Originally Posted by akong
I'm not sure :P It has the two red and white RCA inputs - is that it?
Under $300 sounds like a good benchmark. And by high value, I meant bang for the buck, not the most valuable :P
Thanks for the help!
Okay, this simplifies things...in some ways.
First, those two sets of RCA thingies are LINE Inputs - Red right, white left. If not clearly marked as phono then they are straight line in and not suitable for PHONO. Never fear, that's what a phono stage is for. This one works awesome and at $49 doesn't break the bank
Next up - decent NEW tables in your range
The Orbit - New - Made in the USA and has been given great reviews as an entry level table. I HIGHLY recommend the upgraded model as it has a better platter and better cartridge (yes, you do not have to buy a cart separately) This is a link to their store page but you can click around their site to get more info
The second I would recommend with a caveat is the AT LP120 USB . It is made by audio technical, is full featured and actually works quite nice. It even has an onboard phono stage so you could use that and not buy the ART DJ Pre. So the negatives ?
1) I would not recommend using the onboard amp as it is not that great. Using it as a normal table to the ART Pre and to your amp wil sound MUCH better
2) Quality control - If you receive it and all is working fine, then it is a very very nice table. But there have been high number of items delivered faulty requiring return and exchange. Amazon is great about it but still its a pain. Also, some of the features you will likely never use..like playing 78's or 45's...
I hope this helps get you started. If it was me, I would get the upgrade Orbit and the Art DJ pre...you will have no issues and be playing immediately...