Hey everyone, I haven't been on here in a while but figured I could get some direction on this as I've been going in circles lately. I’m looking to spend around $1000 to get back into vinyl (turntable and phono pre). What do you like from the products listed below? Or is there anything else I should look at?
At least initially, I’ll be using these exclusively with a Maple Tree Ear headamp and Grado RS1s. Prices are either new or for demos, but I figure I might be able to stretch things a little by looking on Audiogon (I don’t want anything more than a couple years old though). It’s worth mentioning that, unless I luck out on Audiogon, going with a more expensive turntable like the RP3 probably means I can’t spend more than $200 or so on a preamp.
I’m going to check out a lot of this stuff in person next week at Needle Doctor when I’m in town but want to have some better ideas going in. Thanks all.
Music Hall MMF 2.2 w/ Ortofon Blue $675 new
Music Hall MMF 5.1 w/ Magic 3 MM $700 demo
Rega RP3 w/ Elys $900 demo
ClearAudio Nano $400
Musical Fidelity V-LPS $200
Pro-Ject Phono Box S $200
Pro-Ject Tube Box S $450
Bellari VP130 Tube $250