I've been pouring over this site and a couple others trying to soak up as much information as I can. I decided I wanted to get into the world of Vinyl from the world of CDs and MP3s. The information on systems is dizzing and pretty overwhelming, but there is a lot of great useful information for those of us just starting out. I wish I had the budget for a high end system, but that's not going to happen anytime soon. I wanted to post what I put together and get some opinions, criticisms, and to give a potential system build to other noobs trying to put a low cost system together to start out. I have to say I am really pleased with the sound I am getting out of my cheap system. Here's what I have:
Turntable - Audio Technica AT-LP120 $237
Preamp - ART DJ Pre II Phono Preamp $49
Amplifier - Dayton DTA 100A $92
Speakers - Dayton B652 $51
Dayton Audio SCP-6 6 Feet Cable $45 (I think this was probably uncessary with my system)
Grand total of $429 without the cables or $474 with the cables.
I couldn't be happier with the sound I'm hearing. I'm sure in time I will find a way to upgrade my turntable, speakers, and preamp, but as a starter system this sounds exceptional.
(I did buy some accessories like a spin clean, an mofi brush, 4 mil sleeves, mofi inner sleeves, Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, micro scale, and an odyssey album case. None of which is critical to get started...but nice to have.)
Any recommendations on a cartridge upgrade in a few months? Would an Ortofon 2m Red be a good match for my system?