My name is Chris and I have been looking to upgrade my whole vinyl listening system, but am having trouble fitting together the pieces.
Currently I have a cheap Sony USB Turntable that is connected with a RCA to AUX Y-Cable to a cheap powered speaker. Let me tell you, it is doing no justice to my vinyl.
I have been doing research on and off for awhile and have settled on purchasing a Pro-Ject Debut Carbon.
I was originally planning on getting a Bellari VP130 and a pair of Audioengine A5+ Powered Speakers and call it day, but I realized I wanted to use the speakers with some my other audio sources in the room (TV and PC). TV has Digital Optical Out; PC has Digital Optical Out, AUX out, and HDMI out (It has a Blu-Ray drive and I use it as my main Blu-Ray player).
My dilemma is whether or not to get a receiver and which one to go with. Going through the forums and searching the internet yields the HK3490 as an excellent choice, but I was also considering an Onkyo TX-8050 due to it having two Optical inputs.
Of course with the A5+’s being active speakers I assume I would need to use the Pre Amp Out to connect the speakers to the receiver. Connecting the turntable with the receiver directly, I assume this would also eliminate the need for the VP130, let me know if I am wrong on this, or if it still beneficial to use a preamp.
So the set up would be a TX-8050 which has both my TV and PC connected via Optical and the Pro-Ject connected via RCA into the phono input. Then I would connect the A5+’s via the Pre Amp Out using RCA cables.
Is this the way I should do it? Is there a better solution?
The main reason for the upgrade is to listen to vinyl, so the PC and TV come as a secondary need. Let me know if the HK3490 is better. I do not mind buying an Optical Switch, just manually switching the cables, or even buying a DAC for one of the two and connecting via RCA.
Note: I chose the Audioengine products due to the fact that they are aesthetically pleasing and have generally positive reviews, but I am up for suggestions if you have any.
Thanks ahead of time, sorry for the wall of text.