipment has not become your second nature yet, it is always wiser to start with lower priced gear for starters; if you like it - and master it, and have the money, sky is the limit afterwards.

 

As always, enjoy your music !