So let me start I guess by saying that I have a good-ish set up in my bedroom, good enough such that I'm satisfied with it for my income and budget. I've currently just got all my music in flac on my computer, an asus xonar essence ST, and a pair of 600ohm DT880's which I absolutely LOVE [I say this because im terrible at describing what sort of sound I most enjoy]. I've also owned HD555's which I enjoyed, AKG K701's which I absolutely HATED, and a pair of grado sr225i which i thought were...mediocre and incredible uncomfortable.
Aside from my own personal listening though, i like having people over and music in the background is nice, but my PS3 sucks at streaming. It's just too much of a hassle. Even just for me by myself, its not worth the effort if I just want to sit on my couch and look out the window while I have music going. Just graduated from college and my parents were asking about what I might want as a graduation present, and after being torn between a telescope and turntable i think i've pretty much decided on turntable. I had done some research a bit ago but never got past picking a table out, and I think I had decided on the Rega P1, though I don't know if that's really a strong first choice, but seem to remember hearing good things about it.
The trouble is, I have no clue what I need, how much things will cost, or where to shop after the turntable.
I would love the option to listen to my headphones as well as speakers, I don't know if I have to buy something special for that.
I assume I need an amp or a receiver of some sort. I also have no clue about speakers.
So I guess, some guidance and help picking things out would be really appreciated? I suppose a budget would be helpful. I'm not sure how much theyre willing to help but I'll assume that my parents will be up for spending about $500 (so just the turntable i guess), and I suppose I would be comfortable spending another $400 on top of that currently. If that will only get me listening to my headphones at the moment, then so be it. But I need some specific ideas of what I might be looking to buy