This site is such a great resource, I have been enjoying the forums and reviews for about six months now.
I own a 720 square foot condo. Subtracting the bathroom and kitchen leaves about a 600 square foot living/listening area. It is an all concrete building and I have cork flooring. The cieling is 8 feet hight. I live on the 14th floor (not sure if that matters).
I am building an entry level vinyl only system. I grew up listening to my parents music (1960's motown and rock) on their console record player.
The system will be mostly used to listen to rock from the 50s,60s,70s and 90s.
The first piece I got was the Pro-Ject Debut III turntable. Next I am looking at amps. From what I have read and my attraction to retro technology I want to go with a tube amp. However, I do not want my attraction to retro tech cause a bad decision. Also I have a limited budget and would like to spend $500 - $750 on an intergrated amp.
My understanding of amps is that if I do not get a tube amp the analog signal from the turntable will be turned into digital and back to analog. To me this seems to defeat the purpose of having a turntable. Is my assumption right?
I found the Zen Triode Amp from Decware. It is $875. I found no reviews on this amp on this site. Does anyone have advice for me on an amp? Perhaps I should go digital?
Because I live in a condo I am not going to do a lot of high volume listening. I am mainly interested in a warm natural sound.
Thank you in advance for your help. I am excited about the build.