Basically I'm a broke teenager working part-time all the time, who happens to enjoy music more than is socially acceptable. I keep putting off buying a turntable and getting into vinyl, but Insound is having 20% off select turntables until the 9th, and needless to say it's hard to resist taking a plunge.
The two turntables I've been going back and forth on are the music hall USB-1 ($199) and mmf-2.2 ($359/$399). The USB-1 is an obvious choice for a starter turntable. It's cheap, has a built-in phono preamp so I can just hook it up to my Audioengine A2s, and it's cheap, meaning more money towards records, and that's always good, right?
But I think the USB-1 is a compromise, and the mmf-2.2 is a more luxurious and "sound" choice. Sound and build quality are going to be much better. And the USB-1 comes off as retro and bulky, while the mmf-2.2 is more understated and minimal, an aesthetic I prefer.
However, I do have a comically small amount of LPs, so the mmf-2.2 also seems excessive. It's also going to need a phono preamp, and while I do have a Yamaha RX-V659 reciever lying around, pairing it with my A2s seems bulky. But I am willing to live with it until I get a dedicated phono preamp, or a set of passive speakers.
This is really just a battle of convenience vs. luxury, and I want both. :/