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divine171
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Help with first turntable setup

I've always wanted my own turntable setup, my dad had a great collection and I really miss the sound.  I've never had the time or funds to get started until now.  I've done some research and have settled on a few things but need some advise since this is all new to me.  Here's what I'm looking at so far:

Pro-Ject Debut Carbon TT ($399 on amazon)

Pioneer SB-BS22-LR speakers ($127/pair on amazon)

Pyle PP999 Pre-Amp (replacing that later with something like the Ballari VP130)

I need recommendations for a method to power those speakers (amp or receiver, etc).

Total budget is $800 USD or less for now.  I don't mind getting some lower end components now and upgrading later.  The system will be setup in my living room which is about 15x10.  I don't care about connecting other devices to the speakers other than maybe my computer (but that's not a dealbreaker for me).

Any help / advise is greatly appreciated

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Amplifier

I recommend that you get the Harman-Kardon 3490 stereo receiver.

It is around $330 from Amazon and is a fantastic piece of equipment for the money.

It has 120 watts per channel and sounds much better than anything else I know of in an integrated amp or receiver for under $500. 

It also has a built-in phono preamp, DAC, digital and analog inputs, and subwoofer outputs. You won't need to spend money on a separate phono preamp or DAC.

The turntable and speakers are good choices, and with the 3490 you will actually have a very nice system that anything will connect to, analog or digital.

At some point you can spend a lot more for some better speakers if you want, but there will be no need to upgrade anything else.

You can also save $100 by getting the Pro-Ject Essential from Needle Doctor for $299. It comes complete with an Ortophon 3E cartridge.

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Thank you!  Greatly

Thank you!  Greatly appreciated.

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