So basically I am a college student who has always loved records and the way they sound for some reason the whole concept of sound being contained in groves is fascinating. I have never had my own setup and don't know much beyond the basics I would however love to have a setup of my own in my apartment. However the issue here is budget again I am a college student and money isn't always the easiest thing to come by especially in this day and age. I just want to be able to enjoy some records now and I will splurge and get a really nice system assuming I one day graduate and get a decent job. As of now though I really just want to play some vinyl. I realize this isn't a budget at all really but I basically have $500 give or take that I could comfortably spend. Any suggestions would be welcome and greatly appreciated.
I am by no means an expert in terms of hifi audio but from what i know so far, for that budget the only real option is to look into vintage equipment. Try ebay it seems to be the best place to look for that sort of stuff.
Do you have any stereo at all right now?
i don't think you can go wrong with this combination in your budget.
I just bought the very same combo -- Music Hall USB-1 turntable and Audioengine 2 loudspeakers -- for my youngest sister, who has just started college.
I reviewed a system like this in my May 2011 "Entry Level" column. My friends, Natalie and Kristen, both bought Music Hall USB-1 turntables and Audioengine speakers and they love their systems.
Hi. Great to hear of someone getting in to vinyl in this digital age. My turntable, cd player and amplifier are all used/second hand. Ideally you'll be able to buy used equipment from a hi-fi dealer. If not read the reviews to get a short list. The obvious contenders would be a Rega Planar 2, a Technics SL1200 (better than a DJ deck if you modify it) with an Audio Technica 95e cartridge and Sumiko headshell, a Thorens TD 160, or an Acoustic Research.
I'm not familiar with Music Hall turntables. They look the same as the Project range of turntables made in the Czech Republic.
Most new integrated amplifiers probably won't have a phono stage. Fortunately the older and cheaper ones will. E.g. Rotel or Marantz.
I agree it's best to concentrate spending on records and hold off on buying something high end until you have a larger record collection.
Appreciate all the input guy! Will definitely look into the above mentioned setups sounds great. Any other suggestions always welcome! Once again thank you.